Archive for the ‘Wine Media’ Category

Feb 18, 2016

Fabricating a History of Wine Writing

At the risk of sounding like the guy shouting at the kids to get off his lawn, I have to ask: Is it really necessary for Jordana Rothman to fabricate history in order to profile Punch Editor Talia Baiocchi in Food & Wine Magazine and demonstrate the really great work she is doing at that site? In a lead-in to a profile on Baiocchi, Jordana writes: There was a time, not so long ago, when wine and spirits writing was…

Jan 11, 2016

Did Wine Blogs Die Without a Funeral?

Below is a chart produced via Google Trends. It depicts the relative interest in the term “Wine Blog” over time based on Google search queries.   As you can see the relative interest in wine blogs has been waning now for a good six years since interest peaked in 2009. What happened? Whatever happened did not only happen to wine blogs. It has happened to blogs in general. What happened was social media. Above is another chart produced by Google…

Dec 27, 2015

Wine Lovers Soon Can Read About Wine Again

After 25 years or reading the wine media fairly closely I can honestly say I still enjoy reading it closely. In large part this is because the drink and the culture that surrounds it still fascinates me, but also because I’ve learned how to be discerning about which writers I read for pleasure. However, I really do feel burdened reading about wine at this particular time of year. In November and December it seems a vast majority of wine writing…

Dec 2, 2015

The Top Wine Stories of 2015

It has been an interesting year in wine. No single story dominated the wine news. There was no economic disaster. There was nothing that had an overwhelming impact on the wine world. Still, a diverse set of very interesting stories emerged from the U.S. wine world. Below are those stories from 2015 I thought most important, particularly for members of the wine trade. They are in no particular order. However, I can say that the story listed as #1 will…

Nov 13, 2015

What Motivates Our Hunger for Wine?

I left my casual meeting with Cathy Huyghe a little bit miffed at her for being late. She was traveling from Saint Helena to meet me at Peet’s Coffee in Napa and was a half hour late (she didn’t factor in traffic). As I sat outside Peet’s waiting for her and got her email apologizing for her tardiness, I didn’t really care. My work was done for the day, I had a cup of coffee and something to read. I…