Wine Business

Norcal Wingman on January 12th, 2011

When I started my wine blogging adventure I put this post together for Jon Troutman over at and was very exited to have my work shared with a much wider audience than my wife and a few friends that actually read my blog posts at  I heard the news today that Cork’d is […]

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Norcal Wingman on October 31st, 2010

This past Friday I was attending a little post-harvest  celebration with “the wife” where I had the opportunity to meet the guy who does grape sourcing for her company, I’m assuming for many of the brands.  Anyhow, he was chatting with the general manager and winemaker from “the wife’s” winery and was telling us about […]

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Norcal Wingman on September 20th, 2010

Dateline: Nanjing, China In a “5 Star” Hotel, in the capital city of Jiangsu Province, the Sheraton Nanjing Kingsley Hotel & Towers, one might expect to be able to find a drinkable wine, however, you would be mistaken. I had the fortune of having my first visit to the country of China a few weeks […]

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Norcal Wingman on August 3rd, 2010

Well here we are, firmly in the middle of Summer and damn it’s Hot!  Hot everywhere but here in wine country that is.  I have heard that this is going to be the hottest year on record, McClatchy has a report stating that according to NASA 2010 is on track to be the hottest year […]

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A few months back I attended the annual Make-a-Wish event at the Sonoma-Cutrer vineyards and was lucky enough to win one of the live auction lots, the Wine Experience with Tom Simoneau “The Wine Guy.” The stars aligned and we were finally able to schedule this event and get together to taste some great wine, […]

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Another week of summer school is down, thank god!  I’m tired.  I volunteered to help out “the wife” this weekend at her winery’s wine club pick-up party.  Let me tell you, I have the best of both worlds, that of a wine consumer and living on the fringe of being “in the industry.”  I was […]

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Interview with Jim Mau, Biologist and Producer for 2 Degrees Above Normal, a documentary film about how climate change is affecting the cultivation, economics and culture of wine on a global scale. Jim Mau Bio, from 2DAN Website: Jim is a former principle and executive in two biotechnology companies. His responsibilities there encompassed R&D […]

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Norcal Wingman on June 7th, 2010

Hello everyone.  I wanted to give you an update since my next four weeks will be exceptionally hectic.  Thursday Night Dinner is going to have to take the proverbial “Back Burner” position as I slog through a summer inter-session course at school.  I’m hoping that this move will allow me to continue to provide all […]

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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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