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8 March, 2017

Wined and Dined by St. Amant at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference

Wined and Dined by St. Amant at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference
Comments : 1 Posted in : Barbera Rose, Dessert Wine, Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Rose Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Six months have passed since last year’s Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, but I’ve been wanting to write about one more experience from it ever since – the Wine Blogger Awards Banquet. It’s not the cheesy emceeing of Alan Kropf I want to highlight, though that cracked me up quite a bit. Nor was it
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15 December, 2016

Food and Wine Lover Christmas Gift Ideas

Food and Wine Lover Christmas Gift Ideas
Posted in : Champagne / Champenoise Style, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Hello, dear readers! I don’t always do a Christmas gift ideas post for food and wine lovers, but sometimes, I find myself with a wealth of information…and deals!…to share with you. This is one of those moments, and I hope this list will help you cross a name or two off your list. Wine Clubs
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21 November, 2016

Highlights of the Livermore Valley Wine Country

Highlights of the Livermore Valley Wine Country
Comments : 3 Posted in : Port, Red Wine, Rose Wine, Tasting Rooms in Livermore - CA, Travel, Travel Guide for Livermore, CA, White Wine, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2016 on by : The Gourmez
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It’s been a few months since I visited the Livermore Valley Wine Country on a pre-excursion to the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC), but my memory has not faded at the impressive wines being churned out by this little known region. With its close location to the San Francisco Bay Area where I live, it’s
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4 September, 2016

Most Memorable Wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference: Part 2

Most Memorable Wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference: Part 2
Comments : 3 Posted in : Bread Wine, Liqueurs, Other Spirits, Petite Sirah, Red Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, Vodka, White Wine, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2016 on by : The Gourmez
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Last week, I posted Part 1 of this two-part series on the most memorable wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC), based in Lodi. I also participated in the Livermore Valley pre-excursion, so those wines crop up here. And they crop up on Instagram, where I first posted this picture from our Concannon dinner:
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2 September, 2016

Most Memorable Wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference: Part 1

Most Memorable Wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference: Part 1
Comments : 8 Posted in : Cider, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, White Wine, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2016 on by : The Gourmez
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This was my third year attending the Wines Bloggers Conference (WBC), and I feel like I’m getting the hang of the endless wine sampling challenge that it is — three to four days full of it, if you add an excursion! I’m still forgetting hair ties to assist with the spitting, though. Maybe I need
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23 August, 2016

Blogger Tips for Making a Media Kit

Blogger Tips for Making a Media Kit
Comments : 11 Posted in : Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2016, Writing on by : The Gourmez
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Why isn’t this a Review, the Gourmez? The wine blogging world is scrambling madly to assemble media kits after the recent Wine Bloggers Conference, and I wanted to do my part in providing references and helping to demystify the concept a bit. At my panel on the samples relationship between bloggers and wineries, media kits
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1 August, 2016

Get Psyched for WBC16 with Livestreams and Lodi Chardonnay!

Get Psyched for WBC16 with Livestreams and Lodi Chardonnay!
Comments : 2 Posted in : Chardonnay, White Wine, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2016 on by : The Gourmez
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  Hello friends! If you are not interested in the wine side of the Gourmez, then this post is not for you. But if you are, and especially if you’re headed to Lodi for the annual Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC) next week, WBC16, read on! This will be my third WBC. So far, it’s been
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1 December, 2015

2015 Finger Lakes Riesling Launch

2015 Finger Lakes Riesling Launch
Posted in : Dessert Wine, Riesling, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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For the second year in a row, I took part in the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance Riesling Launch, a live-tweeting event that invites wine writers and bloggers to check out the newest vintage (2014) of the region’s signature grape varietal together, virtually at least, with the wineries. I received sample bottles of three different rieslings,
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2 November, 2015

A Sampling of the Perfect Watkins Glen and Eastern Seneca Lake Experience

A Sampling of the Perfect Watkins Glen and Eastern Seneca Lake Experience
Comments : 3 Posted in : Dessert Wine, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in the Finger Lakes - NY, Travel, Travel Guide for the Finger Lakes, NY, White Wine, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2015 on by : The Gourmez
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The Mystery At the annual Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC), one late afternoon/early evening is dedicated to an excursion out of the host hotel and into the wine region itself. Where we bloggers go is a mystery; each tour bus heads to a different location for a wine tasting and dinner, and just where we will
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12 October, 2015

Crunchmaster Crackers Review

Crunchmaster Crackers Review
Comments : 1 Posted in : Food, Product Reviews on by : The Gourmez
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You’ve likely seen my first couple of posts on the Wine Bloggers Conference held in the Finger Lakes last month. But you probably don’t know how essential palate cleansers are to the wine tasting drill! When you are sampling upwards of twenty wines a day—and likely many, many more—having something that can break up the
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