Archive for the Tag 'Shopping'


Today’s organic wine options are superlative

Jose and I, with our friends Sue Straight (Wine Wench) and Mindy Joyce (Sugar Fly Marketing), recently tasted 17 imported, organic wines. It’s always insightful, when the wines are from another countries. And this time, most especially, since they were all organic. I’ve been an organic proponent since the 1960s. It just made great sense […]


Are you right or left nostriled?

Image via Wikipedia Are you? Are you right or left nostriled? Have you ever noticed that there are some of us who tilt our heads while “doing the nose” on a glass of wine? I know we might look really dorky; but, honestly, this is just elemental for the moment, so we can get the […]


Do you actually keep an unshopping list?

First of all, what is an unshopping list? Well, it can be one of two things, I think.


Faux Woe

There’s a person inside of me that’s very much like HoseMaster of Wine Ron Washam… We’ve both been in the business for a long time, we’ve paid our dues, and neither of us take any prisoners when it comes to faux anything.


The best wine and food books for 2013

The best wine and food books for 2013 is a recounting of books I’ve read over the year. I enjoy recommending what I think would enrich and enlighten your life, only because that’s what they’ve done for me. I’m going to guide you toward what would work for whom, too, in the process with categories. […]


Shipping wine in the US no longer a nightmare for understanding, thanks to Wine Enthusiast

Thanks, Wine Enthusiast Magazine for making shipping wine in the US no longer a nightmare for understanding. This info graphic changes that constant and complicated moving target, with the easiest way to figure this out EVER. Jose and I have helped so many clients as Diaz Communications, when they make those Direct-to-Consumer decisions. I’ve learned over […]


The marketing costs for a 50 dollar bottle of wine

The marketing costs for a $50 bottle of wine breaks down in the following way, within the three-tier system: 7% – cost of grapes and/or growing ~ $3.50 9% – cost of wine making ~ $4.50 4% – bottles, corks, boxes, labels ~ $2.00 2% – marketing ~ $1.00 13% – sales people, distribution from […]


Wine Sippy Cup

Wine Sippy Cup? You’re kidding, right? It would seem so; we’re not kids anymore. Have I ever had wine from plastic? Of course. By a pool or at the lake, glass on the grass or cement isn’t practical; it can be downright dangerous. Give Simple seems to think a wine sippy cup can serve our […]


Is bigger better… or… Does the weight of a bottle have anything to do with the quality of the wine?

How do you feel about the weight of wine bottles these days? I know of one wine writer who, when the bottles began to take on the “Big Boy” effect, had serious issues right away. It’s only been within the last 10 years that wine bottles have put on the extra pounds… As part of […]


Winemaker trepidation is pretty common when it comes to wine writers + some advice

Winemaker trepidation is pretty common when it comes to wine writers Working with tons of winemakers, through my 20 years of being in the wine business, I’ve seen many winemakers fear what’s going to happen to their wines, once they’ve been sent for review. Tons of questions arise: What if I get a bad score? […]