Archive for the ‘Wine Media’ Category

Aug 17, 2015

What I learned at the 2015 Wine Bloggers Conference

1. Cider and Wine Bloggers….?…Maybe By every measure hard cider is much more similar to wine than it is to beer. So, will America’s cutting edge wine writers, the bloggers, embrace cider? Maybe. My attempt to introduce many of them to the drink by showing off ciders from Eve’s Cidery seemed moderately successful in getting them interested. The reaction to these great ciders ranged from “WOW” to “Eh”. 2. Upstate NY and the Finger Lakes Region is Tempting Shocked. I…

Aug 15, 2015

Henry George and Diversity at the Wine Blogging Conference

I face-timed with my son last night while he was eating dinner 3,000 miles away. On his plate was cheese, apple sauce, steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, some sort of a boiled grain that his daddy never fixes for him, and some strange sort of protein that was unidentifiable. Additionally, he had a sippy cup of milk. It was pretty diverse diet. What would be clear to any winery employee, editor, marketer, importer, publicist or other member of the wine world…

Jun 24, 2015

Anticipating A Dopey Future At the SOMM Journal

A few years ago I speculated that if and when legalized, marijuana would be marketed by some in exactly the way high-end wine is marketed: based on terroir. That day is here. The SOMM Journal, which has continued to improve in quality and to extend its relevance, published an article in its latest issue entitled “California Artisanal Hashish”. If it weren’t for the subject being a leaf grown with the expressed purpose of getting one high, the article could have…

Jun 16, 2015

If You Only Read One Wine Book This Year

Matt Kramer’s latest book (really not more than a long, concise, finely argued essay) is subversive. While at once a bare knuckled take down of the now well established “flavor-descriptor-as-tasting-note” mode of wine review, True Taste: The Seven Essential Wine Words is also a manifesto for the return to values, judgment and discernment in both wine writing and wine reviewing. And it is a book that every wine writer, every wine industry participant and every true wine aficionado needs to read…

May 27, 2015

The Cynic Vs the Wine Bloggers

The Hosemaster of Wine, the wine industry’s real curmudgeon, believes it’s time for professional wine writers (Karen McNeil in Particular) to deliver to wine bloggers a very specific message: “You aren’t any good at what you do and you are unworthy of respect.” The Hosemaster imagines Karen McNeil addressing the coming Wine Bloggers Conference in this fashion: “Even if it is what you want to be, I’ve read most of the nominated and award-winning wine blogs, and you don’t have…