Author Archives: firstvine

A different look at sustainable farming

I’ve written a lot about sustainability over the past year and how it relates to wine grape growing and wine production.  But it hadn’t occurred to me to look at how sustainability works in other agricultural sectors. Then while driving … Continue reading

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Last of the summer wine recipes

As promised in the previous post, this is the last of three summer wine recipes.  I’ll be posting more recipes, of course – but this is the last of a series designed specifically for summer eating.  In addition, I made … Continue reading

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Summer recipes, Part 3 — with a whole bottle of wine in there

Happy August!  Cy and I have been on vacation.  I meant to put up a recipe while we were away, but it just didn’t happen.  Mostly because there wasn’t a rainy day where I’d have been inside looking for things … Continue reading

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Summer recipes, part two. Now with more wine.

I don’t know if you all feel this way, but I generally think of wine as a cooler-weather cooking ingredient.  When I started putting together recipes for summer blog posts, wine didn’t immediately come to mind as anything more than … Continue reading

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Summer recipes, part 1

It has definitely been a summer of eating so far.  And Cy and I haven’t even left for our week of lobster rolls and twice-a-day cocktails.  So many good things to eat this year!  I didn’t get a chance to … Continue reading

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Perhaps you can buy happiness after all

As part of looking back on 10 years of importing and selling wine, I wrote a post a couple of months ago about how my millennial customers generally don’t buy the same wine twice.  The most common explanation for this, … Continue reading

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Making wine Instagram-mable again

Even though I have lots of wine-loving friends, I’ve noticed that more of them post food photos on social media than wine photos.  Not that they don’t take wine-related photos, just that there are barely any featuring a particular wine.  … Continue reading

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10th Anniversary Musings, Part 2

I’ve done a lot of wine tastings in 10 years of importing and retailing.  From pouring in a shop that sells our wines to guided wine tastings in people’s homes.  I’ve served as entertainment for corporate events, bridal showers, and … Continue reading

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10th Anniversary Musings, Part 1

Happy Winoversary to us!  First Vine officially started selling wine 10 years ago, almost to the day.   Our first shipment arrived on May 14, 2007.  Seven wines from four producers, all in the southern Rhône valley.  I wrote a post … Continue reading

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Cookbook author wine talk with Joanne Weir

In 10 years of being in the wine business, I’ve seen a lot of cookbooks on wine and food.  But the one I turn to most often is Joanne Weir’s Weir Cooking – Recipes from the Wine Country.  The book … Continue reading

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