Down With The Gatekeepers, Up With The Long Tail

Vinted on October 5, 2011 binned in going pro, wine industry events

A friend of mine, that talented writer David White, recently gave a speech at the 2011 Nederburg Auction in South Africa.  The title of the talk: “The End of the Gatekeeper: How The Online Revolution is Revolutionizing Wine.”

Forgiving the potential redundancy in the title (a revolution does have to revolutionize something, by definition, at least I think it does but maybe we’ve revolutionized the definitions as well and I missed it), David’s speech (which you can read in its entirety) is chock-full of interesting tidbits regarding the state of the on-line wine world.  And if that speech has a theme, it’s this: gatekeepers are largely wasting their time, especially when it comes to wine.

One of the more interesting tidbits from that speech comes from David’s observation of the current market’s combination of social media and the long-tail of how we search for and eventually consume products…

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Zen Wine: Why Wine Brings Out The Best In People (Grapes For Humanity, And Making The World Better One Glass At A Time)

Vinted on October 3, 2011 binned in commentary, wine news, zen wine

Last month, uber-hard-rock band RUSH participated in what has become a semi-regular event for them: a charity auction on eBay called “Grapes Under Pressure” (a pun on one of RUSH’s album titles) to benefit Grapes For Humanity Canada (RUSH front man Geddy Lee is on the board of directors). I know, I can’t get past the hard/prog rock / wine thing the last few days, right?

Anyway, according to Geddy Lee, the most recent auction raised over $50K (not sure if that’s Canadian or U.S. dollars…):

I would like to take a moment to thank all those fans and friends who participated in the GRAPES UNDER PRESSURE eBay auction to benefit GRAPES FOR HUMANITY CANADA. With your help we managed to raise over $50,000 dollars! When combined with monies raised in our other G.U.P. events we will be able to significantly improve the lives of disadvantaged and injured people around the globe and more immediately will aid THE HALO TRUST in establishing a pilot project in Savannakhet Province, Laos, to address the urgent problem of casualties caused by cluster bombs. Alex, Neil, myself and the entire G.U.P. Team,  thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
~Geddy

Geddy’s wine-related endeavors have been covered on these virtual pages before, but this recent news got me thinking about how and why the world’s greatest beverage can – and often does – serve as a catalyst to bring out the best in us (well, there’s that, but it also got me listening to Distant Early Warning, like, a dozen times)…

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For October 1, 2011

Vinted on October 1, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews

Uhm, like what is this stuff?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 09 Leitz Rudesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spatlese (Rheingau): Apples, lemons, flowers & just general sigh-evoking gorgeousness. $37 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 M. Chapoutier Belleruche Rose (Cotes-du-Rhone): A simple & tasty raspberry & red currant toast to give Summer a fond send-off. $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Duarte Georgetown “Georgetown Divide” Mountain Estate Tempranillo (El Dorado): Spicy complexity & boozy brute force meet for dinner $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 St. Amant Tempranillo (Amador County): Dubbed “The Road Less Traveled” – & this dark, chewy, smokey, feral trip is well worth it. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Pomum Cellars Tinto (Columbia Valley): Spicy, take-no-prisoners Tempranillo blend; you’ll feel every second of those tannins’ grip $21 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett (Mosel): The word we’re looking for here? That’s “Beautiful” $31 B+ >>find this wine>>

 

 

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