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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Give Your Sense of Taste and Smell A Workout

Maybe it's not just about giving your body a workout after the holidays. Something that might be a little more enjoyable is improving your sense of smell and taste with practice. Why? To help with your wine enjoyment, of course, but also with anything else you consume.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Wine Country Lodging & Dining During the Pandemic

   We've heard about wineries and the economic pain with lack of visitation. Some have been helped by more shipping via their websites. The other parts of the hospitality industry in the wine country are hotels and restaurants.

Monday, January 11, 2021

2021 in Wine

   Everybody likes predictions and the nice thing about them is readers forget what you predicted when it doesn't come to pass. Besides, I need a break from all the stupid crap going on now. Extrapolating from what is already going on is easier so this is more figuring out which trends stay, which ones go.

Friday, January 8, 2021

One Company That's Doing Well During the Pandemic

 Naked Wines is a 12 year old online wine retailer based in the UK. It's a different sort of wine club and you can read about how they run their business elsewhere if you wish. They've been quite successful, but nothing like "pandemic successful."

 With all the stay at home orders and people ordering everything online their fiscal half year that ran from last April through September saw an 80% growth in revenue over the previous year.

 Their UK offerings of Christmas specials during the December lock down brought in so much traffic that it temporarily crashed their website.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Possible BIG Wine Story of 2021

  This new year starts dark, but improves as the vaccines are rolled out. It's just that no one knew at the time how the new mRNA formulation would change everyone's sense of taste and smell. Suddenly chardonnay tasted like soap, cabernet like candy corn. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Wines Stories of 2020

  A look at the main stories covered in this blog for 2020. Yeah, guess what, the Covid pandemic tops the list as it related to the wine business. Second on the list were the wildfires.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Quirky Sonoma County

  There are a number of what you might call odd events that happen throughout the year in Sonoma County. You might not see anything quite like this back home.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The Father of Premium Wines

Unless you're a local to Sonoma County you've probably never heard of Agoston Haraszthy or even know how to pronounce his name. The Anglicized version is sort of ah-gas-ton hair-as-tee. He is the father of premium wine in California.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Wine Myths

There are a few things you hear or read about wine that just aren't true. Let's hit on a few.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The People Who Make the Wine You're Enjoying

  The people usually getting the credit are wine makers (deserved) or winery owners (not necessarily deserved). Like any successful company it's the people you hire that do the actual work.  In small wineries, as any small business, a person will wear multiple hats. What are their roles in the wine industry?

Friday, December 11, 2020

Plan to Visit Sonoma County During the Holidays?

  It won't be happening. Sonoma County announced a stay-at-home order effective December 12, 2020 through January 9, 2021. Tasting rooms are closed, restaurants are closed except for take-out, hotels are closed.

  How about Napa? As of the day I'm posting this Napa has not shut down, but they are near record levels for Covid cases so you have to expect it's coming.

  Stay safe. Sonoma County Stay At Home Order


12/16/20 Update: Napa County is about to close down also.



Thursday, December 10, 2020

Drinking a Little Less

Yep, we've seen the studies about moderate consumption being healthy. We'd like to believe, but I think most of us have doubts about, the validity of these claims. This is why there's a trend to drinking less, drinking lower alcohol beverages, or not at all. Well, there's another way.