Are wine bloggers and writers influential? Should we be?

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There is a lot of conversation going around the blogging world about how, if at all, bloggers and online wine writers influence the wine world.  Do we?  Do we have an impact?  Do we influence consumers?  Do we just read each other’s blogs?  Those are all valuable questions that spawned a lively debate at the – read full article –

Portlandia: The Blogger's Edition

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Earlier this month, 370 or so my wine blogging buddies, industry reps, intrigued consumers, and blogging neophytes converged on Portland, Oregon for the 5th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference.  A gathering of people that cross a wide swath of wine, food, travel and pretty much anything you can think of, the WBC is an opportunity for – read full article –

Anderson Family Vineyards – Oregon wines of distinction

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Before the mayhem of the Wine Bloggers Conference began earlier this month, I took some extra time to explore the different AVAs of the Willamette Valley in Oregon, known for Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.  One winery that came up in conversation over and over again was Anderson Family Vineyards.  Recommended by several friends, I – read full article –

Don't rush this pinot!

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No pinot should be opened before it’s time!  In this case, it’s been sleeping for a few years, so I think the 2009 David Bynum Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is safe to be consumed. This is what I consider to be the now classic Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.  It i big and rich, – read full article –

A Graceful Grenache

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When I first met Angela Osbourne, she was working with the Natural Process Alliance (NPA) in Santa Rosa in 2010.  I had the opportunity to taste some of her early incarnations and knew we were in for a treat. Originally from New Zealand, Angela moved to California in 2006 to pursue her love of Grenache. – read full article –

Concannon Vineyards – history in a glass

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The terroir at Concannon Vineyards in Livermore Valley hides a rich history.  When the winery was built in 1883, it was one of the first in California and the first in the area.  Now, four generations later, John Concannon’s namesake great grandson leads the way in Petite Sirah, sustainability, and modern winery operations. Concannon is notable – read full article –