Wine Stuff I’m looking forward to in 2017

morletThe 2015 Pinots From Oregon
An extremely early vintage that should be fascinating to taste. I’m looking forward to an array of differently styled Pinots from Oregon that should be hitting he market this year.

The “Is the Natural Wine Fad Over Yet?” Stories
We are about on schedule for many consumers and those in the wine media and wine trade to start asking out loud, “is this ‘Natural Wine’ fad finally done with?’ ” When the stories do come, and they will beginning this year, it won’t be soon enough for me. How many times can you listen to someone call poop “a fascinating outlier” or listen to an advocate insist that all but natural wine will kill you?

“Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste” By Bianca Bosker
Anyone with the courage to put a title that long on a wine book has to have written something pretty good. It comes out in March.

Continued Wholesaler Consolidation
Once the number of wine wholesalers is reduced to 1 or 2 it will be much easier to point to the very specific people who work the hardest to ruin wine for consumers, and that will make my life easier.

My Wife’s Fringe Benefits
Now that she’s taken the position of Dir. of Hospitality at Morlet Family Vineyards I can look forward to helping her consume some awesome fringe benefits of her job.

More Speaking Gigs
I had a such a wonderful time the other night speaking at the Wine Women’s Marketing forum. I forgot how much I enjoy speaking at such industry gatherings. It’s a resolution of mine now to start accepting more in 2017.


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