July 2009 Blog Posts (27)

World Wine Tour – 2nd Appeal!

A short while ago I published a blog entitled “World Wine Tour – A Cause Worthy of Your Support!” and we still have a long way to go to reach the needed funds to begin this commendable effort.

In the current economic environment they realize that hard cash maybe less available as the donation of services so if companies could step up and provide the actual service that would work just as well.

A simple break down of expenses is as follows:

Airfare -… Continue

Added by Mark T. Norman on July 30, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Seven, Eight, Vine

Vineyard 7 & 8

Newly Launched Wine Brand Showcases Vineyards on Napa's Spring Mountain.

An Interview with the General Manager and Winemaker of Vineyard 7 & 8.

Vineyard 7 & 8 is a Napa Valley winery with a mission as straightforward as its name: to produce wines of exquisite quality that accurately reflect the small vineyards from which they hail at the top of Spring Mountain. But the simplicity ends there. For as any quality-driven producer… Continue

Added by Nikitas Magel on July 28, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

That is the beauty of life!

In the past few days my blogs about different styles of winemaking have had lively discussions concerning wine from different parts of the world. The bottom line should be that when one drinks wine they should be enjoying it.

I’d like to share a short story about how we developed a style to our wine drinking that we use every day.

Almost ten years ago I was enjoying dinner with my wife in a wonderful restaurant in the St. Germain des Pres, the 6th arrondissement of Paris.… Continue

Added by Mark T. Norman on July 28, 2009 at 7:03am — No Comments

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly -WITS!

In no uncertain terms let me state that I am in complete support of the WITS program and I want to give Jane Firstenfeld & Jim Gordon kudos for their coverage of this event.

Their full story can be read at:…


Added by Mark T. Norman on July 27, 2009 at 8:39am — No Comments

Understanding French Wine!

Let me start by stating that I am a true fledging in understanding French wine and maybe that is a good reason for me to write this. I am not trying to reach experienced French wine drinkers but rather the novice drinker or even an experienced wine drink that is not familiar with French wine.

Until recently, I was probably like many wine drinkers around the world with little understanding of the world of French wine. Two things changed that. I decided to learn by reading and I was… Continue

Added by Mark T. Norman on July 23, 2009 at 7:18am — No Comments

Micro-Brews in Canaan Valley, West Virginia

While traveling to Thomas, West Virginia to listen to music at the Purple Fiddle, we discovered that the area was populated by two micro breweries: Mountain State Brewing Company and… Continue

Added by Todd Godbout on July 23, 2009 at 5:00am — No Comments

Press Release,Amanda Hulver Inducted into the Cambridge Who's Who Registry

Amanda Hulver attributes her success as an Executive Chef to the support she receives from her family, friends, and her love and dedication to food. "

Amanda Hulver

GARDEN CITY, NY, May 2, 2009 /Cambridge Who's Who/ -- Amanda Hulver, Executive Chef for Franklin Avenue Cafe, has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in all aspects of culinary arts.

With 10 years of professional experience, Amanda Hulver… Continue

Added by Chef Amanda Hulver on July 22, 2009 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Elevating Elegance

Napa Winery Carves a Niche in Showcasing Cabernets from Elevated Vineyards.

An Interview with the Proprietor & Winemaker of Robert Craig Winery.

Expression. Location. Distinction. These, we might argue, are the core elements of a finely made wine — one that conveys a message from a particular place with a unique identity. With its wide variation of climate, soil, and topography, the north coast of California affords vintners a… Continue

Added by Nikitas Magel on July 21, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Hardy Wallace is Murphy-Goode's Wine Country Lifestyle Correspondent

Hardy Wallace is Murphy-Goode's man. We should all join in for a hardy round of applause for this super wine bloggin', drum banging, bacon and chicken fryin', certified sommelier, social media machine.

We should also applaud the some 2,000 aspiring MG candidates, who stuck their necks out in the social media world to made a go of it. But the fun has only just begun. On August 15 Hardy will start his work as MG's Wine Country Lifestyle Correspondent, reporting on the life of a wine… Continue

Added by Randy Caparoso on July 21, 2009 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Old World Wine versus New World Wine!

To be or not to be? Sorry Willy but I couldn’t help myself by stealing your line from Hamlet.

Over the last several months I have seen and read a whole lot of blogs taking one side or another of this wine issue. I think that there is virtue in both sides. Since I am not a fence sitter let me explain.

It would seem that those who favor the Old World wines scoff at the New World wines for their lack of maturity and for being hot (too high an alcohol content). The New World… Continue

Added by Mark T. Norman on July 21, 2009 at 7:25am — No Comments

West-Whitehill Winery

It is becoming common knowledge that some form of wine is produced in every state and within scenic West Virginia about 15 wineries call home. The eastern section of the state, the Potomac Highlands, contains the South Branch Valley which is a small micro climate. Called a Rain Shadow, the area receives little precipitation and low humidity because they are located on the… Continue

Added by Todd Godbout on July 20, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

Shenandoah Vineyards

Nestled among farms and cattle ranches are the dozen or so wineries comprising the Shenandoah Valley Wine Growers Association.The oldest of these, which makes it the third oldest in the state, is… Continue

Added by Todd Godbout on July 19, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

World Wine Tour – A Cause Worthy of Your Support!

Six years ago a noble concept was born. Cecile & Jerome de Nomazy crafted a project to collect premium wines from wineries around the world, and then auction them to raise money for worthy causes. The Vignes sans Frontieres (Vines without Borders) successfully began in 2004. The world tours continued in 2005, 2007 & 2008 with new teams each year. Regrettably no team emerged for a 2009 effort.

A short while ago I connected with Anja Cheriakova on LinkedIn. Anja & I… Continue

Added by Mark T. Norman on July 16, 2009 at 8:26am — No Comments

Wine international fair in London Excel May 12th - 14th 2009 Victor Marques , Nicholas Collis and Charles Metcalf.

Nicholas Collis Global Ambassador for Vitoria Koi Wines from victor marques on Vimeo.

Nico has been a fantastic ambassador for Vitoria Koi wines. Today promotion was very positive. Hospede inúmeras fotos no slide.com GRÁTIS!

Nicholas Collis

The Pewsey Vale Wine…


Added by Victor Marques on July 14, 2009 at 11:18am — No Comments

PRESENTATION OF PORT WINE... Victor Marques Douro Valley

Port wine is something very special for any day and any time... You can use it anywhere and everywhere as a gift or as a very enjoyable drink with chocolate, sweets, cheese.

Hospede inúmeras fotos no slide.com GRÁTIS!

Bottle aged port must be decanted out of its bottle into another container to remove the wine from the accumulated sediment before being served.…


Added by Victor Marques on July 14, 2009 at 11:15am — No Comments

FLOR DO MONTE HOTEL VITORIA KOI WINES AND OLIVE OIL.. red velvet was bronze medal on wine challenge 2008

Hotel Rural Flor do Monte is integrated in the region of Alto Douro, which is part of UNESCO's World Heritage. It is located in Pombal de Ansiães, only a few kilometers from the rivers Tua and Douro and near the thermal waters of S. Lourenço. The hotel offers 16 rooms, which are equipped with a private bathroom, satellite TV, a telephone, central heating, and air-conditioning, and furthermore the hotel offers a living room, a restaurant, a bar with a fireplace and a pool. The Hotel Rural Flor… Continue

Added by Victor Marques on July 14, 2009 at 11:14am — No Comments

We seek importers for our fantastic branded products.. Vision, quality and care. Victor Marques

We Seek importers for our products... Thank you so much for your help... Victor Marques from victor marques on Vimeo.

Vitoria koi has been growing and we seek importers for wines, olive oil, honey, jams, Portuguese traditional products and lately with frozen food for catering.. Vitoria koi promotes Portugal and Douro Valley in a very strong and… Continue

Added by Victor Marques on July 14, 2009 at 11:12am — No Comments

DC's Wine Country - Food and Wine Festival

On Saturday July 11th, we attended the first annual DC's Wine Country - Food and Wine Festival, not as an attendee, but as a volunteer. Good thing, because that evening was completely sold out - 1,500 people had purchased tickets. They had prepared to travel to beautiful Bluemont Virginia and enjoy about a hundred different wines… Continue

Added by Todd Godbout on July 14, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

Merrymaking with Merryvale

Longtime Napa Winery Continues to Make Quality Accessible.

An Interview with the Senior Winemaker of Merryvale Vineyards.

A visit to the grounds of Merryvale Vineyards reveals everything we've come to expect of a Napa Valley winery: graceful design, serene landscaping, warm hospitality, and, of course, quality-driven wines. On scratching the surface, though, we discover something that doesn't seem quite as common anymore among… Continue

Added by Nikitas Magel on July 13, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

New issue of BKWine Brief wine newsletter out

We've finally published the new edition (issue #72) of the BKWine Brief, our newsletter on wine, food and travel.

You can get it here (and you can subscribe to future updates): http://www.bkwine.com/bkwine_brief/bkwine_brief.htm

Added by Per Karlsson on July 13, 2009 at 11:08am — No Comments

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