Monthly Archives: June 2011

9 Fascinating Facts About Petite Sirah

  1. There is nothing  “petite” about Petite Sirah. This
    is a big, inky monster of a wine.
  2. The first
    plantings in California date back to the 1880s. Only a handful of other
    varieties can make that claim.
  3. It’s not unusual for
    Petite Sirah to be used as a blending wine to “beef up” other varieties,
    particularly in lesser vintages.

Posted in Wine in the Glass

Winery Dining in Temecula

In Oregon, wineries have been fighting for the right to add restaurants to their on-site operations. (See our story on this topic here.) It’s an uphill battle, with the primary objection being that such additions would harm the rural nature of the…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Winery Dining in Temecula

In Oregon, wineries have been fighting for the right to add
restaurants to their on-site operations. (See our story on this topic
here.)

It’s an uphill
battle, with the primary objection being that such additions would harm
the rural nature of the winegrowing areas.

There have
been no such concerns in the Southern California appellation of
Temecula, however, where no fewer than seven wine estates are home to
excellent restaurants.

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

There’s Always More to Learn…Even for Teachers

Virtually every profession evolves with time, and that makes continuing education an important aspect of many jobs. That includes teaching people about wine. The Society of Wine Educators’ 35th Annual Conference will take place August 3-5 in Provi…

Posted in The Wine Business

There's Always More to Learn…Even for Teachers

Virtually every profession evolves with time, and that makes
continuing education an important aspect of many
jobs.

That includes teaching people about
wine.

The Society of Wine Educators’ 35th Annual
Conference
will take place August 3-5 in Providence, R.I., and
this year will offer a creative take on the theme, “A Food and Wine
Experience.”

Posted in The Wine Business

It’s a Great Time for Wining-and-Dining

Let’s talk about alcohol. No, not vodka or whiskey or tequila. Frankly, once I “got into” wine more than two decades ago, I haven’t consumed much of the “hard stuff.” With so many different types of wine to enjoy, why would I? I’m talking about th…

Posted in Editor's Journal

It's a Great Time for Wining-and-Dining

Let’s talk about alcohol.

No, not vodka or
whiskey or tequila. Frankly, once I “got into” wine more than two
decades ago, I haven’t consumed much of the “hard stuff.” With so many
different types of wine to enjoy, why would I?

I’m
talking about the alcohol level in wine. Like so many things in life, it
is something that is cyclical. (Just try saying “cyclical” after
consuming a vodka martini, and you’ll understand why I stick to
wine…)

Posted in Editor's Journal

A New Chairman for Wine Institute

David B. Kent, CEO of The Wine Group LLC, headquartered in San Francisco, became Wine Institute Chairman for the 2011-12 fiscal year at Wine Institute’s 77th Annual Meeting of Members, held at the Sonoma Mission Inn. Also elected were Kathleen Hei…

Posted in The Wine Business

A New Chairman for Wine Institute

David B. Kent, CEO of The Wine Group LLC, headquartered in San
Francisco, became Wine Institute Chairman for the 2011-12 fiscal year at
Wine Institute’s 77th Annual Meeting of Members, held at the Sonoma
Mission Inn.

Also elected were Kathleen Heitz Myers of
Heitz Wine Cellars in St. Helena, first vice chairman; Chris Fehrnstrom
of Constellation Wines U.S. in San Francisco, second vice chairman;
Carolyn Wente of Wente Family Estates in Livermore, treasurer; and Greg
Coleman of E. & J. Gallo Winery in Modesto, secretary. Robert P.
(Bobby) Koch is President and CEO of Wine Institute.

Posted in The Wine Business

Vinous Magic Happens on Mount Veeder

Mount Veeder was named for the German Presbyterian pastor, Peter Veeder, who lived in Napa during the Civil War era and enjoyed hiking on the mountain, where the Douglas Firs and Bristlecone Pines reminded him of the forests of home. It was during…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles
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