Category: Events - Part 2

Setting Wine Related Goals in 2014

Ring in the New Year with Pol Roger ChampagneCheers, and Happy New Year! I hope 2014 finds you and your family happy, healthy and prosperous!

For me, I’m not making resolutions this year. I’m only setting goals. Some easy, some lofty, but all targets I plan on hitting! The first is to pass the Certified Sommelier exam in April 2014. The second is to make my new business, Crushed Consulting LLC, very successful. I have other wine related goals, that I’ll share and explore with you as 2014 unfolds. What is your most important goal this year? Leave a comment below, and lets help each other stay on track!

Tasting Three Bordeaux Wines Under $20

I believe many people in the US are afraid of French wine! I feel this fear is the product of three factors, the inability to pronounce the wine’s name easily, the inability to identify the grapes readily, and the inability to be comfortable with the previous two factors given lofty prices of some French wines….

Funk

Funk is all around us. It’s in music, as a funky bass line. It’s in wine, as the funky, barnyard scent found in some wines. And of course, it’s in our head. We all get into a funk from time to time. For some, it’s mere moments in a day, while for others, it can…

Is The California Wine Club The Wine Club For You?

With Mother’s Day around the corner, you could get mom a gift of visiting California, so she could enjoy wine country. Or, you could bring wine country to mom, giving the gift of wine from small boutique CA wineries. For the past 23 years, husband and wife Bruce and Pam Boring visit the smaller wineries…

St Patrick’s Day – It’s not just for beer anymore

Though St. Patrick’s Day is a religious celebration, enjoying a drink has long been a part of that celebration. And while it’s customary to have a beer or cocktail on St Patrick’s Day, enjoying a glass of wine is certainly an option. To put together a food and wine pairing piece, I asked an Irish…

Summer Time Red Wines

Talking Easy Drinking Summer time Red Wine with Dave & Cyndi from DaytimeOften, the heat of summer makes us yearn for cool, refreshing white wine. However, as a proponent of “Drink what you like”, you may want some easy drinking red wines perfect for summer.  Here I am on Daytime, a nationally syndicated morning show, discussing two perfect options!

Oregon Photo Recap… and Who Won The Harry and David Basket

Thank you all for entering the Harry & David Cheese & Salami gift basket giveaway. It was awesome to be able to share the delicious treats I was able to sample on my media trip. Rebecca Graham was selected at random using random.org’s third-party random drawing program, and I’ll be excited to hear her thoughts…

Wine Blogging Wednesday 57 California Dreaming

As most of the wine loving world knows, Robert Mondavi passed away one year ago May 16th. In an effort to recognize and pay homage to this progressive and influential force in the wine world, Jeff LeFavere from goodgrape.com has chosen a topic for this month’s Wine Blogging Wednesday that invokes Mondavi’s passion for California…

Toast The Royal Couple With Champagne

On Friday April 29, 2011 Prince William of Wales will marry Catherine “Kate” Middleton as millions across the globe tune in. Whether you are wholly uninterested, or throwing your own Royal Wedding Party at home to watch the affair, one thing that should hold your excitement is the bubbly served at the event. There had…

Tasting and Talking about Quivira – 2007 Grenache

I wasn’t fortunate enough to join my fellow wine writers for the 2009 Wine Bloggers Conference, where many had the opportunity to walk the Quivira Vineyards. I was, however, fortunate enough to visit Quivira and two other wineries as part of a Visit Dry Creek series of wine segments for Daytime, a nationally syndicated morning…