Archive for the ‘Wine Gossip’ Category

Apr 16, 2012

Of Course Napa Stag’s Leap Cab Pairs Best with Pot!

I experienced "pot wine" some years ago and as Crane Carter, Napa's pot evangelist tells the Daily Beast, it does produce "an interesting little buzz.” However, as trends go and as stories about trends go, the recent story about pot-laced wine growing in popularity comes without a sniff or whiff of confirmation. Who knows if more folks are making pot wine, let alone drinking it. The author of this story and its sources don't know, despite the headline claim. This…

Mar 16, 2012

Wine Blogs, Dirty Pictures and Growing Your Anatomy

I was going through my blog stats today, looking at various measurements of visitors. One measurement is a keyword analysis. What you see here is a list of the 25 most common search terms for the past 1000 visitors to Fermentation that took place over the past day. I don't know about you, but it strikes me as a little bit funny. Of these 25 search words and phrases, more than half have very little if anything to do with…

Feb 7, 2012

Justice Comes To Wine As The Fat Man Goes Down

I like Justice. Real justice, the kind that provides an appropriate response to a dastardly act, feels good. And it makes you believe that civilization is a good thing, despite its occasional tendencies to roll off the rail. Today, it appears, some justice was meted out. And I'm feeling good. Back in 2005 a fire destroyed a wine warehouse in Vallejo, California. More than $100 Million in wine was destroyed. At the time one of my clients was the great…

Dec 7, 2011

In Defense of Robert Parker, Jr.

Sitting back and watching the mirth, outrage, smugness and concern issued by other watchers of the most current turn of events at Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, I'm reminded just how important, powerful and relevant the critics are to the Wine Trade. I'm further struck by how these events and the reaction to them shine a light on the very complex relationship that has developed between Mr. Parker and others in the world of wine. By most accounts and from what…

Nov 8, 2011

The Truth About the Winemaker-Consumer-Critic Relationship

There is an opinion (it's nearly a meme) that has been swirling around the wine industry for at least a couple decades now that needs to be put to rest. The best recitation I've read of this opinion was recently expressed in the comment section of my post on Robert Parker's Wine Advocate reviews of 2009 Pinot Noirs. The commenter wrote this: "Parker has outlasted his stay as the geru of wine and the alltime judge of all of them….