Archive for the Tag 'World Wide Web'


Wine scores and reviews: those who write them and those who need them

Wine scores: This was one of my very first stories on my wine blog… It was written on February 5, 2006. And, it was a very daring move for the time, because I knew it could enrage a few people. I wrote it, because I was so frustrated with salespeople who wanted to just take […]


Dewey Decimal System and other dinosaurs

Travel agents encounter = direct on-line shopping + = the inevitable Dewey Decimal System + Encyclopedia Britannica = Newspapers encounter AOL = On-line publishing Magazines + MSN = On-line “living section” Name the industry + Internet = evolution Wine writers encounter wine bloggers = writers That’s where we’re at with wine […]


Everything on the Internet is Free, Including Customer Service

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, I […]


Does Anybody Really Need Publicity? I Still Get Asked This Occasionally.

In the world of any product (people, places, and things), publicity is an independent third-part endorsement. Those who love to write deliver the message to those who love to read and/or listen. It’s that simple. Why anyone would take the time to create an internal story, then deliver it to the outside world is a […]


Today: Celebrating Five Years of Wine Blogging, and what I’ve learned

Today is blog number 1002, and it’s exactly five years later from my very first blog posting… This year I’ll also hit that 1,000th blog milestone. I’ve learned a lot in this process, and so I’m going to share. I do have to share, first, something that I just learned, and is probably the most […]


Aren’t We All Just So Funny?

This blog posting “Variety Leaves ~ A Photo Shoot at K-J’s Demonstration Vineyard” involved a really interesting Email to me from a New York City based marketing firm. Hi I was wondering if you would be able to send me hi-res versions of (some or all of) the wine variety leaf pictures on your blog… […]


Wine-Blog’s Fourth Bloggiversary

Weekly Holidaze Drawing: Just leave a comment on any wine-blog entry this month, to win gifts this December: We all have to thank Gwendolyn Alley (ArtPredator and WinePredator) for the word “Bloggiversary.” Here I am with my fourth and reflecting on those past four years of amazing changes. When I began blogging, it was because […]


Can’t Wait for the uww, Because the www is So Exciting

Image via Wikipedia When I was a kid, we had a Pen Pal feature in my local newspaper. Being someone who loves to write, I signed up for having my name and address printed, to see what I’d get for pen pals. Once it was featured, I had about 50 incoming letters (at 10, that […]

Wine reviews and scores: those who write them and those who need them

The frustrations and irony of wine reviews and scores… Frustration 1) “We need a 90 point score, Jo. We can’t sell the wine without it.” [I think to myself, “No, you HAVE to sell the wine without it, and you’d rather be on the golf links.”] Frustration 2) “Jo, if it’s NOT a score from […]