Commentary

    • Wine’s Quiet Hypocrisy

      For some reason (maybe I look trustworthy?), I’ve had a disproportionately large number of conversations with winemakers in which they divulge to me that they are upset about a myth/misunderstanding/half-truth/whatever being perpetuated by members of the wine media. This could be things such as - 1) inaccuracies regarding long-held notions about a growing region, or 2) the s ...

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    • Thanksgiving Wine Street Exchange with a Beer Drinker

      I had a funny exchange on a freezing street corner: A co-worker approached me, needing some wine help and at the same time, unwittingly offering me some interesting constructive criticism. “JvB, you know I’m a beer guy and have no time… or honestly, any interest to read your wine blog. But I can’t go to the liquor store and say ‘gimme a thanksgiving dinner wine’ because I ha ...

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    • Belleruche Rosé from Côtes-du-Rhône

      Belleruche Côtes-du-Rhône 2013, M. Chapoutier, Rhône, France. 13% ABV. $13 at Wine & Spirit Company; Online pricing from $10-14/bottle. Color is a light blush, with a nose of young red raspberry and strawberry. In the mouth, red plum and a hint of strawberry, without the sweetness. Good blend of acidity, delightfully dry finish with notes of saline and sandy clay.

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  • Think Wine Criticism Is B.S.? Then You Need To Reject All Forms Of Criticism

    … Every once in a while, when I tell people what I do for a living, I get a sort of snickering question along the lines of “does it bother you that part of what you do is total bullsh*t?” These folks are usually referring to the studies, quoted by lazy media outlets ad nauseum, that purportedly debunked wine tasting as bull honkey when “expert…

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  • Reader Mailbag: Trying New Wine Is A Pain In The Ass

    … 1WD reader Matt (that’s all your getting, as I don’t have permission to print the person’s full name here) recently wrote to me via an email with a title so intriguing, it sparked the first-ever “reader mailbag” style post on this site in its seven-some-odd-year history: “Trying New Wine Is A Pain In The Ass” There’s much juiciness…

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  • Why Everyone Hates Us

    … Because… well… THIS: Wine geeks and wine pros are taking it on the chin right now (for a hilarious and totally NSFW example, have a listen to this podcast by Internet comedy icon Maddox). We are accused of just about everything uncool, from being fond of snobbery to displaying nepotism to having bullsh*t jobs to engaging in major douchebaggery…

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  • Working, Buying, and Hoping!

    … in which I’ll have TONS of time on my hands, and the opportunities to taste many more wines, and enjoy some on my own schedule, taking me own, sweet time. I can’t enjoy the wine right now, at least I can get ready for next time. Here’s to next time! à votre santé! Like this: Like Loading... Related Tags: Commentary, wine auctions, Wine Commentary, Working schedule conflicts …

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  • Everything That I Know About Investing (I Learned From Wine)

    … [ Warning: This post has very little to do about wine. But, it might just help to make you a millionaire. Your mileage may vary. ] Back in March, when I let the cat out of the bag on my personal financial situation, I got a lot of interesting reactions. Most of them were of the attah-boy! variety, but since that time there’s been no shortage…

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  • Wine’s Next Big Thing Is…

    … (think some wine mags, some critics, etc.). Thankfully, the future trends of the wine industry seem to be moving in the opposite direction. Think about it this way: we now live in the age of splintered wine recommendations, and you have more informed (and uninformed!) voices you could follow than ever before when it comes to recommendations. You…

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  • Reality Check

    … happened the past two years in our state congress, the status quo is most likely here to say for the foreseeable future, isn’t helping the cause at all. Because the only scenario that’ll get us to an open market involves a mandate from PA citizens and a lot of hard work from a committed group of freedom fighters. Categories: Commentary PLCB …

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