Archive for the ‘Wine Media’ Category

Nov 3, 2016

Wine Blogging: A Few Changes in 12 Years

I recently celebrated my 12th full year of writing and publishing Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog. After 3,007 posts, I can say with some certainty that wine blogging is not dead. However, it’s not what it was. The primary change that has come to the realm of wine blogs is that a shared camaraderie among wine bloggers isn’t nearly as strong as it was in the years 2005 -2010. The think the reason for this is pretty obvious. At the…

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 23, 2016

A New York Times Bestseller is About Wine — Who Knew?

Seems to me that the vast majority of wine books that are published purport to introduce novices or “beginners” to wine. And that’s fine. That’s probably what’s needed and what sells. But occasionally you get some really interesting non-reference wine books that sell gangbusters. “The Billionaire’s Vinegar” and “War & Wine” both come to mind. What doesn’t often sell all that well and what doesn’t usually become a bestseller are those books that chronicle individual wineries. They might be interesting,…

Sep 7, 2016

A Satisfying Documentation of Wine Fraud

I think the success of “Sour Grapes” has a great deal to do with our innate desire to see the rich and famous taken down a notch. And that’s exactly what happened to many a rich and many a famous person who were exposed to the Rudy Kurniawan, the greatest of all wine fraudsters. Opening on September 16 and produced by film documentarians Jerry Rothwell and Reuben Atlas, Sour Grapes documents the rise and fall of Rudi Kurniawan, a wine…

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…