Archive for the ‘Wine Education’ Category

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…

Aug 25, 2016

Wine Lovers Saw This Coming—Dumb Marijuana Science

For as long as I can remember, I’ve watched news outlets report the findings of studies on wine and alcohol that the reader looks at and says, “Well Duh! Did we really need a study to figure this out?” Headlines on such reports often read like, “Study finds people are happier after two glasses of wine” or ” ‘Beer Goggles’ Really Do Exist Study Finds”. I’m waiting for this headline: “New Study Finds Over Consumption of Water Can Lead to…

Aug 23, 2016

The Best Wine Blogger Steps Back

It’s interesting and notable. Steve Heimoff is first and foremost a wine writer. His long stints writing for The Wine Spectator, then writing from the position of Senior Editor at the Wine Enthusiast, and through is two books on wine make this clear. And yet, he is also the best wine blogger wine blogging has yet seen. Steve announced his retirement on Monday. He announced he is not only leaving his most recent position as a communicator at Jackson Family…

Jul 28, 2016

A Great Wine Collection To Be Dispersed

Wines and Vines reports that Jim McCormick’s remarkable 4,000 piece collection of wine antiques will not, as previously planned, be part of a new Wine Museum planned for Sonoma County. Instead, this great collection will be dispersed. And this is a tragic shame. The good folks behind the creation of what is being called “The Wineseum” implied in an interview with Wines & Vines that the collection of antique tools Jean Charles Boisset put on display at his historic Buena…

Jul 26, 2016

The Best Booze Related Job I’ve Seen in Age

Boy, how cool would it be to hand out business cards that read: Joe Blowe Beer Historian/Scholar Smithsonian Institution Someone is going to get to be that person since the Smithsonian Institution is indeed hiring for such a position. If you are wondering if your many years of downing craft beer qualifies you, the position requires a bit more: “Candidates with an advanced degree in American business, brewing, food, cultural, or similar specialization within history are encouraged to apply.” The…