Help Some Nice Canadians Study Wine Writing (And Maybe Win $700 of Stuff!)

Vinted on November 9, 2010 binned in giveaways, wine blogging, wine polls

I was recently contacted by a nice fellow by the name of David Cray.  He seems nice, anyway, from our brief email discussions (it’s probably because he’s Canadian – they all seem to be nice, don’t they?).

Anyway, David is an Associate Professor at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and along with colleagues Louise Heslop and Alex Ramirez, is studying (in his words): “how [wine] blogs operate and what differentiates between a successful blog and one that is less so.”

Well, I’m interested in that big-time, so I took the survey they’re using to help capture some of that data, and nice-guy-Canadian David asked me to pass along the survey to you out there in blog-o-land, in the hopes that you’ll take 15 minutes out of your busy day to help their cause.  To encourage participation, David also told me that there’s a prize involved:

“The name of anyone who completes the survey will go into a draw, with the winner receiving a $500 gift certificate at the wine store of their choice; those who complete the survey before November 15 will go into an additional draw for a $200 gift certificate.  The questionnaire is at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SZ76K86.

I’m guessing the combination of academic curiosity and prize winnings will get a few people moving (though David didn’t confirm if we’re talking U.S or Canadian dollars here…), so here’s hoping that you can help David and his friends.  David will be reporting on the findings on his blog so we can check out the results (more details – in David’s words – after the jump).

Personally, I’d be fascinated to see differentiators for wine blog success undergo the scientific treatment – how about you?…

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Pennsylvania Wine Kiosk “MCP” Abducts Customers, Forces Them To Play “Grid Games” in Twisted Digital World

Vinted on November 8, 2010 binned in commentary, Inebriated Press

Special Report from the Inebriated Press

Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Corbett today issued a public plea to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to “immediately and indefinitely suspend” its plans to expand grocery store installations statewide of its new wine kiosk dispensers. Corbett wants all activity on the PLCB kiosk machines shut down “until allegations of the kiosks are abducting grocery store shoppers can be properly and thoroughly investigated.”

Corbett’s plea was prompted by several recent reports of missing persons last seen at three Pennsylvania grocery store locations where PLCB wine kiosks have been installed. At first, state police investigations of the alleged abductions were moving slowly, but recent eyewitness reports from the grocery stores involved have turned the tide of the investigations towards the bizarre.

“I know what I saw, and I know it sounds crazy… but strange blue laser beams came out of that thing and totally vaporized the guy trying to buy wine!” reads one anonymous eyewitness testimony describing events that happened to one of the missing persons, who was last seen purchasing wine from a PLCB kiosk…

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up for 2010-11-05

Vinted on November 6, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Dry Creek Vineyard Foggy Oaks Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Heck of a 1st release. Screamin acidity keeps the vanilla in check $20 B ->
  • 07 Rodney Strong Symmetry (Alexander Valley): Like some kind of extraterrestrial fig pie mothership sent to Earth to be your overlord $55 B+ ->
  • 08 Hanzell Vineyards Sebella Chardonnay (Sonoma Valley): Impeccably-crafted, creamy, & just too rich for my blood (alcohol level). $36 B- ->
  • 07 Hanzell Pinot Noir (Sonoma Valley): Like an overweight opera singer; very big, but just belting out the complexity & performance. $95 B+ ->
  • 08 Dreissigacker Riesling Trocken (Rheinhessen): Like poppin' lemon drops, only more fun & a better match with spicy Asian foods. $17 B ->
  • 07 Montes Kaiken Malbec (Mendoza): The Manwich of decently-priced Malbecs; almost a (uncomplicated but dark& tasty) meal on its own. $14 B- ->
  • 09 Chateau La Freynelle Bordeaux Blanc: Like alternating sips of Sauv Blanc & Semillion; a bit schizophrenic but summer-salad-ready. $12 C+ ->
  • 09 Axel des Vignes Bordeaux Rosé: The nose is berry, (red) berry nice, but afterward the finish puts the "bored" in Bordeaux. $10 C+ ->
  • 06 Chateau Feret-Lambert Bordeaux Superieur Rouge: Olden style, earthy Merlot-based goodness at an olden style down-to-Earth price. $17 B- ->
  • 09 Bastianich Adriatico Ribolla (Slovenia): Seductive citrus in a "you're not a white wine from around here, are you?" kind of way. N/A B- ->
  • 06 Marita's Vineyard SOMA Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): What it lacks in complexity it makes up for in pure, amazing dark fruit. $86 A- ->
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