Wine Writing

  • Why the Wine Curmudgeon doesn’t like the Super Bowl

    … Am I the only one who thinks this pairing looks silly? The Wine Curmudgeon doesn’t like the Super Bowl. This is not just because I was once a sportswriter and soon tired of sports’ hypocrisy, and especially the NFL’s obsession with money. And more money. And even more money. Or that, living in Dallas, more people attend Cowboys games than…

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  • Wine bits 370: Wine writing ethics, Big Wine, beer sales

    … • Full disclosure: The Wine Curmudgeon stopped writing about wine writing a couple of years ago; it boosted the blog’s numbers, but didn’t advance the causes that the blog believes in, like wine education. But this item, from Australian wine writer Max Allen, does matter for anyone who wants to be able to trust what they read: “When a wine writer…

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  • Unesco

    … the continued viability of specific folk practices and encourage dialog to reflect “cultural diversity.” This list (available at www.unesco.org/culture) is a fascinating collection of obscure and eclectic customs and traditions. Among the 314 elements currently on the list are two wine related items; a method of pruning grapevines called…

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  • Wine trends in 2015

    … Wine trends in 2015 will be similar to wine trends in 2014 — wine drinkers will see more wines they’ve never heard of and we’ll be able to buy those wines at more places than ever before, including and especially grocery stores. Along the way, Big Wine will continue to get bigger, and even wine writing could see significant changes, as those…

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  • Premox: a consideration

    … Alan R. Balik has a good summary of premox in his column in the Napa Valley Register. Premox, or premature oxidation, refers to a wine that should age well, but instead turns brown and “off” within just years of its release. The issue of premox has obsessed certain collectors, writers and winemakers for a decade or so, but is now gaining…

    STEVE HEIMOFF- 3 readers -
  • On Air: Meg Houston Maker Interviewed on VinVillage Radio

    … As a writer, I’m used to interviews—just not my own. But earlier this week, Rob Barnett interviewed me live on VinVillage Radio, a weekly program featuring people who are passionate about wine and food. We talked about wine journalism, taste literacy, and the vagaries of making a living doing what you love. Listen to the 15-minute segment: Meg Houston Maker on VinVillage Radio …

    Meg Houston Maker/ Maker's Table- 3 readers -
  • Bubbly

    … – Prosecco – for the Italophile in the room- and Crémant – the name for French sparkling wine made outside the region of Champagne and an excellent source of tasty bubbles. My advice to you this year is to try many of them and don’t just wait for “special occasions”. Believe me, there is not a better special occasion than hugging your wife…

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  • 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…

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  • How to Write a Wine Review: Tasting Notes that Tell a Story

    ….” “This is not a cabernet to serve at a dinner party, unless you’re hoarding it for yourself in the kitchen while serving guests another cabernet.” Give your readers a sense of the lengths you would go to drink the wine, how often you’d drink it, and what mischievous behaviour you might consider to get a bottle. The ultimate challenge: try writing…

    Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLean- 3 readers -
  • Re-Focus – Foundation • Discipline • Expertise

    … but shift their focus into my writing. I’ve already begun this shift by working with Edible Magazine here in Hawaii. I plan to continue to seek out more professionally published writing opportunities and to write more here on my own website in the year ahead. So, be on the lookout for a lot more eating, imbibing and traveling fun! How have you done with your goals for the year? What will your focus be for 2015? I’d love to hear it! Cheers! Raelinn …

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

    … a penetrating and multifarious nose of heliotrope, lily, candied lime rind, quince preserves, white peach preserves, distilled herbal essences, marzipan and brown spices... a kaleidoscopically interactive array of those diverse and exotic elements that on the nose signaled its ripeness and botrytis enoblement." "Multifarious", "heliotrope…

    Tom Hyland/ Reflections on Wine- 2 readers -
  • 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 -
  • 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

    … and rice phenomenally. Maison Pierre Sparr has proven that they can deliver fantastic food-wines with sufficient weight and desirable textural juxtaposition for a price that is more than accessible for the consumer. The next time you’re looking for good, refreshing white wine that won’t leave your pocket feeling empty, give Alsace a try…

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

    … When I was a working critic I was very particular about not letting wineries spend money on me. I had the reputation of not going out to lunch or dinner on the winery’s dime. I did it every once in a while, but tried to keep it rare. I also was extremely fussy about letting wineries spend money on me in other ways. This was only partly because…

    STEVE HEIMOFF- 1 readers -
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