MOOC on Wines and Vines starts Weds. Nov. 13

Created by four of France’s top agricultural science schools (Bordeaux Sciences Agro (Officiel) ENSATAgroSup Dijon and Montpellier SupAgro), and taught by four of their professors, a FREE Vine & Wine MOOC starts tomorrow Wednesday November 13 at 1pm UTC.

So if you want to learn more about vines and wines including

  • wine-making and sales
  • the biology of the vine
  • viticultural practices
  • oenology and the wine economy

without spending a fortune, then this FREE five week MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is for you! Continue reading

Harvey and Pepe: Sherry from Gonzalez Byass #SherryWeek


The first time I had sherry was late October 2009: I’d taken a red eye from LAX to Lisbon where I was whisked off to check in and dash down to dinner at the European Wine Bloggers Conference as the guest of Enoforum. As I tucked in to plentiful Portugeuse food and wine, I saw a few familiar faces from the Wine Bloggers Conference and met new folks who filled me in on what I’d missed on the first day.

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Don’t Mess with Texas: Two Reds from Bending Branch Winery Paired with Burgers #WinePW

My first experience with Texas wine that I recall was in France last month at the community dinner the night before the World Wine Tasting Championship where everyone brings wine from their own country to share.

Our teammates on the USA wine tasting team were two guys from Texas: Continue reading

Looking for a SMOOTH wine? Napa’s Mellow Markham Merlot is for YOU! Happy #MerlotDay!

“Merlot is the first wine I fell in love with when I arrived in Napa. In my opinion, it is the perfect food wine,” says Markham winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls.

When people ask me for wine recommendations, I ask them what they like and what they’re eating. While they may not know what the menu might be, they do know one thing:

They want a SMOOTH wine.

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Happy Birthday to Wine Predator! Happy 100th Birthday to Nino Franco!

After a number of years of writing a newspaper column called “Art Predator,” on Saturday, November 4, 2007, I registered my Art Predator blog and began posting about an eclectic collection of topics that engages the whole soul– including food, wine, and travel.

Art Predator (CC) Randy Stewart, Feel free to use this picture. Please credit as shown. If you are a person that I have taken a photo of, it’s yours (but I’d still be curious as to where it is).


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Tasting Tuscany: Tuna, Beans, EVOO, Chianti, Vermentino #ItalianFWT

Tuscany: Olive oil. Bread. Beans. Wine. And tuna?

Tuscany is synonymous for many with CHIANTI — the red wine made famous by the straw bottle that helped it travel here after many World War and other US Veterans grew fond.

While most Americans think of Italian cuisine as being all about pasta, Tuscans are actually known as Continue reading

Singing Ashes Ashes All Fall Down: #ClimateChange, #MariaFire, #RawWineLA, #Poetry

I want you to feel the fear I feel every day.
And then I want you to act.
I want you to act 
as you would in a crisis.
I want you to act as if our house is on fire.  

Greta Thunberg

Another day, another fire.

Singing Ashes Ashes All Fall Down.

by my front door this morning

That’s what it feels like around here in Ventura County. In 2017 #ThomasFire burned hundreds of homes and other structures in my community and for awhile was the biggest fire ever in California, then last November a mass shooting then a fire, and now this week the Easy Fire and then last night the MariaFire which threatened the Clos des Amis Winery and vineyards where I’ve been interning this year. And these are just the BIG fires…

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