Archive for the ‘Wine Media’ Category

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…

Feb 14, 2020

Where is the Curated Consumer Wine News?

One of my greatest frustrations these days is that it is nearly impossible to watch any news channel or listen to any talk radio that does not constantly discuss presidential/Washington politics. This mono focus is oppressive and does Americans no favors given the huge number of important issues and topics from around the country and world that impact us. However, thankfully, the wine media and reporting does not have such a problem. Most remarkable about the wine media and wine…

Jan 13, 2020

The Death of Sir Roger Scruton and a Unique Wine Voice

The British philosopher Sir Roger Scruton has died. He was best known for his defense of conservatism and his consideration of aesthetics. Scruton was also a well-known wine lover and with his demise goes his unique defense of wine that looks like this: “The social drinking of wine, during or after a meal, and in full cognizance of its delicate taste and evocative aura, seldom leads to drunkenness, and yet more seldom to loutish behavior. The drink problem that we…

Jan 3, 2020

Fermentation – Natural Wine and Irony

I’m always excited when I see a new commitment to wine coverage from establishment media. I even get excited when that coverage adopts a moniker that mimics the title of this blog, as in the case of Edible Brooklyn announcing a new wine column they are calling “Fermentation”. What makes Edible Brooklyn’s new wine column, “Fermentation”, a reliably ironic development is that while the title of the new column is the same as the title of this 15-year-old blog, it…

Dec 10, 2019

Five Important Wine Trends and Predictions for 2020

It’s not always easy to make predictions, but it is fun. The best way I know to do this is to look at obvious and not-so-obvious trends and try to discern where they are leading. Where is wine heading in 2020? The Economy Will Create Value in Wine I’ve been saying for some time now that I don’t like the path the economy is taking for any number of reasons. Real Estate trends, manufacturing slowdowns, rising debt and trade wars…