dcvprguy: June 2009 Archives

When Kim Wallace, er, check that, Wilma, asked me to step in and be a guest blogger, I had more than a few trepidations.  For one, how in the heck can I fill such big shoes?  After all, Willma's been doing this a while and her voice is about as authentic and real as it gets.  I know a lot of people that read Wilma's blog (including some of her close friends and family) and they really enjoy it.  I think my second thought was, okay, don't screw this up – your job is on the line here.  Thankfully, as it turns out, a terrific topic to blog about came racing across my desk just this morning.  

As Director of Communications, my job encompasses just about all things having to do with communicating.  From writing press releases and corresponding with the media to conducting sales meetings and sharing the family story, Kim relies on me to ensure that our message is clear and consistent.  Public Relations in the wine industry can be, well, the word challenging comes to mind.  Getting ink for your brand among the thousands of other brands is down right daunting.  But, our motto has always been stay on message, stick to the story, and eventually we'll get some ink.  Patience and timely follow-up are two huge keys to being a successful PR person.

And so, when great press comes across my desk, I can't helClick to read the Wine Spectator Feature by Dana Nigro!p but be just a bit giddy.  Today, that press was in the form of a Wine Spectator.com feature by Online Managing Editor, Dana Nigro.  Click the PDF to check out what Dana has to say about our 2007 Fume Blanc as well as our other single vineyard bottlings including our new 2008 Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc

It's usually at this point that I go into Wilma's office looking for a PR “high five.”  One thing (among many) that is great about the big boss is that she “gets it” – in other words, she understands how challenging it is to get good press, she has reasonable expectations for press coverage and when something good does happen, she is appreciative of the hard work and effort.

So, Wilma, if you're reading this poolside at some Italian villa, I'm giving you a virtual high five.  Be sure to have a glass of prosecco for me!

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Hopes & Dreams

Owning a Coastal Cottage

Sailing for 6 Months

Getting a 100 Point Score

Favorite Haunts

Coast of Maine

Dry Creek General Store

Dry Creek Kitchen

Healdsburg Bar & Grill


Sonoma Country Antiques

Baci Cafe & Wine Bar

The Farmhouse

Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

Bad Ass Coffee

Bistro Ralph

Bits of Press

Food & Wine Magazine

The Wine News

Wine Enthusiast

Wine Spectator

Press Democrat

Sunset Magazine

Connoisseurs' Guide

Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences

Cruising World Magazine

Oprah Magazine

The Washington Post

Coastal Living Magazine

Wine & Spirits Magazine

People Magazine

SAG Awards Magazine

Forbes Magazine

Favorite Magazines

Coastal Living

Down East


Country Living

Quarterly Review of Wines

Wines & Vines

Wine Spectator

Wine Enthusiast

California Grapevine

Connoisseurs' Guide

Practical Winery & Vineyard


Vineyard & Winery Mgmt

Blog Buddy List


Hip Tastes

Pinot Blogger

All The Best

Julia Flynn Siler


Winery Web Site Report

The Pour - Eric Asimov

Dr Vino

Steve Heimoff

Start Up Ladies

Good Wine Under $20

Blind Muscat

The Wineroad Blog

Gabe's View

Wine Peeps

Vici Vino

Cellarmistress' Cellar Talk

Uncork Life

WineVine-Imports Blog

The Wine Witch


Honorable Mentions

Wilma Hits The World of Blogs
Most Intriguing New Wine Blogs of 2008
Midwest Wine Guy
Winery of the Month
Julia Flynn Siler
Meritage wines - and a fascinating glimpse into family business
Winery Web Site Report
New Winery Blog: Wilma's Wine World
Start Up Ladies
Insider's View of Family Owned Dry Creek Vineyard
The Glue that Keeps the Whole Thing Going
Atlanta Dish
Blog of the Week
Blind Muscat
The Merits of Meritage
Boston Wine Expo exhibitors, and the reason why winemakers are so darn happy