Archive for May, 2009

40 days

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009




This is as good a place as any for this recuperating blogger to get back to his keyboard. 40 days after Tyler Coleman posted a piece which started a maelstrom of Parker bashing, The Wall Street Journal’s David Kesmodel provides his publication’s readers with a synopsis of the transpirings in wine geekdom that took place a month and a half ago.

There is nothing inherently wrong with the article, from a journalistic perspective. It’s just that the topic is over a month old. It’s stale. It’s burned through its cycle. (more…)

If you have some time to spare…

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009


The senate is having a hearing on the future of journalism AT THIS MOMENT and the panel before the committee is made up of journalists, print and on-line publishers (Arianna Huffington), web site representatives and people who run on-line versions of print newspapers.

Go to (no archived video available at this time).

The two hour, 48 minute and 24 second video is here in its entirety (5/7/2009).


In related news: VinTank released their first Social Media Report today.


05 – 07 – 2009 update:

Some coverage of the hearing:


Chairman, John Kerry’s statement, prepared prior to the hearing.

Rupert Murdoch says his web sites will cahrge for content within a year.


05 – 08 – 2009 update:

But… then there’s this. Web users polled, say they don’t want to pay for content.

Do wine blogs matter?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009


Wine blog survey.

Wine blog survey.

Doctoral student Tracy Rickman has posed that question and placed it at the center of her thesis. Tracy is a Consumer Research doctoral candidate at Auburn University and her dissertation pertains to wine blogs as an information source.

Participants will be asked to complete a survey that should take about
10-15 minutes.

I encourage everyone to participate in Tracy’s study (participants must be 21 years or older).

In Tracy’s words: “The survey is a little longer than the typical ‘polls’ you see out there. It’s a dissertation and that requires a little more of [the participant's] time. But, information from this study should provide general benefit to the wine blog community.

While I tend to be cautious about consumer and market research (which tends to have a master to serve), I am comfortable endorsing Tracy’s project because this is purely an academic project. Tracy – to my knowledge – has no vested interest in publications, blogs or the wine industry. She doesn’t have a blog, she didn’t read blogs prior to starting this thesis and is probably most comfortable describing her wine savvy as “beginner”.

Please tell your wine blog-reading friends about this survey:

Now, back to my convalescence.

Please, stand by

Monday, May 4th, 2009


Test pattern.

Test pattern.

Having injured my knee over the weekend, I will not be posting for a week or maybe more.

In the interim, I recommend the daily round up of blog postings.

Today, a few interesting pieces worthy of your attention can be found here: – A commentary on the attempted division of the Paso Robles AVA into West and East portions. – Speaking of Paso Robles, this is an interesting piece on Ancient Peaks Winery and Santa Margarita Ranch. – During med school I got by on canned meat hash that probably was closer to the dog food than the pate. It went great with a lager. So much of canned pet food advertizing is geared towards the pet owner that it makes sense that the producers would want to make the stuff somehow appealing to the people who buy it. When you remember how many retirees subsit on canned pet food, it stands to reason the stuff is not all that bad.