TWO EXCELLENT BLOGS ON WINE “FORMULAS” AND ADDITIVES

The Wine Stalker (LINK) is a wine blog by Joey Casco, CSW, who writes some interesting and knowledgeable stuff. He recently did two posts on “Wine Formulas” – how wineries get their wines to present the way they want them to. The techniques range from blending different varietals in larger quantities than you might think, to adding a variety … Continue reading TWO EXCELLENT BLOGS ON WINE “FORMULAS” AND ADDITIVES

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE WINE INDUSTRY?

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” ~ Ernest Hemingway As I prepare to travel to … Continue reading WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE WINE INDUSTRY?

TEN GUIDELINES FOR WINE ENJOYMENT

REFUSE TO BE INTIMIDATED. The world of wine is populated with a few, well, snobs. There are people whose income depends on you, the consumer, feeling like you don’t know enough to order a wine you will like. There are some whose income depends on getting you to buy a wine whether you like it … Continue reading TEN GUIDELINES FOR WINE ENJOYMENT

WHAT MILLENNIALS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WINE

Millennials (LINK) are in the process of redefining the wine industry, just as the Baby Boomer (LINK) generation has done over the past 40 years or so. But this post is less about large-scale trends than about individual decisions based on some experience and knowledge. The wine world contains a vast number of possible wines … Continue reading WHAT MILLENNIALS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WINE

WHAT KIND OF WINE DRINKER ARE YOU?

“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of wine, I lost … Continue reading WHAT KIND OF WINE DRINKER ARE YOU?

EXPENSIVE WINE IS NOT A RIP OFF

I was going to let 2016 end without a new post, but then I came across and excellent article at VinePair.com (LINK to Article). The article by Keith Beavers, is entitled “The People Calling Expensive Wine a Rip-Off Are Lying to You.” It is a thoughtful look at a recent trend in the wine media world – … Continue reading EXPENSIVE WINE IS NOT A RIP OFF

HEY, IT’S THE HOLIDAYS – GIFT GIVING GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED WINE LOVER

Wine-related gift giving is always a bit of a challenge. Do you give wine, wine gadgets, wine books, wine experiences? Do you have some entry-level wine lovers on your list? Some experts (God forbid a Wine Blogger)? Is price a big concern? Are you a bit panic-stricken in the wine department? Well, I know how … Continue reading HEY, IT’S THE HOLIDAYS – GIFT GIVING GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED WINE LOVER

EXPENSIVE WINE/CHEAP WINE – THE CONTROVERSY GOES ON

@EricAsimov on Twitter tipped me off about this article (LINK) by Sarah Miller on the Kitchenette Blog about the VOX video (see below) that has been circulating on the internet recently. The video says that Expensive Wine is for Suckers and features a tasting panel by a few folks at VOX of three Cabernet Sauvignons … Continue reading EXPENSIVE WINE/CHEAP WINE – THE CONTROVERSY GOES ON

LIFE’S TOO SHORT TO DRINK CHEAP WINE – LAWSUIT OVER ARSENIC IN WINE

A lawsuit has been filed in California over illegal levels of arsenic found in inexpensive wines sold there. Here is a (Link to the list of wines) Here is a (Link to a news story) The lack of labeling regarding wine additives is coming to a head in California, which is where you would expect it to … Continue reading LIFE’S TOO SHORT TO DRINK CHEAP WINE – LAWSUIT OVER ARSENIC IN WINE