~Tom Joe – “Hops ‘r Better” Winer

3:00pm – De Lucca 2017 Tannat Reserve

by Tom Joe The "Hops 'R Better" Winer Another fine wine met during our speed-tasting at the 2018 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC). How did I feel about [...]

Yakima Valley Gives New Meaning To Cold

by Tom Joe the "Hops 'R Better" Winer Yakima Valley - More Than Meets The Eye Located in the southwestern portion of Washington State, USA, the Yakima Valley [...]

A Beautifully Orchestrated Beer Dinner At Volare Pizzeria
by Tom Joe Hops ‘R Better Winer

  Volare stepped up their game for this Santa Fe Beer Dinner. And I was truly impressed. Put on by Volare, specializing in authentic Italian cuisine, [...]

How Boulevard Brewing Made Me Buy Their Beer
by Tom Joe Hops ‘R Better Winer

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times - I hate marketing! So, this month I have a GREAT topic - SOCIAL MEDIA!!! More specifically, how social [...]

Baited by beer, hooked by McNellies’ marketing genius!
by Tom Joe Hops ‘R Better Winer

I fell for McNellie's marketing hook, line and sinker... and I'm bummed! I can usually see these hooks from a distance and can decide for myself whether to [...]

WBC Memories of Past, Present and Future
by Tom Joe Hops ‘R Better Winer

Our first Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC) was in 2014 in Santa Barbara, California. Organized by Zephyr Vacations and the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance - [...]

Wine Labels – A Part of the Tasting Experience
by Tom Joe Hops ‘R Better Winer

It has been proven that wine labels, and cost, DOES impact a persons' reaction to the wine in the bottle... and that's okay. We are ALL affected by marketing, [...]

Check out what it’s like being on the trail
by Tom Joe Hops ‘R Better Winer

A lot can be said about just going to the local liquor store every week, buying some wines and tasting them at home (preferably with friends over). But can [...]

Start Your Wine Journey with a Wine-Pairing Dinner
by Tom Joe Hops ‘R Better Winer

If you are interested in learning wine or advancing to the "next level" in your wine journey, then I highly recommend, even strongly encourage, even say it's a [...]

Planning Our Romantic Port Excursions
by Tom Joe Hops ‘r Better Winer

Deciding What Restaurants to Visit Planning is always the most difficult part of any trip, especially if you're used to your travel agent (that would be Miki) [...]
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