Archive for the ‘Wine Education’ Category

Jan 30, 2006

Zinfandel Advocates & Producers–ZAP Tasting

Last Saturday Zinfandel lovers and wine enthusiasts gathered in obscenely large numbers for the annual ZAP tasting in San Francisco. The "walk around" tasting is surely the largest of its type. A number of impressions were left upon this attendee. 1. The Urge to DevourThere is an overwhelming urge to taste and see everything when you are confronted with these many wineries all in one place. Something of an "open bar" mentality takes over that at once is very exciting,…

Jan 25, 2006

Wine and the Education of the Meek

Maybe you are reading FERMENTATION, other wine blogs and other wine info on the net because you’ve recently developed a passing interest in wine. Maybe your new boyfriend is a wine lover and you want to share. Perhaps you have a new job in a wine related field and you need to get up to speed. Whatever it is that brought you to the subject of wine pretty soon you’re going to bump up against a guy like me. You’ve…

Jan 17, 2006

The Philosophy of Wine…UC Style

The connection between wine and words is undeniable and ancient. Sometimes the most important thing about the words is who wrote them. The importance of words directed at wine are also heightened based upon the venue in which they appear. And sometimes, the simple meaning and impact of the words themselves are what’s important. I presume these and other questions will be considered when Chad Arnold begins his lectures in "Thinking and Drinking: The Philosophy of Wine" The UC Berkeley…

Jan 16, 2006

Inspecting “America’s Greatest Cellar”

Fine Wine Press‘ "Blog au Vin has been bringing the blogosphere some of the best wine writing over the past few months. They’ve attracted a number of interesting and very well informed wine insiders who, in addition to regular contributor Fabian Cobb, have been writing great stuff. The latest marvel at Blog Au Vin is an entry by John Kapon, Director of New York wine auction house Acker Merrall. Kapon describes his inspection of what he consider to be the…