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Nov 2, 2016

Wine, Price, Value and Feeeeelings

I was told today that the wines of one my Wark Communications winery clients was “overpriced”.  The person who told me this was wrong. It’s not that the wine was overpriced. It was that the wine cost more than they were willing to pay. I want to explain this. A wine is priced correctly when the seller of the wine can find enough buyers at the stated price to sell out the inventory before the next vintage of the same…

Nov 1, 2016

Here Comes the Petaluma Gap AVA

I can make a pretty compelling case that within the latitudinal bands where wine grapes flourish on this planet, it is almost always the grape variety used to produce the wine that is more important to the ultimate character of the wine than the place or region where it is grown. This shouldn’t be controversial. However, when particular wine growing regions within these latitudinal bands demonstrate unquestionably unique climatic and/or geographical characteristics that have a real and positive impact on…

Jul 15, 2016

The Return of Laura Uncorked

I was very happy to discover (and you should be too) that the blog “Laura Uncorked” has resumed publishing. Laura Uncorked is the work of Laura Burgess, a California Sierra Foothills resident who began publishing her blog back in 2011. However, sometime in the fall of last year she simply stopped writing on Laura Uncorked. She was still accessible via a variety of other publications, particularly VinePair where she is a regular contributor. It was when reading her current VinePair…

Jun 28, 2016

Did The Wine Regulators Get The Message?

Today in Chicago alcohol regulators from across the country gather at their annual convention: The National Conference of State Liquor Administrators Annual Conference. These are the folks that enthusiastically enforce the remnants of the Three-Tier System of alcohol distribution. It’s either a remarkable coincidence or no coincidence at all that just as this meeting of Three Tier proponents takes place, one of the most concise take downs of the Three Tier System is published by R Street, a free-market think…

Jun 27, 2016

Same As It Ever Was: Wine Ratings (and prices)

Wait! What? The score inflation inside the 100 Point Wine Rating Scale isn’t really inflation after all? How could that be. The defenders of freedom and consumers who hate wine ratings said so. Claire Adamson writing at WineSearcher.com looked at average wine ratings now and then from the WineSearcher’s “own average wine scores, calculated from a range of the world’s most famous critics, and retrofitted them back to the 1990 vintage.” (not entirely sure what this means) What did she…