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    Rant: Local Wine Ignorance

    … carry local wine if they know nothing about it. Local wineries need greater local recognition. They need to spread the word about themselves to the people in their own state, those who will most likely become their customers. Gaining a high score in Wine Spectator won't help much if the people in your state don't know you exist. Such wineries…

    6 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

    Vasse Felix Cabernet sauvignon 2001

    …They say you spend the first half of your life visiting and the last revisiting. I imagine myself moving in ever smaller circles until I'm back at the start. . . This particular wine was one of the first I wrote about in 2006, I tasted it again in 2007. The first tasting note a list of words, with a small grainy picture of a cork on a keyboard…

    1 readers - By Wino sapien

    2014 Drink Local Wine Week: Starting October 12

    …Drink Local Wine (DLW), the organization whose goal is to bring greater attention to regional wines, announces that the seventh annual Drink Local Wine Week (formally Regional Wine Week) will take place the week of October 12, 2014. The members of DLW encourage all North American wine critics, bloggers, and broadcasters to participate…

    2 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

    Rant: Sex, Drugs & Restaurant Reviews

    … When you describe a restaurant experience to someone, do you use the language of drug use or sex? That choice speaks volumes about the type of food you ate, as well as the the size of your check. I've been immersed in a fascinating new book, The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu by Dan Jurafsky. The book explains and expounds upon…

    2 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

    A writer and his voice

    … as a career move, as apparently others did. The truth is, I wanted to develop my writing skills further—to push into new areas of creative expression, in a way that had previously been denied me. As California editor of Wine Enthusiast, my writing style was severely restricted by the formal norms of the genre: 40 words per wine review, “Voice…

    1 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    A Writer’s Response to Intimidation

    … the subject in a positive light, showing she is a good sport. However, if there is truth to the story, post or article, as quite often with leaks of information, it is in the best interest of the subject to make the story go away as quickly as possible. The subject may attempt to destroy the credibility of the writer through bullying and intimidation…

    5 readers - By Amy Corron Power/ Another Wine Blog

    WBC 2014 and the Wine Blog Awards – Part 2

    … a coincidence, it looks, walks and smells like a duck raised on a dung heap. This isn’t the first time Amy has told the WBC its awards were not being spread around even though the number of actual wine blogs was increasing exponentially. You see Amy was on an advisory panel for the WBC and was a big proponent on limiting winners to two years, as to give…

    9 readers - By Joe Power/ Another Wine Blog