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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Good Wine Trends

The previous entry here was about the not-so-good trends. Here are the better ones.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Not So Good Wine Trends

Yeah, there have always been trends in wine. And a lot of really dumb trends in craft beer. Hard seltzer? LOL Here's a look at what seems to be the worst in wine trends.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Thinking About Getting Into the Wine Industry?

As the Pandemic (hopefully) winds down, there are many jobs going unfilled. The wine industry is no exception. People want to go into the wine industry because the product you are making or selling is fun. Others want the opportunity to live in wine country and enjoy the lifestyle. 

Monday, November 15, 2021

How to Ruin Your Wine

Wine is fragile. It can be screwed up in the vineyard (rare), in wine making (not very often), or once it leaves the winery (too often).

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Wine Components

There are main elements to every wine. This is where all the different smells and flavors start. This is also a good place to begin if you're just learning how to describe wines. This knowledge is useful in describing what sort of wine you're looking for when in a store or restaurant.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

The Tale of Napa's Burgess Cellars

Burgess Cellars was founded in 1972 by the Burgess brothers, then passed down to the son of one of the brothers. In September 2020 Burgess Cellars was sold to Gaylon Lawrence Jr. Lawrence is a billionaire real estate mogul and had recently begun buying property in Napa Valley, including Heitz Cellars. Nowadays, you pretty much have to be a billionaire to play in Napa real estate.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Yelp Says These are the Best Restaurants in Sonoma County

Yelpers gave these county restaurants their top scores. You might wonder why some are on the list. I do, but then I learned not to always trust Yelp some years ago. The good news is most are fairly inexpensive.

From Sonoma Magazine here are the best according to Yelp.

Monday, November 1, 2021

Essential Sonoma County Restaurants

  Essential restaurants, theirs and mine though I'm not even sure what an "essential" restaurant is. Sonoma Magazine put out their 25 essential restaurants of Sonoma County. I've been to eight of those they selected. Some I haven't made it to because they're far away for a dinner out (Sonoma is a big county). A couple are a bit expensive for my taste; others because it's generally not a type of cuisine I'll spend money on.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Invest in Wine Stocks?

I'm not any sort of expert investor, if there is such a thing, so I won't tell you whether you should pick up a few wine stocks. Maybe it's something you might want to do just for fun with a few hundred bucks. Here are some options.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

The Upward Trend in Alcohol Levels

Over the last few decades alcohol levels in wines have been going up. Yes, those red wines you see at 14.5%, 15%, or more, used to be 13.x%. There's a similar change with white wines. What happened? Two things.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Winery vs a Label

A winery, by definition, is an establishment that makes wine. Seems pretty straightforward. Much of the wine you see in grocery stores is what I'd call a wine label. I don't mean the physical paper label on the bottle, but it's a winery name that isn't really a single physical winery. You could call it a wine brand without its own winery and made in a wine "factory."

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Premium Wine Vineyards on the Move

On the move? Over time, yes, as the land heats up. The average temperature in Napa Valley has gone up 2.3 degrees Fahrenheit in the last 125 years. That's a bit higher than the overall increase for the country. In France they have noticed an increase in temperature, just as the rest of the globe has, along with more heat waves, more precipitation in the autumn and winter with a drop in rain in the summer.