Top Five Wine Trends to Watch in 2018

Top Five Wine Trends to Watch in 2018

These aren’t so much “predictions” as they are observations of movements I expect to see extended in 2018. Well, there are some predictions in here. All of these developments and trends would have an important impact on the wine industry as well as the wine consumer. The Continuation of Wholesaler Consolidation The past two years have seen a huge consolidation in the middle tier with the largest American wine wholesalers combining. I thoroughly expect this trend to continue in 2018….

Dec 11, 2017

Judge Roy Moore’s Disturbing Relationship With Wine

Judge Roy Moore's Disturbing Relationship With Wine

Regular readers of FERMENTATION: The Daily Wine Blog know that I rarely weigh in on politics outside those that play themselves out in the wine industry. However, I feel compelled to weigh in now, if only because I have fresh information about an upcoming election. I have it on eyewitness authority that in 2001 Judge Roy Moore, candidate for an Alabama Senate seat, happily and enthusiastically opened and drank a 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon. Not only that, my source tells me…

Dec 8, 2017

Fake Wine Reviews: Peer Review Sites vs. Wine Critics

Fake Wine Reviews: Peer Review Sites vs. Wine Critics

Can the wine and food world trust the conclusions of the crowd? Recently an Italian paper created a TripAdvisor profile for a fake restaurant. Then they went about submitting fake reviews. In no time, the fake restaurant was the highest rated restaurant on TripAdvisor in Italy. When the newspaper finally called TripAdvisor to tell them what they had done and to get a statement, TripAdvisor took down the profile for the restaurant along with the reviews and stated: “As the…

Dec 7, 2017

Great News — The Petaluma Gap Wine Region is Official

Great News — The Petaluma Gap Wine Region is Official

The news that the Petaluma Gap region in southern Sonoma County has finally be granted its official American Viticultural Area status is very good news. I’ve been advocating for this region’s inclusion in the official list of AVAs for a very long time: -Here Comes The Petaluma Gap -The Petaluma Gap: Hurry Up Already -The Bleeding Potential of the Petaluma Gap -Wind, Fog, Wine: The Story of “The Gap” -Grapes, Not Wine, Are Impacted By AVAs This new AVA is…

Dec 5, 2017

Top Ten Wine News Stories of 2017

Top Ten Wine News Stories of 2017

Wine News in 2017 was big and varied. Lots of big changes and big events. Some of it was predictable. Other news, well not so predictable. Here are my Top 10 Wine News Stories of 2017. They are not presented in any order of importance and they tend to focus in part on California’s wine industry. WINE COUNTRY FIRES DEVASTATE The fires scarred everyone in Napa and Sonoma. The land will recover, but the personal, economic, and psychological toll will…