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Jul 24, 2015

The Newest Edition of Wine’s Most Important Reference Book

Drinks Business reports on the coming publication of the 4th Edition of the Oxford Companion to Wine (OCtW)—the most important wine reference book in history of wine reference books. What’s nearly as remarkable as the comprehensive nature of this great work is the effort that goes into updating it. According to the Drinks Business article as well as to the Oxford Companion to Wine website, over 60% of the nearly 4,000 (yes, 4,000!) entries will have been updated for this…

Jul 20, 2015

Wine Competitions and the Ethical Conundrum

At a wine competition the award that every winery wants to win is the “Sweepstakes” Award. Sometimes it is called the “Chairman’s Award. In short, these awards are given to the single best red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wine. Many red wines may get a gold or even a “double gold” award, but only one is awarded the “Sweepstakes Red” Award. Sweepstakes Awards are determined by all the judges at the competition on the basis of a vote. Throughout…

Jun 16, 2015

If You Only Read One Wine Book This Year

Matt Kramer’s latest book (really not more than a long, concise, finely argued essay) is subversive. While at once a bare knuckled take down of the now well established “flavor-descriptor-as-tasting-note” mode of wine review, True Taste: The Seven Essential Wine Words is also a manifesto for the return to values, judgment and discernment in both wine writing and wine reviewing. And it is a book that every wine writer, every wine industry participant and every true wine aficionado needs to read…

Jun 12, 2015

Promoting a Misunderstanding of America’s Wine Consumers

The Center for Alcohol Policy, a creation of the National Beer Wholesalers Association that works on behalf of beer wholesalers and has the interests of no one but beer wholesalers in mind, has funded the release of a new little book for state alcohol regulators: “Alcohol Beverage Control: The Basics for New State Alcohol Regulators.” The description of the new book delivers an assertion that is not only incorrect, but in fact if believed and if pursued as the truth or…

Jun 2, 2015

Illinois Wine Distributors Want to Throw Wine Retailers in Jail

On February 18, in front of the Chairman and Commissioners of  Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC), as well as in front of the ILCC’s Acting Director, attorney Sam Vinson representing the Wine & Spirit Distributors of Illinois testified that “incarceration of one or two illegal (wine) shippers would send a strong message to other shippers that Illinois is serious about stopping illegal shipments.” Yes, a wholesaler attorney wants to see out-of-state wine shippers (wineries, retailers and consumes who ship to themselves)…