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The Season of Harvest – from someone who has nothing to do with it

It’s funny, you work for a winery and everyone imagines that you’re either literally making the wine or in charge of shaking hands with the public every single day. People who try to sell me advertising space, distributor trade reps, the guy who delivers the bottled water, my mother – all betray themselves in conversation as having absolutely no idea what I do all day. “Well you must be insanely busy now that harvest is on.” -anonymous sales person “True, I haven’t returned your unsolicited phone call, but its because I am authoring a wine club customer feedback survey, not because there is a whole bunch of Sauvignon Blanc being delivered today.” – a perhaps overly sassy Me.

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Wine as Consumer Packaged Goods or how we sucked all the romance out

Commodity is not wine’s natural state. In fact, sometimes I don’t know how we (as in the wine industry) managed to get here from there. How we took something so inherently different and made it so the same. How in our mad-dash to lay a business plan and margin analysis over a vineyard, we overlooked what gives wine value in the first place. Forgot what makes it mysterious. Ignored what makes it special.

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Happy Birthday Vintuba!

Well we have made through our first year of drinking, talking and blogging.  And like any 22 year old (legal in all 50 states plus one) facing their future, we looked back at what we had accomplished, attempted, and abandoned and decided the website needed a bit of work.  So got to work and created, […]

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France’s Rhone Valley

The Rhone Valley in the South of France is split into two regions. With 95% of Rhone Valley wine coming from the Southern Region, it easy to overlook the fantastic Hermitage and Cote-Rotie wines of the Northern Region.

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Its Grüner Veltliner Friday

TGIF Today is Grüner Veltliner Friday: Today I would like to talk to you about Grüner Veltliner, no it is not a new strain of flu or the latest socially transmitted disease, however I do want to warn you that once you have tried it you might become infected with the desire to drink it […]

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Confessions of a Wine Marketer and Professional Know-it-All

I’ve got some opinions regarding the secret password of the modern wine industry. No not Social Media – Millennials. Hell, I am one. As someone in the trade, who both is young and looks younger, I’m pretty weary of being the spokesperson for this “future of the industry.” Here are the multitude of reasons why:

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Got Wood? Oak-K then…!

I thought that I would take a break from the Wine Bloggers Conference navel gazing and bring you a post about what is sometimes referred to as the “oak monster” or the “winemakers spice cabinet” I find it fascinating that an oak tree takes almost 100 years to grow to maturity and can live up […]

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Wine Blogger Conference end of day 1

I must say that day 1 of the wine blogger’s conference was interesting in three ways: 1. I finally got to meet the Windy City Wine Guy in person. His is one of my favorite blogs and this guy knows his wine.  He has also been a guest host on some of our VINTUBA podcasts. […]

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Wine Blogger Conference day 1

Today I am attending day one of the wine bloggers conference in Napa & Sonoma and it is off do a great start! Sofar I have tasted some GREAT whites from Rueda Spain, Sherries, wines from Bonny Doon, Faust and met the producers from “Bottle Shock”. The life wine blogger event will be starting shortly […]

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Vintuba makes a guest apperance on Wine Biz Radio

ChrisO stopped by Kaz Winery in the heart of Kenwood to be interviewed about his day job at Benziger Family Winery and Imagery Estate Winery on Wine Biz Radio, soon however the subject changed to vintuba and the bloger love-in was off to the races.

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The Stories Behind Wine Episode 2 – Oslavia – Drinking History

Inspired by the book, “Ribolla Gialla Oslavia: The Invisible Part of a Wine,” we travel to a little village in Italy called Oslavia that has been gaining popularity in the wine world for producing non-traditional, original wines with the Ribolla Gialla grape. The battle ground for both 20th century world wars, this area experienced complete destruction only to have strong independent winemakers return to replant its vineyards and rebuild. With Ribolla Gialla, you can drink Oslavia’s history.

The Stories Behind Wine Episode 1 – Port



We talk to Nick Poleto Director of wine education for Kobrand Imports. Get out your smoking jacket, light up your cigars and kick back to the soothing tales of Port.

Wine Soiree- An interview with Andrew Lazorchak

ChrisO, from, interviews Andrew Lazorchak from Wine Soiree, the man behind the latest wine aeration innovation. Watch as wine is spilled, decanters hugged, and millionaires made.

Podcast 23-Value from Bordeaux

We are particularly excited about this podcast because we get to discuss a topic that is not usually associated with this region, and that is value. Join us as we taste through 3 wines; a white, rose, and red wine from the broader appellations of Bordeaux. All of the wines we taste are in the sub $15 range and deliver on the promise of good QPR (quality price ratio).

Rhone where you want to – An interview with John Alban

Ever wonder why the annual Hospice du Rhone event is held in Paso Robles California and not the Rhone Valley of France? Well so did we! We asked John Alban, the founder of and chief evangelist of the Hospice du Rhone movement, this very question and many others and got answers that may surprise you. Who would have thought that you would hear Rhone wines mentioned in the same sentence as Baskin Robins, 80’s big hair glam rock, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. What are some of your favorite Rhone style wines?

On the Verge at Hospice du Rhone 2010

ChrisO interviews Jay Kell from Verge Winery at the 2010 Hospice du Rhone Grand Tasting. Find out what this wine has in common with Queen Latifah and Burning Man.

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