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Helene Williams wrote at 2006-12-22 21:27:36
Dear Paul

I read your comments of 2/13/2006 about Brookside Wine Black Velvet.  It was the only red wine that I would use as an after dinner wine, It was extremely smooth,creamy to the taste.  Those that I have spoken to, many people, like my self would love to have Boorkside Winery back in business.  Knowing that you have not tasted it, to me there is nothing like it, as I said it was smooth and didn't leave a bad taste in your mouth like so many rich wines, it had almost a creamy taste, tawny and rich.  I would love to find something to compare, do you have anything in mind.

What I do use as far as a port to give you an idea of my taste is Benjamin Australian Tawny Port, it is smooth if you haven't tried it is worth it.


Helene W

Jim Milton wrote at 2013-08-08 17:14:06
Yes, Brookside Vineyards were located in Guasti, Calif., Pomona/Riverside area. P.D Bien(?) was the Vintner, super nice person and I believe they also had a bigger winery around Modesto, Calif..

Their "Black Velvet" was my favorite. We would arrive at the "Tasting Room" after a long day at Mt. Baldy/Big Bear for our apresski, LOL, and talked of many "Mice and Men", circa, 1960-1970?.

Jim Milton

I believe a daughter has opened a super place for luncheons at the "Old Winery", hope it is still in business, but from what I understand, the "Old Winery" ie. Brookside is no longer in business! Sad, in my estimation, such wonderful people and they are missed, by me, especially


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Wines of the world, wine a food matching, wine and food service questions. I currently teach Wine courses at Napa Valley College, am an international wine judge, written many articles for publication, and have been a guest speaker at way too many wine conferences to remember. 25 years in the business. With Liz Thach and Janeen Olsen, I authored the definitive book on wine marketing: Wine Marketing & Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market by The Wine Appreciation Guild, which won the Gourmand International Award in 2008 for the best wine book for professionals! With Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, I host a radio show and podcast called Bottletalk at, where I answer questions about wine and food on the air.


30 years in the business.

Society of Wine Educators, Academy of Wine Communications, American Wine Society

Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine, Fine Wine Journal, les Amis du Vin Journal, Society of Wine Educators Journal, and more.

I have taught at Napa Valley College for the last twenty years.

Awards and Honors
Spanish National Wine Fair: A lifetime dedicated to wine award. Espaderino della Castelania di Soave in Italy.

Past/Present Clients
Wineries include Caymus, Wente, Parducci, Shannon Ridge, Paul Dolan Wines, Vigilance, and others. Wine regions include the Union des Grand Crus de Borcdeaux, Union des Grands Crus de St. Emilion, Consorzio di Chianti CLassico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Consorzio di Franciacorta, Rioja Alavesa, and others.

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