Archive for the ‘Wine Gossip’ Category

May 27, 2011

Wine Revelations, Power Grabs, Numbers, Battles and Events

Thinking About… THE REVELATIONUpon reading Anthony Lane's remarkably thoughtful analysis of Terrence Malik's new film, The Tree of Life, in The New Yorker, it finally hit me why wine critics likely won't rise to the quality challenge laid down by critics surveying other pursuits such as film, literature, dance and music: As an object of analysis and thoughtful critique, a wine provides no interpretation of the human condition, giving its critics little to grasp on to in order to engage…

Apr 14, 2011

The Importance and Influence of Editors in the Wine Industry

If you have never had the benefit of working with an editor, it might not be perfectly clear that they do far more than check for spelling and grammar errors. The fact is, editing is a creative process that requires the ability to choose among many options. There is a very special form of editing that wine industry professionals need to appreciate: the ability to choose which stories to highlight. This skill is most obviously on display among the various…

Mar 11, 2011

The Best Deals in Wine Country

I don't know what the parents come up with in Dairyland when they put together an auction for their private schools. Maybe a night of dinner and milk among the cows. In Lobsterland perhaps the parents looking to raise funds for their private schools auction huge lobster tails signed by the Fisherman that hauled in the big tail, but I'm really am not sure. But what I do know is that these and other private school fund-raising auctions can't be…

Feb 11, 2011

The Impact of Robert Parker Giving CA Wine To Antonio Galloni

With Robert Parker, Jr.'s announcement that he is turning over reviewing responsibilities for California wines to Antonio Galloni, there has been one major question on the minds of California wineries, wine retailers across the country and collectors: Will Galloni appreciate the same wines as Mr. Parker has appreciated? The reasons this question arises should be clear: 1. Mr. Parker's reviews of California wines have been very influential with collectors and retailers who have used the reviews to help aid them…

Nov 3, 2010

Balancing the 2010 Northern California Wine Vintage

I had the chance to meet with two pretty impressive wine minds this morning and an interesting topic emerged: How will the wine media in America portray the 2010 harvest/vintage in California/Napa/Sonoma? Will they take the proper perspective, talk to numerous vintners and growers, take account of the different pace of ripenng for different varieties and give a balanced perspective? Or will they undertake to paint with a brush so broad that upon speaking with one grower who described a…