An appellation is a legally defined and protected geographic region used to identify where wine grapes are grown. When we see Santa Maria Valley on the label, we know that 85% of the grapes used tContinue Reading →
Barrie Cleveland has been writing, studying, tasting, teaching and talking about wine since 1978. He writes about many wine and wine country topics. He especially enjoys communicating about the wine tasting experiences he finds in tasting rooms, wineries and wine regions
With travels to dozens of countries and numerous wine area, Cleveland enjoys interacting with winemakers, grape growers and wine country visitors. As a wine marketing professional he is able to communicate his stories and experiences as well as educate and entertain.
Cleveland is the managing editor for California Winery Advisor.com, a leading independent winery directory, where hundreds of wineries are profiled, reviewed and publicized. Cleveland is also the Founder of Winery Advisor, LLC, a winecountry focused marketing firm helping wineries navigate their online promotion.
Cleveland has a passion for wine, technology and marketing. He has held positions as a retail wine buyer, bottling supervisor, tasting room manager and regional sales director. Cleveland has taught wine appreciation classes, wine sales classes, he has hosted a wine radio show, has been a wine industry guest speaker, has dozens of published wine articles and a new book, Vino Journal, published by Random House.
Cleveland is a member of many California winery associations and trade groups along with having connections with technical and communication organizations. He lives with his family in rural San Luis Obispo where he writes, tastes, and has yet to master the challenges of farming grapes. He has a Geography degree and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Cleveland consults with many wineries and wine country businesses with direct to consumer marketing, social media management and online promotions. He can be reached at: Bcleveland@wineryadvisor.com.
Articles by Barrie Cleveland
The California wine boom continues with over 2,900 wineries in the state from San Diego to the Oregon border. With more Americans discovering that wine is part of a modern, healthy and enjoyable lContinue Reading →
Where else than the Central Coast can you stroll along the beach in the morning, choose among dozens of wineries to visit during the day, be back to the coast for a nap, and still take in the sunseContinue Reading →
Recently I had the chance to participate in Lone Madrone's Dinner on the Dunes Kayaking Tour. Besides making some very yummy Rhône, Bordeaux and Italian varietals and blends, Lone Madrone’s staffContinue Reading →
Want to know how to maximize your wine tasting experiences? Of course, you can read blogs about wine, but I’d rather go to the tasting room and enjoy my wine right at the winery.
This arContinue Reading →
When you think of the wine country you probably visualize country roads bordered by rows of grape vines, well stocked tasting rooms with friendly staffs, and of course great Central Coast wines. CContinue Reading →
Winemakers have been struggling for centuries to keep out unwanted oxygen from their hooch. Oily cloth used to be favorite as well as animal hides. Today winemakers from Continue Reading →
The Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association (MCVGA) invites you to escape the ordinary at the Great Wine Escape Weekend, every November in beautiful Continue Reading →
Santa Barbara County is home to over 100 wineries located within a patchwork of microclimates, terrains, small villages, and rolling rural hills, with a handful just a few blocks from the beach. ThContinue Reading →
A recent trip through the north coast wine region resulted in some great new winery finds, a couple of good meals and some wonderful wine country hospitality. We found our days full, but our eveninContinue Reading →
Yes, let’s taste some wine-- but let’s do it right. We want to experience all the subtleties the grape grower and winemaker worked to impart on their product. So let’s review the basics and Continue Reading →
So you want to go wine tasting! This is a great way to enjoy the wine country make new wine discoveries and have a wonderful day out with friends. With many great wineries and tasting rContinue Reading →
Sonoma County is has a wide and diverse range of scenery from redwood rainforests to rolling grassy hills to dense hardwood forests of Oak and Madrone and the rugged high counContinue Reading →
Grape Varieties Along the Central Coast
By Barrie Cleveland, CaliforniaWineryAdvisor.com
The Central Coast wine region has a wide rangeContinue Reading →
Here are some ideas and thoughts on how to host a wine tasting party. There are of course many variations from the formal sit down, no talking wine evaluation events, tContinue Reading →
Paso Robles celebrates their bounty of vineyards, artisan food and wine each year at the annual Paso Robles Wine Festival held in late May. The Festival runs 3 day or more with multiple events at vContinue Reading →
The French have been arguing for decades to persuade Americans to stop calling our sparkling wine "Champagne." They postulate, rightly, that Champagne comes from that sacred region in northern FraContinue Reading →
Spring is a great time for wine country wine events. Along California’s Central Coast there are six events to check out before summertime.
Paso Robles is presenting the 20th annual ZiContinue Reading →
In California September and October is the traditional time to pick grapes and make wine. The year of hard work managing a vineyard is rewarded when the fields are buzzing with tractors and gondolaContinue Reading →
Vineyard owners know that Mother Nature can challenge the best agriculturalist. In 2011 it was a “perfect storm” of strong winds, hail, devastating frosts, thunder-storms, cool summer tContinue Reading →
I have been in the wine business off and on since the late 1970’s and have tasted thousands of wines and visited well over 1000 tasting rooms. Some people call this work, but I know better, iContinue Reading →
I had a memorable day recently taking a short country drive from Pismo Beach, California to the wine country of Edna Valley. It was one of these beautiful summer mornings where the fog burned off eContinue Reading →
Making a rich beautiful wine great flavor and balance can be an easy task. Of course everything has to go perfectly. The right grapes need to be planted on the right rootstocks matched to the soilsContinue Reading →