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Why We Owe Robert Parker

Date: Tue, May 26, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

In Steve Heimoff’s most recent post regarding the controversy surrounding Robert Parker’s independent consultants (you can read the Wall Street Journal article on it here) he writes these words: Look, folks. Every wine writer with any influence or connections has partaken of gourmet meals for free. Every wine writer with any influence or connections has been [...]

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A Baby Boomer Responds

Date: Fri, May 22, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

The recent article on my iPhone app in the PD elicited the following email from my father in law. I thought it was terrifically insightful, and wanted to share. Dear Josh and Candace, Umm, I would like to inform you guys that you don’t have to be a Gen X’er, Gen Y’er, or Gen Z’er to do [...]

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1K for 1 Post Deadline Extended to June 1st!

Date: Thu, May 21, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Just a quick post to inform those interested in the Wine Scholarship that due to some requests we’ve decided to extend the deadline for entries to June 1st. No one wants to cram in a post right before a 3 day weekend anyway! Use your time wisely, and don’t forget to spread the word and jack [...]

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Juice Video Demos

Date: Sun, May 17, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

To the folks visiting from the Press Democrat article about local iPhone apps, here are the links to the videos showing off the capabilities of Juice. So Juicy Juicified Big thanks to Nathan and Ken from the PD for their professionalism and courtesy. Good times.

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What is Social Media Worth to a Winery?

Date: Fri, May 1, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

What is a Twitter follower worth to a winery? What is a blog post worth? What is its cost? What does a comment signify for your brand? As a firm believer in the power of social media as a way for my proto-winery to create relationships with folks who might one day buy my wine, [...]

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1K for 1 Post! The 2009 Wine Blogger Scholarship

Date: Wed, Apr 22, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

1 post. 1k. It’s crazy, I know. Not $1000 for the best blog writing over a year, not a salary position for a month, or even 6 months of work (check out Murphy Goode’s very cool contest for that). I’m talking about $1000 for a couple hours of work. Good times. I’m really excited about the [...]

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Review: Bedrock 2007 Rebecca’s Pinot

Date: Sun, Mar 22, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

With apologies to Chateau Petrogasm. Sadly Morgan is sold out of the ‘07. However, head over to bedrockwineco.com and tell him Josh sent you. Maybe miracles can happen! Also, for those of you saying “WTF?” the password is: Panty solvent.

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Time Saver! Wine Tweets Follow Script

Date: Sun, Mar 22, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Lately I’d fallen woefully behind on re-following Twitter folks. In fact I was so far behind that I was about to declare Twitter bankruptcy. Then I chanced upon a solution: ruby gems that allow you to access Google Spreadsheets and access the Twitter API. Now my Twitter life is in balance. If that all sounds greek to [...]

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Purchase a Shirt, Save a Feral Unicorn

Date: Wed, Mar 18, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Due to unexpected demand and multiple requests, I’ve gone ahead and made the Robert Parker’s Bitch shirt available for purchase. Buy Now. All proceeds go to the Endangered Feral Unicorn Preservation Fund. In lieu of a FAQ and in the interest of full transparency, here are some tweets I posted regarding the announcement. Q: Are you personally benefiting from [...]

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Juice Gets Bluetooth

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

Really exciting news today from Apple. They announced that the iPhone is now supporting Bluetooth communication with wireless devices. What this means for Juice is pretty huge. I’ll be able to hook up the iPhone to a Bluetooth barcode reader and scan barrels (or fermenters etc) in the cellar, have it pull up the barrel record, [...]

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Wine & Spirits Restaurant Poll

Date: Fri, Mar 13, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

The annual Wine&Spirits Restaurant Poll came out this month, and there are plenty of things about it to note. One trend that I’m particularly interested in is the ascendency of Merry Edwards and other pinot producers (congrats Merry!). Nearly 5% of restaurants listed Merry and Flowers as one of their top 10 best sellers during [...]

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Spring is Coming

Date: Wed, Mar 11, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

The above pic of my sickeningly cute son is just one of the many not-so-subtle cues that spring is coming, quickly. The buds on the vines are beginning to swell, the wild flowers are in bloom (which Jackson likes to pick and stash in a bucket and deliver to either me or his mom upon returning), [...]

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Robert Parker’s Bitch

Date: Tue, Mar 10, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

There’s an interesting post up at GoodGrape today where Jeff writes these words: Wine is different. The Golden Rule? That notion where you treat others as you would like to be treated? No shit, that happens in the wine business… From a business perspective, you send an email and somebody responds. You leave [...]

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