131,000 acres burned (and counting).
A little over 5 percent contained.
The Valley and Butte wildfires in California are wrecking havoc on thousands of lives, and are taking a serious toll on Lake County wine country in particular.
You can help out by visiting LoveLakeCounty.org, a list of donation centers of all stripes and types, which are focused on assisting those impacted by the wildfires. It’s a great and easily-navigated aggregation of what items are most needed, and where.
The list is compiled on a volunteer basis, and as of the time of this writing, not all of the donation centers on the list have been vested. As always, proceed generously, but with caution (I figured that you folks are smart enough to navigate the small risk there).
If you love California wine, please consider donating in whatever way that you can.
One of the speaking engagements
where I scared everyone sh*tless with tough luv for which I was hired earlier this Summer was recently given a write-up in the Corks And Forks section of The Columbian’s website.
While I am flattered at the positive mention, I thought it worthwhile (because, hey, I need to kill time until it’s 4:30pm and I can drink wine without feeling too bad about it) to expand on a couple of things that author discusses in that write-up.
First, I am stoked that she picked up on something that I often mention during these talks, particularly when given to those who work inside of the wine biz…
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Last week Riedel, the Austrian glassware company that seems tailor-made for the anally-retentive (the company produces glasses designed specifically for different wine styles and individual varietal wines, and even for different types of water), threatened wine blogger (and friend of 1WD) Ron Washam, better known within the wine biz as The Hosemaster of Wine.
Apparently, Georg Riedel didn’t take kindly to Washam’s satirical take on the company, published recently on MW Tim Atkin’s website. While Atkin was probably more vulnerable (due to the archaic UK laws regarding publishing), Washam was likely relatively “safe,” though of course subject to fast-mounting – and surely unwanted – legal bills in his defense.
From Atkin’s standpoint, the matter has been settled. Presumably in relation to the settlement, Atkin added the following preamble to the original article:
In this piece, US-based wine writer Ron Washam pokes fun at Riedel, the wine glass company, a brand that I respect and use personally. This is a piece of satirical writing. No offence is meant to be caused either to Georg Riedel or to his business. Please note that no interview with Georg Riedel took place in the creation of this article and that all quotes are fictitious and do not represent the personal views or business practices of Georg Riedel or his company. Tim Atkin
But as a company Riedel has, as of the time of this writing, not answered for what I would consider its blatantly asinine public behavior relating to this matter. Not only did they level the threat of legal action on Washam, but Riedel also removed complaints about / references to the incident posted by visitors to their Facebook page (I know this to be the case, because at least one of mine was removed).
[ Insert plaintive, exacerbated sigh here. ]
There are so many problems with this, it’s difficult for me to calm down long enough to know where to begin. Let’s start here: Riedel is way off base in challenging Hosemaster’s satire. From their letter to Washam, as reprinted on his website:
“… there is nothing satirical or funny about the Article…”
[ Insert incredulous What. The. HELL?!?? here ]…
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