Monthly Archives: June 2014

First ‘Urban Winery’ Headed for Oakland’s Waterfront

Times change. Tastes change. And so it is with Rosenblum Cellars, a California winery founded in 1978 that for many years hosted one of my favorite wine events. It was an open house with multiple tasting stations — multiple because

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Celebrate the 4th in Style — With Wine on Long Island

A week from today, we celebrate America’s independence. And what better way to do so than by raising a glass of wine? Several wineries on New York’s Long Island will be hosting special events over the long weekend, including on

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Taste the Best That Michigan Has to Offer

Winning wines from the 2014 Michigan Wine Competition will be showcased at a Gold Medal Reception on Aug. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will take place in East Lansing, Mich., and many of the winemakers who crafted

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An Opportunity to Taste Wine Before It’s Bottled

Can you learn anything about a wine before it’s bottled, while it’s aging in oak barrels? Yes and no. When a wine is young, its aroma and flavor spectrum tends to present itself in “parts.” You’ll typically smell a lot

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Drought Prompts Changes to Garden Care at Korbel

The garden at Sonoma County’s Korbel Champagne Cellars is subtly different this season, and it is all due to the current California drought and Korbel’s ongoing sustainability efforts. For years, the Korbel Garden has utilized a range of sustainable cultivation

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Posted in Wine and the Environment

The Benefits of Keeping a Wine Journal

I write about wine — whether it’s for this Vinesse blog or about the various bottlings featured by the wine clubs of Vinesse — almost every day. Yes, it’s part of my job, but writing about wine also is a

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Yet Another Wente Will Chair Wine Institute

As is the case with most industries, the wine industry has a trade organization that provides an array of services to its members — in this case, wineries. Such groups are important not only to the businesses they serve, but

Posted in The Wine Business

Let’s Get Specific About What’s in the Bottle

The language of wine can be confusing, and that confusion often extends to the labels that adorn the bottles. While many countries require very specific information on labels, it’s still not all black-and-white. A good example here in the United

Posted in Wine FAQ

Salt Is the Enemy… But There Are Ways to Deal With It

We all know that too much salt in our diet is not a good thing. But, when used in moderation, salt can bring dull dishes to life and elevate such everyday food as sliced cantaloupe. Salt has a love/hate relationship

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Korbel Champagne Cellars: Delights for the Senses

Korbel Champagne Cellars’ lush garden is one of Sonoma County’s top visitor destinations for good reason: Towering redwoods and the historic (circa 1882) Korbel House provide a spectacular setting for the garden’s colorful plantings, including 250 different rose varieties.

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log
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