The Wine Price Fix Is On (At

Vinted on April 28, 2015 binned in commentary, learning wine wine prices


I am aware that it’s been a long, oh, I don’t know, five whole minutes since I last talked about a article, but the fine folks over at that website have seen fit to publish yet another of my modest attempts at edu-taining the wine soaked masses yearning to be… well… edu-tained.

And so, because I’ve nothing more pressing to do (this nanosecond, anyway), I point you to my take on wine prices (why they are what they are, and roughly what to expect with each increasing price band), titled Behind the Tag: The Scoop on Wine Prices. Once again,’s images make my words look good.

In the attempts penned to answer the question “why does a wine cost what it costs?” I’ve yet to find any version that cannot be boiled down to the following answer: “because that’s what they think you’ll pay!” Of course, that’s not long enough for a standard article, but the devil’s in those pesky details. And the details are particularly, interestingly, peskily devilish. Like a black hole, a wine’s price incorporates a whole lot of data that isn’t necessarily visible (at least, not at first).

Also interesting, I think, is that the subjectivity of a wine’s upper price point (after normal economies of scale are taken into account) is the entire reason why wine critics have any power whatsoever (think about it…). We often talk about the diffusion of wine criticism, and the dwindling power of traditional wine coverage, but rarely do we make the mental leap to connect that decrease in critics’ power to the increase in wine quality at all price points (itself most probably a result of the earlier efforts of critics calling wines on the carpet… but now we’re well into black-hole-event-horizon-crazy recursive-ness, Interstellar style, so let’s just shut up about it now). Better quality products naturally require less direct critical assessment of their quality, after all.

Anyway… the full infographic take on wine prices is embedded below after the jump. Enjoy!

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

Vinted on April 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!

  • 11 Chateau Panis Mialhe Minervois Les Eglises (Languedoc-Roussillon): The church bells here are ringing tunes of rustic amicability. $13 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Atalayas Vineyard Chardonnay (Casablanca Valley): Drinkin' like a queen, spendin' like a pauper. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Prinz Salm Two Princes Riesling (Rheinhessen): Punching above its weight in the refreshing-length-of-lemony-finish department. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Inman Family Whole Buncha Love OGV Estate Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Whole buncha tasty, but kinda hogs the dinner table. $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Eschewing richness of mouth for richness of deeper rewards. $90 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Helfrich Riesling Noble Varieties (Alsace): Mineral-and-tropic lightening, and the thunder has a nice, refined ring to it, too. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Signorello Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Whoooaaaaa, easy there, little bison, you're a little too wound up $90 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Sweet, oaky & ripe meets poised, lithe and… ok,and powerful. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Domaine la Croix d'Aline Saint-Chinian (Languedoc-Roussillon): Like a local bluegrass band, this one's just endearingly rustic. $13 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Saint AIX Provence Rose (Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence): Once again, Provence proudly proves why Provence is… well… Provence. $19 B >>find this wine<<



Sangria Is For (Wine) Lovers

Vinted on April 21, 2015 binned in going pro, wine tips

It might not yet be quite hot enough outside for this topic, but the good folks over at have published my take on Sangria (that most warm weather of wine-related beverages), complete with their always-on-point graphical talents (which often make the majority of my accompanying words superfluous, but hey, they’re paying so I’m not complaining).



Personally, it takes a *mighty* fine Sangria to sway the taste buds of this particular wine lover, but I’m nowhere near snobbish enough not to find enjoyment in a good one. Hopefully, the guide will maximize your chances of mixing up a superior Sangria batch, as we provide some tips on what to try (and what to avoid) when utilizing different wine styles as your Summertime liquid fun base material.

The full awesomeness of’s Sangria infographic are below after the jump, with the full article available at Enjoy (responsibly)!


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