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Your BEST bottle of wine

When I took my very first wine course, it was designed for marketing professionals wishing to enter the wine industry. The perfect choice for instructor was Dr. Linda Bramble. In one of our very early classes, Linda asked each of us to talk about “the best bottle of wine we’d ever had.” We then went around the room, and heard story after story. When we were done, Linda pointed out what is now obvious to me; that none of the stories had really been about the wine at all – in fact, only one person named the wine, producer and vintage – but rather about the experience around the wine. Her lesson was made in spades! Sometimes a disheartening thought for a winemaker, but a core belief of every good wine marketer.

Thanks Rick VanSickle of Wines In Niagara for this great collection of stories. I particularly love Thomas Bachelder's story (extracted below), maybe because I know him and Mary best.

(And this is a particularly lovely photo of the two of them, don't you think?)

Thomas Bachelder, owner/winemaker of Thomas Bachelder Wines, winemaker of Domaine Queylus

Mary Delaney and Thomas Bachelder. Photo by Elena Galey-Pride"I worked for Quench (then Wine Tidings) at the time.

"Mary Delaney and I left Canada an unmarried couple: we eloped and got married in Venice after a pre-marriage honeymoon trip that saw us visit Paris, Burgundy, Milan, Cinque Terre and Tuscany.

"Despite our lack of money, we had love — and chutzpah — we somehow managed a fair bit of great food and wine …

"The most memorable wine came right at the end of the honeymoon: we were back in Paris, and we went to see the legendary Jean-Baptiste BESSE in his crammed wine shop behind La Sorbonne.

"We had almost NO money left, but I made it clear I was a real wine lover. BESSE understood the desperation of the situation — he rummaged and rummaged (thousands of wines of different types were piled seemingly willy-nilly on others of different types, right there on the shop floor) … and he eventually found me a Côte de Frontonnais (made from the Negrette grape) with a couple of years’ age on it.

"I shared it with my beautiful young bride on the banks of the Seine, on a wooden bench in a green small park cantilevered out over the river, along with some ripe Camembert and a baguette. I can still taste the deep brooding fruitiness of that southwestern French wine … I remember it even after all the Burgundies and Super Tuscans that I had somehow managed to try while travelling on a 'Beer Budget.'

"I ‘got’ that wine — it made me see that that terroir was everywhere — not just in the top appellations. I had my beautiful Mary to hold, but also got to meet and put my arm around Jean-Baptiste BESSE!

"I wondered, ‘imagine if I could just get into the wine business someday … but how?’

"All these years later, I remember the wine … and I still cherish the most beautiful girl in the world …"

Read Rick's full article here. Stories from Lydia Tomek, Mike Weir, Sandra Oldfield, Donald Ziraldo, Allison Slute, Angela Aiello, Paul Speck, Brad Royale, and Terry David Mulligan.


Updating Facebook dimensions, again

An update to Jon Loomer's handy Facebook image dimension chart.

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An excellent Facebook reference

Updated on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 2:55PM by Registered CommenterWinestains

How big is a Facebook cover photo? An app image? A shared link? What's best for desktop and for mobile? Well, all the answers are here, in one place. Thanks, Jon Loomer, for the gracious invitation to share your infographic. (Text summary too.)

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2013 in white and black

As tends to happen at this time of year, I've become retrospective. Sorting through my photo files is a painstaking but enjoyable way to relive my year, and has led me to attempt to choose my favourites of the black and white images that I shot in 2013. In a fabulous travel year that took me to Argentina in April, and Switzerland, France, Germany and Holland in September, I had no shortage of photographic opportunities and inspirations.

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Random Acts of Kindness - What will yours be?

Many businesses, schools, organizations and individuals have taken up this “call for kindness” with close to 70,000 Random Act of Kindness Day cards circulating around the community for the 4th Annual Random Act of Kindness Day for Niagara on November 1st. The cards encourage the cardholder to perform a simple act of kindness for someone – a neighbourhood, a friend, a co-worker, or someone they don’t even know – and hand the card over to that person – encouraging him/her to do the same.

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