Author Archives: cbournel

A Trip Down Memory Lane with a 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon

When I opened my 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon from Byington Vineyard & Winery, a flood of memories came rushing in. This was a time when I worked for Byington in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It truly was the best of times. … Continue reading

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My Latest in Wines & Vines: “Wind Turbine Electricity Generation – Scheid Family Wines Expands Sustainability Efforts with Renewable Resource”

Wind is not just something that you can feel against your skin, hear when it howls, or see the effects of its devastation. Wind also is one of the fastest-growing sources of electricity in the world. In the United States, … Continue reading

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How a Course on California Wine Brought Me Full Circle

Check out my latest San Francisco Wine School blog California Here I Come, Right Back Where I Started From to learn how the California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS) program augmented my career in and personal passion for California Wine.

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Beyond the Tasting Room: My SOMM Summit Wine Journey, Part 2 — Woodinville Wine Tour

On August 4th I posted a story about a trip for two that I won to the 2017 SOMM Summit International Wine & Spirits Symposium in Seattle, Washington. My story highlighted the symposium sessions and events that had the most … Continue reading

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Beyond the Tasting Room: My SOMM Summit Wine Journey, Part 1

When I got the call from Alexandra Pace at the San Francisco Wine School telling me that I had won two tickets to the 2017 SOMM Summit, International Wine & Spirits Symposium last month in Seattle, Washington—plus lodging—I was speechless. … Continue reading

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My Search for the “Romance” in Remuage

When the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is asked, how often does someone say, “I want to be a remueur.” Probably never. French for “bottle turner,” a remueur is someone who performs the act … Continue reading

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Tis the Season for Champagne — My Summer Find for Your Winter Cheer

The summer of 2016 was a game-changer for me when it came to the bubbly. That was the season I took a class on champagne and sparkling wine (A big “thanks” to my instructor Sue Slater—chair of the Culinary Arts … Continue reading

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