Wine Writing

    The Wall of Wine, Stories, and Consumer Psychology

    I was on the panel of a wine event last week, and one of my fellow panelists was from one of the nation’s biggest Big Box grocery retailers. I asked him, “Will the infamous Wall of Wine be always with us?” and he answered, “Yes. Retail is here to stay.” Indeed it is, as a basic function of human interaction: I buy something wholesale and sell it to you retail, for a profit.

    7 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    When wine writers host public events

    I’ll be co-conducting a wine-and-food pairing event at Saturday’s big Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival. It’s the eighteenth time the event, which is one of the biggest in Sonoma County, has been held—and I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never gone. Everyone has told me how amazing it is, so I am totally looking forward to it.

    6 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Understanding temperature data? Not so easy!

      STEVE HEIMOFF - - 5 readers - One of the toughest parts of my job—of any wine writer’s job, actually—is finding reliable, historic data on which to base conclusions about terroir. Lord knows, we have endless discussions about terroir, yet most of them are based on anecdotal information and as we all know anecdotes are not reliable.

      DTC, snobs and marketing segmentation: A personal view

      STEVE HEIMOFF - - 5 readers - “Wines delivered to your door” has been the business theme of direct-to-consumer entrepreneurs since as long as I can remember. I used to be a member of one of these subscription services, back in the early 1980s. I can’t remember the name (I’m sure someone out there will remind me), but they sold German wines that “arrived at your door” on a monthly basis.

      Are Wine Blogs Dead?

      Cuvée Corner Wine Blog - - 3 readers - There is nothing more vapid than a philistine petty bourgeois existence with its farthings, victuals, vacuous conversations, and useless conventional virtue. ~ Anton Chekhov Do you know what lazy wine-writers do? They look around for easy stories to write; a story which requires very little imagination or effort on their part to publish.

      Why young wine drinkers should know about the classics

      STEVE HEIMOFF - - 3 readers - Okay, well, first, I don’t mean they have to know about the classics. It’s not like the occasional wine lover is going to die and go to some awful place reserved for ignorant drinkers if they don’t. Knowing about the classics is not mandatory if you’re like most people—occasional drinkers who like wine’s salutary, gustatory and social effects, all of which are fantastic.

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      The Wall of Wine, Stories, and Consumer Psychology

      …I was on the panel of a wine event last week, and one of my fellow panelists was from one of the nation’s biggest Big Box grocery retailers. I asked him, “Will the infamous Wall of Wine be always with us?” and he answered, “Yes. Retail is here to stay.” Indeed it is, as a basic function of human interaction: I buy something wholesale and sell…

      7 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Telling a story about stories

      …I speak later today at The Exchange, an organization, sponsored by Nomacorc, that periodically gathers “to improve the marketing of wine by creating a forum for the sharing of ideas related to wine marketing.” The topic of today’s gathering, which is at Bardessono, in Yountville, is “Telling the Story.” I’ve been amazed the last few months at how…

      1 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Are Wine Blogs Dead?

      … and intestinal fortitude [insert hand-wringing, tortured anguish here] to declare that all wine blogs are dead. Perhaps, these wine-writers are simply tired of maintaining an active blog, tired of writing notes, tired of the whole concept or they're flat out bored. It's way too easy to throw stones and mock, creation actually takes some sincere effort. After…

      3 readers - By Bill Eyer/ Cuvée Corner Wine Blog

      Understanding temperature data? Not so easy!

      …One of the toughest parts of my job—of any wine writer’s job, actually—is finding reliable, historic data on which to base conclusions about terroir. Lord knows, we have endless discussions about terroir, yet most of them are based on anecdotal information and as we all know anecdotes are not reliable. They may be interesting, they may be well…

      5 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      The Short List: Grey Day Blah Banishers

      …Welcome to binNotes | a wine blog Like wine? Like witty, compelling stories about wine? You’ve landed on the right page! by L.M. Archer, FWS Follow binNotes | a wine blog: | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest ”Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes, to be changed into wine…

      2 readers - By binNotes | a wine blog

      When wine writers host public events

      …I’ll be co-conducting a wine-and-food pairing event at Saturday’s big Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival. It’s the eighteenth time the event, which is one of the biggest in Sonoma County, has been held—and I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never gone. Everyone has told me how amazing it is, so I am totally looking forward to it. My particular role…

      6 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Why young wine drinkers should know about the classics

      …Okay, well, first, I don’t mean they have to know about the classics. It’s not like the occasional wine lover is going to die and go to some awful place reserved for ignorant drinkers if they don’t. Knowing about the classics is not mandatory if you’re like most people—occasional drinkers who like wine’s salutary, gustatory and social effects, all…

      3 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Nobody Needs This

      …September 23, 2014 Nobody Needs This I’m sure that the category of “Nobody needs this” is larger than I can imagine – usually because I ignore stupid things. But last week I saw this in a store. Add one more thing to the list of items you will ignore in a garage sale soon. Like this: Like Loading... Related About Travis Oke…

      1 readers - By Travis Oke/ Pull the cork

      DTC, snobs and marketing segmentation: A personal view

      …“Wines delivered to your door” has been the business theme of direct-to-consumer entrepreneurs since as long as I can remember. I used to be a member of one of these subscription services, back in the early 1980s. I can’t remember the name (I’m sure someone out there will remind me), but they sold German wines that “arrived at your door…

      5 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Carmen Castorina: When a legend retires

      … for everything I’ve written about: politics, business, film, music, food (especially food), and wine. Perspective is all, and just because someone is a fine winemaker doesn’t mean they’re a good parent or friend or colleague. So how do I write a piece honoring perhaps the best wine PR person in history without godding him up? Carmen Castorina, who…

      1 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      A writer and his voice

      … as a career move, as apparently others did. The truth is, I wanted to develop my writing skills further—to push into new areas of creative expression, in a way that had previously been denied me. As California editor of Wine Enthusiast, my writing style was severely restricted by the formal norms of the genre: 40 words per wine review, “Voice…

      1 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Romancing the Score: What do Wine Ratings Really Tell Us?

      …The biggest problem with wine scores is that they evaluate the obvious: how a wine tastes. What really matters is how interesting the wine makes your dining companion. Now that would be worth rating. Indeed, you have to wonder why we rate wine in the first place. After all, it is just a drink. We certainly don’t rate orange juice or lemonade; we…

      1 readers - By Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLean

      Drinking the Numbers: What’s Your Wine Score?

      …Continued from Part 1 of Wine Ratings In 2001, Robinson started using a 20-point scale in response, she told me in an interview, to her readers’ request for scores. But only on her web site: her books are “point-free zones” as is her Financial Times column. “The 100-point scores don’t mean much to us in Europe,” she observes. “Points will never…

      1 readers - By Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLean

      The Wine Curmudgeon does the Grape Collective interview

      …Jameson Fink of the Grape Collective, an especially popular wine website, asked some terrific questions as part of their regular feature, called SpeakEasy. This gave me a chance to offer several insights into the wine business and wine writing. More than a few people may be annoyed at my answers, but that’s their problem. If we don’t stick up…

      5 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon