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by David on October 15, 2007

My eyes opened wide when I read this entry in winemarketer.com: “We are currently in the process of opening our winery. We will be selling beer while we wait for our first run to age. Should I try building web presence for the wine in the meantime????” Of course, we’ve all heard that it takes […]

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Whither Hangtime?

by David on July 28, 2007

Where to start on this issue? And how to know where it’s going? This has been brewing for quite some time but, in the last 4-6 weeks, the drum-beat has gotten so loud that it’s making my head hurt! Is this truly the beginning of a significant pendulum swing or is this just a lot […]

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Breakfast of Champions!

by David on May 24, 2007

Well, this is fun. The Austrian government has come down on wine producers for an ad promoting the leading wine of the country, Grüner Veltliner. I’m not so sure about government intervention and I don’t pretend to have formal education in marketing, but you gotta wonder how people who do have the education came up […]

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Improvement or Manipulation?

by David on April 15, 2007

I was fascinated that someone would think to undertake a survey like this one (PDF) on wine manipulations, such as adding color or oak chips to wine. For one thing, I think the vast majority of consumers and probably a big percentage of the trade are completely unaware that this stuff is going on at […]

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Rating the Ratings

by David on April 10, 2007

Here we have a wine critic who’s puzzled about how to approach a wine that got a 90 from Parker (this critic was also put off by the fact that the wine was rated by one of Parker’s employees rather than Parker himself) and an 84 from the Wine Spectator. Every critic has his methods, […]

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Is This What George Jetson Will Drink?

by David on March 16, 2007

Wow! This is pretty interesting stuff. A bunch of industry experts got together to collectively take a peek at what the winery of the future will look like and there’s good news and bad news as far as I can tell. The good news is that they foresee sustainable agriculture across the board. Organic and […]

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What’s in a Name?

by David on March 12, 2007

I caught myself being cynical/complacent when I read this article. It’s just the way of the world, right? Sigh… But really, why is this necessary? It’s very sad that the tiny brand known as Inman Family Wines in the Russian River Valley has had to knuckle-under to power-house Grange without even putting up a fight. […]

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Good-bye, Mr. Gallo

by David on March 10, 2007

It’s hard to believe he’s gone. He’s one of those people who appears to be indestructible. And yet, the services take place this very day. As so many have said, regardless of what you might think of his business practices or the wines, you have to admire what he and his brother built from virtually […]

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Poking More Holes in the Ratings System

by David on January 20, 2007

Ran across a couple of posts that re-confirmed in my mind that there have to be better ways than wine scores to wade through the sea of wines and make a selection. Dr. Vino was tasting with a critic who uses the numerical system in his work, because it’s required, but revealed that he thinks […]

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Are High Alcohols a Trend?

by David on December 26, 2006

Tom Wark wrote an interesting post on the high alcohol trend. At the end of the post he wondered if the growing concern expressed within the industry will spread to the consumer. I think so. I certainly hope so. It seems like the topics that consume wine industry insiders eventually make their way to the […]

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