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For the last year or so, I’ve been amassing a nice little collection of winemaker interviews.
Not here on 1WD, mind you, but for one of my gigs with the excellent people at the Wine4.me app team.
Long-time 1WD readers may recognize Wine4.me as the mobile app incarnation of Vinesleuth, with company whom I spent many an excellent day (and many a fun-filled evening) as one of the experts on their wine tasting panels (the subject of which sparked an interesting debate regarding the repeatability, consistency, and statistical accuracy of wine tasting in general here on these virtual pages).
The winemaker interviews have been part of a series on the Wine4.me blog, in which we try to get inside the head of some of the personalities behind the wines featured in the app’s extensive database. To date, I’ve gotten to run questions by such notable characters as Kim Crawford‘s Anthony Walkenhorst, Ravenswood‘s Joel Peterson, Catena Zapata‘s indefatigable Laura Catena, and fifth generation wine guy (and fellow musician) Karl Wente.
Not a bad lineup!
So consider this a long, long (long!) overdue introduction to that growing body of work.
You can check out all of the interviews at http://wine4.me/author/joe-roberts/. Enjoy!
It seems that every quarter we get predictions about the next big thing in the U.S. wine market. Like most predictions, these are almost always wrong and therefore actually have, at best, neutral value for the wine biz (it could be argued that since they’re almost always incorrect, they have negative value if decisions are made based on them; but since they also have some positive entertainment value, let’s call it a draw).
“Next Big Thing” wine predictions are also almost always predicated on two principles: 1) the idea that the wine buying public is scared of wine, and therefore needs some sort of guidance on what to purchase, and 2) these recommendations must come in the form of grape varieties.
Both are probably wrong, or at least are bad for the wine biz, as I will explain in a moment, and that means that the NBT predictions are missing what’s really going to be the Next Big Thing in wine (okay, so I am making a prediction here… but at least it’s not based on those principles above, okay?!?)…
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Those not getting the title reference today need to hang their heads in total shame! No wine for you!!
Anyway… remember, about a year ago, when we talked about the data behind a new wine app, Wine4.me?
Well, I’m pleased to tell you that the Wine4.me app is (finally!) available for download in iTunes.
The full disclosure part of all of this is that I was paid to be one of the expert tasters on the panels that formed the basis of Wine4.me’s data, and I am an ongoing contributor to their consumer-facing blog. But they’re not paying me to tell you about the app’s release; I’m doing that because I’m genuinely excited to see it go live. Finally.
The bottom line is that while the mobile wine app space is insanely crowded right now, no other wine app out there (that I know of, anyway) is so steeped in data and the scientific method (we already know how I feel about that stuff, right?), so consumer-focused with a for-real value proposition (using that data to significantly increase your chances of finding a similar wine you will enjoy), and actually pops the corks on bottles themselves to get there. There also happen to be some lovely human beings involved in this project, and working with them has been nothing short of a total pleasure (and hey, it’s better we highlight the work of nice people, instead of that of a bunch of douchebags, I suppose)…
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