Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

Apr 27, 2020

A Peek at the Drinking Habits of My Oregon Neighbors

The “Daily Constitutional” appears to be seeing a renaissance in the midst of our quarantined life. Here in our little neighborhood in Salem, Oregon, it’s not uncommon these days to see numerous families out taking their daily walk, usually in the late afternoon. I enjoy the daily walk myself. But perhaps my favorite thing about getting out and taking a stroll is what I learn about my neighbors’ drinking habits. Friday morning is garbage day. So, each Thursday we diligently…

Mar 24, 2020

I’ve Run My Wine Biz From Home For 30 Years—Here Are the Rules

I began running my wine communications consultancy out of a home office in 1994 when I left a wine PR firm that I began my career with and went out on my own. There was a brief moment of a year and a half when I was lured away to work for a company in an office every day. However, for nearly 30 years, I’ve worked out of my home, physically alone. And there are rules to make it work….

Dec 30, 2019

The 2020 Wine Resolutions

I’ve been drinking wine seriously for roughly 35 years. I’ve drunk to learn. Drunk to judge and drunk to drink. I’ve done a fairly complete study of California wine. I’ve had the chance to drink fairly liberally through Bordeaux. And I’ve sampled extensively from the wine produced in France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, and Portugal. So, what Wine Resolutions could I possibly commit to for 2020 that would make my life and career much better? 1. Wine…

Dec 4, 2019

What Draws Readers to a Wine Blog — A Post List

It’s always interesting to go back and take a look at those posts here at FERMENTATION that attracted the most readers over the past year. It tells me not only what kind of topics my readers enjoy reading, but it also gives me a sense of which topics resonate most within the industry (My readership is primarily made up of industry members). With that in mind, here are the top 10 most read posts here at FERMENTATION over the past…

Dec 3, 2019

The Top Wine Stories of 2019

The wine industry in America is a trailing indicator of the culture and economy. It always has been. The top stories in wine in 2019 reflect this truism. Politics, powerful social movements, the economy, evolving modes of consumerism and natural disasters all came together to give us the industry’s biggest stories in 2019. These are those stories. Supreme Court Pushes Back on Protectionism Fourteen years ago the U.S. Supreme Court rendered an opinion in Granholm v Heald that created the…