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Jul 24, 2014

A Schooling in Wine Writing And Gender

I’ve heard it said that where winemaking is concerned, women may have an advantage either because they may have a more acute palate or because they are more natural nurturers. I don’t know. It’s an intriguing and not altogether outlandish set of ideas. However, I’m wondering if there is such a substantial difference between male wine writers and female wine writers that it is important that we read, listen to, or observe or both in order to get a full…

Jul 9, 2014

Don’t Laugh—They Are Alcohol “Researchers”

In a study conducted by the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, researchers looked at the exposure of 18-20 year olds to alcohol ads in magazines. it was determined by these researchers that the industry-imposed rule that only magazines that attract an audience in which less than 30% of the readers are under 21 should receive alcohol ads was not breached by any advertisers. Naturally, this good news…

Jun 24, 2014

Deep In The Hearts of Texas Wine Retailers is Fear

I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you! Is it really possible that Texas wine retailers are attempting to kick out Total Wines & More from operating in their state by attempting to re-open a two decade old lawsuit that ended by the courts telling that state that its requirement that liquor stores be owned only by residence is unconstitutional? This would amount to Texas wine retailers, operating under the auspices of the Texas Package Store Association, attempting to protect themselves from…

Jun 9, 2014

Marking 10 years Since the Pinot Noir Groundswell

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of two important Pinot Noir milestones: The first San Francisco Pinot Days Tasting and the release of the film Sideways. These anniversaries ought to give us good reason to stop and consider the state of Pinot Noir in 2014. First, however, let me encourage you to attend Pinot Days. It is a great and very accessible tasting of Pinot Noir. This year upwards of 100 different producers of Pinot Noir, mainly from California, will…

Jun 2, 2014

Pollution, Pornography and “Natural Wine”

As everyone knows, “natural wine” is the same as pornography. You can’t define it, but you know it when you see it. But if you are searching to find the smallest difference between pornography and natural wine, it’s this: Where movies are concerned, no pornography can be a truly great film. However, only “natural” wine can be truly great wine. This according Isabelle Legeron, a leader of the “Natural Wine” movement and author of the coming book, “Natural Wine”, as…