Monthly Archives: August 2011

Remember Al Stewart? He’s No. 9 on Our List

If you know of him at all, you probably know Al Stewart for his 1976 hit single, “Year of the Cat.” Stewart would have a few minor hits after that, including “Time Passages” and “Song on the Radio.” But as the years passed and radio changed, Stewa…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Same Issue, Different Tree

It’s déj vu all over again. Only the trees are different. Back in 1996, Sonoma County-based wine giant Kendall-Jackson secured the permits needed to remove 843 venerable oak trees from property it had purchased in Santa Barbara County. The re…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

The Countdown Begins…With a Tie

As promised, today we begin our unofficial, unscientific, completely subjective countdown of the Top 10 Wine Songs of All-Time. Over the next few weeks, we’ll weave our countdown in and around our regular Vinesse Today blog posts—so, in addition t…

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Here’s to the First Couple That Never Was

Lowell George, one of the founding members of the group Little Feat, wrote a lot of songs that have been covered by a lot of people. Among them was perhaps the ultimate rollin’-down-the-highway song (yes, even more epic than the Doobie Brothers’ “…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Four Close(r) to Home Wine Festivals

Yesterday, we took you on a preview trip to some of the magnificent wine-and-food festivals around the world. Today, we’re sticking close to home…for the most part. Here are quick glances at—and helpful links for—a quartet of domestic festivals,…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Four Cures for Festival Fever

Do you have some frequent flier miles that are about to expire? Are you tired of having your money parked in a savings account that’s generating virtually zero interest? Did you just win the lottery? If you’re looking for a reason to get out of to…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Perhaps it’s because I recently said “so long” to cable and am subsisting on just a handful of television stations, but I haven’t seen the classic “back-to-school” commercial from Staples this year. You know the one I’m talking about—Andy Williams…

Posted in The Wine Business

Where Hope Meets Speculation

First came a report from Reuters indicating that summer rains have made up for a dry spring, putting France’s winegrape harvest back on track—and perhaps even signaling the possibility of a “vintage of the century.” It should be noted that “vintag…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Wine: The Liquid Oreo Triple Double?

You must have heard about it. I put my radio into “scan” mode and, in the course of just an hour, heard it mentioned or talked about in depth on four different stations. It was all over newspapers from coast to coast, including this mention in the…

Posted in Wine and Health

Drink Good Wine, Help Tsunami Victims

It’s human nature to personalize everything. Even things we really shouldn’t. When northern Japan was hit by that horrific earthquake and subsequent tsunami in March, I found myself glued to the television set for hours at a time. I’ve visited Jap…

Posted in Wine Buzz
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