The Dry Januarians Are A Threat That Need A Response

The Dry Januarians Are A Threat That Need A Response

God bless Alain Ducasse. So upset and infuriated is the legendary French chef with the entire concept of “Dry January” that in response he has significantly lowered the price of his best Rhone, Burgundy and Bordeaux bottles at his Parisian restaurants during the first month of the year. The idea is to coax people off their pledge to not drink in January by enticing them with restaurant wine prices they can’t refuse. I’ve heard people who dismiss the Dry January…

Jan 14, 2020

Sonoma County Wine Royalty and the Abdication of the Queen

Sonoma County Wine Royalty and the Abdication of the Queen

Queen Elizabeth should abdicate the throne. Prince Charles should refuse the crown. William should be coronated as the King of England. This is the solution to the problems the English royal family is currently facing, a problem symbolized by Harry and Megan’s recent announcement they wanted to pull away from being active members of the royal family and strike out on their own. The problem isn’t a rebellious Duke and Dutchess of Sussex. The problem is poor succession planning. It…

Jan 13, 2020

The Death of Sir Roger Scruton and a Unique Wine Voice

The Death of Sir Roger Scruton and a Unique Wine Voice

The British philosopher Sir Roger Scruton has died. He was best known for his defense of conservatism and his consideration of aesthetics. Scruton was also a well-known wine lover and with his demise goes his unique defense of wine that looks like this: “The social drinking of wine, during or after a meal, and in full cognizance of its delicate taste and evocative aura, seldom leads to drunkenness, and yet more seldom to loutish behavior. The drink problem that we…

Jan 5, 2020

Virtue Signaling and Nonsense in Wine

Virtue Signaling and Nonsense in Wine

I don’t like anonymous comments on this blog. I like anonymous emails even less. It strikes me as cowardly and suggests the person commenting/emailing doesn’t possess the courage of their convictions. It’s also a huge factor that leads to the divisiveness that plagues conversations on the Internet. That said, I’m compelled to (once again) published another anonymous G’email that would have carried (a tiny bit) more weight had it been placed in the comment section of this blog with a…

Jan 3, 2020

Fermentation – Natural Wine and Irony

Fermentation - Natural Wine and Irony

I’m always excited when I see a new commitment to wine coverage from establishment media. I even get excited when that coverage adopts a moniker that mimics the title of this blog, as in the case of Edible Brooklyn announcing a new wine column they are calling “Fermentation”. What makes Edible Brooklyn’s new wine column, “Fermentation”, a reliably ironic development is that while the title of the new column is the same as the title of this 15-year-old blog, it…

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