Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

Dec 12, 2020

The Top 10 Wine Stories of 2020 According to Your Eyeballs

It’s always interesting to look back and see which posts attracted the most readership here at FERMENTATION during the year. As is has been in past years, 2020 readers were attracted most to those posts that touched on the current events in American culture. Below are the top 10 most-read posts of 2020 beginning with the most read. 1-Data Shows Wine Economists Are Wrong — Wine Industry Does Not Support Donald Trump This mini-controversy roiled the online wine world for…

Nov 2, 2020

A Conversation On Wine Writing, Mothers and Family

Last Wednesday morning I spoke with Ronni Bennett, my birth mother. Almost since the day we discovered each other over two years ago we have either spoken on the phone or sat together each week and shared our thoughts. This last Wednesday I was relaying to Ronni a somewhat intense discussion of the use of the terms “masculine” and “feminine” in the service of wine that had resulted from an article I posted here on why I believed these terms…

Jun 18, 2020

Jefferson, Wine and the (Un)Reason of the Mob

Masked and hands sterilized to the hilt, my boy Henry and I took a trip to the bookstore yesterday. For him, we were in search of some new adventures from “Henry and Mudge” and a new tale of the “Magic Treehouse”. The boy is learning to read and these two classics keep his interest and motivate him. I was seeking something new to read on Thomas Jefferson, motivated as I was by a recent incident here in Portland that had…

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….