December 02, 2008

Copia - please pull through

Copia filed for bankruptcy yesterday - December 1, 2008.

 While they have always struggles to breakeven, I believe it is an institution worth striving to keep alive in some form or another.  It is a credit to Robert Mondavi that the facility was even built.  The Oxbow area of Napa is just starting to come alive, I am not sure if that helps or hurts Copia - but it is worth finding out.

To read more:  here is a link to Google News aggreagation of stories on the subject.


To all those in the wine education department of Copia - we know you did your best.

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November 13, 2008

Why use barrels?

If you ever wanted a quick piece on why winemakers want to use barrels - here it is

Barrels Are Expensive—Why Do We Use Them?
Posted: 09:56 AM ET, November 13, 2008
Posted by Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer

The alcoholic fermentations are done, both at Brancaia in Chianti Classico and in the Maremma, so our principal task and decision-making process during the next 12 to 20 months involves when, for how long and in what kind of oak we barrel all the different young wines. At Brancaia, all wines are matured in small oak barrels for at least 12 months. Apart from some tests we do every year, we exclusively use French oak barriques and use them for two to three years before we sell them off to other producers.

you will need an online subscription to Wine Spectator to read the rest here.

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July 29, 2008

A New wine bookstore

I just started a new bookstore solely for wine related books - I will continue to add books and comments as I find them.

Find it here: Heritage Wine Bookstore 

Let me know if there is something in particular you would like to get.



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March 12, 2008

Wine MBA - my colleagues

graduating class

Graduating Class Wine MBA 2008- Mikaela Sullivan, Francesco Ferlaino, Adam Morris, Johan Gouws, Miranda Porterfield, Thomas Gallagher, Amy Mumma.  Not Pictured: Edoardo Narduzzi 

Awaiting the ceremonies at Chateau La Couspaude, St. Emilion

As I stated in my little speech at the ceremony, many thanks to all of my classmates, profs, visiting lecturers and staff. 

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Wine MBA graduation and Michel Rolland

Receiving the diploma


Philip McLaughlin (Dean of BEM), Thomas Gallagher, Michel Rolland

Michel Rolland was our class mentor and delivered the commencement address. 

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