Miles & Jack (from Sideways) are back!

Love Sideways? It's time to get Vertical! A note from the Publisher: From the author of the world’s most beloved wine novel comes the 2016 Sideways sequel: Vertical: Passion and Pinot on the Oregon Wine Trail “Proof that sometimes the sequel is as good as—sometimes better—than the original.” -- Michel Totten, Author of Where the West Ends “Rex Pickett has not let us down. Welcome to Oregon Miles and Jack!” -- Karl Klooster, Oregon Wine Press YES, THEY DRIVE YOU CRAZY, BUT THEY ARE SO ENTERTAIING! The Scene: It’s ten years later and these two road buddies—Jack, now divorced, and Miles, dealing with new found fame as a writer—reunite and travel to Oregon’s famed Pinot Noir country to the Inter

What you Really Need in a Wine Cellar ... Part 1.

​ ​Adding the words ‘wine cellar’ to the description of your home, restaurant, hotel or club, by virtue alone, instantly glams up your space. Accompanied by an automatic picture of gleaming, curated (yes, curated - some people hate that word, but wine cellars almost promise to be curated) bottles stored carefully, the follow up question is almost immediate: “Can I see it?” And that question was the point all along, right? Showing off the cellar shows off the wine and vice versa. But first things first - there are always specs before there’s a showroom, and this a point which needs to be made, but let me begin with this: I am a wine writer. I typically talk about what you’re tasting, where i

How to host a Wine and Cheese Fundraiser

A question Eric V. Orange "EVO" , founder of, often gets asked is: "We're a not-for-profit agency in need of funds; is there a way we could have a fundraiser through your organization?" The good news is YES, and this guide will explain the basics of organizing your event, plus we'll show you how you can use to help promote your non-profit cause. Note: Eric wrote this from the perspective of a medium sized event, so please adjust or eliminate aspects which may not fit your circumstances. To begin with, an ideal wine and cheese/food event should involve key people from these four segments of your local food/wine businesses. A local retail wine shop Loca

Federal requests for patient info raise red flags in states that allow medical pot use

“With the anti-marijuana rhetoric coming from the Trump administration’s Department of Justice, you do have to wonder what the true motivation is here.” Officials say they are collecting general demographic data for research, but the move has alarmed some state officials as well as those in favor of more progressive laws who cite the Trump administration’s mixed messages on marijuana use. Read the whole article HERE

Experts Fear Global Wine Industry Lags Dangerously Behind in Embracing Social Media

BY: Elizabeth Hans McCrone SNIPPETS SHARED via I came across this article today, and realized how spot on Monika is about her social media views. A few snippets are here, and the full article link is at the end of this post. “We have to understand this … that in 25 years, there won’t be people alive who have lived without it.” So predicts Monika Elling, CEO and Founder of Foundations Marketing Group (FMG), a strategic communications and brand building company for the wine and spirits industry. Elling is referring to social media and other digital communication platforms, citing the critical importance of moving beyond what she calls “retro thinking” to embrace cust

How Restaurateur Jeff Black Got In The Medical Cannabis Business

The first two people that chef and restaurateur Jeff Black consulted before he officially decided to get in the medical cannabis business were his kids, then 12 and 13. “I sat them down, and I said, ‘I’m not going to do this if there’s going to be some stigma against you in school. I’m not going to do this if you’re going to carry some burden,'” Black says. But as he talked through it, his youngest son started spouting off medical data about the benefits of cannabis. “I was like, ‘Where do you know that from?’ He’s like, ‘I want to be a doctor, dad. I know everything,'” Black recalls. “He was the one who was like, ‘You need to do this. You should do this. This is important.'” Black is now a

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