2011 Wine Resolution: Reach for Less Familiar Wines (Bagrationi) – the Kitchn, January 6, 2011

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For my third new wine I am heading to Georgia (the country – not the state!). Just before the holidays I had the opportunity to try the delicious sparkling wines of Bagrationi. Lots of unknowns here, except that I remembered from my studies over the years that Georgia had a long and prestigious history of sparkling wines. In fact as the people I met from Bagrationi explained to me, archeological finds show that winemaking in Georgia can be traced back 7000 years, which is even further than in Greece.

Georgia has a lot of very old indigenous grape varieties. The ones used to produce these sparkling wines are the white varieties Chinebuli, Mtsvane and Tsitka (I know, a mouthful to pronounce). I was intrigued by these varieties and keen to understand what each variety brought to the final blend. My hosts explained that Chinebuli gives body, acidity and fruit intensity. It is also highly prized for sparkling wine production. Mtsvane adds complexity, especially in the aromas. Finally, Tsitka adds freshness, acidity and citrus flavor.


LANE PR Rounds Out 2010 With Seven New Hires

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National Agency Adds Staff to New York City and Portland, Ore. Offices

NEW YORK/PORTLAND, Ore. (Dec. 30, 2010) – LANE PR, an independently owned, national public relations agency, has hired seven staff members, including an account supervisor, two senior account executives, two account executives and two account coordinators. Kami Toufar, Caitlin Gadoua, Kirsten Nieman, Megan McMorris, Olga Walsh and Whitney Plaeger have joined the Portland office; Alison Seibert operates out of the New York office.

“Our diverse national client base requires us to recruit individuals who can provide exceptional client service across a variety of platforms,” said Wendy Lane Stevens, president and founder of LANE PR. “Each of our new hires brings industry experience that adds to the overall strength of our team and allows us to provide the highest level of client service.”


Jets Owner Leaves No Stone Unturned (Roundarch) – Wall Street Journal, December 22, 2010

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New Computer System Tracks Everything From Ticket to Beer to Jersey Sales in Real Time in New Meadowlands Stadium.

On a recent trip to Rome, Jets owner Woody Johnson visited the Colosseum. It was neither his first visit nor his second, though he always considers the experience to be an education. As he said of the architects who designed the amphitheater two millennia ago, “They did some good stuff.”


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