Wine Intelligence Report Stating The Obvious?

Vinted on July 29, 2015 binned in wine buying, wine news

If you have about $2400 handy, you can buy the latest report from Wine Intelligence on US Internet and Social Media utilization with respect to the US wine market.

Or, you could invest that money and just go with your observations of the obvious when it comes to social media and wine. At least that’s the vibe I am getting based on the press release highlighting the findings of the report.

Here’s a sample (emphasis mine), followed by my snarky-ass comments:

While 58.5 million of regular wine drinkers – defined as those who consume wine at least once a month – say they research wine online, and around 30 million make online recommendations, fewer than 10 million buy wine online, suggesting that many wine shoppers still need convincing that the internet as interesting, convenient or as good value as going into a shop.

Use of Twitter has more than doubled since 2011.  Sourcing information on Facebook has grown from one in five to one in three regular wine drinkers, and Youtube is used by 27% of them, Instagram by 24% and Snapchat by 20%, all from a standing start.  But just 30% trust posts on social media sites against 83% for advice from friends, family or colleagues, and 76% for wine shops.”


A full one-third of those making wine recommendations online go on to buy wine online, totaling upwards of ten million people, and we’re using adjectives such as “only” and adverbs like “just” to describe that action? What. The. HELL?!??…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 27, 2015

Vinted on July 27, 2015 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!

  • 13 Bott Tokaji Furmint Csontos (Tokaj-Hegyalja): Linear & focused enough to serve as a capable scientific laser-calibration device. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 St. Amant Winery Lodi Native Marian's Vineyard Mokelumne River Zinfandel (Lodi): Pours glasses like potato chips, U can't stop @ 1 $35 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Cornerstone Cellars Michael's Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Bordering on full-on-spa-expensive-treatment-like indulgence $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Kanonkop Kadette (Stellenbosch): When it comes to Pinotage blends, isn't it about time to promote this one to Ensign, at least? $14 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Clayhouse Estate Show Pony Red Cedar Vineyard Petite Sirah (Paso Robles): Showing off for sure, in a big, bold, silky, inky style. $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Buglioni Il Bugiardo Ripasso (Valpolicella Classico Superiore): This one goes out on Halloween night dressed up as an Amarone. $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 VIE Whitehawk Vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara County): This sweetly juicy, it probably shouldn't be this damned meat-ily excellent. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Joseph Drouhin Chorey-Les-Beaune (Chorey-Les-Beaune): Delicate little flower of a Pinot, sporting its own delicate little flowers. $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Bonterra Pinot Noir (Mendocino County): Fan of raspberry and acidic lift? Then you're in luck, if you're also a big fan of wood. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Donnafugata SuSur Grillo (Sicily): Chirping a Summer song white flowers and fruit that's more refreshing than a cold lemonade. $27 B+ >>find this wine<<



Wondrous Stories (Chris Carpenter Recent Releases)

Vinted on July 22, 2015 binned in elegant wines, kick-ass wines, wine review
Cardinale Tasting Room

The “office” (Cardinale Tasting Room, Napa Valley)

In no time at all he took me to the gate
In haste I quickly
Checked the time
If I was late
I had to leave, to hear your wondrous stories

-YES, Wondrous Stories

How does one tell a story (in this case, a fairly wondrous liquid story) when the primary architect of that story’s plot (the winemaker) isn’t a part of the experience?

The options, as I see them:

1) Don’t

2) Let the wine tell the story

3) Make a sock puppet of the winemaker and create a video with overdubbed quotes from said winemaker, using sock puppet as the stand-in.

We’re going with option #2, folks.

KJ Mountain vineyards

Get yer’ hikin’ boots on, peeps!

Because despite the fact that the winemaker in this case (the celebrated and much, much too tall Chris Carpenter) was on the other side of the planet (Australia) when I was able to visit and taste through his high-end Kendall Jackson-owned portfolio reds earlier this year, the wines in that portfolio that most excited me are well capable of telling us their own wondrous stories (so option 1 is out).

And also because I lack any socks long enough to accurately represent how tall Chris Carpenter is (eliminating option 3).

The least expensive of these featured Napa Valley beauties is… $75. So, a budget-picks cheat sheet this article is not. While these ges are pricey, they spin hedonistic yarns that are all but impossible to ignore…

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