November 2009 Blog Posts (11)

A Vintge Evening at the Breakers

A Vintage Evening at the Breakers.

By Carolyn Horan

On Friday September 25, 2009 the Newport Preservation Society launched the 4th Annul Wine and Food Festival. This year it was held at the venerable Breakers. In 1885 when it was built it was the largest home in America, its interior decorated with rare marble, alabaster, gilding and platinum leaf(extremely rare). Built as a summer cottage for Cornelius Vanderbilt 11 this 70 room Italianate villa is now a National Historic… Continue

Added by Carolhoranwine on November 27, 2009 at 2:30am — No Comments


What are Backlinks? These are infact links that you would have come across while reading blogs, reports or even articles and when you click it they take you to their parent business website.Focus on backlinks from similar sites first. Same niche sites to communicate, are usually a good thing. Backlinks because it will give back links page rank is randomly placed on a website that has nada to do with your own site.Choose a reports site or trade book that has better quality news and is well… Continue

Added by Jack Simpson on November 26, 2009 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Why I network...? Big hug from Douro Valley Victor Marques

Why I network with you and so many other that I will in the near future?

Connecting with friends I haven’t met yet. Psychological research shows that feelings of connection to other people lead to longer, healthier, happier lives. Ecademy, twitter, face book, YouTube, LinkedIn, plaxo , etc.

Increasing communication with my friends and also family. Even if you have a small family, it can be difficult to keep in touch with your relatives. Online social networks such as… Continue

Added by Victor Marques on November 20, 2009 at 5:22am — No Comments

Live and Let Liver

Going to take a minute to go on a semi-political rant here:

I got a rare opportunity to pay a visit to Sonoma-Artisan Foie Gras’ farm in the aptly named community of Farmington, just southeast of Stockton. Owners Guillermo and Junny Gonzales, along with their lovely daughters Maria and Elena hosted a group of about 40 Bay Area Chefs and restaurateurs for a tour of the farm and a lunch afterwards.

Guillermo and… Continue

Added by Patrick Loomis on November 18, 2009 at 7:49am — No Comments

New BKWine Brief newsletter available

The new issue of our wine newsletter is available: BKWine Brief #76. You can read it (or subscribe) here:

Added by Per Karlsson on November 15, 2009 at 4:22am — No Comments

Holiday cooking in Hawai`i (or, my old man was an alien from a biodynamic planet)

Say what you will about Biodynamic® grape growing and winemaking, the methodology makes for entertaining thought. Especially if you're a Pinot Noir lover. One sip of the unique, supple, nostril tingling Pinot Noirs by, say, Marcel Deiss in Alsace, Meinklang in Austria, Porter-Bass in California, or Maysara in Willamette Valley tells you that, loud and deliciously.

At… Continue

Added by Randy Caparoso on November 12, 2009 at 8:50pm — No Comments

Viñedos Emiliana’s consciously organic, unconsciously world class wines

As a career wine professional, I’ve always approached every new wine the same way: by, first, suspending disbelief and preconceptions when looking at it in the glass, and then asking, does it taste good… are the aromas fresh, clean and compelling… the flavors rich, balanced, fine and elegant… or are they the opposite – dull, bland, rough or lean?…


Added by Randy Caparoso on November 10, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

A dude's Thanksgiving (wines for turkeys)

It's time to ruminate on wines and turkey. From the perspective of undoubtedly many a wine professional – spending Thanksgivings at tables with as many as a dozen different bottles of wine at a time (the most ever for me: some five dozen bottles shared with Greg and Gary Butch’s families at their restaurant, Elizabeth on 37th in Savannah... thanks, boys!) – I think I can do this.…


Added by Randy Caparoso on November 4, 2009 at 7:36pm — No Comments

Wine Sales in October Rise is reporting that October wine sales increased 7% over September. This isn’t uncommon as the last three months of the year typically account for at least a third of all wine sales in a calendar year. The most meaningful number is that October 2009 wine sales were 4% higher than October 2008.

Statistics are by dollar volume, a meaningful statistic for wineries.

Mark Twain popularized the phrase, “There are three types of lies: lies, dammed lies, and… Continue

Added by Mark Stuart on November 3, 2009 at 7:01pm — No Comments

Is there a place for organics on upscale restaurant wine lists?

Domaine Tempier
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Added by Randy Caparoso on November 3, 2009 at 8:09am — 1 Comment

Society of Wine Educators Update CWE Exam

For nearly a decade The Society of Wine Educators offered a similar format for the widely recognized Certified Wine Educator credential. In 2010 SoWE is updating its exam to further delineate what they believe a wine educator should embody.

New to the exam this year is a formal presentation on a prescribed subject, either submitted by video or in front of a panel of CWE’s. The presentation is to be 20 minutes in length and should prove the candidate is capable of speaking clearly and… Continue

Added by Mark Stuart on November 3, 2009 at 8:03am — No Comments

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