Archive for the ‘Wine Education’ Category

Mar 14, 2006

Mailing List Wines: Worth it?

Do the mailing list only wines skip by the competitive marketplace by setting an arbitrary price on the wines that are never exposed to the value conscious wholesalers and retailers and restaurant buyers who participate in the open market for wines? It’s an interesting question that is explored by Dave McIntyre over at "Dave McIntyre’s Wine Line". If the wine is never offered in the general market place then the buyers have no idea if the wine is worth what…

Mar 6, 2006

Dancer, Winemaker, Leader

Rodney Strong Died. Many of you may know the wine brand that carries his name. But there was a real, and very impressive, person behind the brand. Rodney strong was a very important person in the Sonoma wine industry; a promoter of the industry and the region. He started in wine in the late 1950s after a career as a Broadway dancer. He and his wife Charlotte, also a dancer, were a ubiquitous couple around Sonoma County and within the…

Mar 2, 2006

Q&A Thurs: How to leave A tasting room politely without buying?

Is there a good way to leave a tasting room without buying any wine so the person who spent all that time pouring and talking to you doesn’t feel insulted? Not really. However, this has worked for my wife and I: First, she tugs on my ear to let me know we are going to put the "Wallet Get-Away". Then, she says to me, "honey, I left my wallet in the car." She leaves. I wait five minutes. Then I…

Mar 2, 2006

Q&A Thurs: Can nearby plants affect a wine’s flavor?

CAN THE FLORA AND FAUNA THAT SURROUND A VINEYARD CONTRIBUTE TO THE TASTE OR AROMAS OF A WINE MADE FROM THAT VINEYARD? The answer is yes. The classic example used in California is the instance of a vineyard that might have eucalyptus trees surrounding it. In this case, people have claimed to detect a distinctive "minty" quality in the wine that is attributed to the oils from the tree adhering to the grapes and being transferred to the wine. Another…

Feb 17, 2006

The Wine Pod Cometh

It’s no secret that a huge number of visitors to wine country come away with the idea in their head of how great it would be to make their own wine. Some have visions of owning a winery on Highway 29 in Napa. But most just want to take a shot at bottling their own wine. For these types there is a pretty large industry that caters to home winemakers. However, the learning curve can be pretty steep. Plus, there’s…