Archive for the ‘Wine Writer’ Category

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Discovering Writer Mark Pendergrast

Tweet [This photo is borrowed from Mark Pendergrast’s Website.] I enjoy introducing you to other writers in the wine business, or related to it in some seamless way. In this case, it’s a fellow writer whose expertise has earned him columns in Wine Spectator, which are related to coffee and evaluating it. Mark is best […]

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The comma coma ~ writing wine press releases

Tweet One use of the comma Here’s how it works, just to make your press releases read as they should. Addressing Ann and Peter: Michael and Mary moved with their two children, Ann and Peter, to the San Francisco Bay Area, in the fall of 1996. Talking about Ann and Peter: Michael and Mary moved […]

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Learning something new everyday ~ Paraprosdokians

Tweet Winston Churchill loved paraprosdokians. They’re figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence, or phrase, is either surprising or unexpected. I came up with one of my own years ago, not hearing it ever said before, and I’ve been using it ever since. I now see it pop up occasionally, as […]

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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 Some have been replaced by younger, rising stars, some columns went into syndication, and some just had wine disappear all together.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 […]