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Small Artisans Step up to the Pouring Tables

Twenty-five retails stores in Calistoga, California opened their doors to "Cheers to Taste" on September 7, 2001 and hosted the pouring tables of wineries from all over Napa County.

Cabernet rolling south of the Pyrenees

On September 1, 2011 at #Napa #CabernetDay Tasting Sessions in the Marriott, a question arose about where Cabernet Franc is grown and used in wine.

Yannick Amirault Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil 2009 Cabernet Franc Les Malagagnes

Presentation on "The Cabernet Franc of the Loire Valley" for global #CabernetDay at the Napa Marriott on September 1, 2011 by Deborah Parker Wong The event was organized at this location by Bakas Media.

Yannick Amirault Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil 2009 Cabernet Franc Les Malagagnes (srp $30 U.S.), is on the north side of the Loire River.

Tasteup at Inspiration Winery

The Sonoma County (#soco) Wine Industry organization and Facebook Monthly, organized by William Allen (aka @SonomaWilliam) convened on 8-30-2011 in the tasting room of the Inspiration Vineyard and Winery in Santa Rosa, California.

Tasting Alert for Cabernet Franc Enthusiasts

Languedoc Rising: Catherine Saint Juery 2004

Anecdotal evidence suggests that Languedoc is on the rise.

Another piece fell into my file last night, Aug. 11, 2011. Finishing up with wine at the Wireless Communications Alliance special interest group for Mobile Applications in lovely Sunnyvale (California). Organizer Gigi Wang brought a wide selection from her home cellar.

Toward a Rational Scoring System in Wine Blogging

Tom Wark, in Fermentation on July, 25, 2011, proposes a schema for measuring/scoring the quality of wine-writing. It is a starting point, rather than a final measurement system.

Mr. Wark describes reasoning for placing focus on three areas:

  • Readership
  • Commentary
  • Paid Endorsement

I would like to add some dimension and robustness to "Commentary". It should spawn discussion threads that run wide and deep, with a long tail.

WBC11 - Unifying Tradition and Modernity

Throughout the 7/22/2011 morning speed tasting at the North American Winebloggers' Conference in Charlottesville (Virginia), stereotypical views about the unmixability of styles took a pounding as winemakers embraced their roots and their future in a unified re-interpretation of the present where they declared who they are collectively.

#WBC11: Getting Over What Holds Us Back

From July 22nd through 24th in Charlottesville, Virginia, the fourth annual North American Wine Bloggers' Conference will take place. I am stunned by the honor to attend, bestowed by the generosity of conference sponsors, that I may report to you about the proceedings and charming digressions of #wbc11 through my own aficionado's lens and lingua franca.

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