you’ve noticed, on some of our links, particularly the wineries, we’ve noted
sites that have mailing lists. For those of you who live by yourself and seldom receive
anything in the mail beside the rent bill, utility bills, and credit card bills,
getting on some of these mailing lists could be a thrill (of course, nothing
beats the thrill of reading a WinoBob review or conducting a tasting with Wino
Bob at Bacchus). Assisting Wino
John and Wino Bob with the Internet site research has required that I enter my
email address (and sometimes snail mail) for some of these sites. I thought I would update you on the most recent week’s
Cardiology and the Robert Mondavi Winery are hosting a Gala Dinner and Live
Auction on Saturday, February 17, 2001 for the benefit of The Desert Heart
Foundation’s Wine and Heart Health Research Initiative.
The event is $350 per person and reservations are extremely limited.
(Wino Bob, think your buddy at Bacchus could set us up for the Winostuff
Dinner and Live Auction to benefit the Research Initiative into whether or not
the guys at Winostuff have improved their cardio through red wine consumption?).
Brown Derby Vineyard catalog arrived. It’s
$2.00 per issue, but I get it free (somehow).
This retail site specializes in wines, but also sells cigars and Riedel
glassware. The Riedel prices are impressive (maybe our Winettes can take
a hint and order a few for their favorite Winos). I was also impressed with the entire page of Bordeaux
California Winemakers Guild invited me to join its “exciting and educational
club”. I can choose between two,
four or six bottles of wine each month, starting at only $26.95 plus
shipping/handling and tax. Along
with my wine, I “will receive an informative newsletter, describing the
highlighted wines of the month, recipes designed to enhance and pair with the
featured wine, wine facts and an audio taped interview with the winemaker
providing tasting notes on the selected wine.
If you want to begin your membership, you can email them at:
This month’s issue of the Wineline, which was included in the
mailing, features Bargetto Winery. The
recipe features Risotto Bargetto. (Incidentally,
Bargetto is one of the many wineries with a link on winostuff.com)
After checking out this promo stuff, I think there’s the distinct
possibility that we’ll take advantage of WinoBob’s ability to sniff out a
great wine and Wino John’s marketing know how (ever since he explained that
raisin thing, I figure he’s good for anything), and we’ll start our own
distinct postcards from R.H. Phillips Winery arrived.
The front of each features a different wine label (like the R.H. Phillips
Toasted Head Chardonnay, one of my favorites) and you can use the post card in
case you’re not into email. Of
course, the only way I received these was by accessing their website and
clicking a few boxes and typing in my name and address.
Incidentally, I liked the R.H. Phillips website with its “Riven”
style design. Definitely unique.
www.wine.com sent me a fancy, glossy brochure
pushing its wine gift boxes. My
favorite was the “Vino-Therapy”. The
following verbiage described this product:
“Can’t stand the commute? Too
many emails? It sounds like you might need therapy, Vino-Therapy.
This chrome basket contains all you need for stress relief:
ABRA Stress Relief Bath Salts and Lotion; a terry-cloth bath pillow; a
loofa scrub and bath brush; and a bottle of champagne.
After a little Vino-Therapy, you might just be willing to go back to the
office.” If I picked up one of
these babies at $60, maybe I could….pick up a divorce if Sometimes-a-Wino
Sharon finds out. And you wonder
why some of these dot.com companies are running out of money?
this week’s haul. Not bad.
I’m starting a collection of the best of these.
If any of you get some that fall in the interesting categories, let me
know and I’ll run them in a future column.