Wine Industry

    How will the Internet of Things impact the wine business?

      I began hearing about the Internet of Things (IoT) last year. It was hard to wrap my mind around it—what is it, exactly?—and still is. The best I can do is to quote Wikipedia and then see if I can make sense of that. (Hang in there for a moment, because this is eventually going to be about wine.

    18 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    Is “terroir” a social construct, or an objective fact?

      If the definition of insanity (as Albert Einstein is reputed to have said) is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results, then I must be insane for delving yet again into a discussion about the meaning of terroir—even when I know that such exercises will result in utter futility, as they always do.

    16 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      If there’s a “new wine style,” what is it?

      STEVE HEIMOFF - - 10 readers -   “A shift in the consumer base,” fueled by “a new wave of innovation in global wine styles”: that’s what Rabobank, one of the the nation’s biggest lenders to wineries, is talking about, in their latest report on the wine industry. And when Rabobank talks, wineries listen.

      Fake wine? Nothing new

      STEVE HEIMOFF - - 9 readers -   Everybody’s shocked, shocked about what Rudi Kurwanian did, but faking wine is nothing new. Below is an extract from Cato the Elder (234 BC-149 BC), a Roman statesman, on how to fake Coan wine—a wine that should have been made from grapes grown on the island of Kos, but that, as Cato points out, can be fabricated using cheap Italian grapes.

      I weigh in on Jamie Goode’s post on “natural wine”

      STEVE HEIMOFF - - 6 readers -   As reluctant as I am to enter the minefield of any discussion about “natural wine,” I’m going to do so, because I have views on the topic, and because Jamie Goode just won a Wine Bloggers Award and if he can opine on the subject, so can I! Jamie supported natural wine rather obliquely the other day on his blog.

      A reader comment prompts me to again address the California bashers

      STEVE HEIMOFF - - 6 readers -   It is fairly common, in the anecdote-sphere (a universe parallel to the blogosphere), for knowledgeable people to say that superpremium California wine is nearly impossible to sell back East, or even east of the Rockies. According to this take, nobody in America likes California wine anymore, except, possibly, Californians—and even they (or so it’s claimed) are having second thoughts.

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      A new winery P.R. website is born

      … is the entire wine industry; the two are interrelated. For it seems to me that we are leaving, if we haven’t already left, the “classical” era of winery P.R. and are chugging along into one that—as with all futures—we see only “through a glass, darkly.” Tom has it exactly right when he states “The Number One Golden Truth of Wine Public and Media…

      By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Fake wine? Nothing new

      …   Everybody’s shocked, shocked about what Rudi Kurwanian did, but faking wine is nothing new. Below is an extract from Cato the Elder (234 BC-149 BC), a Roman statesman, on how to fake Coan wine—a wine that should have been made from grapes grown on the island of Kos, but that, as Cato points out, can be fabricated using cheap Italian grapes…

      9 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Print down, but not out, yet

      … have chaos, whether it’s in domestic affairs or in something as relatively calm as the wine industry. All this drives wine marketers bonkers. They try to come up with messages that appeal to all groups, and realize how difficult that can be. The broader the message, the less refined it is; the more refined, the less broad; but this, at least…

      1 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      If there’s a “new wine style,” what is it?

      …   “A shift in the consumer base,” fueled by “a new wave of innovation in global wine styles”: that’s what Rabobank, one of the the nation’s biggest lenders to wineries, is talking about, in their latest report on the wine industry. And when Rabobank talks, wineries listen. Every winery in the country—certainly every winery I know…

      10 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Is “terroir” a social construct, or an objective fact?

      … with the creativity of man elevates the entire wine-forming formula into what he calls “cru.”) Whether or not you include the grower and winemaker along with climate and soil in your definition of terroir, for Michaux, is irrelevant. For she believes that the end quality of a wine, as well as its critical reception in the marketplace, is due to neither…

      16 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      A reader comment prompts me to again address the California bashers

      …   It is fairly common, in the anecdote-sphere (a universe parallel to the blogosphere), for knowledgeable people to say that superpremium California wine is nearly impossible to sell back East, or even east of the Rockies. According to this take, nobody in America likes California wine anymore, except, possibly, Californians—and even…

      6 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      I weigh in on Jamie Goode’s post on “natural wine”

      …   As reluctant as I am to enter the minefield of any discussion about “natural wine,” I’m going to do so, because I have views on the topic, and because Jamie Goode just won a Wine Bloggers Award and if he can opine on the subject, so can I! Jamie supported natural wine rather obliquely the other day on his blog. He didn’t quite come out…

      6 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Terroir vs. personal preference: the critic’s dilemma?

      …   Should the critic base her score/review on personal preference, or on whether or not the winemaker has allowed “the terroir to speak”? That question arose, yet again, at the recent Wine Bloggers Conference. It’s an old debate, one that’s as hard to frame as it is to answer. What does it mean to allow “the terroir to speak”? Who decides…

      4 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Rose Revolution: Better Dead than Red

      … World winemakers unite! Admittedly I have Communism and Leon Trotsky on the brain thanks to having just finished Barbara Kingsolver’s novel, The Lacuna. However, the notion that winemakers are globally uniting to produce rosé wines is not that far-fetched, at least not in terms of the depth and breadth of these wines now being produced. While…

      3 readers - By It's A Winederful Life

      It’s Complicated… but does it have to be?

      … to take a similar tack when explaining simple concepts about wine to our students? As a refreshing antidote to encyclopedic tomes, Tom Stevenson has written “a [wine] book for people who don’t want to read about wine.” Stevenson’s newest book, Buy the Right Wine Every Time, The No-Fuss, No-Vintage Wine Guide, offers a simple, straightforward…

      3 readers - By It's A Winederful Life

      The Move To Napa: Chatting with Elizabeth Smith on Blog Talk Radio

      … willing to work hard, and you’re willing to risk it all to live the life you desire. Interview Link: The Move To Napa: Chatting with Elizabeth Smith (Just a heads-up: It’s true that you can take the girl out of the South, but not take the South out of the girl!) Love and wine for all! Beth …

      1 readers - By Traveling Wine Chick