How To Write a Wine’s Name—Depends

How To Write a Wine's Name—Depends

One would think it is a simple matter, but it turns out it’s not. In fact, there are various theories and practices behind the writing of a wine’s full name. My approach has always been the same: Except in those instances when the wine is to be written alongside a relatively few others of the same brand, then one ought to write the name of a wine in such a way that most easily allows the reader to find what…

Jul 24, 2014

A Schooling in Wine Writing And Gender

A Schooling in Wine Writing And Gender

I’ve heard it said that where winemaking is concerned, women may have an advantage either because they may have a more acute palate or because they are more natural nurturers. I don’t know. It’s an intriguing and not altogether outlandish set of ideas. However, I’m wondering if there is such a substantial difference between male wine writers and female wine writers that it is important that we read, listen to, or observe or both in order to get a full…

Jul 23, 2014

Misunderstanding: There is no Such Thing As a “Print” Writer in the Wine Media

Misunderstanding: There is no Such Thing As a "Print" Writer in the Wine Media

Media reports out of and about the recent Wine Bloggers Conference as well as certain panels at the conference (I could not be there due to baby), have in some measure drawn attention to a severe misunderstanding among some about the nature of writing, blogging and media in general. The theme I’m referring to is the idea that there is “print media” on the one hand and something else (digital?) on the other. The sister theme to this is that…

Jul 22, 2014

Wine Bloggers and Their Awards Deserve a Change

Wine Bloggers and Their Awards Deserve a Change

This blog was recently honored with “Best Industry/Business Wine Blog” at the 2014 Wine Blog Awards. That achievement made me very proud. I’ve spent nearly a decade working fairly diligently at FERMENTATION. In many ways spending almost a decade pondering, writing and generally getting stuff off my chest keeps me sane and centered. Along those lines of writing and pondering, and to a degree staying sane, I have some ideas about The Wine Blog Awards, and particularly how I think…

Jul 16, 2014

What it Takes to Grow the Direct To Consumer Wine Channel

What it Takes to Grow the Direct To Consumer Wine Channel

In a recent editorial at Wine Industry Advisor, Brian Rosen, former CEO of SAMS, a large wine retailer in Chicago, and now head of the consulting firm Rosen Retail, said the following: “The DTC movement is not what you think it is and will not provide the added revenue that wineries around the globe are seeking….The DTC movement is a wonderful idea, and there is no doubt that as regulations soften and technological efficiencies prevail, it will be a sustainable…