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Planning the perfect party -The “Artisan of Wine” Services may be the Answer for You

Planning the perfect party -The “Artisan of Wine” Services may be the Answer for You

A story about a start-up business based on passion

By Jim Murphy  –  The “Artisan of Wine”
April 2, 2011

My profession is Marketing and Advertising but my Passion in Wine and Wine Parties!  I love to educate people about wine and at the same time help your guests have a great time.


The following information has been complied by me after 25 years in the restaurant and wine industries and some of the observations I have made.  I have worked in every type of restaurant from fast food to fine restaurants.  I have also dined and made keen observations in thousands of restaurants across the USA.   One restaurant where I worked in particular taught me the joys of food and wine.  As I gained more knowledge about wine, my passion only grew.  This is meant to be educational as well as a way to gain more appreciation for wine.

A Short History of Wine

Wine has been an integral part of society for almost 10,000 years.  The Phoenicians around 4000 BC were dependent on wine for trade.  The Roman Empire by far has had the largest impact on the development of viticulture and enology (the science and study of all aspects of wine and wine making).  Wine was an integral part of the Roman diet.  As the Roman Empire expanded so too did the wine industry.  The Romans invented the first wine bottles and barrels and also saw the start of the current appellation system identifying certain regions as being better than others for growing grapes.

In the 18th Century, wine was universally used almost exclusively by the Catholic Church and as its missionary ventures expanded, wine went with it.  By 1823, the missions had established themselves in Sonoma, California.

During Prohibition the wine trade was subsidized by “church wine”.  As Prohibition ended, the wine industry grew and evolved into what it is today.  Major improvements occurred in the 1960’s that led to advanced methods of producing higher quality wines.

How Wine is Made

The key components of wine making are soil, climate, and propagation.  It normally takes 3-5 years to establish vines.

The harvest begins at varying times depending on climate, grape, and geography.  Once grapes are harvested they are crushed resulting in the “must”.  The must is 80% juice, 16% skins (wine pigment), 4% seeds (tannin).  All juice is white, exposure to the skins and seeds imparts color and flavor.  After the crush the juice is pressed and fermented.  After fermentation wines are aged and/or bottled.

Identifying Wine

Wine is identified in different ways depending on the origin and type of wine.  Generally, Old World wines are named by the chateau or area and negociant/grower and not by the grape. In the New World most wine is identified by the grower/winery and type of grape.  Reading the label will always provide the pertinent information regarding alcohol content, vintage, type, origin and source.

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It was a very bad year that strengthened her faith and grew her business!

Posted by Charisse Louis on January 28th, 2010
ChaRene Graphic Design

At the end of 2008, I discovered my parents neighbor had filed a lawsuit against them for cutting down a tree they believed was theirs to cut. Before I realized the seriousness of the charges, I attempted to talk with these neighbors on behalf of my mom and dad. The door was slammed in my face and so began my nightmare. The stress from the lawsuit was too much for my dad and less than a week before the trial, my mom found him dead from a massive heart attack. During the next few weeks, my mom suffered from horrible migraines that I attributed to the stress of both events. Almost a month to the date that my dad passed away, I found my mom unresponsive from a stroke.

Two brain surgeries and months of rehabilitation later, my mom survived! I was told point blank by her surgeon that it was a real miracle she was alive and functioning. Many other strange events occurred during these few months and I was beginning to feel cursed. But amazingly, as the sole care giver to my mom, I was able to grow my business significantly during the worst economic downturn since the great depression. I believe it was my faith that sustained me, kept me going, working and carried me through this intense personal trial. My desire, through this condensed version of my story, is to give others the hope and faith that what may seem impossible truly is possible.

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BZTAT is where it’s at!

Artist Vicki Boatright, known as “BZTAT” (pronounced bee-zee-tat), specializes in whimsical drawings, paintings and prints of cats, dogs and other companion animals.

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BZTAT creates colorful customized pet portraits, which are unique in their original contemporary style.

BZTAT also creates murals and other artworks that address social issues, community development, and cultural diversity.

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Three Twenty Something’s are making their mark, Geared up for SUCCESS

Introducing the Gear Ring by Kinekt Design

Kinekt Design (pronounced “Connect”) brings forward-thinking design objects and products that fuse together a modern aesthetic with tangible interaction.

New York, New York, February 05, 2010 – Kinekt Design LLC, announced its first product launch – the Gear Ring.  The ring is crafted from the highest grade alloy of jewelry stainless steel to ensure the function and precision of all the components.  It embodies the company’s vision of playful yet refined design.

A few companies are taking notice:


The company has been working on developing the Gear Ring for over a year and this is their first rotating/spinning piece.  A product designed for men and women, the ring is elegant yet striking, with comfort styling and smooth movement at a great price of $165. The price includes FREE world wide shipping comes with a LIFETIME WARRANTY and can be purchased online.  A video can be seen below or on the company website ( which shows how the Gear Ring works.

Kinekt Design creator, Glen Liberman, was always fascinated and inspired by small mechanisms and their movements. With this interest, the concept was envisioned for the Gear Ring, a product “complex enough to play with, yet simple enough to wear:”

Interview with the three owners: Andy Patel, Glen Liberman and Rachel Liberman

Question: How did the three of you start working together?

Answer: Well, Glen and Rachel started working together first.  Rachel and Glen have launched projects/products together as well working independently.  When Rachel met Andy and learned he had a strong business and finance background as well as an entrepreneurial passion it made more and more sense for all three of us to start working together.  Our first business together is Kinekt Design LLC.

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Interview with Artist Extraordinaire Lynne Taetzsch that knows how to Market her Work

Many artists are not able to commercialize their products properly and therefore they are not able to get a fair price for their work.  Lynne Taetzsch is not only a well know and respected artist but she knows how to market her work.  What follows is and interview with Lynne:

Andrew Spriegel: Your website is very easy to navigate and you seem very computer savvy, why is that?

Lynne Taetzsch: I’ve had a website for 12 years, beginning with Netscape’s built-in web designer, moving on to HotDog, and then Dreamweaver, learning along the way.  I read books about good web design, subscribe to newsletters, and take constructive feedback seriously.  I look at other artists’ websites, too, noticing what I like and don’t like.

I also love working on the computer, so it’s fun for me to manage, update and promote my website on the Internet.  The first computer I owned was an IBM System 23, where I used a database management system to operate my direct-mail publishing business.

Andrew Spriegel: Who does your packaging for your art, the painting I received from you was the best packaging I had ever received?

Lynne Taetzsch: I order specially made boxes just the right size for my paintings.  They are packed at a local Pak-Mail in Ithaca, where the owner carefully protects the paintings with Styrofoam insulation to be sure they are safe. 

Andrew Spriegel: How much do you use social networking?

Lynne Taetzsch: I have just begun to use social networking over the past six months to a year, although I guess I’ve been a member of LinkedIn for a lot longer.  Several of my art collectors are on it, as well as other artists who exchange advice.

I have a Facebook Fan Page now, and my fans continually increase.  I post to it 5 or 6 days a week.  But my most active social activity is blogging.  I’ve been doing my abstract art blog for years, and try to post 5 days a week.  I talk about my latest artwork and post images as they are being made.  My blogs are automatically sent to Twitter now, also. 

I have videos on YouTube, one of which has received over 57,000 views.  In the blog I talk about the meaning of abstract art.

Andrew Spriegel: How do you do so much writing in between your painting?

Lynne Taetzsch: I’ve been a writer all my life, and have published 11 books.  I always loved both art and writing, though art is my first love.  The writing often helped me make a living, though.

I write fast (like I do everything), so it is not a problem for me to keep up with my art blog.  That material is then used again on Facebook, etc.  Or I will simply post an image with a description, which just takes a few minutes.

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