Archive for the ‘Wine Education’ Category

Nov 7, 2016

Alcohol and Liberty

In a fascinating chart highlighted at Wine Industry Insight and written about at the Washington Post, we learn that access to alcohol due to turning 21 years old absolutely results in increased crime. It’s not something you might think about, but when you see the data in a graphic you realized, “of course it does.” The question is: Is there anything we can or should do to eliminate the crime that results from people turning 21 and having legal access…

Nov 2, 2016

Wine, Price, Value and Feeeeelings

I was told today that the wines of one my Wark Communications winery clients was “overpriced”.  The person who told me this was wrong. It’s not that the wine was overpriced. It was that the wine cost more than they were willing to pay. I want to explain this. A wine is priced correctly when the seller of the wine can find enough buyers at the stated price to sell out the inventory before the next vintage of the same…

Nov 1, 2016

Here Comes the Petaluma Gap AVA

I can make a pretty compelling case that within the latitudinal bands where wine grapes flourish on this planet, it is almost always the grape variety used to produce the wine that is more important to the ultimate character of the wine than the place or region where it is grown. This shouldn’t be controversial. However, when particular wine growing regions within these latitudinal bands demonstrate unquestionably unique climatic and/or geographical characteristics that have a real and positive impact on…

Oct 25, 2016

The Not So Professional Winemaker

Quite a long time ago I began explaining to clients and to readers of this blog and to audiences that the real impact on the wine world from the emergence of the Internet was the sudden access we all had to voices that otherwise we would have never heard from. My current Favorite Voice is Stewart Dorman: The Not So Professional Winemaker VARIETALS I CAN’T REMEMBER WHY I USE A CORKSCREW ALL ABOUT THE VINEYARD Though thoroughly unprofessional as you…

Sep 21, 2016

Let’s Get Real: Three Cheers For Wine Snobs!

I get it. I understand. No one ever went broke dumbing something down. But that doesn’t mean I have to approve of it or even agree with it. And I’m particularly bored with folks who purport to be experts in wine who claim to be giving the gift of “debunking wine snobbery”. I was reminded of just how common and calculatingly high-minded this tactic is when I read the press release from Peter Lunzer of Lunzer Wine Events announcing his…