Producer Profile: Bodega Nieto de Señora María

The winery of the grandchildren of Maria...that is what this lengthy, yet telling name translates too. The grandchildren (Jesus, Juan and the family) started this passion project a short time ago. Such a short time, that their first wine released in June of this last year.  Before…

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Conflict Communication

I grew up in a family that communicated well. Almost to a fault. I still get phone calls from my mom asking me if I remember someone from my elementary school and after five minutes and six degrees of Kevin Bacon, when I finally remember the person…

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No Time Like the Present

One of my favorite comedians of all-time is Mike Birbiglia. He has an incredible story-telling style that captures an audience and seems to make each person there feel like they are the only one in the room. In one of his most recent Netflix specials he talked…

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Climate Change

For those of you who live in Kansas you may have noticed that we got snow last night. In the middle of October. Quick note: I don’t like snow until December. Regardless of how you feel about the changing climate of our world, it’s important to recognize…

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First Attempt in Learning

When I was growing up my mom, who seemed to give really good advice that I never listened to, gave me an acronym for the word "FAIL." I hate failing. I hate losing. I looked at failures of any kind as a loss. But just like everyone…

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Producer Profile: Finca Collado

A little over an hour south of the great city of Valencia, Spain; deep in the heart of the Alicante D.O. (wine region), lies the farm, or Finca, Collado.  Finca Collado is restored from a 19th century winery, and works to embody that restoration; taking the traditions…

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Stop Using “Integrity” as a Corporate Buzzword

 During my last semester as an MBA student I worked on a presentation about whistle-blowers in the work place. A whistle-blower in this sense is someone who calls out a person, or a corporation who is doing something unethical or illegal. Our group reported on Enron. I…

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Producer Profile: Rexach Baques

Let's. Talk. About. CAVA!  Those that know me know that sparkling wine is my favorite thing there is. I've even been caught saying that is all I would ever drink if I had to choose 1 beverage forever. It is simply the best. So you can imagine my feelings…

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Why the Wine Industry?

I’ve gotten this question a lot lately when I transitioned from my previous position to working in a field where my knowledge base consisted of “I like it.”. But Blair... Keith is the sommelier, why are you posting your thoughts about wine? Because I wanted to give…

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Harvest Party! Sonoma and Napa

After letting it sink if for a week, I thought it was a good time to share our experiences in Sonoma & Napa. So much happened in such a short amount of time, that I needed a week to really think about it all.We had been speaking…

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