Central Coast Wine Day 2013 aka #CCWineDay

June 21, 2013

If you are a wine fan outside of California the term Central Coast maybe a nebulous term to you. The Central Coast wine region of California is the largest, most diverse in the whole state. Stretching from Santa Barbara County to Northern Monterey County. I was going to post a detailed map covering the region, [...]

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who really reads your wine blog?

March 18, 2013

This came to me in the form of a survey. We are barraged by them. This particular Data forage was via the Wine Bloggers Conference. Me thinks they want to please every attendee this June. A tall task indeed. I hope bloggers answer honestly. Questions like… How many unique visitors do you get to your [...]

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Good Bubbly for under $10

January 29, 2013

Sparkling wines never seem to go out of style. Champagne would always be my first choice, but in an uncertain world and challenging economic times it’s not always an option. My better half and I typically enjoy a bottle or two around four times a week. While other working class folk sit down with a [...]

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Wicked Wines for Halloween

October 31, 2012

Just in time for Ghosts and Goblins, it’s Scary Wine Time. I was recently asked to come up with my 5 wines that would be great to bring for a Halloween party which got me thinking. What makes a wine “Scary” or “Ghostly“?   1. Michael David Winery’s Incognito Rouge 2010 The mysterious mascarad ball [...]

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Wine Competitions … Why are there so many?

October 8, 2012

This is rather a complicated question. They are one way to talk about your wine in a way that makes them sound, Award winning, Best of Show, Champion of the Region or whatever other moniker you care to ascribe. The first part of the rather leading question, is what are they? To that, I will answer [...]

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Winebloggers or Wine Writers?

August 18, 2012

The First breakout session is bringing up some divisions in the ranks. Bloggers, Writers or Communicators. Tom Wark is the moderator and posing the questions. Do we follow Europe and change our name to “Wine Communicators Conference”? do we need more rules? Is there too much amateur hour when we travel in groups and ask [...]

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Storm the Castlegate, Hands off our wine!

August 6, 2012

As you maybe aware if you pay attention to the daily Soap Opera that is “CrushPad”, Sonoma. They are now being forced to liquidate their assets do to their lack of cash flow and years of poor miss-management. From the start I questioned how they could get away with operating this co-op type winery so [...]

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Long time, no Blog….

July 24, 2011

So I admit it… I haven’t blogged about anything in quite some time. It is not because I haven’t wanted to, it’s just not been a high priority. In taking a job with Hahn Family Wines in March it had to become a background event. I am now the Marketing Coordinator for Hahn and with [...]

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Napa Valley Dinner Underground goes Live!

April 2, 2011

A unique dining experience just transpired in the Coombsville country. Go to the end of Third Avenue East and they’re in lies the new Winery property of Tournesol Winery.
 Tournesol? What is that you say? That is what I said. Never heard or seen and you probably won’t anytime soon. Bob and Anne Arns built [...]

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And my stint in Retail ends…

March 5, 2011

Today is officially my last day at JV Wine & Spirits. I begun after Harvest of 2009. Just needed a job to get through the holidays. Come January March I was working full time. It was quite the ride in 2010. I went from stocking, cashiering and selling wine. To doing the invoicing and price [...]

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