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The Return of Great Wine Content

Date: Fri, Aug 3, 2012

Great wine content doesn't die. It just gets re-platformed. This is the case with much of the important reference content on AppellationAmerica.com. Today, the recently launched Appellation America App (for the iPhone), provides mobile users with one of the best...

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Relationships Between Wine Blogs, Ads and Readers

Date: Tue, Jul 31, 2012

There is a symbiotic relationship between the publisher, the advertisers and the readers. While that church/state line must always separate what gets printed and what gets advertised, it's an important fact of publishing life that the publisher, readers and advertisers...

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The Silence of the Wine Consumer

Date: Tue, Jul 31, 2012

The Pennsylvania Tribune Review on Saturday published an editorial on the issue of wine regulations that continues a tradition that is on its way to becoming and institution: Discussing the impact of wine regulations without taking account of the issue...

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A Public Service Announcement for Wine & Food Lovers

Date: Mon, Jul 30, 2012

There are a number of good things about summer. The days are longer and warmer. My SF Giants are playing almost every day. Golfing in the early morning is delightful. But the best thing about summer, in my view, is...

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A Wine Blogger's Hate Mail of the Week

Date: Mon, Jul 30, 2012

Dear Tom Wark: I recently googled 'Three Tier System' and noticed that your writings rose to the top of the list. It brought me to your blog titled 'The three tier system and consumer acces to wine'. Then I noticed...

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College Level Philosophy: The Wine Edition

Date: Fri, Jul 27, 2012

Would you rather be the primary beneficiary in the will of a successful small winery owner from Sonoma or the primary beneficiary in the will of one of the greatest wine collectors in the world? Would you rather be a...

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Wine Celebrates "The International Day of Poo"

Date: Wed, Sep 22, 2010

Winemakers and grapegrowers across the globe are celebrating what might kindly be called "The International Day of Poo". Today, the Autumnal Equinox, is the the day that biodynamic grape growers are called upon to undertake "Preparation 500". Preparation 500 is...

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Lest They Think The Wine Industry Is Elitist or Stuffy.

Date: Wed, Sep 22, 2010

As a service to readers of FERMENTATION and as a diversion from more recent political intensities here, we reach to the Department of Funny for today's post. The View Winery in the Okanagan Valley joins a number of other wineries,...

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How H.R. 5034 Can Save the Wine Industry

Date: Mon, Sep 20, 2010

In an age where goods are bought and sold in an instant, delivered overnight, and tracked with momentary precision, can many of the archaic regulations that overwhelm the state alcohol distribution systems and serve foremost to stifle consumer access to...

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Who Supports the Stake In The Heart of Wine Stores—HR 5034?

Date: Thu, Sep 16, 2010

With the re-writing of H.R. 5034 (Download New HR 5034 Language), America's wine wholesalers and not a few congresspeople have concluded that it would be in the best interests of the United States to grant the states the ability to...

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New All Out Attack On Wine Merchants Launched With H.R. 5034

Date: Wed, Sep 15, 2010

A new version of H.R. 5034, the bill alcohol wholesalers are using to try to protect their monopoly on alcohol distribution, has been re-written by wholesalers and dutifully introduced by its sponsor, Rep. Bill Delahunt. The new version of H.R....

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WineTalk Talked About

Date: Wed, Sep 15, 2010

Not long ago I issued a post on "The State of Online Wine Talk" in which I took a look at the state of online wine bulletin boards (WBBs), those websites where wine geeks gather to have written conversations on...

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French Wine Industry Inconsequence and Assholeism

Date: Wed, Sep 15, 2010

"The neutralization of the 70 grapevines was an act of civil disobedience, which is a legitimate expression when the powerful impose on the population something it has largely disowned." —Jean-Pierre Frick, French punk— Note to Monsieur Frick: It's not "Civil...

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Haidu.Net and Spending Time Well In the Wine Industry

Date: Mon, Sep 13, 2010

Over at Wark Communications, the fancy name I've given to the public relations and communications consultancy that has been the the source of my income for the past 15 years, I've taken up with HAIDU.NET. I've agreed to be HAIDU.NET's...

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