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Dear Reader,

I have been very busy these last few weeks.  First and foremost I did my civic duty and voted last Tuesday.  I even was the inspector for my precinct.  No matter whom you voted for, it was a historical election.  We now have a new president-elect, and hopefully our country can move forward in the right direction.

Earlier in the month Larry and I went to the first American Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Rosa.  We learned about a lot of new things that are going on in the blogging world.  There are over 700 bloggers writing about wine world-wide.  It is a fairly new industry so there is a lot to learn.  It's a new way of doing focus reporting with a discussion forum.  We met some wonderful people in the industry.  We were treated to key note speakers such as Gary Vaynerchuk and Alice Feiring who were amazing to listen to.  We met some of the top wine bloggers in the industry such as Alder Yarrow of Vinography: A Wine Blog and Tom Wark from Fermentation, The Daily Wine Blog.  They too were very good to listen to and learn from.  Check out their websites and start learning how to be connected in the wine world by blogging.  Don't forget to check out our blog too.  You might ask, what is blogging?  Well, Wikipedia's answer is this:  A blog (a contraction of the term "Web log") is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.  "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

I have a new interview with Winemaker B, who is nearing the end of this year's harvest at Dutton Goldfield Winery.   He talks about what happens to the Chardonnay now that it is in the barrels fermenting, about the final Pinot Noir grapes that came in from one of their growers in Marin County and his experience of cleaning out a 12,000 gallon tank fermenter with 38 tons of grape sediment at the bottom, plus much more.  Remember if you have any questions for Winemaker B, please email him at or post your questions on our blog.  He will get the answers to you as soon as he can.

To top things off, I have a great interview with Doug Beckett, the founder and CEO of Peachy Canyon Winery in Paso Robles CA.  Doug and his wife Nancy started the winery nearly 20 years ago.  They decided early on that their focus was going to be to make the best  Zinfandel out there.  And that they do.  They keep getting top reviews for their Zinfandels.  One son, Josh, is the winemaker and the other son Jake is the National Sales and Marketing V.P.  One big happy family.  Along with this interview there are two more recipes for you to enjoy with their wines.

If you've gone to any wineries this month or tasted something that you really want to share please blog about it.  It's really so easy to do.  We would all love to read about it.

What is the history of wine?

Archeological clues suggest that grapes were cultivated as far back as 4000 BC, and although the exact origins of wine-making are uncertain, civilization has merely refined what is a natural process.  Stronger glass, tighter stoppers, and Louis Pasteur's research into fermentation in the 19th century have enabled the production of wine to develop into the huge commercial industry that it is today.  Here is a brief history of wine given by author and wine expert George Taber on YouTube. is a website dedicated to help you learn more about wine region traveling:  how each wine region is unique and what it has to offer, the art and science of wine making, some FAQ's on wine etiquette, recipes that go great with different wines, plus much, much more.

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Peachy Canyon Winery spoke with Doug Beckett, founder and CEO of Peachy Canyon Winery in Paso Robles.  Doug who has been making wine for over 20 years now is very proud where his winery stands, which is one of the top Zinfandel wine producers in our country.