Archive for the ‘Wine Education’ Category

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…

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…