Archive for the ‘10 Things’ Category

Aug 29, 2011

Top Ten Differences Between Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley

Having lived both in Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley, I’ve developed some opinions and observations about these two very different but neighboring wine country locations. The visitor to the region should be aware of these differences if only to be prepared to appreciate each valley for its uniqueness 1. Napa Valley is a Wine Disneyland, while Sonoma Valley is a Wine Region No getting around this. Napa Valley is all wine all the time, while Sonoma Valley is all wine….

Aug 1, 2011

Take the Plunge Into The Fuzzy Buzz

We find ourselves smack in the middle of summer here in the northern hemisphere. That can only mean one thing. It is time for the annual Pastis Pitch. I still can't understand why the various folks who make that delicious, delusion-inducing, summertime delight known as pastis still have not hired me to help widen the embrace of their milky-yellow drink? Is there a greater advocate for its use and enjoyment than I? With that pitch for new business out of…

Jul 23, 2011

What I’ve Learned At the 2011 Wine Bloggers Conference

What I've learned at the 2011 Wine Bloggers Conference…So Far 1. The choice of Charlottesville for the location of the conference is an inspired one. Not only is it a town filled with gracious and proud folks, but it oozes history. And for a long-time student of American history, it's actually kind of difficult to explain the thrill to walk amongst that history. 2. Jancis Robinson, the first keynote speaker at the Conference, might be unique among practiced and established…

Mar 29, 2010

Ten Things Every Small Winery Must Know

There are treats to be had by working in the wine industry and I'm not talking the food and wine that does indeed flow so copiously. Rather, I'm talking about the opportunities I'm fortunate enough to have to share ideas with colleagues and learn from the best. I had such an opportunity last week when I spent time in Seattle at TASTE Washington. I was invited to sit on a couple seminar panels at the annual celebration of Washington wines….

Mar 22, 2010

Responsibility of the Wine Experts

I've always thought of as a search engine masquerading as a font of information for the search engine illiterate. That's a little harsh and I'm probably wrong about it. The other day an representative from sent me the top ten wine questions asked at the site. Here they are: 1. How many calories are in a glass of wine?2. How do I make wine?3. What is port wine?4. How many bottles of wine are in a case?5. What…