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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Many Roads Lead to Wine Knowledge, Part 2

If programs such as WSET, CSS, CSW, MS, MW as well as travel are in the realm of the social sciences, what about college and university classes? There are universities offering degrees in oenology. Now many colleges and community colleges in wine regions are also offering courses. Two years ago, I decided to take an […]

Ehlers Estate Winery and the Leducq Foundation

Ehlers Estate winery in Napa Valley is known for its biodynamic and organic vineyards. The vineyards are farmed with organic processes begun in 2004. In 2005 they began using biodynamic techniques. Grapes have been grown here since the 1800’s. Jean Leducq, a philanthropist, began purchasing small parcels of land in the 1980’s and eventually purchased […]

Soup with Wine is Perfect for Cold Weather

This morning it was a bitter 14 degrees outside. Cold weather people may enjoy these freezing temperatures but I am a warm weather fan. I’ll spend most of the day enjoying the warmth of our wood-burning stove. The next 10 days won’t be out of the 30’s. I’m sure it’s colder in other areas but […]

Many Roads Lead to Wine Knowledge, Part 1

What would be acceptable criteria for granting certification to wine writers? There are many different avenues to learning about wine. Other than drinking and tasting wines at wineries and visiting vineyards, my first formal learning came with a community college class that met for two evenings for three hours each. In addition to the twenty […]

Required or Voluntary Certification for Wine Writers

Let’s assume for the sake of the argument that certification for wine writers is going to happen. One of the questions that will arise is if the certification is going to be required or voluntary. I don’t believe that wine writers can be required to have certification to write about wine. Many writers who write […]

HoCoBlogs.com Bloggers Enjoyed Evening of Comaraderie at 2nd Chance Saloon

Last night the HoCoblogs.com writers, a group of bloggers from Howard County, MD met at the 2nd Chance Saloon in Columbia. As writers and bloggers this was our first time to experience a HoCoblogs.com meeting. About 40 people showed up at the event. We met blog enthusiasts who enjoy blogging about numerous topics. Bloggers write about […]

Should Wine Writers Be Certified?

Recent blog posts have taken sides on the issue of wine writers and if they should be certified. (Check Enobytes.com and The Wine Curmudgeon). It is time for me to chime in. At issue is the information or misinformation that is written. True anyone with Internet access can write a blog and say whatever they […]

Winery Events this Weekend! January 21-23

Below is a list of winery events you may want to attend. Links are included for your convenience. Check the website or contact the winery in advance to verify times. (These events are from Wine Trail Traveler’s Winery Featured Partners.) Have a great weekend! Cheers! Kathy Friday, January 21 Time: 6:30-9pm Winery at LaGrange, Virginia […]

The Difference the Spelling of Icewine Can Make!

A visit to Canada’s wine regions will acquaint visitors very quickly as to what makes an Icewine. Canadian winemakers take Icewine very seriously. The VQA sets strict guidelines for producing Icewines. In British Columbia Icewine production is under the Vintners Quality Alliance BC and in Ontario they are overseen by the VQA Ontario. Some interesting […]

In January Decide What Wine Regions to Visit During 2011

January is a great time to plan a vacation or trip to a wine region. January seems to provide more time to relax and consider what your travel plans are for the coming year. There are many wine regions within the US to visit as well as around the world. Wine Trail Traveler has visited […]

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