Archive for the ‘Wine Media’ Category

Oct 31, 2014

Wine Critics Keep Semantic Arguments at Bay—Not So for Beer and Spirits

The most consequential battles and issues for small, quality-oriented alcohol beverage producers are those having to do with the distribution and sales of their products. Whether the issue is self distribution for craft distillers, franchise laws for craft beer producers or direct shipping for smaller wineries, these are the consequential and important issues that will directly impact sales success. However, the most fascinating battles to watch are the “Word Wars”. The battle over word use and semantics that are primarily…

Sep 29, 2014

Re-Defining Dishonesty in the Wine Media

If one is going to hold forth on the important subject of authenticity in wine, success and utility demands an honest approach. Anything less courts a descent into ideological stridency or, worse, deception. It’s unfortunate that in her new book, “Natural Wine”, author Isabelle Legeron, MW, has provided readers with the most comprehensive example yet of the now familiar promotion of “Natural Wine” through dishonest discourse on this subject. It’s best with this kind of charge to get right to…

Sep 16, 2014

Finally, Something New in the World of Wine

As far as I can tell, there is only one reason to understand the vocabulary of wine; those words and phrases that attempt to describe the experience of tasting a wine: To be able to communicate with others about the experience. Of course, that one reason is an important one since the idea of two wine lovers sitting across from each other and explaining why they like a particular wine by saying “because” isn’t really a sustainable conversation. In his…

Aug 5, 2014

A New Californian Takes a Stab at Cabernet

If San Francisco Chronicle Wine Editor Jon Bonne didn’t exist he would have to be invented and placed exactly where he is: at the helm of wine coverage at the daily nearest America’s most important wine region. In the world of wine philosophy, Bonne could be accurately categorized as a New Californian. Not only does his most recent book confirm this, but also does his overall devotion to the belief in a need for a recalibration of Californian wine from…

Jul 24, 2014

A Schooling in Wine Writing And Gender

I’ve heard it said that where winemaking is concerned, women may have an advantage either because they may have a more acute palate or because they are more natural nurturers. I don’t know. It’s an intriguing and not altogether outlandish set of ideas. However, I’m wondering if there is such a substantial difference between male wine writers and female wine writers that it is important that we read, listen to, or observe or both in order to get a full…