Putting the pieces together

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Brick by brick, Stone by stone. That’s how you build a castle, and also a successful winery. Tonight, the weather is crisp, and the rain has cleared up.  Butternut squash soup is cooking and I’m sipping on Cornerstone Cellars’ sister label Stepping Stone 2009 Syrah from Napa Valley.  I’m a huge syrah fan, and this – read full article –

Staycation in your glass!

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Happy Thanksgiving, a few days late!  How are you holding up?  The big gobble fest has come an gone, , and you might be feeling the holiday rush upon you.  You know how it goes, the time flies by, the holidays are near, and you’re so busy you can see straight.  You need a vacation – read full article –

Send me your Kiwis, your Brie, and more!

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Have you ever wanted to experience more wines from aruond the world, without getting your Sommelier credential?  If you’re like me, you might know a lot about a small area but not so much about other areas.  The international Wine of the Month club is a great way to experience more of the world of – read full article –

All day, all night it's…

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Mary Ann, Marsanne!  Down by the seaside with a drink in her hand…all the little wine bloggers love Mary Ann! Here in the Bay Area, we’re experiencing an odd sort of Summer in Winter.  The Giants won the series, and it was 76 in San Francisco on November 2nd.  This summer weather has be drinking more – read full article –

Back on the wagon?

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Holy cow!  Where has the time gone?  I’m not quite sure how this happened, but it’s almost Halloween, and I find myself struggling for words.  I know I know, it’s a shocking turn of events for this Gemini gal, who basically blogs because she likes to talk.  Truth be told, between work, events, friends, breaking – read full article –

Grace, Hope, Charity, Faith

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Maybe those are the Four Graces.  I’m not quite up on my religious mythology, but I do know that The Four Graces Winery in the Willamette Valley region of Oregon shares the winemaking talents of Laurent Montalieu with Solena Estate.  You can read more about that HERE and HERE, but to refresh your memory, Laurent hails from – read full article –

Une deux drei!

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Alsace is it’s own little country (no I know it’s not really a country) nestled between Germany and France.  The culture is quite distinct and the region is well known for the delicious Rieslings and other white wines.  Alsace is 300 miles east of Paris, and has been growing these wines since somewhere around 900 – read full article –

Through the wine glass…and other tales of wine tasting

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There is often a lot of discussion controversy about the use of specific wine glasses in wine tasting; does a wine glass make a difference in how a wine tastes?  Does size really matter?  Or in this case, does SHAPE matter more?  Personally, I think that size and shape are critical for discovering the nuances – read full article –

Automatic Tasting Programs

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It’s the week after the Wine Bloggers Conference, and I’m at home, recovering, and preparing for my new job to start.  As luck would have, I was invited to participate in the 2nd Blogger Tasting panel at Ridge Monte Bello, and headed on down to the mountains above Silicon Valley to see what Christopher Watkins, – read full article –

Water water everywhere, and lots to drink!

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It’s day 2 of the Wine Bloggers Conference, and we’re off on the little yellow school buses to explore some of the Walla Walla terroir.  Fortunately for us Bay Area folks,who aren’t used to the heat, it was a warm but pleasant day for walking around the vineyards and our bus was off and ready – read full article –

Writing right for your blog

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A few weeks ago, I found myself in Walla Walla, Washington, attending the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference.  These meeting of minds brought together over 300 wine writers, blogers, and professionals to eat, drink, be merry, and learn from each other.  Among some of the sessions, there was one that particularly stood out in my mind – read full article –

I'm gone! To Ore-gon…

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Being a California girl, while I have spent some time diving up the coast and meandering through Ashland, I have not spent a lot of time in Oregon.  I have spent even less time examining the finer points of Oregon wines, specifically Oregon Pinot.  Those of you who have known my taste buds know that I – read full article –

High on a hill

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There’s a lonely goat herd, yodeleeellooooheeho!  Or in this case, there are some horses, some cows and a whole lot of scrub brush.  Up on top of Atlas Peak, VinRoc creates micro crafted small lot Cabernet Sauvignon.  Above the fog line, overlooking the Foss Valley, where open pastures and oak trees haven’t been overtaken by – read full article –