Opinion

    O.K. , you have your social media data. Now, what good is it?

    …I asked it six years ago, five years ago, four, three and two years ago, and I’m asking it now. And it’s not just me: That bastion of U.S. capitalism itself, the Wall Street Journal, is asking the same question. In a five-column headline in last Monday’s Marketplace section, they wondered “What is all that data worth?” (The online version…

    4 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    Matt Kramer got it right about bullies who put wine down

    …This think piece by Matt Kramer is a little opaque.(I hope you can open the Wine Spectator link.) I had to read it twice to understand it—and I’m not sure I do even now—but it seems to be a rebuttal to the notion, widespread in America and somewhat anti-intellectual, that expertise is a form of pretentious bull. With specific regard to wine, Matt…

    1 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    Monday Mayhem: Drinking too much, and memories of a P.R. guy

    …It’s important for us to have a conversation about drinking too much—about alcoholism—for two reasons. One is because there’s always been, and still is, a neo-prohibitionist mindset in this country that frowns on any use of alcoholic beverages at all; and so, as if in advance of an impending flood, we have to pile the sandbags around the door…

    4 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    Some execs are “worried,” but really, there’s nothing to worry about wine’s future

    …Nobody asked, but here’s my two cents on “top Golden State vintners [express] concern about the future of the $23.1 billion industry, especially among the discerning millennial market.” That’s from Tuesday’s Santa Rosa Press Democrat, which reported on “a UC Davis survey of 26 senior executives” in the state, and found that “Everyone was a little…

    5 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    The importance of an editor ~ So get over it

    … know they should be, not as they are. I’ve had some of my stories printed in magazines, and some mistakes are still missed by an editor. It happens. When this meme below showed up on Facebook, I thought, “This is so me.” I’ll never forget the agitated reader, who decided that because he didn’t agree with my opinion, he’d leave a comment about…

    4 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

    The emotional intelligence of wine blogging and its vitriol eruption

    …OPINION: Recently, poop finally hit the fan for the wine blogging community. Everything that’s right with it and everything that’s wrong with it collided in the biggest mess I’ve yet to witness. I believe it’s finally hit a paradigm shift that’s been so needed, but not without its pain and suffering. Imagine creating a wine blog because you’re…

    6 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog