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Apr 18, 2014

Top 10 GoogleAlerts For Wine Bloggers

Probably the most frequent question I get is: “How do yo so often come up with something to write about?” The answer is “inspiration”. Blog posts at FERMENTATION: The Daily Wine Blog almost always result from a moment of inspiration. The key, however, is to set yourself up to be inspired. There is no better source of inspiration for a wine blogger than GOOGLE ALERTS. What follows is my secret blogging weapon. If none of these GoogleAlert Searches return items…

Apr 12, 2014

A Single Varietal Cider For Wine Lovers

The Kingston Black apple is a renowned English cider apple that provides cider blends with the bitterness and acid that well-balanced cider will possess. The Kingston Black falls into the “Bittersharp” category of cider apples. It’s quite rare to find a cider, like the one reviewed here, to be made with nearly 100% Kingston Black apples. The producers are the folks from West County Cider, who have been producing Ciders from their Massachusetts location 30 years now. They use their…

Apr 10, 2014

Le Pere Jules—Great Pear Cider From Normandy ****/*****

Le Pere Jules Poire is a perry produced by the firm of Leon Desfrieches et fils located in Lisieux in the Normandy region of France that was founded 95 years ago. Three varieties of pears taken from orchards planted more than 100 years ago are used in this perry. The Le Pere Jules brand produces cider, perry as well as Calvados. This is perry to seek out, but difficult to find. 2012 Le Pere Jules Poire de Normandie Origin: Lisieux,…

Mar 24, 2014

Self Promotion and the Artisan Zietgiest in the Wine Industry

One of the more interesting consequences of the proliferation of new wine writers on blogs and elsewhere over the past 10 years is a return to the focus of the “Star Winemaker”. The 1980′s and 1990′s saw the rise of the individual winemaker, a personality of sorts (such as it can be in the world of wine). That media and industry focus on the “star winemaker” started to wane a bit by 2,000, with the ground and terroir pushing aside…

Mar 19, 2014

Celebrating Corruption in the State-Mandated Three Tier System

The Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of American (WSWA) have never been well acquainted with the concept of shame. This is not surprising, since this particular idea usually doesn’t arise among those who tend to believe in their own entitlement. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that at its upcoming annual convention in April, the WSWA has announced it will “honor” a man who perhaps more than any other epitomizes the idea of “Wholesaler Entitlement” and who had demonstrated the extraordinary…