“This is the end… beautiful friend… the end…”
As we wrap up the June 2015 Wine.Answers.com articles, it’s with bittersweet emotion that I tell you that we’re also wrapping up my stint at Answers.com, a gig that kicked off over two years ago and that resulted in nearly two hundred (!) articles. Answers is winding down the entire expert article program (just FYI, in case you’re following any of the other expert areas there).
I find it interesting that, when I tell people that a gig like this is ending, I invariably get a “oh that sucks” response, which is the polar opposite of my “I’m grateful to have had the opportunity” response. I mean, I made some money talking about wine on a very high-profile online presence, and did it for longer than I’d ever expected it to have lasted. The only sucky part is the reduction of income, which I don’t see as permanent. But maybe I’m weird?
Anyway, here are the final four:
Three Reasons Why 2015 Is The Most Competitive Wine Market Ever
I couldn’t resist this one, since it’s the crux of my opening point from the speaking gigs I did recently with Full Circle Wine Solutions. Seriously, if you’re in the biz, get all of your excuses out now, because they all suck and sound pathetic: we are in the midst of the most competitive wine market in the history of planet Earth.
Wine Book Review: “Ancient Wine” by Patrick E. McGovern
McGovern is a Philly guy. So maybe I am biased. But… he writes a hell of an interesting book when it comes to wine history. This one is a bit academic and at times difficult to follow, but it’s so packed with excellent information that I’d encourage you to pick it up.
Sicily did NOT suck
Five Wine Producers to Watch from Sicily
Obviously a result of my recent jaunt there. There is much, much, much more to come from that, but I need to get my act together on a bunch of things first. But trust me, you will want to stick around for that, because it includes a never-before-attempted Ben Ryé vertical… just sayin’…
Wine Product Review: Peugeot Clef du Vin Travel Wine Tool
I couldn’t let this one go, I had to review this sample of the Clef du Vin before the Answers gig ended. And… well… I just don’t know… I mean, yeah, it affects the taste of the wine… BUT… Just read the review, and you’ll see what I mean.
Writing about rosé wines in the Spring / early Summer is fraught with pitfalls, most involving haters going ballistic on the authors, along the lines of “WTF?!?? Drink rosé all year long, you talentless freak!”
It’s not that those people are wrong; I share their opinion that rosé ought to be a drinking option no matter what the season. Where I disagree is that rosé coverage shouldn’t happen in the Spring, because that is, almost certainly, when most people drink it or first become exposed to it. As the modern pop philosophers The Kinks put it, sometime you have to Give The People What They Want!
So when Fix.com agreed to have me pen an introductory piece on rosé, I was 100% game. Especially since that lets me mention Tavel, which I’m inclined to do anywhere, even to wandering vagrants or at religious functions. That’s just how I roll (until I get questioned by the police, anyway).
And so, the Fix.com folks once again performed their infographic Kung Fu, and the results, as you will see below, are pretty cool (though, of course, far from comprehensive – this is an intro to rosé, after all). Enjoy…
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Later this year, I will have the pleasure of judging at the 2015 edition of the San Francisco International Wine Competition. This will mark my second year as a judge at SFIWC, and is part of my gettin’ busy Summer, during which I’ve somehow amassed a series of competitions, tours, and speaking gigs with little rest between them.
My understanding is that somehow that peripatetic sequence is part of Marvel Studios’ Phase Five plan.
Anyway, I suspect that, while I will enjoy myself at SFIWC immensely, I most likely will not enjoy it quite as immensely as last year, when I had the good fortune of being seated with event host Anthony Dias Blue. Which meant that our table got to judge the best bubbles (by reputation, anyway!) submitted in the competition.
Once can hope, though, right?
Anyway, much more to come on that as events unfold. SFIWC will take place in… San Francisco (duh!) on June 12, 13 and 14.