But it’s a great marketing opportunity

Why do people believe that when you have a wine farm – or manage one for that matter – your product becomes a free-for-all. I blame this one squarely on the big companies who actually do have the budget to give their product away for ‘visible marketing’ thereby creating the perception in the market that [...]
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There is always one

One of the more fun-filled adventures of my job is presenting wine tastings.  If you are into people watching this one is for you. Over the years I've been exposed to the best (and the worst) the wine drinking community has to offer.  Here are some of my most memorable personalities. The Cheerleaders:  They greet you [...]
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Moms and Wine

My mom was a teacher and I remember how she mostly appreciated the silent moms.  The ones who did not trouble trouble.  These were the moms who left the teachers to do their jobs while they took the responsibility at home, but who would be there at the drop of a hat should there be [...]
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Why oh why?

Who in their right mind ever decides to write a blog?  This had to be one of those crazy, third glass of wine, middle of the night, failed Eureka moments.  But now, emotionally I've committed, and dammit if I can run a wine farm I can surely write a blog. I mean really, how hard [...]
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Nearest and Dearest and reason for drinking

It’s one thing to work in the family business, but quite another to run your own family on the side.  Sometimes these two get so integrated that you have to resort to opening wine from someone else’s' cellar just to feel like family has not taken over your life completely.  But I guess invariably they [...]
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The Family Connection

Taillard Family Wines.  Sounds so romantic.  Sounds like one happy family all stomping on grapes during harvest season with the girls wearing long dresses pulled up to their knees, men waltzing out of the vineyards with baskets brimming with ripe grapes and the kids running around in circles. At sunset the whole family gathers under the [...]
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Background

I love wine.  I love it so much that I spend most of my day surrounded by it, thinking about it, selling it and... yes, drinking it.  I manage a wine farm.  Doesn't it just sound like every 40-something mom's dream job? Well, I guess it is most of the time. Let’s go back a [...]
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