Archive for the ‘Wine Education’ Category

Nov 3, 2019

Wine Education Gets the Normal Treatment

Elizabeth Schneider is an extremist moderate in the wine world. She is emphatic that one ought not to be dogmatic about what you drink. Rather, she is a disciple for sensory and intellectual pleasure in wine. She is a fanatic when it comes to taking a rational perspective on what wine means, how we ought to appreciate how it is grown and made, and how we ought to evaluate wine.  And I like all that. Schneider is coming up on…

Oct 31, 2019

Wine and the Evil Cabal of Patriarchs

Let me start by inviting anyone to try to paint me as a misogynist; to make the case that I’ve worked to protect the “patriarchy”; to argue that my perspective and my work and my writings have diminished the role of women in the wine industry. With that invitation issued, please someone tell me why I’m wrong to read the following and think to myself, what a bunch of crap: “What is the impact of mostly white men occupying these…

Sep 9, 2019

Hit The Bottle is a Welcome Addition to Your Continuing Wine Education

One of the reasons I’ve kept this blog going for so long is it provides me with a means for continuing education. By committing to regularly examining my ideas and opinions on issues of wine marketing, wine politics, culture and wine, and technology and wine, I’m able to continue to educate myself so that I better serve my clients. The wine media too, as well as the occasional beverage and regulatory conference, is also a great source of continuing education….

Jul 2, 2019

Honor Your Icons

Honor your icons. Do it consistently. Recognize individual contributions. Never minimize pioneers. Accentuate your history. All these important, but too infrequently recognized, principles are on wonderful display today in the honor being paid to Charlie Barra who recently passed at the age of 92. Organic Wines Uncorked has a really lovely tribute to Mr. Barra who spent more than 70 years working in the California wine industry, primarily in Mendocino County. Among the things reported in Organic Wines Uncorked’s tribute…

May 15, 2019

The Immoral and Unethical Wine Frauds of the World

The biggest frauds of the wine world are still slinging their corrosive lies. We know this because we read today that Doug Wregg’s “Real Wine Fair” and its promotion of “Natural” wine appears to still be going strong among a very small number of dupes, lost souls and the ignorant among us. Mr. Wregg is unlikely to take exception to me using the terms “fraud” or “corrosive” liar, or “ignorant” to describe him and others willing to stick to the…