Plus, Roederer Estate vineyard workers win $163,000 wage settlement from contractor, $200,000 worth of Chardonnay down the drain in Australia, retired wine barrels become skateboards, and more …read more
On February 10th, in his article called “Casas del Bosque offers a glimpse of Coastal Chile” Jim Greeley highlights the wine history of Chile and especially the development of the vineyard Casas del Bosque, his winemaker and its wine production. Of which highlights some of its wines like Sauvignon …read more
Did my annual wine class last night for the U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business’s Wine Club. It’s always so cool to go there, with the big banners celebrating their Nobel Prize winners, and those super-smart students who, one imagines, might be running the show someday.
One of the things …read more
First off, for this video you’re going to need to pour yourself a glass of perky Furmint and queue up CCR’s “Green River” (BRAAAWHHHHWWWWW…. brahw-wahw-wahw-wahw-whaw-WHAW!). That’s because from a rainy day, with nice people, fine wine, and a backdrop that’s a fisherman’s wet dream (get it?… ok, whatever…) …read more
I’m always interested in the best way to manage people–taking into consideration their personality traits and how to make the most of everyone in your team, not just those who perform well in a group. Topmanagementdegrees.com sent me this great info graphic about how best to manage and mentor …read more
Hawks View Cellars Current Releases So many visitors who come to Portland, Oregon seldom take advantage of visiting the many wineries located close to the city, and that is not a good thing! One of the do not miss wineries is… … Hawks View Cellars. They are located just to …read more
I used to go to every P.R. event I was invited to—which was a lot—when I started out as a wine writer. With Wine Spectator cred, I was on all the A lists in San Francisco. When I moved over to Wine Enthusiast as chief California critic—a big step …read more
Fast Company has a piece on Eataly, the enormous and enormously successful (grocery) store with restaurants inside it. For those who haven’t been, the stores have an innovative concept that harkens back to an olde tyme market with different vendors for fish, meat, and pasta, interspersed with fresh fruit …read more
When I look at the timeworn façades across Portugal, listen to the tune in the language, or taste the spice of the food and I find it fascinating when I realize how much of it is influenced by the warm, culturally rich continent to the south, Africa. The strong Arabic …read more
If using straight piri piri is too much for you, here’s an old-school family recipe to try at home, capable of being used a bit at a time. You can add it to several dishes, or simply create your own Portuguese hot sauce. I personally love it with sautéed shrimp, …read more
Debra catches up with Genevieve Janssens, Director of Winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery. They discuss what the job of Director of Winemaking actually involves, along with what Genevieve’s French roots have brought to her predominantly Californian winemaking career. They discuss Genevieve’s experiences working with iconic figures Robert and Margrit Mondavi, …read more
I admire but do not envy them: the three dudes to the right, Travis Hinkle, David Keck, and James Watkins are heading next Monday from Houston to Dallas where they will be seated for the Court of Master Sommeliers theory exam, which, according to the court’s website has a 10 …read more
Margo Van Staaveren, Winemaker, Chateau St. Jean, and Christophe Paubert, Winemaker and General Manager, Stags’ Leap Winery
Usually it’s the tale of two cities – Napa and Sonoma. But sometimes there is an exception and that’s where the best stories originate. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet …read more
Whenever possible, I always try to meet up and taste with Italian winemakers when they come to Houston.
And so yesterday early evening found me with Urs Vetter (above) who’s worked for more than two decades as the sales and marketing director for legacy Alto Adige grower and winemaker Alois Lageder.
In …read more