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    Wine’s Next Big Thing Is…

    It seems that every quarter we get predictions about the next big thing in the U.S. wine market.

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    Terroir as a brand, and not as something that makes wine taste good

    Does terroir — the idea that the place where a wine is from makes it taste a certain way and helps determine its quality — exist? This question has generated reams of cyber-ink over the past five or six years, pitting those of us who think terroir matters against those who think we’re bunch of old farts and that technology has made terroir obsolete (if it ever mattered at all).

    4 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      Winecast 22: Jerry Lockspeiser, wine guru

      The Wine Curmudgeon - - 4 readers - Jerry Lockspeiser has done many things during his wine career in the United Kingdom — producer, negociant, consultant, salesman, and writer. Through much of it, his focus on been on cheap wine and what Lockspeiser calls the normal wine drinker; those of us who want to buy a bottle to have with dinner and who don’t want to mess with any of wine’s foolishness.

      Spanish wine may offer the best value in the world — part I

      The Wine Curmudgeon - - 1 readers - This is the first of two parts discussing why Spanish wine may be the best value in the world today. Part II, with some of Spain’s best-value wines, will post tomorrow. The reasons are many, and they add up to the same thing: Spanish wine, whether red, white, pink, or bubbly, probably offers the best value in the world, and certainly for the cheap wine that we celebrate here.

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      Spanish wine may offer the best value in the world — part I

      …This is the first of two parts discussing why Spanish wine may be the best value in the world today. Part II, with some of Spain’s best-value wines, will post tomorrow. The reasons are many, and they add up to the same thing: Spanish wine, whether red, white, pink, or bubbly, probably offers the best value in the world, and certainly for the cheap…

      1 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      What the media didn’t tell you about the CDC alcohol death study

      … to advertisers if you re-write a news release, throw some hyperlinks in it, and call it reporting. Or rewrite what another news organization has already rewritten. My reason for being, even in wine, is to try not to do that. Here are the questions the media didn’t ask when the CDC study was released: • Where did the excessive drinking standard come from…

      1 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      Second annual five-day, $3 wine challenge

      …You won’t need a pile of money to buy these wines. In which the Wine Curmudgeon puts his money where his mouth is. Each night next week, I’ll drink a $3 wine with dinner and attempt to answer the question: Can a wine drinker live on really cheap wine? Are the claims made by producers like Fred Franzia and the various anti-critics true, that most…

      4 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      Winecast 22: Jerry Lockspeiser, wine guru

      …Jerry Lockspeiser has done many things during his wine career in the United Kingdom — producer, negociant, consultant, salesman, and writer. Through much of it, his focus on been on cheap wine and what Lockspeiser calls the normal wine drinker; those of us who want to buy a bottle to have with dinner and who don’t want to mess with any of wine’s…

      4 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      Wine’s Next Big Thing Is…

      … using proprietary algorithms. To me, this is larely a running refrigerator thing, because we don’t notice personalization unless it’s not there, due to its current ubiquity. Seriously, just about everything is trying to personalize to you (for a profit motive on your data, of course), from Amazon buying recommendations based on what you buy, to Netflix…

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      Terroir as a brand, and not as something that makes wine taste good

      …Does terroir — the idea that the place where a wine is from makes it taste a certain way and helps determine its quality — exist? This question has generated reams of cyber-ink over the past five or six years, pitting those of us who think terroir matters against those who think we’re bunch of old farts and that technology has made terroir…

      4 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      Big Wine and crowdsourcing

      …Columbia Crest is owned by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, part of a one-half billion dollar company. La Crema is part of Jackson Family Wines, also a one-half billion dollar company. So why is each using a form of crowdsourcing, letting its customers make key winemaking decisions for one of its wines? Because it’s not enough to make piles of money…

      4 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      Why grocery stores love wine

      … questions. The Great Wall of Wine has nothing to do with service. Photo courtesy of Houston Press food blog, using a Creative Commons license The post Why grocery stores love wine appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon.…

      4 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      Texsom 2014: Sommeliers Get Beyond the Big Three

      … Rieslings, Mediterranean-heritaged red wines (Sangiovese and Tempranillo) from Texas, and a (non-vinifera) Norton from America’s heartland, Missouri. Cevola reminded the participants in his tasting session, “It was only 30 years ago when the “Big Three” of American wine (California, Washington and Oregon) were a new phenomenon, just like the “Beyond…

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      Why wineries change their label design

      … complete makeovers, although that seems to be happening more often. Usually, the changes are tweaks to reinforce the brand’s image, and are only noticeable over time. • Once-popular wines that aren’t anymore are the most likely to get a new label. Also, producers aren’t shy about changing labels on popular brands, if they see a chance to keep the current audience, which may be older, and attract a new, younger one. The post Why wineries change their label design appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon.…

      9 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      Who has the best job in wine?

      …And I don’t even have to wear a tie. The Wine Curmudgeon, of course. I drink wine and tell people what it tastes like. How much better does any job — in wine or otherwise — get than that? Which is why I was surprised to see this, “10 of the world’s best jobs in wine,” from the British trade magazine, The Drinks Business. Wine writing was only…

      9 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      Another study agrees: We buy wine on price

      …The biggest surprise in the Wine Genome study from Constellation Brands, one of the biggest wine companies in the world? That one-fifth of us buy wine on price. “We knew they were out there, but the widening span of the study showed how deeply the recession cut,” said Dale Stratton, the Constellation official who oversaw this version, the third…

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      Five things that make me crazy when I buy wine

      …Which price am I going to pay for this wine? And why are there so many prices anyway? It makes me crazy. Negotiating the Great Wall of Wine at the grocery store (or any retailer, for that matter) is difficult enough. But why is it that so many in the wine business go out of their way to make it even more difficult? Hence, the five things that make…

      8 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon