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California Wine: The Final Synchronized Flush

Date: Fri, May 9, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

In honor of Alice Fiering’s recent call to dump the whole of California’s wine production down the nearest sewer pipe, I thought it might be fitting to look back in time to a period where France didn’t have a defender as vocal and virtuous as Alice. A time when the headlines screamed disarray for the [...]

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Wine Bloggin’ Wednesday: Old World Riesling

Date: Wed, May 7, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

This marks my first ever Wine Blogging Wednesday, a tradition started by Lenn over at Lenndevours sometime in the Neolithic period of the wine blogging timeline. I’m happy to finally join in the festivities. The wine type this month, chosen by Tim at Winecast, is Old World Riesling, which worked out great for me. I [...]

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Twitter the Pinotblogger

Date: Mon, May 5, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

For the past couple months I’ve been using twitter.com to catalogue smaller day to day items such as winery related marketing stuff, interesting links that don’t warrant entire posts, Sonoma County Wine Library info (where I’m serving as President for 2008) and other ephemera. There is a vibrant daily conversation happening among the wired wine retailers, [...]

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20% of Rebecca’s Vineyard Crop Lost

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

I finished a final estimate of the losses we incurred due to the insane cold snap this weekend. It came out to exactly 20%. 3.4 acres of Rebecca’s vineyard were hit and hit hard by the sub 30’s temps this past Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Below you can see the temp data from our RanchSystems weather [...]

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Wine and VCRs

Date: Tue, Apr 15, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Great post over at Pinot Law that I highly recommend you check out. Here’s the take-away for the time strapped: I do not wish to belabor the point, but the sooner the wholesalers realize that a major paradigm shift has occurred in the wine market, the better off they will be. The Internet is not going [...]

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The Problem With Gary Vaynerchuk

Date: Fri, Apr 11, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

There’s a general philosophy among open-minded Christians that basically boils down to: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” When one denomination agrees with 90% of what the other has to say, why focus on the 10% that separates? I’ve held a similar attitude regarding Gary Vee since he burst on the scene a couple years ago. My [...]

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How to Make a Church Cry About Pinot

Date: Fri, Apr 11, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

The opening line in Steve Heimoff’s profile of Greg La Follette in New Classic Winemakers of California reads: “It has been said of Greg La Follette that he could bring a church to tears about Pinot Noir.” In the clip below you can get a bit of a feel for how he earned that reputation. In [...]

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The Golden Triangle

Date: Thu, Apr 10, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

I’ll be posting a few clips from a very cool and interesting winemaker roundtable from last month over the next few days. Sponsored by Kendall-Jackson and benefitting the Sonoma County Wine Library, Steve Heimoff (his latest book can be found here) led a discussion with some of Sonoma’s top winemakers. Today I’m featuring a quick [...]

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Death to the Fine Wine Retailers!

Date: Mon, Apr 7, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Are wineries that sell direct ruthlessly competing with the clicks and mortar crowd? That’s one of the questions David Williams poses in the latest issue of Wine and Spirit (UK). After taking the reader on an extensive survey of the past and present of online wine retailing, David asks whether the current buzz about wine/web 2.0 [...]

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Your April Fools Day Joke Sucks

Date: Tue, Apr 1, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Since I can’t come up with a remarkable April Fools joke, I’ll just point you towards this post from 2006 by Anil Dash. Your April Fools Day Joke Sucks. Hmm. So this is what it’s like being a critic. Much easier than trying to create or do something new and interesting. I could get used to [...]

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Your April Fools Day Joke Sucks

Date: Tue, Apr 1, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Since I can’t come up with a remarkable April Fools joke, I’ll just point you towards this post from 2006 by Anil Dash. Your April Fools Day Joke Sucks. Hmm. So this is what it’s like being a critic. Much easier than trying to create or do something new and interesting. I could get used to [...]

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Something Cool Is Coming…

Date: Mon, Mar 31, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

If you happen to fit the profile in the Venn Diagram shown below, something pretty cool is coming. That’s right, all 13 of you! Watch this space.

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2008 Wine Blog Awards Announced

Date: Mon, Mar 31, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Tom Wark’s 2008 Wine Blog Awards winners were announced today. Tom does a great thing each year highlighting wine blogging and helping to push it into the mainstream of wine media. There’s been a bit of backlash this year for some reason though, and anonymous blogger overoaked does a fantastic job of skewering both Tom, the [...]

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The Limits of Our Knowledge

Date: Sat, Mar 22, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

This past Thursday I headed up I-80 to Davis to attend RAVE 2008. There were a number of cool presentations, but the final talk of the day by Dr. Mark Matthews was by far the most provocative. Matthews covered a lot of ground in his talk, which was an overview of the research he had conducted [...]

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