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

How to Get Your 'Vacation Wine Home Safely

    Before 9-11, hardly a plane flew out of San Francisco
International Airport without at least one “six-pack” of Napa Valley or Sonoma County wine in the overhead compartments.

      The practice of carrying home special bottles from a romantic weekend in wine country often turned into a social occasion at the airport, as wine-toting travelers would spot someone else with…

Posted in Wine Cellar Notes

Monterey Vintners Gear Up for Big Celebration

    There may be no better way to spend a Saturday afternoon in California’s beautiful coastal community of Monterey than by attending the 15th annual Monterey Winemakers’ Celebration.

     The four-hour feast of the senses is scheduled for Saturday, August 11 from 12 noon until 4 p.m. at the Custom House Plaza in Monterey. Here’s just a sampling of what attendees can…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Can Vineyards Have an Impact on Carbon Cycling?

    University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor Glenn McGourty is taking a scientific look at a biodynamic farming practice called “carbon cycling” in a 1.5-acre Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard at the U.C. Hopland Research and Extension Center in Mendocino County, the trade magazine Wines & Vines reports.

     Here are excerpts from that report:

     “Carbon cycling” is getting increased attention due to concerns about global warming, which scientists believe is partly caused by carbon released into the planet’s upper atmosphere. The breakdown of soil carbon speeds…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

A Tasty Dish to Watch Movies By

     As promised in the “Editor’s Journal” entry yesterday, here’s a recipe for a tasty dish that has a movie named after it this summer. 

     The Chicago Tribune calls it “an upscale version of the French peasant dish,” and we’d suggest serving it with almost any wine – white, red, pink or sparkling – as long as the wine is light-bodied. This recipe yields…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Ontario Sees the Light and Pours the Wine

***image2***     The Ontario government is helping bring more visitors to the Canadian province’s wine regions by permitting the sale of single servings of wine for guests to enjoy as they tour a vineyard.

     “Ontario is becoming known around the world for making top-quality wine,” says Essex MMP’s Bruce Crozier. “Winemakers asked for the government’s help to promote their products and improve tourism in the wine regions, and we listened.”

     There are more than 100 wineries in Ontario, sprinkled throughout the Niagara Peninsula, the Lake Erie north shore, Pelee Island and Prince…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Rats! I Really Wanted to Hate This Movie

    Before the Disney company became ginormous — Webster now recognizes “ginormous” as a word, even if the Spell-Check feature on my computer does not — I was a huge fan and consumer of all-things-Disney.

     I still enjoy taking my grandkids to Disney movies and theme parks, and trying to relive my long-lost childish glee through them. And you know…

Posted in Editor's Journal
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