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  • In My Backyard
  • Five Takeaways from the Wine Media Conference

    I just returned from a weekend at the always entertaining, yet still educational, Wine Media Conference.  This conference was put on the backburner in 2020 because of Covid restrictions.  This year, we saw a smaller conference, but it wasn’t scaled down in terms of quality content. I *loved* the slower pace of this conference.  After […]

  • In My Backyard
  • Invading the Southern Willamette Valley: Wine Media Conference 2021

    *Disclaimer* In exchange for a discounted registration fee, I agreed to write a set number of posts in regards to WMC content. Hear ye, hear ye!  Wine Media “Summer Camp” is back! This year, members of the wine trade and media will take over the Southern Willamette Valley and the city of Eugene, OR.  I […]

  • Cocktails
  • Shutdown Diaries – AGAIN???

    So if you haven’t been paying attention, parts of the US are shutting down again.  Here in Washington, where this sites World HQ is, we are in a strict lockdown.  Restaurants and bars (including wineries, distilleries, and breweries) are either to-go only or outdoor dining.  Some places have chose to close completely, as it doesn’t […]

  • Life Is Crazy
  • Quarantine Diaries: 5 Lessons Learned 90 Days In

    On Tuesday, 4/21, we celebrate a grim milestone in the USA…that date marks 90 days, 3 months, since the Coronavirus was confirmed to be in the United States. As of the time I’m writing this post, there are 761,964 confirmed cases, 35,314 deaths, and 70,337 that have recovered. (Source: Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker) What […]

  • Beautiful Life
  • Quarantine Diaries Day 2: Virtual Happy Hours

    So in these days of uncertainty, we’re all trying to cope. For us wine people, it’s no different. So how have we been coping? Virtual Happy Hours! What are Virtual Happy Hours? Just exactly what they sound like. Happy Hour done from the comfort of our own home using videoconferencing software such as Zoom or […]

  • Beautiful Life
  • Quarantine Diaries Day 1: Life in the time of…Corona???

    …and no, not the beer. The world is an ever changing place. Especially now. We all know that SARS-CoVID-2 (aka CoVID-19 aka Coronavirus) is running rampant throughout the world. Which is scary. It’s placing us into an unprecedented time of unrest and the unknown. A lot of wineries and breweries are being hit hard by […]

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