Iconic Visual Marketing in the Willamette Valley Wine Industry

Iconic Visual Marketing in the Willamette Valley Wine Industry

Art and wine are linked and they have been for quite some time. Most commonly the link is exploited and explored in the form of “Artist Labels” with Chateau Mouton Rothschild being the most famous example of that genre of packaging. What isn’t as common, however, is seeing a multi-year marketing or promotional effort unified by a single artist’s touch. When rare times when done well it delivers a compelling vision that works as remarkably effective marketing. The collaboration of…

May 21, 2019

The Best American Chardonnays By Region (Plus HG)

The Best American Chardonnays By Region (Plus HG)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019, is “Chardonnay Day. It is also my son’s birthday. The two are not connected in any way. However, I do know why May 21 is Henry George’s birthday. I just don’t know why it’s also “Chardonnay Day. Chardonnay is America’s favorite varietal wine. Annually it sells more than 30 million cases, according to Nielsen. (There is, however, only one Henry George, making him a far more valuable commodity on a bottle v. baby basis) On the…

May 19, 2019

Our Sex, Our Wine, Our Dress, Our Time

Our Sex, Our Wine, Our Dress, Our Time

There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to the issue of women in the wine industry. The Batonage Forum was formed specifically for that purpose. As it is described, the Batonage Forum strives “to educate wine professionals as well as wine industry supporters on the unique challenges and opportunities that women in the field…have faced both historically and present-day. We simultaneously seek to propose pragmatic solutions for charting a positive, inclusive course forward.” It appears by all accounts…

May 15, 2019

The Immoral and Unethical Wine Frauds of the World

The Immoral and Unethical Wine Frauds of the World

The biggest frauds of the wine world are still slinging their corrosive lies. We know this because we read today that Doug Wregg’s “Real Wine Fair” and its promotion of “Natural” wine appears to still be going strong among a very small number of dupes, lost souls and the ignorant among us. Mr. Wregg is unlikely to take exception to me using the terms “fraud” or “corrosive” liar, or “ignorant” to describe him and others willing to stick to the…

May 13, 2019

Where’s Francis Ford Coppola When You Need Him?

Where's Francis Ford Coppola When You Need Him?

I sat down in front of my big screen TV a couple mornings ago around 5:00am to watch “Wine Country”, the new Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph movie set in, yes, Wine Country. Having lived in that country for the past 30 years, I had an interest. When the carafe of coffee was empty and the film ended I couldn’t stop thinking, “I wonder what a film about ‘Wine Country’ would be like?” Granted, agriculture hans’t exactly been a…