Monthly Archives: July 2007

Fetzer Earns Ozone Protection Award

    “Big” isn’t always bad. There are some rather large wineries that are doing very good things in the environmental arena.

      For example, Fetzer Vineyards’ leadership in sustainable environmental practices has been recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency with a 2007 Best-of-the-Best Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Montreal Protocol, a signature event in climate protection endorsed by 190 nations.

      The California Integrated Waste Management Board also has awarded Fetzer its 12th WRAP (Waste Reduction Award Program) honor for…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Preparing to Pick in Italy

    If you’ve ever been to Italy, you know that it could very well be the capital of the “Slow Food” movement — the effort that encourages us to slow down and savor the food, the wine and the people in our lives.

      While it’s certainly within our control to make such an effort, Mother Nature waits for no one. And so it is that the Italian Wine Union and Italy’s Institute of Services for the Food and Agriculture Market are anticipating an early winegrape harvest this year — by as much as three or four weeks.

      Warm weather in March and April prompted early germination in vineyards across the country. As temperatures remained high, flowering on the…

Posted in Editor's Journal

The Ultimate 'Please Forgive Me' Gift

    Ladies, please excuse yourselves for a moment. What follows is

just for the fellows…

      Okay, you’ve done a really bad thing. You may have stayed out late with the boys… or neglected to take out the trash on the appointed morning… or forgotten the 4-year, 7-month anniversary of the first time your and your significant other played cribbage for the first time.

      In short, you are in the doghouse. And there seems to be…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

When It Comes to Wine, It Pays to Be a Celebrity

Peel me a grape, crush me some ice

Skin me a peach, save the fuzz for my pillow

Talk to me nice, talk to me nice

You’ve got to wine and dine me

Don’t try to fool me bejewel me

Either amuse me or lose me

I’m getting hungry, peel me a grape

      When Diana Krall sings those words, she knows of what she purrs. The Grammy Award-winning jazz singer is a bona fide wine connoisseur, and includes very specific vinous requests for her dressing room when…

Posted in Wine Buzz
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