Wildfires Strike Again

As the California wildfires are becoming more contained, news of another wine industry tragedy is happening in Spain and Portugal.  Please read from the CNN link below.  My heart goes out to those affected…praying for you and hoping for the best very soon.

Portugal and Spain wildfires kill at least 39 people – CNN – CNN.com

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Boisset Collection- 2016 “Honoris” Cabernet Sauvignon

Boisset Collection will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the 2016 Honoris Cabernet Sauvignon to “WINE COUNTRY RELIEF”.

“A Wine that Honors our Community and First Responders. One hundred percent of proceeds will go to wine country relief. A joint effort of Winemakers Brian Maloney and Stephanie Putnam, Honoris is a 2016 Napa Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon that represents the 2016 vintage majestically … An elegant and refined Cabernet for your cellar, and a way to share your commitment and contribution to the wine country.

The word “Honoris” in Latin means to honor and be honored; therefore, we honor all the people that are contributing to the relief efforts in the wake of this tragedy, and we have the honor of helping all those in need…

Only 3600 bottles of this wine were made. If your desire is to help, we are asking you today to purchase this wine, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Napa Community Fund, Sonoma Resilience Fund and Bay Area Firefighters and Families . Our goal is to sell out this wine entirely this week so that we can donate the money now to help others who need it immediately…it will be over $150,000! These three organizations ensure our efforts remain local, have an immediate impact, and reach the communities and the first responders that have been affected by this tragedy directly.”

(Boisset Wine Living website description)

This wine will be shipped in early December.

To place your order and support the much needed relief efforts of rebuilding , please visit my website:


Any and all orders will help! You may also contact me via email- sjonzac@aol.com

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Tragedy in the Wine Industry



The devastating wildfires in California continue to burn and Mother Nature isn’t helping.  Winds are can, and are expected, to increase and this will make the job of the firefighters even more challenging.  The loss of lives, homes, businesses, wineries, and vineyards is staggering. My heart goes out to all who are suffering. May the fires be contained quickly so the healing can begin.


I recently read an excellent article, written by Elin McCoy, that describes what has been happening in major wine producing countries in Europe and in California. Frosts, hailstorms, extreme heat, and now fires… Mother Nature hasn’t been very kind. (See below for the link.) This article was written in September, before these horrific fires.


Until the fires are extinguished completely, the full impact they will have  remains unknown. The wine industry will be changed forever!  This is a life changing event that will be extremely tough to cope and deal with, but I am hopeful the spirit of the people will prevail. The winemakers I have met are passionate about what they do…their drive, their love for their profession is in their blood.  Their eyes light up when they are speaking about their vines, the grapes, the wines…I pray they find the strength and support to rebuild. Support can come in many ways, from many avenues…I hope much will be given to those in need.


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Looking for a New Adventure?

Calling all people persons, wine lovers, seekers of new adventures, side-job searchers… become a part of the Boisset family and accomplish all of the above! Incredible wines, weekly training and support, delicious, exclusive wines, fun, new friendships, and much, much more.  You are you own BOSS!! The possibilities are endless as to where you can take your business.  How about a trip to France?  It is possible!  Not quite sure…send me a message and we can talk about this wonderful opportunity. What have you to lose? I’ll be here waiting for you!  Come join me and let the adventure begin! Cheers




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“Words of Wine Wisdom” throughout the Ages

I see so many quotes about wine in a number of places.  I thought for fun I would share a few. Many have a ring of truth to them…some are more serious, contemplative, others are just fun.  Enjoy, preferably with a glass of your favorite wine!  Cheers!!

“The wine-cup is the little silver well,
Where truth, if truth there be, doth dwell.”
— William Shakespeare

“It takes a lot of beer to make good wine.” — Lou Preston, Preston Vineyards

“Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.” — André Simon

“I serve your Beaune to my friends, but your Volnay I keep for myself.” — Voltaire

Wine is at the head of all medicines; where wine is lacking, drugs are necessary.” – Babylonian Talmud: Baba Bathra

A man, fallen on hard times, sold his art collection but kept his wine cellar. When asked why he did not sell his wine, he said, “A man can live without art, but not without culture.” — Anonymous

“Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.”
Andre Simon

“Drink freely the wine life offers you and don’t worry how much you spill.”
Marty Rubin

“The simplest definition of a great bottle of wine is when you feel sad because the bottle is empty.”
Tony Margiotta

“With bread and wine you can walk your road.”
Spanish Proverb

“Wine… the intellectual part of the meal.” — Alexandre Dumas, 1873

“Wine … offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing which may be purchased.” — Ernest Hemingway

“My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne.” — John Maynard Keynes


“Penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy.” — Alexander Fleming (1881-1955), the Scottish bacteriologist credited with discovering Penicillin in 1928.

“Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.” — Ernest Hemingway.

“Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it.” — Anonymous

“Compromises are for relationships, not wine.” — Sir Robert Scott Caywood

“Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.”— Michael Broadbent

“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.” — Benjamin Franklin

“Wine brings to light the hidden secrets of the soul, gives being to our hopes, bids the coward flight, drives dull care away, and teaches new means for the accomplishment of our wishes.” — Horace

“And wine can of their wits the wise beguile, make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.” — Alexander Pope

“A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover.” — Clifton Fadiman




“Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.” — Pope John XXIII

“Wine is life.” — Petronius, Roman writer

“Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin.” — Napoleon

“No nation is drunken where wine is cheap, and none sober where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Gentlemen, in the little moment that remains to us between the crisis and the catastrophe, we may as well drink a glass of Champagne.” — Paul Claudel

“Clearly, the pleasures wines afford are transitory – but so are those of the ballet, or of a musical performance. Wine is inspiring and adds greatly to the joy of living.” — Napoleon

“Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, makes weariness forget his toil.” — Lord Byron

“I love everything that’s old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.” — Oliver



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Wine Trivia- Did you get the Correct Answers?

How did you do on those questions from Wine Trivia 1 and 2? For the experts in the crowd, they may have been too simple…but then I am not trying to offer information to the experts!  (Sorry, you know more than me!) My goal is to reach those learning  or wanting to learn about wine for their enjoyment or their curiosity. Let’s take a look at the answers.

Trivia #1

Easy level:

1. white  2. red  3. red  4. white  5. white  6. red  7. red  8. white  9. red  10. red

Moderate level:

1. red  2. white  3. red  4. white  5. red  6. red  7. white  8. white  9. red  10. red

Difficult  level:

1. white  2. white  3. red  4. red  5. red  6. red  7. white  8. white  9. red  10. red

Were you able to identify the type of grape?  Which were the hardest?  Have you tasted wines from these grapes…no? I hope you take the plunge and try a few new varietals soon!!

Trivia #2

Beginner level:

1. France  2. US -California  3. France  4. US -Oregon  5. US – California 6. US -New York  7. Germany  8. US -Washington St/Oregon 9. US -Washington St  10. France

Moderate level:

1. US -Washington St  2. New Zealand – South Island  3. Australia  4. Argentina

5. Germany  6. New Zealand- South Island  7. South Africa  8. Greece  9. Italy

10. Spain

Advanced  level:

1. Spain  2. Greece  3. Chile  4. South Africa  5. US -Virginia  6. Hungary 7. Portugal

8. Italy  9. Austria  10. Argentina

Are you a wine geographer?  Makes you want to go look at maps and talk to a travel agent right?! I will post some more trivia questions in the coming weeks.  Keep the paper and pencil handy. Thanks for playing…Cheers!



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Think “Pink” – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer, that “ugly” word that we fear, a word we never wish to hear, a disease that touches so many of us everyday. I am one of the fortunate ones…my mother, father, and husband are “surviviors”. This isn’t true for others and my heart goes out to them and their families.  In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Boisset Collection will donate $2.00 per bottle of Rosé wines to the Breast Cancer Research Center. We have several amazing “pink” wines to choose from. Did you know that Rosé wine is very food friendly?  It is a perfect Thanksgiving wine, and yes, it can be enjoyed year round!  If you would like to help, please contact me or visit my site: my.boissetcollection.com/susiewhipple

Thank you for your support. Feel free to contact me with questions. Cheers!

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Wine Trivia #2- Locate these Wine Regions

As promised, here is your next set of wine trivia questions.  These questions will focus on where these wine regions are located throughout the world. There are three levels… ready, set, start locating! Within which country would you find them? Consider it a bonus if you can be more specific than just the country!! Think state, island, etc… Grab some paper and jot down your answers…check back to see how you did.

Beginner Level-

  1. Bordeaux
  2. Napa
  3. Burgundy
  4. Willamette Valley
  5. Paso Robles
  6. Finger Lakes
  7. Mosel
  8. Walla Walla
  9. Columbia Valley
  10. Loire Valley

Intermediate Level:

  1. Red Mountain
  2. Marlborough
  3. Victoria
  4. Mendoza
  5. Rheingau
  6. Central Otago
  7. Paarl
  8. Santorini
  9. Emilia-Romagna
  10. Rioja

Advanced Level:

  1. Priorato
  2. Macedonia
  3. Maipo Valley
  4. Klein Karoo
  5. Monticello
  6. Tokaj-Hegyalja
  7. Dao
  8. Apulia
  9. Wachau
  10. Salta

What a geography lesson, no?! Even if you haven’t heard of some of these regions, put a couple on your bucket list of places to visit.  Not only will you find great wines, but the history, culture, cuisine, architecture, and people will leave a lasting impression on you.



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Wine Trivia Time

As we enter into the fall season when the days get shorter and the sun sets a bit sooner every day, I think of things to do indoors.  I am a trivia “geek”- love to learn new facts whether they are pertinent to my life at the moment or not. I am constantly trying to gain new knowledge, especially as it pertains to wine.  So, to help me, I will offer my followers some wine trivia.  We will start out easy…promise!  Play along and test yourself! No cheating! 🙂


Match these grape varietals to their wine style.

Easy level:

  1. Chardonnay-                                    red?        white?
  2. Pinot Noir       –                                red?        white?
  3. Grenache-                                         red?        white?
  4. Riesling-                                            red?        white?
  5. Sauvignon Blanc-                            red?         white?
  6. Cabernet Franc-                              red?         white?
  7. Merlot-                                              red?         white?
  8. Pinot Blanc-                                     red?         white?
  9. Cabernet Sauvignon-                     red?          white?
  10. Zinfandel-                                        red?          white?        Too easy? Let’s ramp it up a bit.

Moderate level:

  1. Pinot Meunier-                              red?          white?
  2. Roussanne-                                    red?          white?
  3. Shiraz-                                            red?          white?
  4. Chenin Blanc-                               red?          white?
  5. Mourvèdre-                                   red?          white?
  6. Sangiovese-                                   red?          white?
  7. Viognier-                                        red?          white?
  8. Cortese-                                          red?         white?
  9. Carignan-                                       red?          white?
  10. Petit Verdot-                                 red?          white?           Not hard enough?

Difficult level:

  1. Picpoul-                                         red?          white?
  2. Malagouzia-                                 red?           white?
  3. Zweigelt-                                       red?           white?
  4. Dornfelder-                                  red?           white?
  5. Mazuelo-                                       red?           white?
  6. Cannonau-                                    red?           white?
  7. Loureiro-                                      red?            white?
  8. Parallada-                                     red?            white?
  9. Corvina-                                        red?            white?
  10. Pais-                                               red?            white?

How did you do?  Take your learning to a new level by researching where these grapes are grown and what their flavor profile is like…who knows, you may find a new favorite!



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Restructuring or Rebranding?

Sometimes a business is in need of a “facelift”. I know this to be true as I have been struggling for 6 months trying to decide the “what” and “how” of it all. I appreciate the patience of my followers. Here’s to some new content and helpful, interesting new wine information. Cheers!

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