Category: Education

How do restaurants price their wine?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal tried to demystify the pricing used in restaurants for their wine lists. I say 'tried' because, while they discovered a lot of information, the real answer still remains, "Who the *@#$ knows?" The ...

Pouring for Retail: Wine Sampling 101

Ever wonder how those hotties pouring sample shots at bars and sporting events got their jobs? On any given weekend, especially around the holidays, you can walk into our local wine merchant and sample wines without paying a dime. At our ...

Wine Industry & Blogger Interaction: What Crosses the Line?

At the recent North American Wine Blogger Conference (WBC) in Santa Rosa, California, one of the breakout sessions focused on "Wine Industry and Blogger Interaction." Two topics getting the most discussion were about industry marketing and blogger ethics. Specifically the ...

My Favorite Four-Letter Words: Free and Wine

Free you ask? Yes free, or for a very small cost. By using the proper marketing and public relations techniques, you can get what amounts to thousands of dollars of print space for a fraction of the cost ...

Vineyard Tours – A Great Way to Appreciate Wine

Now that Comcast has restored my internet connection to full speed, I'm able to access AWB! Although most of my contributions will continue to be photography, I'll add an article every now and then, mainly focusing on wine "education." I am ...

Wine Barrels

I would guess that most people never think much about the barrels that their wine is aged in. This article on barrel-making is very interesting. From the article: Barrel-making is labor intensive. Demptos can make up to 148 barrels per day in ...

Super Bowl Wine

With the Super Bowl right around the corner many of us are in the process of planning a party. While most fans don't really have a dog in this race any more, we still all crowd around the television like ...

Read the label!

The author of this article makes some very good points about reading the label when being served in a restaurant. Often we assume that the various acts that make up wine service are just formalities, or are out-dated traditions. This ...

Studies have shown…

Time and again we see headlines about how wine experts have been fooled by this or that. A few weeks ago it was that price influences how a wine tastes. More recently it has been that some experts couldn't even ...

Italian Wines

Italy is a growing region that I do not know enough about with respect to either its wines or its geography. The one thing that I do know is that I like Italian wine quite a bit, and every glass ...

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