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Maybe We DO Need Some Stinking Badges

Date: Wed, Aug 11, 2010 Wine Tasting

By now many of you who are regular readers of my blog are aware of my past contemplations on the subject of wine scoring. While I realize that wine scoring definitely serves a purpose, and that maybe we all score wines in one way or another, I still have misgivings about the systems that we use to quantify the wine experience. Given my feelings on the subject, I was really excited when I read about a project on Paul Mabray's blog that is being headed up by several different bloggers to use a new system to score wines. Enter, the...

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What Makes a Good Social Media Campaign for a Winery?

Date: Tue, Aug 10, 2010 Wine Tasting

There have been a couple of things that got me started asking this question on my Facebook page the other day - "What kind of content do you most like to see on social media from wineries? What makes a good Facebook page from a winery?" There are lots of examples of both good and bad uses of social media within the wine industry. Jennifer Thomson from Thomson Vineyards, a social media #rockstar in her own right (see their Twitter account and blog), mentioned some bad social media behavior from six Napa wineries yesterday. The wineries are Tweeting from an...

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A Glass That Just Won't Quit - Eisch Sensis Plus Glasses

Date: Mon, Aug 9, 2010 Wine Tasting

I have a natural skepticism about manufacturer claims that I hear about new products. I work in marketing, so I may have become even more jaded than the average consumer when it comes to what I read in promotional materials. Just because I'm skeptical, doesn't mean that there aren't products that really do live up to their billing. I was recently sent samples of two Eisch glasses by Balzak Communications. One of the glasses is the standard Eisch glass, and the other is the Superior Sensis Plus series glass. The two glasses are practically identical in appearance and shape. The...

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August 6 - The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Date: Fri, Aug 6, 2010 Wine Tasting

First of all, I want to thank everyone who has given me support in my search for a job in the wine biz. You guys are all awesome. A special thanks to the guys at Wine Biz Radio for mentioning my search on their show this week. The Good Man, this is another week where I found so many Good posts that I just couldn't narrow it down to one. I actually left off some other great posts this week, but these are three of my favorites: I love it when people think outside of the box for a post,...

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What is This White Stuff Floating in My Glass?

Date: Thu, Aug 5, 2010 Wine Tasting

I love talking about wine. Those who know me can attest to the fact that I will ramble on ad nauseum about some bit of enological minutia that I'm the only one who gives a rat's ass about. Sometimes I catch myself dropping wine buzz words, seemingly with the assumption that everyone around me knows what I'm talking about. I had this experience the other day when I mentioned the tartrates floating around in a glass of Chardonnay. When you start dropping words like "tartrates" into your every day conversation, you have to expect to have the room look at...

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Cap*Rock Winery Auction Live Blog

Date: Wed, Aug 4, 2010 Wine Tasting

Who knows what has gone on behind closed doors over the last week. It has been one week since the news became official of the Gruet withdrawal from the Cap*Rock sale. Today at 2:30 pm the results of the closed bid auction will be presented to Judge Robert Jones, and we should know who the new owner of the winery will be. This entire affair has been a roller coaster ride, and a rickety wooden one at that. I've pretty much stopped guessing at what the eventual outcome will be, but Russ Kane has stated that he's talked to sources...

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Pursuing the Dream - I Start My Wine Career Search

Date: Tue, Aug 3, 2010 Wine Tasting

My wife and I have been bandying about the idea of moving for some time now. As her family has gone through a diaspora over the last couple of years that has greatly increased the distance required to visit anyone on her side of the tree, we have started thinking about moving closer to some of her family. With her father living in Washington and her mom in Arizona, the West Coast seemed like the logical direction to be moving. When we first started talking seriously about moving, we talked about possibly just locating a job that would get us...

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A Vineyard You Can Walk In - Interview with Kaz from Kaz Winery

Date: Mon, Aug 2, 2010 Wine Tasting

Most of you already know by now that I'm a huge fan of Natural Wine. I love the expressiveness of a wine that has been allowed to be itself, rather than pounded and manipulated into submission by chemicals and additives. I've been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to talk with several great proponents of a more minimal intervention approach to winemaking on this blog, and I got to have a fun chat with another great winemaker while I was at the Wine Bloggers' Conference this year. Whenever you meet someone who goes by a single name, you know you...

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What Does Your Twitter Resume Say?

Date: Fri, Jul 30, 2010 Wine Tasting

A while back I saw a tweet from my friend Chris Oggenfuss (@vintuba) that asked this question - @vintuba: Are wineries that use ghost writers for their facebook pages and twitter posts less authentic As a person who just recently started the process of looking for a marketing/social media job in the wine business (feel free to let me know if you are looking for such a person :) ), I jokingly responded with the following - @vinotology: Yes, they should all hire nice social media savvy bloggers like me to do it instead. :) This response elicited a really...

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July 30 - The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Date: Fri, Jul 30, 2010 Wine Tasting

The Good In the last year my wife and I have become addicted to the show Mad Men. I know, we tend to be a little late arriving to these kind of parties, but we are here now. For those who don't know, and there can't be very many of you, Mad Men centers around the lives, beverage choices, and infidelities of a group of Madison Avenue ad executives in the early 1960s. The show is clever, and has a real eye for the details of the media world in the early 60s, taking a really interesting look at some...

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Not All That Sparkles is Gold: A Disappointing Twist to the Gruet Story

Date: Wed, Jul 28, 2010 Wine Tasting

The title of this post is taken from a comment that my friend Luke left me on Facebook yesterday in reference to the Gruet/Cap*Rock debacle. The comment does a good job of giving voice to the disappointment that many are feeling with the outcome of the Gruet purchase of the Lubbock winery. In conversations with Texas wine lovers over the last couple of weeks, and actually with wine lovers from outside of Texas as well, I was finding a lot of excitement about the prospect of "Texas Champagne" coming from the Lubbock area. There really seemed to be very little...

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More Breaking News - Official Word That Gruet is Backing Out of Cap*Rock Sale

Date: Tue, Jul 27, 2010 Wine Tasting

Sorry to do a follow up post so soon, but we just received official word that Gruet has backed out on the Cap*Rock sale. VintageTexas posted the following details on his blog moments ago - I received a call from Max Tarbox, attorney for the CapRock Auction Sale early this afternoon indicating the he has received permission from the Backruptcy Judge Robert Jones to proceed with a new auction for the sale of the CapRock Winery. Mr. Tarbox was informed by Laurent Gruet that he does not plan to go through with the purchase the CapRock Winery despite that fact...

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Breaking News - Update on Cap*Rock Winery Sale to Gruet

Date: Tue, Jul 27, 2010 Wine Tasting

It looks like the old axiom about smoke and fire is proving true in the case of the problems involving the sale of Cap*Rock Winery to Gruet. I posted late last week that there were rumors surfacing that the sale of the winery to Gruet was in jeopardy. Since that post I have been working with Russ Kane from VintageTexas to determine what was really going on. There have been many rumors flying around from multiple sources about the sale, but we have been unable to track down much in the way of hard facts until this morning. Most of...

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Wine Biz Radio Comes to Texas

Date: Mon, Jul 26, 2010 Wine Tasting

The 2010 Wine Bloggers' Conference was a great opportunity to meet some of the awesome people in the wine business, people who don't normally surface in my fair state of Texas. There are so many different ways that I have been able to experience the wine country life here in the Lone Star State, and one of the ways that I have kept up to date with what is going on in the wine industry in California is by listening to Wine Biz Radio on a weekly basis. The power duo of Richard Kasmier, known by all as "Kaz", and...

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