Archive for the ‘Rating Wine’ Category

May 7, 2014

The Five Most Difficult Things about Judging Wine Competitions

“Actually, it’s not as cushy a job as you think….You really need to be able to concentrate at will and work through some pretty significant palate fatigue,” I said to the incredulous seatmate while flying down to Southern California to judge at the Riverside International Wine Competition. And yet, even after working through flights of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Meritage and Zinfandel today, I have to admit that my incredulous seatmate is right. Judging at a wine competition…

Apr 9, 2014

This Wine is Too Tannic—I’m Suing!!

There are pros and cons to the idea that the loser in a civil lawsuit ought to be required to pay the legal fees of the winner. The “pro” side of that argument was aptly demonstrated in this lawsuit, brought by a wine drinker who sued a wine retailer simply because he did not like the wine be bought from the store. First, imagine the kind of marketplace that would be created if a consumer could return a product and…

Mar 24, 2014

100 Point Wines and My Worry I Might Have Gone Round the Bend

Do you ever start to wonder if there might be something seriously wrong with your mental or emotional capacity due to the fact that so many people understand or agree with something that is instead entirely lost on you? This is how I feel about the idea of rating or ranking something that is nearly entirely a subjective experience: Wine. Yet, recently I’ve read so many different explanations as to why the idea of rating wine on the 100 points…

Jan 31, 2014

10 Ways to Use A Good Wine Review

It’s not the easiest thing, nor the least expensive thing, to have our wine reviewed positively by an authoritative wine critic or wine-related publication. So when it happens, it’s important for the producer and vendors of the wine to take full advantage of occasion; to extend the life and utility of the positive review. But first, ignore anyone who tells you that the reviews published by wine critics are a useless, waning in marketing value, ignored by any particular generation…

Dec 24, 2013

The State of the Wine Media—2013

I’m a fairly close observer of what we have come to call “The Wine Media”. My 20+ years observing the writing and reporting of all things wine, and any expertise I’ve accumulated as a result, is part of what I offer my clients—who hire me and keep me around in part because I’m a fairly reliable analyst of the wine media. I make a living understanding the wine media, how it works, what it wants and who reads it. Me…