good grape daily: pomace & lees free run: field notes from a wine life around the wine blogosphere wine: a business doing pleasure good grape wine reviews new world red wine influences wine white wine wine blog news robert parker wine bloggers notes & dusty bottle items wine sediments wine business wine blogs historical wine book excerpts tasting safari: wines you can buy online cluetrain manifesto revisited winecast: a year in collaboration wine spectator robert mondavi wine blogger wine marketing indy food & wine vin de napkin vinography new vine logistics alice feiring wine blogging dr. vino appellation watch: midwest regional review gary vaynerchuk wine critics american wine blog awards wine reviews cameron hughes wine books luxury wine tom wark natural wine robert mondavi winery fermentation blog penner-ash wine research wine ratings fred franzia tyler colman steve heimoff oregon pinot noir wall street journal wine best wine blogs wine writers biodynamic wine best wine bloggers a really goode job california wine robert mondavi day wine review jim laube wine ethics three dolla koala sonoma pinot noir appellation america gourmet magazine open that bottle night zinfandel rockaway wine market council wine online winery marketing wine trends lynn penner-ash wine advocate sommelier journal hugh macleod rockaway vineyards good grape augmented reality pinot noir cellartracker dan berger crushpad wine amazon.com southern wine & spirits 100-pt scale grape stories mike steinberger church wine wine & spirits magazine wine tasting notes vintank silver oak trader joe's wine wine and spirits daily champagne indiana wine matt kramer slender wine murphy-goode winery direct-to-trade stormhoek inertia beverage group wine technology notre dame football bordeaux wine enthusiast sparkling wine wine and the economy wine distribution terry theise wine.com biodynamics allocated wine reading between the wines wine news inniskillin hr 5034 oregon bounty rodney strong the wine makers tv oregon cuisinternship wine advertising a history of wine words marco capelli music + wine indianapolis patz & hall sonoma coast pinot noir notes on a cellar book wine tycoon video game oak alternatives cabernet bottle shock economy chronicle wines vignoles wine columns mirror wine joe roberts e-myth revisited bennett lane winery champagne and business obama napa valley auction sonoma county wine french wine marketing vino chapeau wine medal winners petaluma pinot wine industry zap wine jr. san francisco chronicle wine ice wine c.g. di arie radiohead doubleback wine chateau thomas wine parker defamation blackstone wine trefethen fallow gapingvoid rose summer wine corkd foppoli wines tamari torrontes dirty south wine firestone contest doug frost whuffie factor wine reality show wine label design duane hoff resveratrol woman in wine organic wineries oregon wine snobs wine is the new black expensive wine will hoge wine spies bellagio wine the wine blue book conundrum winery customer service julie and julia texas for dummies wine collection shorttrack ceo vintage of the decade markham mark of distinction sonoma wine company spike your juice celia masyczek jim koch pinot main street winery obama wine digital signage wine retail the fifth taste dominus good wine livingston cellars persimmon creek vineyards liberty school cabernet sauvignon german wine oh westside road scott becker randall grahm party of five theme song wine spectator restaurant awards zig ziglar drvino.com wine direct shipping wine humor altar wine elliot essman wine intelligence research steroids in baseball publishing trends wine laws biodynamic wine health research 2007 waters crest "night watch" late harvest wine clif bar wine cheap wines rick mirer indiana miss america lewis perdue pbs john trefethen millenials and wine penner ash deb harkness cowboy mouth wine evaluation dark & delicious biod alpana singh dos equis commercials wine and sense of smell tim mondavi rachel alexandra 500 things to eat before it's too late wine & spirits guinness beer 2006 brancott pinot noir wine public relations facebook + wine wine 2.0 schotts micellany hugh johnson alloutwine cooper's hawk winery triple bottom line jim gordon kelly fleming wine mike hengehold traminette wine mobile applications rick mirer wine wine blogging tips professional culinary institute adobe road the the lost symbol wine stories john hughes '47 cheval blanc bordeaux reconquest santasti kevin zraly paul clary sweet wines zinfandel producers california wine for dummies best wine blog us wine sales dessert wine di arie rose napa cab. napa cabernet amazon wine constellation wine washington wine deck wine lindsay ronga batgirl wine top chef hardy wallace firestone wine contest burger wine lonely island where the hell is matt southern gothic wine food revolution french paradox dark side of the rainbow gallo thomas pellechia wine spectator top 100 2009 cinderella wine barack obama + wine sanford pinot noir rombauer digital marketing obama inauguration michael ruhlman wine spectator wine reviews karadeci the business of wine iphone wine mobile apps winery promotions whole foods wine first blush juice cult cabernet boston beer company trinchero wine tasting rooms viktor frankl chateau petrus mark squires wine and music scheurebe sherry wine tycoon healdsburg terroir wine branding global wine partners wine terroir southern wine and spirits wine lists adam strum tinybottles 100 point system vineyard church communion wine janet trefethen bruce reizenman luxury wine marketing wall street journal wine columnists "frankenwine" wine authors nbwa old vine zinfandel cluetrain manifesto down under by crane lake unified symposium jackson-triggs vidal ice wine clif winery name your own price mirror wine company indiana gourmet food allocated cabernet the wine line core wine drinkers wine wisdom lewin's equation 1winedude chacha rudolf steiner wine expedition fat tire beer mothervine supplements continuum texas bbq wine pairing prince's hot chicken king estate guinness advertising 2007 stoneleigh pinot noir wine pr wineamerica wine and art jason kroman alloutwine.com wine mou hess collection wine social media expensive wine trends wines and vines kelly fleming cabernet the new yorker ted lemon whyte horse winery iphone wine apps. palate press wine blogging strategies wine certification the traveling vineyard johnnie walker chateau latour planet bordeaux sherry wine paul clary blog gracianna wine wine cartoons alan goldfarb fusebox wine moms who need wine ted jansen hourglass wine murphy-goode wine trading down dip the new frugality patio wine bryan q. miller argentina wine zephyr adventures barolo santana dvx au revoir to all that formula business ordinance .wine geocaching brigitte armenier rockaway wine red bicyclette social media topps augmented reality rancho zabaco zinfandel woot wine new zealand wine sanford chardonnay lettie teague nba liquor advertising noble pig award of excellence ericca robinson andy warhol quotes fermentation anthony dias blue home winemaking consumer shopping research the best pinot noir food & wine magazine a year in wine apple iphone man's search for meaning st. helena catholic church snooth karen macneil music and wine german riesling secret sherry society cult wines wine video game russian river valley pinot wine appellations reset "old world wine darwinism wine star awards tastingroom.com bruliam wine generation y. wine april fool's day wine wine sales hailey trefethen park avenue catering fine wine marketing wine tasting journal wine competitions national beer wholesalers association clos lachance dr. oz yellow tail wine jon fredrikson wine blogging wednesday climber red priceline.com drew bledsoe amazon.com wine california cabernet paso robles judd's hill rose wine recession wine wine & spirits daily firestone vineyards wine trivia robert parker's bitch eryn supple the grateful palate heidi barrett john james dufour america eats willamette valley wines of chile specialty wine retailers association brand butlers american wine blogs forty-five north winery wine press release hong kong u.s. wine 2006 hess collection monterey chardonnay adler fels wines & vines kelly fleming interview the pour oregon food and wine dan cederquist parks and recreation wine umami swanson alexis cabernet disney wine program value wines inexpensive wine jay miller keep walking wines that rock steve perry aussie wine glut clary ranch pinot noir john tyler wine wine economy mary ewing-mulligan non-profits and wine ebob bodeans mitch schwartz hourglass cabernet italian wine merchant dependable wine sutter home videos aspirational marketing clark smith wine book publishing russian river valley ani difranco peru wine trip barbaresco michael steinberger value wine jamie oliver paul blart: mall cop phillip armenier red bicyclette pinot noir wine blogosphere ge smart grid augmented reality trefethen family vineyards california zinfandel wineshopper australian wine vinexpo jay mcinerney the gaslight anthem the pioneer woman james laube sylvester pinot noir goodguide korbel wine blobbers oregon travel tokalon winery not-for-profit jess jackson massale selection wine & spirits magazines kenny shopsin next generation apple the psychology of wine the vintners art cork'd 2008 vina mar reserva sauvignon blanc randy caparoso wine + music midwest wine culture chimney rock elevage cornell enology wine tycoon game stavin kelly fleming national wine & spirits kurt andersen " "new world wine" poseurs macari vineyards sette 7 swanson vineyards sunbox eleven wine winery sponsorship champagne sales wine criticism generation y and wine 2009 auction napa valley sonoma county wine wipes san francisco wine competition clary ranch tim hanni hunningbird wine beaux freres jon bonne the wine case climber white agency nil charlie weis sugar free wine a very goode job 2007 sean minor four bears pinot noir trefethen purpose-idea rose wine sales vincellar dominic foppoli discoveries pathfinder wine bar bets the winemakers tv australia wine fantesca judgment of paris women in wine oregon pinot gris three-tier carmenere wine heist jimmy clausen winery hospitality 2007 forty-five north cabernet franc alpine for dummies 2008 honig sauvignon blanc 1% for the planet wine industry news negociant wine business monthly 2008 food & wine winemaker of the year eric asimov travel oregon jordan winery amy poehler wine micro sites umami chris phelps vegas wine qpr wines cheap wine wine bard weds wine dj journey three dollar koala pinot noir reviews chronicle wine ed mccarthy wine to relax erobertparker little zagreb wine magazines howard schultz paul mabray wine blogging ethics youtube tasting note desciptors natural winemaking wine content klinker brick maria thun bad wine mumm napa slate wine columnist wine pricing wine blog awards 2010 bottle shock movie sketches of spain red bicyclette court paul gregutt trefethen oak knoll cabernet sauvignon zinfandel reviews wine purchasing wine nose good wine under 20 the hold steady paste magazine sensory evaluation petite sirah wine points the press-democrat oregon cuisinternship winner blog contests preakness stakes pork tenderloins wine & spirits restaurant poll 2010 eat me kenny shopsin amazon kindle wine politics what is terroir
September 3 2008
It has only been the last week that I realized that the world of wine has crossed the chasm and is in the midst of a radical transformation.
Put another way, the convergence of wine and technology has crossed the 50-yard line and is moving the chains, first down, after first down.
Before, I simply liked to view the shift in the world of wine, as it relates to technology, as a splinter effort that had not yet coalesced into the greater industry.
That is no longer true.
I am wont to be hyperbolic, but this is not one of those times. The reason for this epiphany is, yes, “RockawayGate” or whatever else you want to call it. Personally, I simply call it an unfortunate signpost in the rearview mirror. Yet, that story in and of itself is not that interesting. What is interesting is everything that happened around it—Twitter, Podcasts, YouTube, an incredible mobilization of opinion on a couple of sites and the kudzu-like spread of other blog posts watching the train wreck.
If you take this little brouhaha coupled with the Wine.com debacle earlier this year, and the Wine Spectator restaurant award snafu from a couple of weeks back, Alice Feiring’s book, and a few others items, arguably the most interesting and dramatic things to happen in the U.S. based wine world this year have all bubbled up or been blown up by bloggers.
That is influence and that is footing that is equal to or commensurate to other blogging niches—areas where demonstrable currency has already been earned.
The other fascinating thing about these events in 2008 is they make for fascinating drama with a story arc.
In 1999 Po Bronson wrote a non-fiction book called, “The Nudist on the Late Shift” that captured the zeitgeist of the dot-com era.
John Feinstein, noted author, has written dozens of non-fiction sports books, most of them capturing a story arc in the life of a season for a team or individual.
The reason that I think wine and technology has crossed the chasm is because the things that are happening right now are interesting enough to be captured in a story arc in book form.
Gary Vaynerchuk, Twitter, the stories mentioned above, the Wine Blogger Conference, Wine 2.0, wine tech companies and all of the denizens that inhabit these places and companies would make for very interesting reading as a year in the life.
Unfortunately, the cynic in me says that all of these things won’t be as interesting in 2009 when a publisher gets mobilized, yet, it would seem that drama is always just days away.
Wine and technology, as a force, has reached the tipping point. I am paging John Feinstein. Somebody needs to chronicle it.
September 1 2008
Take this as you will, but last week was longer than a year of snowy Sundays. Happy to be moving on ...
September 4 2008
So, I tune into the Republican National Convention last night to see what a 44 year-old attractive, archconservative, gun-totin’, female Governor, with an infant son, a husband who wins snowmobile races and a teen daughter who is pregnant, a self-styled Hockey Mom, who believes global warming isn’t man made and that drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge seems like a dandy idea, has to say as the VP candidate on the Republican ticket.
And then I hear her talking about energy independence and the wild-eyed, pasty young white dudes and blue hairs start chanting “Drill baby, drill” in regards to exploring oil in Alaska.
And, while I’m no politico, and stay somewhat neutral to both camps, I’m thinking to myself are these people friggin’ nuts? If these people aren’t nuts, they have to be drunk.
Sure enough, I think they were plied with some wine to loosen them up prior to Rudy Giuliani’s speech. Again, I’m not political, but I think the hook needs to come on Giuliani from stage right ... enough with the 9/11 glory mongering.
A quick bit of research led me to this special wine for all of the RNC convention-goers. Not even a U.S. wine—S. African.
But, last nights events make a whole lot more sense now. Too much wine leads to social lubrication and some crazy cheers like, “Drill, baby, Drill.”