Archive for the ‘Wine News’ Category

Oct 14, 2014

In Defense of Excess(ive) Wine Writing

While it is true that the vast majority of wine that is sold and drunk in the U.S. is sub-$10 basic stuff of little note or interest, that’s no reason for a writer (or publisher) to focus on these wines. The best of the best is much more interesting. And the same can often be said of travel, automobiles, other consumables, etc, etc: These much more rare and treasured items (including wine) beg the question, what’s it take to be…

Jun 27, 2014

Does the Three Tier System of Alcohol Sales Kill People?

Today we are told by the Center for Disease Control that excessive alcohol use accounts for one in 10 deaths among working-age adults ages 20-64 years in the United States. If this is true, I know what the culprit is: The Three Tier System. For years we’ve heard from alcohol wholesalers that the state-mandated three-tier system of alcohol distribution creates all sorts of safeguards for our community. For example: “Michigan’s alcohol distribution laws – also called the three-tier system – have…

May 14, 2014

Honoring and Remembering Hanzell Vineyard’s Bob Sessions

In tribute to the recently passed Hanzell Vineyard’s Emeritus Winemaker Bob Sessions and his family, FERMENTATION: The Daily Wine Blog will be static until Monday, May 19. No new posts will be placed here. Our thoughts are with Mr. Hanzell’s wife Jean Sessions and son Ben Sessions. Tom Wark will only be blogging during this time at

Feb 12, 2014

How Good Is This Wine News?

Not too long ago on this blog I wrote a spoof of so-called “natural wine” entitled, “Natural Wine Cures Cancer.” Clearly a spoof. Then, yesterday, I read this headline: Red Wine & Aspirin Could Kill Cancer Cells I read this story at Drinks Business and The Huffington Post, and saw a video concerning this news from CBSnews. Additionally, the story was carried in numerous other media outlets from around the world. I want to invite everyone to join me in…

Feb 8, 2014

The Contours of My Belly Button

Do I and others who publish their own site about wine know far too much about the contours of our navel? Have we explored its ins and outs ad infinitum? This is the gentle charge that was made in a number of ways by at least four different commentators in this recent post here at FERMENTATION about the distinction between “blogger and “journalist”. I wanted to address this charge of “blogger navel gazing” because it comes up so very often…