Hey, Wine Ladies! Take The Power Back!

Vinted on June 22, 2016 binned in commentary, wine news

How many of you caught the recent diatribes by both Guy Woodward (of Harpers) and Monika Elling (of Foundations Marketing Group in New York City) regarding the under-representation of women in the wine biz?

This quote from Elling summarizes the view pretty succinctly:

“I’ve been in the business some time and experienced it from several angles, and in the US specifically, where women buy over 70% of the total wine sold, the people that are gatekeepers are 99.9% men, so there in itself lies a massive disconnect… The wine industry by and large globally is stuck in another century, and despite a tremendous amount of change on the production side to bring that up to speed, the other elements show an entire sector woefully lacking is communication and marketing side.”

Now, before I go ahead and agree with this – which I will – and offer my own thoughts on what could be done to help even the playing field, I feel compelled to first point out that, to me, the articles linked above are misleading.

I say this not because we all simply like to bitch and moan about stuff in the wine biz (which we do, male and female alike).

We drink and we complain about thingsI say this because we can’t ignore the fact that three of the most influential consumer-facing wine publications – JancisRobinson.com, The Wine Advocate, and Wine Enthusiast – are all essentially helmed by women. Think about that for a minute, because it’s important.

While women certainly are not, at the time of this writing, represented proportionally to their consumer buying influence in positions of power throughout the wine trade, one could certainly argue that the are already achieving dominance within certain sectors of the wine biz. At least, they are as measured by holding positions of power in media that have considerable influence with both consumers and professional wine purchasers.

Ok, having said that… yeah, I agree that the wine biz, by most other counts, is still a club for white dudes. Usually older ones, at that.

There is, however, one simple way in which women winemakers, women farmers, women importers, and women PR reps can start to take the power back, and thus hopefully begin to tilt the tide of representation more fairly in line with their consumer buying majority…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 20, 2016

Vinted on June 20, 2016 binned in wine mini-reviews

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 15 Chateau Saint-Maur Cru Classe Clos de Capelune Rose (Cotes de Provence): I think the word we want here is Resplendent; ok, & Showy $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): Holding violets, but in a tight, grippy, leather glove, for which you'll thank it later $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Rockpile Winery Rockpile Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel (Sonoma County): Berry compote, somehow balanced on a stony, razor-sharp edge. $41 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Garden Creek Ranch Vineyards Winery Tesserae Red Wine (Alexander Valley): Dried herbs, dusty tannin, tight acids, meaning business $70 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Laurel Glen Vineyard Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Mountain): Comes in smooth, grips, and the does not let you go. $69 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 98 Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja (Rioja): Exhibit number 1000 as to why this label should be considered a benchmark. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 William Fevre Fourchaume Chablis Premier Cru (Chablis): Never a let-down with these guys; elegant, vivacious, poised, & sooo fresh $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Domaine Fourrey Cote de Lechet Chablis Premier Cru (Chablis): In the words of Deadpool, "What the sh*t?!??" An incredible value. $28 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Albert Bichot Chablis (Chablis): Almonds and flowers that are insistent on you going out and buying some excellent cheeses, now. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Domaine Vincent Dampt Petit Chablis (Petit Chablis): Certainly not at all petite in crispness, refreshment, or value for dollar. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Go Forth, And Grill! (Talking Wine And BBQ For Fix.com)

Vinted on June 15, 2016 binned in going pro, learning wine
Fix.com Grilling and Grapes

image: fix.com

With warmer weather finally upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, my latest for Fix.com (“Grilling and Grapes“) focuses on what wine grapes to keep in mind when you’re firing up the grill.

Wine-and-seasonal-food-stuff-pairing articles are nearly as annoyingly omnipresent as drink-rose-in-the-Springtime articles these days, but because this is my writing that we’re talking about here, you know that I snuck in some slightly off-the-well-trodden-path options.

As always, the Fix.com folks have provided appealing, immediately-digestible visual awesomeness that far exceeds what my words are able to achieve (see below for kick-ass evidence).

Get thee to the wine shop, and then get thee to thy grill!

Cheers!

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