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Monthly Archives: April 2014

In Search for a Bit of Sakartvelo in America

Robert Blasscyk of Lily Girl Vineyards reached out and contacted me about qvevri winemaking in the country Georgia. Lily Girl Vineyards is located in Tioga, Pennsylvania, close to Rt 15 and the New York border. Robert is very interested in creating a marani and producing traditional Georgian wines in buried qvevris. During our discussion, Robert […]

Book Talk Surprises Wine Enthusiasts about the Birthplace of Wine

We set up for a presentation and book talk about Georgia, Sakartvelo: the Birthplace of Wine at Unionville Cellars in Ringoes, New Jersey on Sunday, April 27th. Although there was a steady crowd there was little interest in attending the book talk and presentation. That is until we corralled some visitors and started presenting. Our […]

Visiting the Wineries of New Jersey

At the invitation of the Garden State Wine Growers Association, we have spent two days visiting wineries and providing talks relevant to the wine industry. We have met numerous delightful people of New Jersey who….

Spring is in the Air: A Variety of Upcoming Wine Events

Visiting wineries in the spring can be delightful. Look for the magic in the vineyards as grapevines begin their journey from sap dropping like tears to buds swelling and signs of leafing out.

Photos of a Georgian Winery: Bagrationi 1882 in Georgia’s Kartli Region

The heart-warming country of Georgia has wineries and vineyards spread throughout the low lying area east of Tbilisi all the way to Batumi, the resort city on the Black Sea. Check out Bagrationi 1882, a winery producing sparkling wines.

Celebrate Earth Day Tomorrow By Planting A Grapevine

Tomorrow Tuesday, April 22 from 12Noon to five pm, Pearmund Cellars in Broad Run, Virginia is celebrating Earth Day in a special way.

Valdubon Cosecha 2012 from Spain

Last week we received a surprise, a bottle of Spanish wine. We were excited as a couple of months ago we had participated in a tasting of Spanish wines in Washington, DC, which we had enjoyed.

Cement Suitcase Interview with Writer-Director, Rick Castañeda

We are always interested in watching movies that take place in wine country. Cement Suitcase takes place in Washington’s Yakima Valley. Several scenes were filmed at Airfield Estates Winery. We visited Prosser and Airfield Estates. We were intrigued to see a setting where we have been in the movie. This is an email interview with […]

Cement Suitcase

One can be the ultimate salesman, but when things fall apart and one reaches the bottom, there is only one way to go and that’s UP. Moving up bears its own challenges. The movie takes place in Washington’s Yakima Valley and portrays the main character, Franklin, played by Dwayne Bartholomew, at his best and at […]

Grilled Pizza With Prawns, Cherry Tomatoes and Arugula (appetizer)

With warm weather here or quickly approaching, take time to enjoy pizza cooked on the grill. I love pizza cooked on our outdoor grill. It seems to be lighter tasting and with a freshness that one does not get with a traditional pizza. The recipe below is from Cakebread Cellars located in Napa Valley.

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