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For Sale: Furniture Seeking Wine!

A message from my friends Dean & Jack:

“Greetings fellow collectors,
We are relocating and with that, downsizing our wine storage capacity. We have a few accessories which hopefully will find new and happy places to reside!
We will gladly deliver anywhere in Sonoma & Napa County. Thanks!”

There are some pictures and prices for you to peruse below. Please give them a call if you are interested or have questions (wine not included)! Dean & Jack 707-538-8308

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  • #1- (top of post) 24 bottle adjustable/versatile rack with wider side supports. $15
  • #2- (above left) Walnut finish vertical storage racks x7: Each has 4 columns of 11 bottles per column. $45ea
  • #3- (above right) 18 bottle doweled wine rack. Natural (unfinished). $15
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  • #4- (above left) Stackable/adjustable versatile wine rack. Capacity: 72 bottles. $35
  • #5- (above right) Antique secretary desk; perfect accompaniment to a wine/any room. Storage above/below writing area. Writing platform folds up. Antique brass candle holders attach to each side (not shown). $500 (price negotiable).

Homage to Author Gerald Haslam on KFCF, 88.1 FM Fresno


Listen Here: Agrarian Trudy Wischemann celebrates the author Gerald Haslam

First Friday of the month at 5p.m.
KFCF, 88.1 FM Fresno

On April 13th of this year, my father-in-law, Gerald Haslams pen came to final rest. Over a fifty-year career, he wrote deeply authentic stories depicting California’s Central Valley, its diversity of people, places, and rural culture. He excelled at yarns from his South Valley Okie and oil patch upbringing. LISTEN HERE to “Down on the Farm” host Tom Willey and Tulare County agrarian advocate Trudy Wischemann celebrate the life and times, most certainly the words of a singular Valley author.

Sawyer Somm Becomes the Interviewee!

“Turning the Tables – Interviewing the Interviewers” is a Q&A series profiling Wine Writers from The Wine Industry Advisor. The objective of this project is to understand and develop working relationships with journalists: Those that help tell the stories, review wines and potentially provide media coverage.

On Jan 12, it was MY TURN to be the subject of their inquiry. Read the interview HERE! This is part of an ongoing series that will be featured monthly by Wine Industry Network. Cheers! Christopher

Leave it to Glen Lyon: A Creative Reminder

Ready to move beyond the challenges of a pandemic year? Well, it is not quite over yet, so hopefully this video, featuring Suzy Fridell of Glen Lyon Winery, will give you one last push to make it through!

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An Exciting Episode Of Grape Encounters Radio In The Midst Of A Global Pandemic

David Wilson, host of Grape Encounters Radio, takes some time to virtually visit Italy with Piero Pavone, founder of Vinum Hadrianum, a winery on the eastern central coast of Italy that is breathing new life into an ancient Roman form of winemaking.

He then rejoins the U.S. with ME to discuss the pandemic effects on the wine and food industry and pontification of what the future might look like! LISTEN UP!


Grape Encounters Episode #566 – A Huge Step Forward in Sonoma and a Huge Step Back in Italy!

Upcoming CellarPass TV Shows on April 13 & 16!

What a great line-up we had last week!  Continue tuning in to  CellarPass TV  for more exciting shows, broadcasting Mondays & Thursdays from 6PM – 7PM Pacific.  Each features interviews with special guests from the wine industry & beyond:  I am a featured guest alongside the following notables. . .

April 13, Monday:  Charbay Distillery, Stand Up Comedian, Maureen Langan

April 16, ThursdayAcumen Wines, MLB Player Chili Davis

You will get to know what inspired them to jump into their career, what their passions are, what they like to drink, wear and who knows?!  Be sure to submit your questions during the broadcast so that we can answer them On Air LIVE!

Tune in to CellarPass TV Next Week!

Join the excitement on  CellarPass TV,  broadcasting Mondays & Thursdays from 6PM – 7PM Pacific, featuring interviews with special guests from the wine industry & beyond.  Next week I am a featured guest alongside the following notables. . .

April 6, Monday:  Co-founder of Ginny’s Gin, Ginny Sweeney, & NBA star, Todd MacCulloch

April 9, Thursday: CEO & vintner, Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards & comedian Dan Rosenberg

You will get to know what inspired them to jump into their career, what their passions are, what they like to drink, wear and who knows?!  Be sure to submit your questions during the broadcast so that we can answer them On Air LIVE!

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Clockwise:  Chris, Ginny’s Gin, Todd MacCulloch & Joy Sterling!

Sad News: In Memory of Jim Caudill

May I hold your leather tassels? When I learned that my dear friend Jim Caudill (a.k.a. “Big Jim”) had passed this weekend, I was crushed.

In honor of Jim, this FUNDRAISER is in his memory: The money raised will ensure his wife Char Banach and the beautiful Sonoma County property they call home, Windborne Farm, and the horses and animals there are well looked after for many years to come.

Jim was the definition of a PR guru, a great friend, a fantastic wine judge, a horse whisperer, and a great husband to his wonderful wife Char.  When we talked a few weeks ago, he told me he had cancer and was going to start treatment. Therefore, I was very optimistic. But alas he never made it that far. His passing is a sad loss to the California wine community and Sonoma County as a whole. I miss this man already and hope he’s drinking the finest beverages, riding wild horses, and feeling much healthier in his new environment. Here on earth, I will lead many toasts to conjure his spirit and remind him we are always thinking about the impact he made on so many lives. #RIPJimCaudill