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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 […]


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. […]


There were a couple of articles this week – one on the demise of Wine X magazine and the other on the purchasing habits of the Millennials— that seemed to be sending the same message in very different ways. Of course, theories abound as to why Wine X folded after 10 years. Wine X founder […]


Generic French Wine: Pourquoi Pas?

by David on February 6, 2007

“Vignobles de France” This is big, if it happens.  The French have proposed a new approach to wine labeling that will allow not only a varietal designation, but will permit producers to blend wines from different parts of France together to produce a style of wine that appeals to specific markets. And these specific markets, […]


Is Cork Taint on the Run?

by David on January 4, 2007

Tom Wark has just whispered what you’d think the cork industry would be shouting: “I have to admit that of late it seems I’ve encountered far fewer “corked” wines than in the past. I’ve no solid, scientific evidence to know this. It just seems this way.” I like to think that this casual observation reflects […]


Are We All A Bunch Of Snobs?

by David on November 28, 2006

I was skimming here and there and found this interesting post in “Life’s a Picnic”. Very enjoyable reading, but what really got my attention was Greg’s reluctance to visit a winery because he was convinced that the people would be “too serious and snobby.” And this from a foodie, if you take a look at […]


Kermit Lynch, Wine Merchant

by David on November 21, 2006

As kind of a coda to my last posting, “Alternatives to Wine Ratings” in which I suggested you find a retailer you trust, I have to give a plug to one of my very favorite wine merchants, and he’s one I’ve actually never met. Kermit Lynch has to be the best wine writer on the […]


Have You Tried Eponymous?

by David on October 23, 2006

Have you tried Eponymous? Wow! Had it for the first time at a staff tasting a few months ago, and enjoyed it again last night, thanks to Colleen and David (my managers and the owners of Goosecross). I can’t resist giving a plug to our good friend, Bob Pepi, who makes this marvelous wine. Of […]


Times, They Are A-Changin’

by David on October 16, 2006

As I wrote earlier in the Culinary Getaways a la Provencal entry (I know… when is this woman ever going to shut up about Provence, already??!!!), Colleen, our proprietor, and I have recently been slurping up as much wine (and food!) as we possibly could in the limited time we had in Provence and the […]


“Great Wine” by the Numbers?

by David on September 24, 2006

I was thinking about an interview I did with my friend Jeff Booth, of Pepi-Booth Consulting (they consult for Goosecross and have clients as far away as China!). It was for an upcoming episode on our podcast, Napa Valley Wine Radio, and one of the questions I asked him was if he thought the day […]