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Jun 27, 2016

Same As It Ever Was: Wine Ratings (and prices)

Wait! What? The score inflation inside the 100 Point Wine Rating Scale isn’t really inflation after all? How could that be. The defenders of freedom and consumers who hate wine ratings said so. Claire Adamson writing at looked at average wine ratings now and then from the WineSearcher’s “own average wine scores, calculated from a range of the world’s most famous critics, and retrofitted them back to the 1990 vintage.” (not entirely sure what this means) What did she…

Jan 6, 2016

All In—Millennials, Wine and Money

For those of you who concern yourself with the younger set of drinkers (AKA, “Millennials) one of the best profiles of this demographic group’s relationship with alcoholic beverages has been produced by Nielsen. The take away from Nielsen’s insightful study of generations and their relationship with alcohol is fairly straightforward: Alcohol producers should be focusing on a few key value propositions: authenticity, originality and value. One very interesting thing to take note in this study is the mention that at…

Dec 1, 2015

Blogging With the Anti-Wine Blogger

Today marks the finish of the 11th year of publishing FERMENTATION. That’s 11 years, 132 Months, 4,015 days, 96,360 minutes as a blog publisher. I still call myself a blogger rather than a “publisher” or “communicator”. It just seems right. The 2,938 posts that I’ve put up in that time are in fact “posts”, not articles. And I only publish me. So, it’s still a “Blog” However, I’ve not posted nearly as much in the past year as I have…

Nov 10, 2015

Wine—An Alternative History

I have long been a fan of the “Alternative History” genre of literature. Generally it is considered a sub-genre of science fiction, but it really can encompass far more than that. At its most elementary, “Alternative History” literature asks and answers the question, “What if…?” The most common forms of this genre ask readers to consider “what if the South won the Civil War” or “What if the Third Reich prevailed in World War II”? A new filmed version of…

Aug 12, 2015

What’s Missing from the Wine Bloggers’ Conference and Lives

The reason the Wine Bloggers Conference is heading to New York’s Finger Lakes District is because the wines are so damn good and it’s a region that is impressing more and more wine drinkers across the country every year. I’ve had the chance to taste a number of really great wines from the area at wine competitions, both those made with hybrids and vinifera. However, one thing the Conference attendees won’t be tasting when in New York, but that they…

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