Archive for the ‘Wine Education’ Category

Feb 3, 2017

Embrace the “Cute Kitten Theory” of Wine

As much as I like Rosé and as much as I like pretty pictures, I question this statement reported by Meininger’s Wine Business International recounting a seminar held recently at Vinisud 2017 in Montpellier: “Social media has helped rosé skyrocket to fame and fortune.” Master of Wine Sarah Abbot made the claim, going on to explain: “America has the largest number of Instagram users in the world, with Russia second. There are over 60m Instagram users in the States and they share…

Jan 12, 2017

Wine Stuff I’m looking forward to in 2017

The 2015 Pinots From Oregon An extremely early vintage that should be fascinating to taste. I’m looking forward to an array of differently styled Pinots from Oregon that should be hitting he market this year. The “Is the Natural Wine Fad Over Yet?” Stories We are about on schedule for many consumers and those in the wine media and wine trade to start asking out loud, “is this ‘Natural Wine’ fad finally done with?’ ” When the stories do come,…

Jan 4, 2017

Wine Sorcery – Don’t be Taken In

Consumers possess a number of misconceptions about wine. But some of those misconceptions are downright hilarious: “Wine tastes better on a ‘Fruit Day’ than on a ‘Root Day’ ”  Uh Huh! Jamie Goode, wine scientist and wine critic-turned-debunker, politely and rhetorically rips the biodynamic drinking crowd a new one: “There have been several informal, small scale tests of the calendar, but these haven’t had the necessary rigour to provide any significant results. But a study just published, led by two…

Dec 30, 2016

The Year In Charting Wine

There are many ways to reflect on the year (2016) in wine. No doubt, those various views will be explored as the year comes to an end and as 2016 data sets of various types become available in the new year. One data set always available is Google Trends, a tool that allow us to measure relative interest in Internet search terms. By comparing search terms we can look at the relative interest in those terms over the past year….

Dec 18, 2016

Wine, Winter, Cassoulet and Napa’s Chill

The days are becoming quite short here in Napa Valley, again. We’ve also had unusually chilly weather. It’s nothing like what our friends in the Upper Midwest and eastward are confronting. There they get industrial grade cold. No, it’s merely unusually chilly here. Low 30s. High 20s. Still, the cold and the short nights, along with the barren vines, remind us we do in fact live through seasons and winter is one of them. For me, the physical onset of…