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Thanks a lot for the comment Paul. I have a great deal of respect for you, and I appreciate you taking the time to comment on the post. You are, of course, correct that Precept is local, in that they are a Washington company. Still, by that same logic, Starbucks is also local, which is hardly a characterization that I would make. My point had more to do with concerns about the consolidation of smaller heritage brands within larger companies. You may very well be right that this is an overall good for the industry. I don't know that I would agree that the purchases will "not take sales away from WA boutiques" at all. You are definitely more connected to the Washington wine industry than I am, and I certainly hope that you are correct. It seems to me that this would be an exception to the way that the consolidating trend has effected every other industry that I can think of. Boutiques and smaller producers seem to always be the ones who suffer as larger companies capture an ever growing portion of the industry.
Thanks Joe. I might just have to use that quote in some marketing material soon. :)
This week yielded a couple of items that warranted consideration for The Good. The first comes to us from my friend Joe Herrig of Suburban Wino. After all these years of fumbling around, trying to figure out how to behave myself at wine tastings, Joe has finally shone some light on the subject. The second was a great piece of marketing that I found through Dr. Vino's blog. Move over Old Spice Guy, now the wine world has its own twist to the iconic ad campaign. The Bad this week is the very thought that HR5034 might resurface again this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2011 at Vinotology Wine Blog
Anyone who has been paying attention to the ways of the world in the last few decades could tell you that the times, they are a changin'. There has been a steady move away from the locally owned mom and pop businesses in favor of larger corporations. In some industries this comes in the form of big box retailers moving into an area, displacing the locally owned stores, and in some cases it is in the form of the larger companies buying out the smaller ones. The wine industry has certainly not been an exception to this trend, and we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2011 at Vinotology Wine Blog
It's not often that I get wine that was named after a psychological disorder. I think the closest thing is probably the Delirium Tremens beer that I occasionally indulge in. I recently received samples of three different wines produced by Folie à Deux, the famed subsidiary winery of Trinchero Family Estates. Folie à Deux is perhaps best known for their Menage à Trois wines (the red Menage à Trois blend has been reported to be the best selling red wine in America.) The wines that I received are part of their slightly higher price-point offerings, but still retail for $24,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Vinotology Wine Blog
Hardy Wallace was on fire this week on his Dirty South Wine blog. He had not one, but two squirt milk out of your nose funny posts this week. The first had Hardy laying the smack down on lame digital and social marketing shiz. Hardy wasn't done though, as he posted this work of art that shows what the wine industry could learn from the world of hip-hop. Dr. Vino posted this week that wine investment fraud may run as high as £30 million a year, not that I know how much that is exactly in American money, but it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at Vinotology Wine Blog
I love people who see a need and work hard to fill that need. The wine industry is full of technological gaps compared to a lot of industries. It seems like the industry is just a little behind on taking advantage of the technology that is available to support their interests. My friends at the Michigan by the bottle blog have really positioned themselves as the go-to team in supporting their local wine scene, and the recent release of their IPhone app is just the latest example. Shannon and Cortney Casey have been tirelessly covering the world of Michigan wine... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at Vinotology Wine Blog
Well, as you can see, the switch-over to the new site design is not in place yet. I have been having some issues with getting my hosting set up, but I am ready to start back to normal posting. The new site will hopefully be up soon, but in the meantime I wanted to go ahead and get started with posting again. When I embarked on this project to change up my site I had some grandiose plans about drastically changing the format of the site. I had some different types of posts that I had been wanting to do,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2011 at Vinotology Wine Blog
Yeah, probably not a great time to be associated with Snooth right now. This whole thing is a pretty big black eye for them. Congrats on being the first person that I've seen "gating" this one. Can't believe I missed my opportunity. :) I am a bit tired of the word "millenial" as well, and I didn't even attend VINO 2011. The age group who shall not be named (my new term for them) are obviously an important market, but I think you are right about the industry going overboard in focusing on them. Gen Xers are buying a lot of wine right now, and Boomers have been for years. Sigh.
After some chatting on Twitter today, Paul Mabray from Vintank convinced me to interrupt my hiatus to put out an installment of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly this week. For those who have been wondering about me, the plan is to relaunch Vinotology next week with my new design and format. The plan has morphed a little bit from what I had originally intended for the relaunch, but there will be some changes in store, beyond a new look for the site. Looking forward to resuming my daily duties on the blog soon, and thanks for your patience.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2011 at Vinotology Wine Blog
I hope that everyone had a very happy holidays, and that you all got what you wanted from Santa this year. Now comes the short gear up to New Years, and locating the perfect bottle of bubbly for your NYE party. I love this time of year. I have had a few people ask me what was up with my disappearance from the blogging world over the last week. There have actually been a couple of reasons for the absence. The first is that I have been unholy busy with work on my business and the typical yearly Christmas blitz.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2010 at Vinotology Wine Blog
I somehow totally forgot about this post for last weeks TGTBTU, so I decided to give it some props this week. I have gushed on this blog before about how Katie Pizzuto's Gonzo Gastronomy blog is one of the most consistently interesting and unique blogs out there, featuring some fantastic writing and loads of attitude, but I will reiterate that here. If you aren't regularly reading this blog, you should immediately change that and add it to your RSS reader. Katie was recently sent two sample bottles of the new wine created for the HBO show, Bored to Death (a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2010 at Vinotology Wine Blog
I've been intending to do some reviews of books that I've been reading for a while now, but haven't gotten around to it. I finally have decided to dive in, and I'll be starting off with a book that I recently received as a sample from the publisher, The Wine Trials 2011 by Robin Goldstein with Alexis Herschkowitsch, and Tyce Walters. For those not already familiar with the previous editions of this book, Goldstein has created quite a stir in the wine world. He exposed a ploy to sell advertising in the Wine Spectator that was masked as an "Award... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2010 at Vinotology Wine Blog
The Good this week comes to us via the Dirty South Wine blog. Hardy Wallace has a firm grasp on the needs of winos when it comes Christmas time. Screw all this noise about wine aerators, refrigerators and the newest must read book. What the wine drinking public really needs is this Indian War Club. Perfect for every occasion. One of my absolute favorite people on Twitter is Jennifer Thomson of Thomson Vineyards. She is one of those people who you always know where she stands on an issue. This week she had an amazing post that called out pretty... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2010 at Vinotology Wine Blog
One of the best parts of running this humble little wine blog has been all of the great people that I have had the opportunity to meet through it. Most of these people have been connections that I have made through Twitter, and I recently had the opportunity to meet another person that I have gotten to know through my online life, Cheryl Hodgins of Skylite Cellars. I had actually become familiar with Skylite during the Wine Bloggers' Conference last year. During an after hours downtown tasting that was associated with the conference, I had the opportunity to meet Skylite... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at Vinotology Wine Blog
Sorry about that. I bet Rotie probably won't mind me letting the cat out of the bag. :)
Thank you very much. I appreciate it.
Thanks so much for the kind words Catie. I really appreciate it, especially coming from someone who is right in the thick of pursuing their own entrepreneurial endeavor. I also don't mind using a blog as a platform for pushing a business, just don't want to do that with this particular one. I'll keep it wine focused.
What can I say, I'm a sucker for wines made from Rhône varieties, and I'm also, unfortunately for you readers, a sucker for Rhône-based puns. When I was originally out in Washington last June for the Wine Bloggers' Conference, one of the wineries that really stood out for me was Rôtie Cellars, a winery located in Walla Walla that specializes in wines based on the traditional Rhône varieties. Nary a Cabernet will you find in the Rôtie repertoire, but you will find some fine examples of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. Recently I was able to make a trip out to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2010 at Vinotology Wine Blog
Thanks so much. I have been so fortunate to have such great support from this community, and I appreciate it greatly.
Thanks Jameson! I hope that I can add some valuable content to the topic.
Thanks Josh, I really appreciate that. Cheers!
Thanks Ed. I appreciate the support.
If you have been following this blog for a while, you know that there have been some major changes in my world recently. Several months back I announced that I had decided to pursue my dream to move into the wine industry, which was followed by a job search trip out to California, and then eventually my wife and I decided that we would be moving to Washington State. As I went through this process, I decided that if I was going to be making huge life changes, I might as well go for gold while I'm at it. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at Vinotology Wine Blog
I have been slacking off again in my Friday duties. Last week I took a much needed holiday break, but I also missed the week before that due to my travels around the state of Washington. Well, I am back this week, so here we go... The Good There have been a couple of great articles written in response to a recent survey conducted by Wark Communications. One of these great articles is on Tom Wark's Fermentation blog, but there are great responses on both the Good Grape blog, the Louisville Juice blog, and on the 1WineDude blog. It seems... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2010 at Vinotology Wine Blog