It’s funny, you work for a winery and everyone imagines that you’re either literally making the wine or in charge of shaking hands with the public every single day. People who try to sell me advertising space, distributor trade reps, the guy who delivers the bottled water, my mother – all betray themselves in conversation as having absolutely no idea what I do all day. “Well you must be insanely busy now that harvest is on.” -anonymous sales person “True, I haven’t returned your unsolicited phone call, but its because I am authoring a wine club customer feedback survey, not because there is a whole bunch of Sauvignon Blanc being delivered today.” – a perhaps overly sassy Me.
Commodity is not wine’s natural state. In fact, sometimes I don’t know how we (as in the wine industry) managed to get here from there. How we took something so inherently different and made it so the same. How in our mad-dash to lay a business plan and margin analysis over a vineyard, we overlooked what gives wine value in the first place. Forgot what makes it mysterious. Ignored what makes it special.
Well we have made through our first year of drinking, talking and blogging. And like any 22 year old (legal in all 50 states plus one) facing their future, we looked back at what we had accomplished, attempted, and abandoned and decided the website needed a bit of work. So got to work and created, [...]
The Rhone Valley in the South of France is split into two regions. With 95% of Rhone Valley wine coming from the Southern Region, it easy to overlook the fantastic Hermitage and Cote-Rotie wines of the Northern Region.
TGIF Today is Grüner Veltliner Friday: Today I would like to talk to you about Grüner Veltliner, no it is not a new strain of flu or the latest socially transmitted disease, however I do want to warn you that once you have tried it you might become infected with the desire to drink it [...]
I’ve got some opinions regarding the secret password of the modern wine industry. No not Social Media – Millennials. Hell, I am one. As someone in the trade, who both is young and looks younger, I’m pretty weary of being the spokesperson for this “future of the industry.” Here are the multitude of reasons why:
I thought that I would take a break from the Wine Bloggers Conference navel gazing and bring you a post about what is sometimes referred to as the “oak monster” or the “winemakers spice cabinet” I find it fascinating that an oak tree takes almost 100 years to grow to maturity and can live up [...]
I must say that day 1 of the wine blogger’s conference was interesting in three ways: 1. I finally got to meet the Windy City Wine Guy in person. His is one of my favorite blogs and this guy knows his wine. He has also been a guest host on some of our VINTUBA podcasts. [...]
Today I am attending day one of the wine bloggers conference in Napa & Sonoma and it is off do a great start! Sofar I have tasted some GREAT whites from Rueda Spain, Sherries, wines from Bonny Doon, Faust and met the producers from “Bottle Shock”. The life wine blogger event will be starting shortly [...]
ChrisO stopped by Kaz Winery in the heart of Kenwood to be interviewed about his day job at Benziger Family Winery and Imagery Estate Winery on Wine Biz Radio, soon however the subject changed to vintuba and the bloger love-in was off to the races.