Archive for the ‘Rare Rant’ Category

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Charm School Dropouts at Wine Tastings

Tweet This is a rerun, people, because it’s still so relevant. I know that not everyone in the business had read this – in fact, probably most people haven’t.  But, everyone I know who pours wine can relate, once they’ve read the following story. I love W. Blake Gray, of the Gray Market Report. When […]

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I’ve been thinking about this “Lite Wine for Women,” and I’m not so happy

Tweet Yeah, yeah, I know… Guys love “lite” beer, targeted at men who have developed an extra pack. “Drink as much, but at a fraction of the calories.” Seems like something so great. I’ve always felt there’s something wrong with “diet” food, though. Eating and drinking “on a diet” is not eating and drinking as […]

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What’s in it for them? Oodles and oodles of money… Why don’t we all just become politicians?

Tweet Check out our great French wine prices and save. William T. Haines, my fraternal great grandfather, was a Maine Republican, career politician: 1882 to 1887 ~ Kennebec County’s county attorney 1888 to 1892 ~ Maine State Senate 1895 to 1896 ~ Maine House of Representatives 1896 to 1901 ~ Attorney General of Maine 1901 […]

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Everything on the Internet is Free, Including Customer Service

Tweet Everything on the Internet is free, including customer service for something you haven’t paid for… It’s become a funny world. I enjoy sharing the requests I get, because they always hit me with a “What?” moment, and getting them out of me is great stress release. This is a new one… Dear Jo: Hello, […]

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Thanks to social media, I’ve just had the most disturbing PR experience ever

Tweet It’s just amazing. I recently had a couple of people create #badPR on Twitter, because one of them felt slighted at not being invited to something that I had organized. Jose discovered what was being written on Twitter after the event and said to me, “You need to know what’s going on on Twitter.” […]

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Plastic corks are going to be the death of me

Tweet It all began at a bridal shower, when I had brought some wine. Had I known the wine that I purchased had plastic corks, I wouldn’t have bought those brands. (I’m creating an unshopping list in my head as I write this.) I forgot to have a corkscrew in my purse… I usually travel […]

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Wine Blogger Conferences ~ It’s a Matter of Taste

Tweet I’ve been to both the American Wine Bloggers Conference (Santa Rosa 2008) and the European Wine Bloggers Conference (Lisbon 2009). What I’m about to write is something that’s controversial and now rumbling underground, as people think this through and begin to discuss their opinions. I was just reminded of it as I read Paul […]

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How do you feel about plagiarism ~ Is it worth getting in a twit about it?

Tweet DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) exists; although it’s on the owner to police his or her own words, and then take action. I’ve heard some wine bloggers say that they don’t care if they’re information and images are used elsewhere on the Internet; others aren’t appreciating it at all. I’ve written about being aggregated; […]

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Hey, I’m not God… And neither is anyone else…

Tweet There are two issues within this blog posting: Marketing rule 101, know your audience Writing rule 101, know how to write your message Marketing rule 101: know your audience for your awards People who sell your wine should love to hear about your gold medals. Once awarded, sales support happens with a shelf talker. […]

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From Vine to Shelf ~ Forget From Vine to Wine

Tweet This past week, I went though a therapy session with my colleague/on-line friend Michael (Mike) E. Duffy of the Winery Web Site Report. A title story, “Most Winery Web Sites Suck” really caught my eye and sensibilities. “Wow,” I thought, “someone finally said for me what I’ve been thinking for so long.” So, I […]