Archive for the ‘Wine Writing’ Category
Questions regarding the role and reliability of fermentation without inoculation are going to be with us for quite some time.
Today, on PalatePress.com, Erika Szymanski provides a well done layperson’s overview of the issue. I had the pleasure of editing this piece.
My recent birthday trip as well as helping edit the article by David Brown currently featured on PalatePress.com, have me thinking about roots.
David argues in his article that a truly unique American (as in the U.S. of A) wine identity hinges on fostering a wine culture based on grape varieties indigenous to the lower 48. In fact, his article concludes with an exhortation to cultivation of more of these varieties and the production of wines from these vines. (more…)
Today on PalatePress.com: “Not tonight, I have a wine headache…”
I enjoy working with Tom Mansell. We seem to consistently be paired up as author (Tom) and editor (me) for PalatePress.com articles. Perhaps its because our two heads, put together are able to achieve articles we can be proud of.
This time around, Tom tackles the issue of wine headache and the underlying causes. We take a critical look at some of the dogmatic notions about the origins of wine headaches. In writing the article, Tom looked at the ingredients in wine which are candidates for causing headaches and then examined the existing scientific literature on each.
It’s a good read, if I may say so myself. Don’t be intimidated by the subject matter. If you can assimilate wine knowledge, you will be able to understand this piece.
While looking at the back label of a wine my wife received in one of her club shipments, I recently learned about Boontling – the obscure American English dialect which has 1,300 unique words and originated in the 1800s in Anderson Valley’s Boonville.
I’ve recently been speaking with a winemaker friend (not operating in the Central Coast) about improving the visibility and success of his brand. This made me think of one key fact: in a landscape where everyone makes as much noise about themselves as possible, being understated is going to present problems in one’s ability to compete. By extension, being conventional makes one prone to getting lost in the noise or being overshadowed by more distinct and unique branding. (more…)
Today, around 2 pm, I should be going under anesthesia. (It is no small tribute to H.M.O.s that only five months after injuring my knee, I will be undergoing surgery to repair it). While my consciousness is dissolved into oblivion (for what will, hopefully, be a very short time), I offer some wine similes for your amusement.
I don’t like analogies, similes and metaphors. To me, using them is like peppering every sentence with “like” and “you know” (yes, I know this is a simile). There are precise and articulate ways of conveying ideas with language. I see it as intellectual laziness when specific, concrete words are bypassed in favor of an attempt to invoke some symbolic imagery. Never mind that most similes and metaphors tend to be trite and jaded. (more…)
Fifteen months ago, I wrote that bloggers should consolidate to increase their exposure and potential for revenue. A few months ago, I became involved in Palate Press, The Online Wine Magazine. In many ways, this project fulfills the vision I had.
Yesterday’s coverage of the tragic and unexpected death of Michael Jackson made me think about the divide between traditional media and new media. For a while, I have been sensing “traditional” journalists are being self-righteous about their status and place in society. I was constantly nagged by a feeling that this is about more than ideals and standards.
While I work, I like to listen to the news on the internet. I think it was during Woff Blitzer’s show that CNN announced that Jackson had been transported to the hospital after a reported cardiac arrest. The way the story evolved and was reported on various venues got me thinking again.