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Apr 23, 2014

Proof the Three-Tier System is Whatever Alcohol Distributors Pay for It To Be

Here’s why you should never believe any politician who claims they want to “protect” the three-tier system. Yesterday, in the Florida Senate Rules Committee a bill (S.1714) that forces craft beer producers to sell their bottled beer to distributors, have it delivered from their brewery to distributor warehouses, then buy their beer back from the distributor at a 30% mark up, then have it deliver back to their brewery by the distributor before the beer producer can sell the beer…

Apr 21, 2014

How To Determine Perfection in Wine

I recently came across and advertisement for a collection of wines that Robert Parker had rated 100 points. The ad proclaimed for sale a collection of “Parker’s Perfects”. I don’t know if Robert Parker has ever claimed a wine was “perfect”, but in my world, while I could imagine rating a wine 100 points, I could never imagine a wine being perfect. This begs the question, what does it mean to give a wine (or any consumable or art or…

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 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…