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What Wine Is For: An Epicurean Response

Date: Mon, May 21, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

What is wine for? As I continue to grow older, I find that the questions that occupy my intellect tend to grow more basic. The questions that occur to me and capture my interest tend to be substantially broader than...

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The Threat and Shame of Natural Wine

Date: Fri, May 18, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

On the eve of two simultaneously scheduled wine fairs dedicated to the proposition that everything old is new again, it's hard not to admire the enthusiasm of those taken by "natural" wine. It's hard not to notice the excitement its...

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The Pinot Producers Are Coming—PINOT DAYS SF

Date: Wed, May 16, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Who Doesn't love a good list? Who doesn't love a good Pinot Noir? Who doesn't love a great Pinot Noir Event? Here you'll find all three: PINOT DAYS SAN FRANCISCO Saturday, June 16th 200 Pinot Producers Below is the killer...

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Uncomfortable Truths: The Wine Edition

Date: Mon, May 14, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Some truths are uncomfortable. The Experts Are the Best Sources of Wine Info and Recommendations The tendancy to disparage "wine experts" or "wine elite" grows as the role of social media and peer reviews grow. Yet the fact remains that...

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Coupling Up in the Wine Industry—Lessons Learned

Date: Mon, May 14, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

I wonder if the percentage of couples where both people work in the same industry is higher in Napa Valley than in other part of the country. I wonder this because my Kathy and I are such a couple and...

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Minors Don't Buy Alcohol Online

Date: Tue, May 8, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Minors Don't Buy Alcohol On-line. And yet, this fundamental fact has gone unnoticed in the wake of a recently released study that looks at minors access to alcohol conducted by Chapel Hill North Carolina and funded by the Robert Woods...

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Wine Wholesalers Insist You Were Born Yesterday

Date: Mon, May 7, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Barry Nolan over at Boston Magazine makes a point that flies in the face of what many politicians will tell us: "The business sector actually desires regulation and corruption." Interestingly, his primary evidence for this seemingly counter-intuitive conclusion is the...

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How To Buy Wine Online Safely

Date: Mon, May 7, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

The Wall Street Journal makes a good point. When buying wine online—Buyer Beware! Actually, the WSJ Digital Network made a number of good points in a video featuring Tom Geniesse, owner of New York City's wine shop Bottle Rocket Wine...

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A New Alcohol Toy—And Why It Will Be Banned Quickly

Date: Fri, May 4, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

"The advantages is to enjoy the drunk sensation with none of the harmful effects of alcohol on the body." This sounds a bit like a description of love. It's not. It is a description of a new product called "Wahh"created...

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A New and Hidden Code of Wine Tasting

Date: Tue, May 1, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Almost all of my wine tasting education has been practical. That is to say, what I know about evaluating wine and how I evaluate wine has resulted from tasting wine a lot. Beyond that, my inquiries into the practice of...

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The Give and Take of the Natural Wine Debate

Date: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

I am always excited when I see an article or blog post on-line that was written in response to something on this blog. At the very least it means someone is reading me. Even better, it could mean that what...

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Costco Wine: Shall I Be Offended?

Date: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Over at The Eater, Talia Baiocchi is a bit offended, or at least disheartened, that America's most powerful wine buyer doesn't believe that wine is much more special than toilet paper or tin foil. Talia, a keen observer of the...

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Golf in Napa

Date: Thu, Apr 26, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

You could spend your entire trip to Napa Valley doing nothing but eating and drinking. It's a good plan. The food is tasty here and the wine delicious and copious. And we make it easy for you to do nothing...

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Natural Wine, Golfer Wines and other Gimmicks

Date: Thu, Apr 26, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

The wine industry is not overly prone to using gimmicks to sell stuff. Yet, it does conjure its share. The most infamous gimmick was the "critter wines", a trend in gimmickry that looks, thankfully, to be done with. Still, there...

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