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Charlie Palmer Pigs & Pinot – Customer Service EPIC FAIL

Date: Fri, Jan 22, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Charlie Palmer’s annual Pigs & Pinot event is a well regarded and, if this year is any indication, well attended event. Which is why it is both surprising and completely unacceptable to receive the following email: Dear Candace, We are very sad to bring this news to you today. Demand for Pigs & Pinot this [...]

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Climate Change and Wine Growing: One Farmer’s Opinion

Date: Mon, Dec 7, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

A couple items in the news and the on the blogs prompted this post. First was the recent discussion by Jeff over at Good Grape about Tom Johnson’s (author of Louisville Juice) contention that wine bloggers don’t link to each other. One of the reasons for this, Jeff says, is because of the dearth of [...]

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Climate Change and Wine Growing: One Farmer’s Opinion

Date: Mon, Dec 7, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

A couple items in the news and the on the blogs prompted this post. First was the recent discussion by Jeff over at Good Grape about Tom Johnson’s (author of Louisville Juice) contention that wine bloggers don’t link to each other. One of the reasons for this, Jeff says, is because of the dearth of [...]

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W. Blake Gray On Why Amazon Really Quit Wine

Date: Thu, Dec 3, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Some very important reporting from W. Blake Gray. For the impatient, the reason is: taxes. Read the whole post.

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W. Blake Gray On Why Amazon Really Quit Wine

Date: Thu, Dec 3, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Some very important reporting from W. Blake Gray. For the impatient, the reason is: taxes. Read the whole post.

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Still Blogging The Birth of a Winery, Four Years Later

Date: Mon, Nov 30, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

A little over 4 years ago (November 18th 2005 to be exact) I wrote the following: Welcome to pintoblogger.com, a blog I’ve created to outline the long and painful processes involved in starting and building a family winery in the Russian River Valley. I’ll be honest, just typing the words above was daunting. I have no illusions [...]

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Still Blogging The Birth of a Winery, Four Years Later

Date: Mon, Nov 30, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

A little over 4 years ago (November 18th 2005 to be exact) I wrote the following: Welcome to pintoblogger.com, a blog I’ve created to outline the long and painful processes involved in starting and building a family winery in the Russian River Valley. I’ll be honest, just typing the words above was daunting. I have [...]

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Sniff Taints With Me for 2 Straight Days At UC Davis

Date: Tue, Nov 17, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Honestly, ask yourself: have you sniffed taint recently? I mean really sniffed taint? Rigorously. Methodically. Intensively. Do you know how to rectify your taint after you’ve sniffed it? Are you certain? Did you know that not all taints are foul smelling? Some folks think some taints smell pleasant. It really depends on the person. There is so much [...]

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Sniff Taints With Me for 2 Straight Days At UC Davis

Date: Tue, Nov 17, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Honestly, ask yourself: have you sniffed taint recently? I mean really sniffed taint? Rigorously. Methodically. Intensively. Do you know how to rectify your taint after you’ve sniffed it? Are you certain? Did you know that not all taints are foul smelling? Some folks think some taints smell pleasant. It really depends on the person. There [...]

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Über Wine Review #3 – “Shit-de-merde! A Brett Bomb”

Date: Mon, Nov 16, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Shit-de-merde! This wine is all Brett, all the time. Unless you have an aversion to the flavors and aromas of actual wine, it is best to stay away. Only the most jaded fruit and floral aroma haters need apply. Based on this one dimensional sensory profile I guessed France, and from there the Rhone. I was [...]

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Ãœber Wine Review #3 – “Shit-de-merde! A Brett Bomb”

Date: Mon, Nov 16, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Shit-de-merde! This wine is all Brett, all the time. Unless you have an aversion to the flavors and aromas of actual wine, it is best to stay away. Only the most jaded fruit and floral aroma haters need apply. Based on this one dimensional sensory profile I guessed France, and from there the Rhone. I [...]

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An Open Letter to Former Michigan Rep. Barb Farrah

Date: Thu, Nov 12, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Ms. Farrah, I thought you should know that I just finished reading Tom Wark’s recent post on your unconscionable support of HB6644 late last year. This was a bill that, as far as I am able to discern, was almost completely anti-consumer and anti-competitive, benefitting only the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers. That you counted the [...]

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Stop Saying “Trading Down”. It Makes You Sound Like A Tool.

Date: Fri, Nov 6, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

After reading the latest issue of Practical Winery & Vineyard and seeing the term “trading down” misused by an un-named CEO no less than three times in one paragraph, I wanted to gouge my eyes out with my Dixon Ticonderoga 1388. Stop using it. Just stop. Saying that consumers are “trading down” right now betrays a [...]

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Über Wine Review #2 – Surprised By Excellence

Date: Tue, Nov 3, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

My second review starts with the following words: A gorgeous dry white that was so aromatic and balanced that I thought it was an excellent example of Gewurtztraminer from Alsace, one of my favorite wine regions. Was I right? Click here to find out.

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