#wineStudio | October 2017 | #ConVal Prosecco DOCG

Welcome to the  Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG Zone!

It’s that time!

Do you like sparkling wine? What about affordable sparkling wine? What about a variety of affordable, quality sparkling wine from the hills of Italy?

Join me and my fellow #wineStudio virtual tasting community for this month’s scintillating program, featuring the remarkable sparkling wines of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G.

What you need to know:

What: Take a virtual tour of Italy’s #ConValDOCG wine region, and maybe learn a factoid or two you can use to amaze your friends and family.
When: Tuesdays, October 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th 5:45pm -6:45pm PDT
Where: Hashtag #winestudio – Twitter platform.
Who: Twitter handles to follow:
#winestudio @winestudioTINA
@ProseccoCV @AlanTardi @GregoryWhitePR

Participating Wineries:
#Conte Collalto

So much prosecco, so little time  – hope to see you there! Ciao~

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California Wine Month

Hey Folks:

It’s September, which means it’s California Wine Month!

Did you know that California boasts over 4,700 wineries within four (4) regions spanning from North, Central and South Coasts to Central Valley?

Find an event near you here.


Link here for my recent interview with California winemaker Jeff Emery of  Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard.

More redThread™ exclusive California artisan winemaker interviews here.

How are you celebrating California Wine Month?

Leave your comments below, or join the conversation on social media:





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Wine Writer Confidential | № 5

Dear Readers:

Welcome to my latest installment of Wine Writer Confidential, where I spill, thrill and chill you with all the news unfit to print about my world of wine writing.

Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2017

I’m still buzzed from my visit to Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2017 Premier Epicurean Event Grand Tasting this past Sunday.

For the uninitiated, Pebble Beach Wine & Food 2017 comprised an intoxicating blend of 100 celebrity chefs and 250 prestige wineries, VIP and golf events, cooking demos, and wine and food pairing dinners, plus some ultra-cool after-parties.  You can find out more here.

I attended to research Champagne producers, including Champagne Bollinger, Champagne Charles Heidsieck, Champagne Château de Bligny, Champagne Pol Roger, Champagne Ruinart, and Champagne Taittinger, but also made a point to swing by Oregon producers Kings Estate and Brooks Winery, as well as some familiar faces at New Zealand’s Mt. Beautiful and Argentina’s Achaval-Ferrer.

Truly a benchmark international premier epicurean event – great weather, too!

Special thanks to Janie Brooks Heuck of Brooks Winery for making this happen.

#wineStudio | Achaval-Ferrer | April 25, 2017 | 6-7 p PST

#wineStudio April 2017 Showcases @AchavalFerrerUS #artisan #wines of Mendoza, Argentina.


Think Argentina is all about Malbec? No!

Join me Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 6-7 p PST for the final #wineStudio virtual featuring Achaval-Ferrer’s 2015 Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Chile.

This concludes our tour of quality quaffs provided by Achaval-Ferrer of Mendoza, Argentina. While Argentina claims fame as the epicenter of Malbec production, Achaval-Ferrer crafts equally intriguing wines from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

For me, Achaval-Ferrer wines illustrate a singular mastery of the  ‘art of the blend,’ coalescing cuvées of supple strength expressive of their respective terroirs.

For those of you new to #wineStudio, it’s a virtual wine community and educational platform comprised of wine writers, industry professionals, and social media influencers who gather each Tuesday evening to connect about a featured wine of the month. Follow us: #wineStudio.

French Winophiles |  A Tour Through Burgundy | May 20th & June 17th 

The Way of the Cross – Domaine Romanée Conti, Côte d’Or – Burgundy. | Image: ©L.M. Archer

I’m super-excited to host another of my favorite ‘virtual’ tasting groups, The French Winophiles, for a Tour of Burgundy on May 20th and June 17th from 8-9 am PST.

May 20th, we’ll tipple through Chablis and the Côte d’Or, then continue south on June 17th for a taste of the Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais, and Beaujolais.

The topic is Burgundy, the focus food, wine and travel. Rumor has it we might also have a few “Guest Appearances” by some Burgundy food, wine and travel experts…

You can follow along on Twitter at #Winophiles.

Pssst….If you’re a wine writer, blogger or social media maven and want to participate, leave a comment below or IM me @binnotes. Cheers!

More Wine Writer Confidential:

Wine Writer Confidential № 4

Wine Writer Confidential № 3

Wine Writer Confidential № 2

Wine Writer Confidential № 1

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Villa Maria NZ | First Sip of Fall Happening Tonight

Villa Maria NZ | First Sip of Fall Happening Tonight

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Inspired stories about wine and taste makers.

By L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

Villa Maria New Zealand | First Sip of Fall Happening Tonight

Kia ora! (Maori for ‘howdy!’) y’all!

Let’s get ready to throw down some holiday wine pairing options tonight at Villa Maria New Zealand’s 2015 Private Bin Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir Tweet-up.

When: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Time: 5 pm PST

Hashtags: #SipNZPinot

Twitter: @binnotes

Why: Looking for pours that pair well with both light and dark meat, yet also plays nicely with a gaggle of unconventional vegans, or lashings of luscious pork loin lovers? Oh, and that fit any budget?

Well, tonight’s Villa Maria Tweet-up offers solutions to your problems, offering quality wines at affordable prices, well-deserving of a place at any seasonal table this fall and winter.

Join the fun on Twitter & Instagram – hope to see you tonight!



For those of you unfamiliar with Villa Maria, Sir George Fistonich founded the family owned winery in 1961, intent on producing fruit-fierce wines sourced from the country’s most exclusive wine growing regions. Named  among the top 10 most admired wine brands in the world in 2016 by Drinks International, this iconic winery hand-crafts their distinctive brands at state-of-art winemaking facilities in Auckland and Marlborough.

You can learn more about the story of Villa Maria’s at: www.villamariawines.com.

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WITWIB? Gourmet Grazing on the Green

WITWIB? Gourmet Grazing on the Green
Image: Courtesy Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group.

Greetings, dear readers~

“Sample the county’s best – and it’s all for charity.”

This Saturday, September 24th 2016  from 12-4 PM you can catch me at Aptos Village Park for Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group’s annual  Gourmet Grazing on the Green fundraiser, featuring over eighty local artisan beers, wine, and food purveyors-   plus live music!

It’s For A Good Cause!
Here’s the full line-up:

Hope to see you there…

You can also follow me along on Instagram @binnotes.


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WITWIB? WBC16 & More

WITWIB? WBC16 & More

Welcome to binNotes | redThread™

Inspired stories about wine and taste makers.

By L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML




Dear Readers:

This week join me on #WineStudio on 8/9/16 from 6-7 at Tim Hanni MW takes us behind the scenes of his groundbreaking book “Why You Like the WInes you Like,” in conjunction with this month’s #WineStudio topic: Wines of Italy’s Marche & Umbria Regions.


I’ll be gone 8/11-8/14 at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, CA., where I’ll be giving a presentation on my artisan wine maker series, the redThread™, then off to Sonoma for a special tasting and tour on 8/15 at a top secret winery location…soon to be revealed…

You can keep up with the fun by following me on Instagram and Twitter @binNotes.


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WITWIB? #Red, White & Brew!

WITWIB? #Red, White & Brew!

Welcome to binNotes | redThread™

Inspired stories about artisan wine and taste makers.

by L.M. Archer FWS, Bourgogne ML


Greetings from rainy Seattle, where tonight I’ll be attending Red, White and Brew media pre-event at Fisher Pavilion.

This trifecta of tastem hosted by Seattle Magazine in conjunction with Washington State Wine, features premium Washington wineries, breweries, and exciting eateries.

Attendees feel good as they eat, drink and enjoy live music in the shadow of the Space Needle, knowing that a portion of the proceeds benefit Northwest Harvest.

Follow the fun on Instagram & Twitter @binNotes

July 22, 2016  –  6-7 p PST


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