When it comes to mobile communication, there's an app for just about everything. Whether you tweet, blog, or watch videos, "going mobile" is clearly winning the hearts and minds of wine lovers everywhere.
India Vineyard J Vineyards & Winery, celebrating its 25th year as a business in Sonoma County , has integrated an informational QR code on two of its upcoming wine releases — the 2010 J California Pinot Gris varietal wine and a celebratory J Cuvee 20 "Anniversary" sparkling wine.
Red Wine In India By scanning the QR code with your mobile device, you are instantly transported to a one-minute educational video on that particular wine. In these "quick hit" videos, J Founder and President Judy Jordan shares wine and food pairing tips.
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India Vineyard The Bird in Hand winery, based in Australia's wine-growing state of South Australia, will open a new cellar door in the northeastern Chinese city of more than six million people next month, showcasing its wine to an expanding Chinese middle class with a palate for wine.
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Doughnuts and wines will be served up -- yes, together -- at Psycho Donuts and Poetic Cellars Wacky Wine and Crazy Cakes Pairing Extravaganza noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Soquel winery. The $5 fee includes doughnuts from the Psycho Donuts chain paired with Poetic Cellars wines.
India Winery Crab cioppino dinner April 27 The public is welcome at the Santa Cruz Council Knights of Columbus Crab Cioppino dinner social, taking place next Wednesday, April 27, at Star of the Sea Hall, 515 Frederick St., Santa Cruz.
Vineyards India There will be a no-host bar at 6:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. A $12 donation is requested. Call 688-0977.
Back when Earth Day started in 1970, organic food meant withered, bug-eaten produce sold at food co-ops by tattooed, ponytailed hippies of questionable hygiene. Organic wine meant something “rustic” of equally questionable hygiene that was likely to go really funky in the bottle.
Wine Society Of India Today, organic food is mainstream (tattoos, too). And organic wine — or at least, “green,” environmentally friendly wine — is in vogue as well. But green wine is a thorny subject because of confusing definitions and varying standards that leave the consumer bemused at best and confused at worst.
India Winery Shop at Whole Foods Market and you can buy organic lemons, organic carrots and organic beef. But I haven’t seen anything labeled “sustainable” parsley, or “biodynamic” spinach. Your olive oil might be organic, but not “made with organic olives.” Go to the wine department, however, and you’re likely to see that array of confusing terminology. What does it all mean? If you believe that organic food tastes better than conventional and you’re willing to pay the price, it’s worth knowing the wine lexicon, too.
Maybe we could. Then again, maybe we couldn't. It's always tempting to look at someone else's business and conclude that you know more and better than they do. With that humbly acknowledged, I would like to submit the following: Here's what I would do if I owned a winery.
Wine To India This may seem overly simplistic. But I'm here to testify that it's nothing less than astonishing to see the number of times a winery sidesteps, obfuscates, or flat-out lies about its practices in the winery or its reasons for pursuing a particular course of action.
Wine Society Of India A good example is alcohol level. Too many wineries are reluctant to provide a precise alcohol level for each of their wines. Now, many wineries do offer such a thing on their websites. Bravo to them.
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