Walking In a Wino Wonderland – Christmas Gifts for the Wine Lover

Do you have a wine lover on your Christmas list? Buying for a wine lover can be a serious challenge. If you buy them wine you run the risk of being ridiculed for your inadequate choice. If you buy them a typical gadget, it may be relegated to the drawer of wine charms and cork screws, put in the next garage sale, or worse yet, re-gifted to the crazy uncle. To help you in your gift giving for the wine lover in your life, I’ve got some fun, eclectic, novelty, and even some local ideas to help make your Christmas […]

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Planting the Seeds of Social Media Success

I am not a social media expert. I’m a guy who has tried and failed and tried and succeeded over the last year in my efforts to build a brand. Lately I’ve been asked to share my story at events, seminars and have been asked to do some private consulting. I love teaching. As a youth pastor, I taught large and small groups of students for six years. As a guitar teacher, I taught as many as 25 students weekly, and taught regularly for eight years. As a marketing executive at the largest US bank, I teach, train, and manage […]

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Ten Blogging Mistakes I Learned in Year One

A few weeks ago, this little bloggie turned one. In a medium where “old school” is five years, turning one sorta makes you a teenager. Armed with my new “know it all,” brooding, moody attitude, I’m putting on my skinny jeans and flannel, shuffling the iPod on EMO and getting ready for year two. The last year has been an incredible adventure of success, stumbles, and relationships. I don’t claim to know it all or be an expert on blogging, in fact I’ve made a whole mess of mistakes in year one. A wise man learns from the mistakes of […]

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Hijacked Blog Content or Valuable News Resources?

Have you ever had your material hijacked, stolen or plagiarized? What are your rules for quoting, distributing or sharing your content? In the last week, I’ve been acutely aware of several different types of sites that are thriving on using others content for their own gain (financial and web traffic). Some bloggers subscribe to the Creative Commons thought and others hold to traditional Copyright laws. How would you feel if a post you wrote about a wine business topic ended up in the next issue of a wine magazine? You might be excited for the exposure, but would you expect […]

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When Pork and Bourbon Make Love

Fat washing.  Depending on your culinary outlook, that either sounds vile and repulsive or intriguing and potentially even romantic.  I definitely fall into the latter category, particularly when we’re talking about the chemical marriage of bacon flavor and bourbon.  Of late I’ve had this growing addiction, and I figured it was time to come out of the closet, as it were, and share what I’ve learned. *This post is from guest blogger and long time friend, Dustin Cann @dustincann But before we get to the “how” let’s talk about the “why”. Let me start by saying that if you hate […]

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