Humor, Wine & The Internet
If anyone wants to know why I've always loved the Internet, all you have to do is look at these three quotes, all published in various places on the Internet yesterday. This medium is always source of great humor and fascination for me.
“'The updated information paints a portrait of an effective system
that operates in every corner of the country and contributes mightily
to the American economy,'said WSWA President and CEO Craig Wolf."
The head of the Wine & Spirit Wholesalers Association on Wine & Spirits Daily refers to a study showing that alcohol wholesalers make an impact on the American economy and are everywhere. Kinda hard not to if your business model, outdated as it is, remains mandated by the states, regardless of its necessity. What next? An announcement by the National Association of Stop Sign Producers (AASSP) "that all across this great land stop sign makers create products that everyone continues to pay attention to"? The only thing the WSWA's Craig Wolf needs to do now is deliver up a new definition of "effective".
"This is not science. This is hippie, dippy, wacky commune back to the
Earth zeitgeist. It reminds me of stoned university students wanting to
go back to the 13th century and dance around the maypole during the full moon and then sacrifice an animal at midnight to please the gods."
Stu Smith of Smith-Madrone Winery commenting in a most colorful way at Peg Melnik's Blog at the Press Democrat on how he views Biodynamic Farming. I'll say this for Stu, who has made wonderful wines for years without dancing around a maypole—he sure has a way with words. I'm positive there is a tune around which we can wrap the lyrics "hippie-dippy-wacky" and make a fortune.
"looking at that Bloggers Conference, it does look like a big and free
sloppy kiss and then some from the California wine industry…with much
more than minimal hospitality offered…love to see some transparency
from the bloggers(how many of them are paying for travel,car
rental,hotels and meals?)…or should I say blobbers since they are the
source of much of the misinformation,distortion,and egegious falsehoods
spread with reckless abandon on the internet…"
Robert Parker Jr, commenting on the Wine Bloggers Conference and bloggers in general at the eRobert Parker bulletin board..I'll give Robert Parker this: He's got one of the greatest palates in the history of wine and has has about as much impact on the American wine culture of any human being in our history. However, it appears he also harbors an unctuous and massive conspiratorial streak.