Member Stats, August Tastings, News Digest

I know that you all have been waiting with bated breath for this month's Membership and Shareship numbers. Well, at least I have. Nonetheless, I am happy to report on our second month of 2013 CSW Membership (June 15 - July 15, 2013).

The balance of power has begun to shift from the East to the West. Since May, the West has gained 12.3% and 8.4% on the East for Membership and Shareship, respectively. The Pacific subregion of the West gained 14.1% Membership and 9.6% Shareship during this period. While the New England subregion of the East lost 5.6% Membership and 3.4% Shareship. The South also surrendered small percentages to the gains of the West. The Midwest still has not been heard from but hope springs eternal.

It was another good month for new 2013 CSW memberships. Our tastings in Los Angeles, San Diego and Boston were met with gracious hosts and enormous generosity. Thank you all!

August Events

Next month, I'll be sharing our 2011 Zinfandel in support of keeping music in the Petaluma school systems and Mentor Me Petaluma. Please join us and show your support for the arts in schools and mentoring.

August 3rd, Petaluma Music Festival Festival, Petaluma CA

August 27th, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, CA

Also, there is a good chance that we will be back in Southern California in the middle of next month for more tastings. Email me at If you would like join us if we make it to either San Diego and Los Angeles. And as always, if you are a member and would like to host a private tasting, please let me know. I'm happy to accommodate if I can.

July News Digest

True to our DNA, we read dozens of articles and blog posts daily on wine and mentoring. We share the vast majority of them in real time through TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Tumbler. Every month, however, we digest the most interesting stories and share them with you here.

Wine News

The Actual Facts Behind the Rise of Natural Wine   | Wall Street Journal

Impressions of the Natural Wine Movement   | Fermentation Wine Blog

Does Terroir Equal Wine Quality or Just Opinion?   | Fermentation Wine Blog  

Can Wine "Experts" Really Tell The Difference? Science Says No  | Phoenix New Times

'American Wine': A much-needed overview of what's going on in wine right now  | LA Times

Top white wines (hint: they’re all Chardonnay)  | Steve Heimoff Blog

California Chardonnay is completely different now: it's all about citrus fruit | The Gray Report

Best of Burgundy [Whites]  | Irish Times  

West Sonoma Coast Wines Are on the Rise  | Wall Street Journal

The river, the coast, and the case of evolving terroir  | Inside Scoop SF   

Russian River Pinot Noir too often is commodity wine. Get used to it.  | Steve Heimoff Blog

Californian Pinot can rival premier cru Burgundy  | The Drinks Business   

The Pinot Paradise of the Cool Sonoma Coast  | Wall Street Journal   

Mentor News

Scott Seldin Offers New Model for Peer-driven Mentoring  | Digital Journal

Black Author Says "Mentor or Die"  | Michigan Chronicle

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and Youth Social Network Rocket21 Collaborate to Offer A New Customized On-line Platform for Mentor – Mentee Relationships  | Digital Journal