Wine Writing

    • No Wine? Sorry, No Story.

      A troubling trend is starting to appear in my Inbox. [ Editor’s note: I wonder how many cheesy detective novels now begin with that premise… ] Somewhat ironically, the troubling trend seems to mostly be coming from very well-meaning wine producers and their various public relations arms / firms / etc., and with very well-meant intentions.

      1 Wine Dude- 5 readers -
    • Holiday Gift Guide

      This year’s Gift Giving Guide for the wine lover on your list. By Lou Marmon Gazette Newspapers December 17, 2014 While no wine-lover will ever complain about receiving a special bottle as a holiday gift, there are many other options that would please even the snobbiest on your list. A favorite recent publication is “The Wines of California” by Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, (a.k.a.

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    • Seven years of wine writing on the Internet

      The Wine Curmudgeon has the best job in the world — I get to drink wine and write about it for a worldwide audience that appreciates what I say and regularly tells me so. I’ve won awards and I’m respected in a way I never was in my previous writing careers, and it’s not like I didn’t have successes then.

      The Wine Curmudgeon- 2 readers -
  • Re-Focus – Foundation • Discipline • Expertise

    … It’s that time of year when I start reflecting on what I’ve done all year long and what I want the year ahead to look like. Last year I said I wanted to focus on Foundation, Discipline and Expertise. I’ve worked very hard on building on my already strong foundation and I feel really good about the work I accomplished in this area. I remained…

    Raelinn Doty- 1 readers -
  • It's Only Wine!!!

    … Galloni, who has essentially found a pet phrase that he loves to use again and again. That's "drop-dead gorgeous." He uses this term a lot - you could look it up. Drop-dead gorgeous - are we talking about a wine here or Angelia Jolie? Look, I've been writing about wine for more than fifteen years and I know that you can only write pear, melon…

    Tom Hyland/ Reflections on Wine- 2 readers -
  • Rant: Best Way To Recommend Wines

    … When you write about wine or other alcoholic drinks, you'll often have people asking you for recommendations. You might receive an email request, or someone could contact you through social media seeking your advice. They might want to know what Uruguayan wine, Sherry or Sake they should try, being unfamiliar with the category. It's simple…

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  • Pierre Sparr Brings Great Value to the LCBO

    … Maison Pierre Sparr By Melissa Pulvermacher We’re all on a constant search of high-value wines for a great price. I always say that your chance of getting a great quality wine for a large price tag is high, and although the odds are less consistent, it feels great to find a killer bottle of wine that doesn’t break the bank. Maison Pierre…

    Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLeanin Riesling- 2 readers -
  • Do bloggers have an obligation to wineries that wine and dine them?

    … I exult in running into whenever we’re at an event) understood the etiquette of wine criticism. Nobody had to explain it to us; somehow, we just knew that it was wrong to accept a winery’s largesse and then bite the hand that had just fed us. Since my main objective as a writer/critic was to tell the truth, I found myself decreasingly accepting…

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  • What does the Galloni purchase of Tanzer mean to wine criticism?

    …, sommeliers and folks like that. Tanzer’s name was one of those that mattered in high-class wine reviewing. So what I’m trying to say is that both Galloni and Tanzer earned my respect. For years we’ve been tracking the evolution of wine criticism, the dualism of print journalism versus online, the gradual fading away of my Baby Boomer generation…

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  • Winebits 360: Birthday week edition

    … A few notes after the past year of blog posts about cheap wine, wine education, and the wine business: • Operating system wars: Microsoft controls about 90 percent of the world’s computer operating system market with its various Windows products, but not on the blog. Just 52 percent of visitors over the past year used a Windows operating system…

    The Wine Curmudgeon- 1 readers -
  • The Wine Curmudgeon’s most popular posts 2014

    … The most popular posts from the past 12 months are almost completely different from what they’ve always been. Stories that been top-ranked every year that they’ve been on the blog, like The six things you probably don’t know about wine and $10 pinot noirs, aren’t any more. Chalk these changes up to the new website, which debuted last fall…

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  • Minerality: My thoughts

    … point wine (red or white) and add a little minerality so that it has that fine, grippy tang, it lifts the wine up a degree or two, to 91 or 92 points. This is what’s so important about structure: it’s also why it’s taken the wine writing community so long to get around to appreciating the structural elements of a wine, including minerality: it takes a certain amount of experience for the palate and mind to grow beyond loving sheer massive hedonism in order to reach that level of understanding and appreciation. …

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  • Rene Descartes – Won’t Get Fooled Again

    … several times over when it comes to food. Have you ever opened up a Camembert in a car in the summer? They’re laughing at me while I gag on the gaggiest smell possible. Next Thursday the Beaujolais Nouveau will be sold at the LCBO. The “cookie dough” of wine is good enough to get me whipped into a frenzy year after year. Don’t miss it. Georges Dubœuf – with your clever little œ in your name – you are the new boss! The Old Boss Like this: Like Loading... Related About Travis Oke …

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  • Shipped to Japan

    … November 7, 2014 Shipped to Japan As the anticipation of the release of the 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau whips itself up into a frenzy at La Maison Oke ["my house" for those of who who prefer not to parlez] it’s nice to know that I’m not alone. Anyone who has followed my blog [my brother and John from BC] knows that 5 years ago I built PulltheCork…

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  • Critics Need Benchmarks

    …, L’Église-Clinet, Lafite, Tertre-Roteboeuf, Ausone, Margaux, Haut-Brion, I could go on but you get the idea – for years and years, if at all. I’m sure others see the same problem, but perhaps related to different regions. But for me, I see it in the Loire and Bordeaux. Critics need benchmarks to be credible. Without these benchmarks, it’s another process of random number generation and eye-rolling. Filed under: Bordeaux, Loire, Wine Writing Posted by Chris Kissack on November 6, 2014 at 2:32 pm No Comments » …

    Chris Kissack/ WineDRin Chardonnay- 5 readers -
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