Norcal Wingman on May 28th, 2010

All, I thought I’d share this with you, I’m sure all of you Cali folks received the same form letter, but I thought it might be worth posting: +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Dear Mr. Wing: Thank you for writing to express your opposition to H.R. 5034, the “Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness Act.”  I appreciate hearing from you and welcome […]

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Norcal Wingman on May 27th, 2010

After three years of very dry winters in Sonoma County, the rain has returned.  This is all good to a certain extent, lord knows we need the water.  The reservoirs are full and some are even over 100% of “normal” capacity.  However, there may be a big downside, at least as far as us winos […]

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Norcal Wingman on May 26th, 2010

To start off, a continued apology for being absent for almost two weeks now.  I just finished my last final of the semester and thought a sparkling wine to celebrate the completion of this semester was only appropriate, don’t you? So on our last wine tasting excursion we had a lovely day tasting our way […]

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Norcal Wingman on May 20th, 2010

All, Just a quick note tonight and an apology of sorts.  I did not do dinner tonight, I took the day off to go play a round of golf!  I saw many of Livermore’s fabulous grapevines basking in the sun and enjoying a light breeze as I hacked my way around Poppy Ridge Golf Course. […]

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Norcal Wingman on May 17th, 2010

5/21/2010 Just a quick update, I received a thank you letter today from Make-A-Wish, they raised over $760,000 in cash and “in-kind” donations.  Wow! Once in a while a convergence of powers come together and amazing things happen. Last weekend was one of these occasions.  Wine and Wishes, the Make A Wish Foundation holds an […]

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So some friends of ours are wine club members at De La Montanya and they took us out for the annual BBQ and party they have at the small winery in RRV, although it’s really close to being Dry Creek.  I’ll have to double-check my GPS next time we’re there…  I digress, so we joined […]

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Springtime has sprung in Sonoma County and I’ve done too much Chicken and Beef lately.  Barbecue was certainly an option, but I’ve done a fair amount of that too so I really wanted to do something that was a game changer.  I wanted to challenge myself while sticking with the spirit of the season.  I […]

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Norcal Wingman on May 12th, 2010

Do you believe that adherence to the “marketing concept” is the right way to approach international markets? Why, or why not? Here is what defines as the marketing concept “The marketing concept is the philosophy that firms should analyze the needs of their customers and then make decisions to satisfy those needs, better than […]

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Norcal Wingman on May 10th, 2010

I haven’t had the pleasure, or displeasure, of pouring box wine since I don’t know when.  I guess when I was a waiter our red and white house wines were big boxes that were served from a bar gun, so that’s probably the last time I ever cracked open a box of wine…  But all […]

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Norcal Wingman on May 10th, 2010

I had a great wine that got better as it opened up, sadly I reviewed it before it really opened up to me to show its true character.  Over the last glass of it, a day later, my wife and I discussed the topic of decanting and when and why you should/shouldn’t decant.  She mentioned […]

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