Through A (Wine) Glass, Not-So-Darkly: Vintank’s Predictions For The Future Of Wine And Tech In 2011

Vinted on March 9, 2011 binned in going pro, wine 2.0

Vintank is a wine and tech industry think tank group based in downtown Napa, full of folks for whom I hold a great deal of respect (so much so that when they asked me to partner with them on trying out the concept of using badges for wine reviews, I jumped at the chance).

As think tanks do, they periodically release reports on the industry, for the most part in Vintank’s case concentrating on the intersections of wine and technology (predominantly on-line and social media tech).  Their latest report, titled To-And-Fro, was recently released and provides synopses of their 2010 work and the major developments in the on-line wine world over the last year.  Most interestingly, however, is that To-And-Fro also makes some bold predictions about what we’ll see in 2011 in the culminations of wine and tech. If you’re interested in the wine biz, it’s well worth a read (and the 150+ slides in this deck go by quickly), and you’ll find it embedded below after the jump.

But I should note that I had a strange, nagging ennui when reading To-And-Fro. It’s not that I think the predictions espoused in the report are incorrect (I agree with nearly all of them), it’s just that I can’t shake the feeling that the report is too optimistic.  If To-And-Fro has a flaw, it’s its pesky optimism: it seems to assume that the wine biz operates rationally and does so at the speed of normal businesses that have an on-line component – neither of which I’ve found to be true…

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On The Road: Chile & Argentina Wine Countries

Vinted on March 7, 2011 binned in on the road

I’ll be asking for your patience over the next couple of weeks, as I continue the trend of upping the travel here on 1WineDude (hey, you told me you wanted more travel pieces, after all!).

This jaunt is going to feel bittersweet for me: for one thing, I’m stoked to be heading to Chile and Argentina (although I am not sure how warmly I will be greeted by the Chileans after my little mention here of their greener wines last October… let’s hope they have a short memory…); for another, it’s still time away from my family right on the heels of previous travel to the Left Coast for the Pro Wine Writers Symposium and Premiere Napa Valley.

The trade-off for your patience in indulging a bit  of inconsistency (I’ll still be trying to connect and post from Chile and Argentina whenever and wherever possible) is that things might get quiet here over the coming weeks, which not only is blogging anathema in general in that it breaks some of the fundamental rules of playing in the blog-o-world, but it also means that we mess around a bit with part of the contract that I have with you out there reading this blog: namely, the publication schedule that I’ve been rigorously (and not without some pain – especially the borderline-carpal-tunnel-variety) following since October…

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For March 5, 2011

Vinted on March 5, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 09 GROONER Gruner Veltliner (Kremstal): Lime, apple, hints of herbs & more versatility than MacGyver (when it comes to food, anyway). $12 B #
  • 09 Ministry Of The Vinterior Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): That’s a fun pineapple, but it kinda hides a razor blade of acid. $15 C+ #
  • 06 Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): A boysenberry shrine is built but the structure never fully finds its footing. $61 B+ #
  • 07 Bolen Family Estates Merlot (Napa Valley): Lush plums of every strips show up, but are dancing ringfenced by a booze enclosure. $60 B #
  • 09 Zin 91 Old Vine Zinfandel (CA): Hits its target of everyday, easy-drinking, jammy tastiness. Just don’t look for complexity here. $11 C+ #
  • 08 Misty Oaks “Jones Road” Cabernet Franc (Umpqua Valley): Digging on the dark fruit & chocolate, but pining away for the spice. $28 B #
  • 02 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Amazingly ripe, focused, fragrant wine. Amazingly bad price. $425 A #
  • 07 Franciscan Cuvee Savage Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Further proof that I’m lying to myself about only liking Chablis-styled Chards. $40 A- #
  • 06 Freemark Abbey Sycamore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Patience; it takes hours to show its minty, black currant hand. $65 B+ #
  • 08 Tres Sabores Rutherford Estate Zinfandel (Napa Valley): Picks up right where the 07 left off – spicy, black, vibrant & damn fun. $35 B #
  • 09 Stags’ Leap Winery Viognier (Napa valley): OMG, pears & flowers – it actually tastes like Viognier (& it likes food, too)! Word up $22 B+ #
  • 08 Continuum Red (Napa Valley): Complex as a Lewis Carroll riddle & structured like an Eiffel bridge. Artistic, dark & wonderful. $150 A #
  • 08 Montes Alpha Carmenere (Colchagua Valley): Black fruit racing against oak & green stemmy notes, and looks to be just a step behind. $24 B #
  • 09 Cantina di Soave Re Midas Soave: What’s this citrus & almond goodness doin’ at dinner? Rockin’ yer chicken satay, that’s what. $10 B- #
  • 09 Cantina di Soave Re Midas Corvina (Venezie): Fun, juicy, burger-ready, and about bustin’ with dried cherry & earthy strawberries. $10 B- #
  • 07 Hestan Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Impeccably-made, but best for fruit-lovers as even the long finish is juicy on this one. $100 A- #
  • 08 Hestan Chardonnay (San Francisco Bay): This was a surprise; creamy, smooth apricot & spice from a place not yet on the wine radar. $50 B+ #
  • 07 Stephanie Merlot (Napa Valley): Olives, pepper & a dash of raisiny Cab Sauv rounds out a juicy (and fairly-priced) Merlot recipe. $35 B+ #



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