Archive for the ‘Wine Blogger’ Category

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The emotional intelligence of wine blogging and its vitriol eruption

Tweet OPINION: Recently, poop finally hit the fan for the wine blogging community. Everything that’s right with it and everything that’s wrong with it collided in the biggest mess I’ve yet to witness. I believe it’s finally hit a paradigm shift that’s been so needed, but not without its pain and suffering. Imagine creating a […]

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Looking for free wine writing content?

Tweet Free wine writing, does this happen anymore? When wine blogging first got going, I got emails like this a lot, as a sign of the times… Bloggers wanting their names to become associated with wine sites, and they were willing to give away their content to build their credibility. I’m not willing to write […]

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Some common misconceptions about wine blogs + reality checks

Tweet The following are some are common misconceptions about wine blogs, and I’m taking it a step further by presenting a reality check to go along with each misconception. This is coming from a seasoned wine pro, who is also blogging. Additionally, I’m very aware of the cadre of wine writers who’ve come before many […]

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You can’t ride two horses with one behind + professional ethics

Tweet Whomever said, “You can’t ride two horses with one behind,”  never saw the circus act where the pretty, young girl is riding two horses while standing up. You can ride two horses, but you have to be on your feet to do it, not on your behind. That’s where I am… I’m riding two […]

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The real truth behind the story of the Jackson Family Wines

Tweet The Jackson Family Wines is a huge umbrella. When we think of the name Jackson, it’s mostly associated with their most popular and launch brand, which is Kendall-Jackson. This name is only a microcosm within their real macrocosmic selves. The real truth behind their struggle, in my personal experiences, was something that I just […]

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Grasshopper, I’m concerned about the us versus them mentality

Tweet I wrote this story on July 20, and scheduled it for today. I have to write ahead, because my day job is writing for other people, and I don’t have the luxury of time each morning to write 1,500 words, as this blog post is. This takes about three to do… I’d have to […]

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PRIMER FOR BLOGGERS: Winery flow chart for story lines

Tweet So many people are blogging about wine today: from pros, to connoisseurs, to hobbyists… Pros, it’s another platform. Connoisseurs, because it’s fun to share their thoughts, and maybe… just maybe… it will turn into later creds… like Robert Parker did for himself. Hobbyists are writing about their experience, simply because they enjoy the beverage, […]

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When the Dust turns to Silk – 2011 Rutherford Cabernets

Tweet It was a beautiful summer’s day, when we all gathered to taste the 2011 Rutherford Cabernets, at Francis Ford Coppola’s Inglenook Winery. I need to immediately segue into the late 1990s. I was sitting on a panel for the American Wine Society in Cleveland, Ohio, I believe it was. I was invited to talk […]

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Top 10 Reasons I Blog

Tweet I don’t write this blog for other bloggers. I know they’re not my audience; although, for many, that’s their joie de vivre and that’s just fine. There’s a camaraderie among wine bloggers, and once a year they gather to enjoy each other’s company. Sometimes I wish I could join them; but, the reality is […]

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The week my computer fried itself

Tweet This is the week my computer decided to fry itself. Oh, yeah… All new start… All new programs. All new computer. Whole new appreciation for when it’s going well. I also spent a lot of time in my organic garden, waiting for things to come together in my office, thanks to Jose. This is […]