Archive for the ‘Wine Media’ Category

Dec 27, 2015

Wine Lovers Soon Can Read About Wine Again

After 25 years or reading the wine media fairly closely I can honestly say I still enjoy reading it closely. In large part this is because the drink and the culture that surrounds it still fascinates me, but also because I’ve learned how to be discerning about which writers I read for pleasure. However, I really do feel burdened reading about wine at this particular time of year. In November and December it seems a vast majority of wine writing…

Dec 2, 2015

The Top Wine Stories of 2015

It has been an interesting year in wine. No single story dominated the wine news. There was no economic disaster. There was nothing that had an overwhelming impact on the wine world. Still, a diverse set of very interesting stories emerged from the U.S. wine world. Below are those stories from 2015 I thought most important, particularly for members of the wine trade. They are in no particular order. However, I can say that the story listed as #1 will…

Nov 13, 2015

What Motivates Our Hunger for Wine?

I left my casual meeting with Cathy Huyghe a little bit miffed at her for being late. She was traveling from Saint Helena to meet me at Peet’s Coffee in Napa and was a half hour late (she didn’t factor in traffic). As I sat outside Peet’s waiting for her and got her email apologizing for her tardiness, I didn’t really care. My work was done for the day, I had a cup of coffee and something to read. I…

Aug 17, 2015

What I learned at the 2015 Wine Bloggers Conference

1. Cider and Wine Bloggers….?…Maybe By every measure hard cider is much more similar to wine than it is to beer. So, will America’s cutting edge wine writers, the bloggers, embrace cider? Maybe. My attempt to introduce many of them to the drink by showing off ciders from Eve’s Cidery seemed moderately successful in getting them interested. The reaction to these great ciders ranged from “WOW” to “Eh”. 2. Upstate NY and the Finger Lakes Region is Tempting Shocked. I…

Aug 15, 2015

Henry George and Diversity at the Wine Blogging Conference

I face-timed with my son last night while he was eating dinner 3,000 miles away. On his plate was cheese, apple sauce, steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, some sort of a boiled grain that his daddy never fixes for him, and some strange sort of protein that was unidentifiable. Additionally, he had a sippy cup of milk. It was pretty diverse diet. What would be clear to any winery employee, editor, marketer, importer, publicist or other member of the wine world…