Archive for the ‘Culture and Wine’ Category

Jun 15, 2005

My Wine Collection is Bigger Than His

It turns out the author of FERMENTATIONS Wine Blog and a Small Time PR Firm has a larger collection of wine than the President of France. Well, not the current president. And not exactly a LIVING former President. A Dead President….It sounded better the first way I wrote it. Former French President Francois Mitterand’s wine collection went on the block in Paris the other day. The roughly 200 bottled  collection sold for just under $18,000. You’d think the person who…

Jun 10, 2005

Wine Books We Need

I have a pretty decent library of wine book.They run the gamut from reference to "How-to’s" to memoirs. In the course of work I refer to my library often. Still, I don’t always find what I need. WINE BOOKS THAT NEED WRITING The Comprehensive California Vineyard AtlasThis collaboration between a GIS expert and a terroir expert is the most detailed look at California’s vineyards ever written. Not content to simply show the shape of appellations by drawing lines on a…

Jun 8, 2005

The Anniversary of No More “Wine Excuses”

Today marks an important anniversary in the history of wine in America. Well, actually it’s an important anniversary in the effects of wine on the American society. No doubt there was a time when wine was responsible for more than just a buzz, hangover or unusual activities by the imbiber. Wine was responsible for, well, let’s call it "accidents". There was a time when a couple had a life long affinity for a particular wine because it led unexpectedly to…

Apr 28, 2005

Wine: Evil and We Like It!

There is  great deal of discussion lately of the alcohol levels in wines, with many suggesting the higher alcohols we are seeing just aren’t attractive. But there is one thing about the alcohol in wine that doesn’t often get mentioned: We like alcohol. It makes us feel good. I was reminded of the obvious as I read a story by Michael Chatfield in the Hollister Freelance. In the story he poses a good question: If it doesn’t have alcohol, is…