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The Slicing And Dicing of Alcohol Wholesalers

Date: Wed, Jul 14, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

If you regularly read Timothy P. Carney, the reporter who covers the murky and twisted world that is the realm of lobbyists, then you recently witnessed the smug and dirty hypocrisy of alcohol wholesalers and their disingenuous calls for protection...

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Will More Politicians Politick for Their State's Wines?

Date: Mon, Jul 12, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Recently New York Senator Charles Schumer demonstrated exactly how a representative of the people stands up for his constituents and for his state's industries. Senator Shumer publicly ask the Obama administration, through a letter to Julianna Smoot, White House Social...

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Key Points In Selling Ideas To The Wine Media

Date: Thu, Jul 8, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Anyone involved in public and media relations understands that they are primarily involved in sales; this is particularly true where the media is concerned and where trying to interest members of the media in writing about one's client or company....

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Wine Critics' Reliability and the Need They Fulfill

Date: Tue, Jul 6, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Tony Greenberg has a quick, nimble, searching and eclectic mind that he's beginning to train on the wine industry. More importantly, he's training that mind on the unique way the wine industry chooses to distinguish the hundreds of thousands of...

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The United States of Wine

Date: Tue, Jul 6, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Independence Day has again come and gone. It's one of my favorite holidays because it SHOULD have real meaning for every American. It also gives me the opportunity to watch eyes roll when I tell the story of Jefferson and...

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Terroir as Tarte L'Oignon

Date: Thu, Jul 1, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

I've mentioned before on this blog that the idea of "Terroir" is somewhat troubling to me for a few different reasons. The first is that if the vast majority of wine drinkers can't taste or describe or identify the difference...

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The iPad in the Wine Tasting Room

Date: Thu, Jul 1, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

The sheet of paper with a menu of wines to taste. Perhaps a binder with info on the winery These are the primary and ubiquitous tools wineries tend to use for communicating to tasting room visitors. They are the same...

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Advertising to Wine Professionals and More

Date: Tue, Jun 29, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

So...you want to advertise on a wine blog? I like the sound of that. For those who want to reach an audience composed primarily of food, wine and hospitality professionals who have a household income of $75,000 a year, who...

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Facetime With WinePressNW

Date: Tue, Jun 29, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Andy Perdue, longtime editor of Wine Press Northwest and an authority on the wines and wine industry in Oregon and Washington, was kind enough to interview me at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla, Washington last week. It was...

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How To Fix The Anti-Consumer H.R. 5034 Wine Bill

Date: Tue, Jun 29, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

At a recent meeting of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) a lively debate over H.R. 5034, the bill that would allow states to pass any discriminatory or protectionist laws and regulations regarding alcohol sales and distribution without...

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Questions and Change Brought On By Wine Blogging

Date: Sat, Jun 26, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Occasionally comments on this blog come in the form questions, rather than statements. However, most often those questions are along the lines of "Who the hell do you think you are." Rhetorical at best. However, very occasionally I get real...

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10 Things I've Learned So Far at the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference

Date: Sat, Jun 26, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

10 Things I've learned So Far at the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference 1. The wine bloggers conference confirms what many bloggers already knew: There is a strong sense of community among bloggers. 2. The good folks at the Secret Sherry...

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Wine Writers vs Wine Writers

Date: Fri, Jun 25, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Beginning today the third annual Wine Bloggers Conference begins here in Walla Walla, Washington. I'm 3 for 3. I date the advent of wine blogging as an active pursuit to 2005 when more than a few got their start. It...

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General McChrystal and Alcohol Regulators: Subverting Democracy

Date: Wed, Jun 23, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

In criticizing the Obama administration General Stanley McChrystal made a fundamental mistake that is too often perpetrated in our society: He mistook himself for a politicians when he is really just an administrator. The reason this is such an important...

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