Archive for the ‘Wine Education’ Category

Oct 26, 2020

Paving the Path to a Proper Wine Education in 800 Pages

The single word that best describes the latest edition of the venerated The New Sothebys Wine Encyclopedia is “ambitious”. Like the other “encyclopedias” covering wine that have been published in the past, this tome attempts, through survey and codification and not a little editorial comment, to catalog the current state of wine. It is the kind of book that will see its mighty slipcover fray and tear over time as it is slid off and slid back on to the…

Jun 30, 2020

Is The Wine Industry Racist?

Is the wine industry in America racist? It’s a pertinent and timely question given not only the current movement for social justice and racial equality but also considering the various articles that have been published over the past few weeks highlighting the experiences of African Americans working in the wine industry here in the United States. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE To begin with, what should be uncontroversial is that the structure of the wine industry is not racist. That is to say,…

Mar 18, 2020

The Passing of Michael Broadbent MW and a Debt Owed

I can’t be sure how much it amounts to, but I know that I owe Michael Broadbent a debt. The great Michael Broadbent MW has passed at the well-cellared age of 92. The man was an absolute giant in the international wine world. I’m not sure he can be replaced nor should he. As one would expect, Jancis Robinson has penned the best obituary/remembrance of Mr. Broadbent. I recommend it. As for my debt, it is directly related to Broadbent’s…

Jan 15, 2020

The Dry Januarians Are A Threat That Need A Response

God bless Alain Ducasse. So upset and infuriated is the legendary French chef with the entire concept of “Dry January” that in response he has significantly lowered the price of his best Rhone, Burgundy and Bordeaux bottles at his Parisian restaurants during the first month of the year. The idea is to coax people off their pledge to not drink in January by enticing them with restaurant wine prices they can’t refuse. I’ve heard people who dismiss the Dry January…

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…