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“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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Wine Product Review: Mooma Wine Chill Rod
Hmm. Well… I was divided on this one. The Mooma has three functions, none of which it excels at performing, BUT… if you don’t already have a pourer/aerator/chiller and are tight on storage space, the price makes it compelling.
Wine Book Review: “A Vineyard In Napa” by Doug Shafer
I’d been meaning to review “A Vineyard in Napa” for some time now. As in, like, more than a year. So I’m happy to finally have had an opportunity to enjoy it and to talk about it, as it’s well-written and deftly avoids being a long Shafer commercial. There’s actually some conflict (imagine that… in a wine book!), and it does a nice job of following the development of Napa Valley and the Stags Leap District as broader settings to the Shafer foundation story.
Three Things That You Didn’t Know About Soave
Look, it’s getting warmer in the States, which means you ought to at least be thinking about drinking more Soave, right?!??
Wine Book Review: “The History of Wine in 100 Bottles” By Oz Clarke
Ah, the irrepressible Oz Clarke, who manages to somehow be British and yet a part slightly removed from full-on, dry-as-a-bone British humor. The narrative of “The History of Wine in 100 Bottles” often seems as though it’s about to go totally off the rails, and yet never does, and Clarke manages to hit a surprisingly large volume of detail about the key moments in wine history in a short space.
image: Publix Grape Magazine
Supposedly, it is Spring. Here in the Philly area, however, we jumped from sub-40F evenings directly to sunny, 80+F afternoons and something like 12,000% humidity. So, Summer decided to crash the party early.
A serendipitous time, therefore, is upon us during which to tell you of my contribution to the Summer 2015 edition of PUBLIX’s Grape Magazine (to which many of you can subscribe for free, by the way).
I contributed quite a bit of uncredited content to that one (much of it in the form of wine/food pairing write-ups). I also penned the In Focus section, this time focusing on the dreaded topic of boxed wines. Why this amazing little form of alternative wine packaging is still widely derided is beyond me, as we’re long past the point of the juice inside of those bag-in-boxes being sub-par. Granted, fine wine-ing it’s not, and admittedly it’s not the easiest task on earth to find a boxed wine that over-delivers on quality, but it certainly is easier finding a fairly-priced, tasty, and totally drinkable boxed wine than ever before.
During the In Focus piece, we get into the history of the boxed wine format, as well as explore some of the technology behind the bag-in-box packaging, which in a geeky way I have always found fascinating. You can check it out by subscribing at http://www.publix.com/clubs-programs/publications/publix-grape-magazine .
Cheers – and stay cool!