Important New Wine Information Source…Read It!

Lew Perdue
A new voice has come to the world of on-line wine information/reporting and it's an important one.
Actually, the voice is not new.

Lew Perdue is among the most experienced reporters/publishers to work in the wine industry. Many of you who read FERMENTATION will know and remember Lew. To some of you, he's probably a new name. He founded both Wine Business Insider as well as Wine Business Monthly, two publications that remain among the most important wine trade publications in America.

Yesterday, Lew Perdue launched WINE INDUSTRY INSIGHT. Currently it is in the form of a blog but may take on another form down the road. For now, it is instantly one of the best and most provocative on-line reads concerning the business of wine.

First and foremost, Lew is an investigative reporter. If you comb through the various posts at Wine Industry Insight you'll see that is immediately true. But Lew's voice is also born for blogging. His latest entry at the new sight is a combination hands-on reporting and editorializing on the issue of the the proposed Gallo expansion of the Russian River Valley as well as the archaic way the TTB goes about considering AVA proposals and the way they provide information to the public. It's very good stuff.

I'd love to see Lew look closely at the relationship between American wine wholesalers and the creation of state regulations. It would be an important series of stories.

But there's more background about Lew Perdue you need to know.

-He worked in the wine business as both an importer and wholesaler
-He's written numerous successful novels
-He took on the author of "The Da Vinci Code" in a very credible plagerism lawsuit
-He's been a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch and
-He's worked in poliltics as an aid to a Governor and U.S. Senator

If Lew Perdue throws himself into Wine Industry Insight, then there is an important new source of investigative wine reporting that will need to be reckoned with by a lot of different people. Lew Perdue is not the kind of person who pulls punches.


7 Responses

  1. larry schaffer - December 17, 2008

    Thanks for the heads up . . . always looking for ‘informative’ wine blogs to follow on a regular basis . . .

  2. Thomas Pellechia - December 17, 2008

    Fully agree. I’ve been reading Lew for about 25 years. Always learn something.

  3. Dylan - December 17, 2008

    That’s for the referral to this blog. I appreciate that he’s someone with holistic experiences in the industry, his range of perspectives as an importer and wholesaler must strengthen the basis for many of his opinions.

  4. Fredric Koeppel - December 18, 2008

    as a full-time journalist (as well as wine blogger) i can testify that just the posts that Lew has put up so far in December called for a tremendous amount of research, snooping, arm-twisting and other investigative techniques. what a lot of work! I’ll look at WII every day and learn something valuable, I’m sure.

  5. Morton Leslie - December 18, 2008

    I think this is the first time I find myself excited by a blog. One of my screen names is wineglut which I have used since the mid-90’s. I actually discovered his new blog today separately from a news link, and was wondering how I had overlooked it. Glad I haven’t missed anything. Lew will stir things up in a good way. Go get ’em, Lew.

  6. Mike Duffy - December 19, 2008


  7. Epicuria - December 21, 2008

    Thanks for the tip off Tom. Very glad to see that Lew i back in the game. He was one of the most important wine editors in the 90s, that’s for sure. He will contribute a lot to our industry. Maybe he plans on filling the hole left by Rick Cartiere (how ironic would that be…)

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