Archive for the ‘Wine Writer’ Category

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Newspapers are dead as we knew them; or, the turkey in the room

Tweet One by one, I’ve watched trusted newspaper wine columnists get the sack from their editors. Some have been replaced by younger, rising stars, some columns went into syndication, and some just had wine disappear all together. In all of this, the evolution has been fascinating to watch… But, today the final bomb just fell from […]

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Robert Parker is slowly fading into the sunset

Tweet Robert Parker is slowly fading into the sunset… Yeah, right!  And, I mean… right…. but wait to find out what I mean… Once upon a time, I was raised on Sabattus Lake in the summers of my youth. I remember watching sunsets across a lake that is five miles long and one mile wide… […]

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iStockphoto just went totally corporate + Alternative great resource for reasonably priced images

Tweet istockphoto is done for bloggers who can’t afford their new pricing structure.  One image for one blog post is now $36. Huh? If I wanted five, one for each day of the week, my blog now costs me $180 for that week… or $9,360 a  year? My blog, according to Cellarer.com, is only worth $$3,718. […]

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The importance of an editor ~ So get over it

Tweet The importance of an editor cannot be underscored. I’ve hired one for everything that I put out there, and there are even times when my mistakes might go unnoticed. Not very many of them, but it does occasionally happen.  This is because we – most especially those of us who write the original document, […]

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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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Wines of South America by Evan Goldstein

Tweet More than Wines of South America being an important body of work, it’s about the author for me. Please don’t misunderstand me. This latest book by Evan Goldstein is just brilliant, but that’s what I’ve come to expect from him; and, that’s why he’s even more important to me than the books he’s producing… […]

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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 […]