How not to keep your customers

The other day my wife, my youngest son, my mother-in-law, and I were doing some shopping and needed to grab some lunch. The area we were in only had a few dining choices within walking distance, so we ended up at an over-priced, allegedly Asian, bistro chain. This is the type of joint I usually try and avoid like the restroom stall next to Larry Craig. If that mental picture makes you queasy, then you […]

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Michael Vick dogs featured on wine labels

ESPN is reporting that dogs rescued from the dog fighting ring that Michael Vick was involved in are being featured on wine labels for Carivintas Winery’s Vicktory Dogs Wine Collection. This was a sad story for all concerned, but if this raises some money for a good cause while raising awareness, I am all for it. From the story: The Vicktory Dogs Wine Collection features colorful portraits of 22 dogs confiscated from Vick’s Bad Newz […]

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Rhone and Ribs

This video from Wine Spectator had me drooling by combining two of my absolute favorite flavors, Rhone wines and short ribs. This is a marriage made in heaven! If anyone wants to spring for these two wines, I will cook the ribs. Seriously, I think a recipe for short ribs is overdue. Oh, and seriously, provide these wines and I am cooking. Seriously! Quit laughing, dammit!

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Perfect Days

Just a perfect day You make me forget myself I thought I was someone else Someone good Oh it’s such a perfect day I’m glad I spend it with you Oh such a perfect day You just keep me hanging on You just keep me hanging on Perfect Day – Lou Reed The other night I was watching the Travel Channel and caught a program about life in Southern Italy. The people got up early, […]

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Imagery Dry Creek Valley Sangiovese 2005

As I have posted before, I am not the biggest fan of Sangiovese grown outside of Italy. Not so much because the wines are not any good, but because they do not taste like Italian Sangiovese, and I have never had one that approaches being as good. We recently got some wines shipped to us from Imagery Estate Winery. Included were a couple of bottles of their 2005 Dry Creek Sangiovese. I really like Imagery […]

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Continuing the Wine Blogger and Industry Interaction Debate

This morning I sat down at the computer with ideas for 3 different stories competing in my head to be the first written. However, an email that I received put all three articles on hold. Here, with any embarrassing and identifying elements redacted, is what awaited me in my inbox this morning: Hello! My name is XXXX┬á and I’m the Social Media Contact for http://www.******.com We are a Luxury Villa Rental company specializing in epicurean […]

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How winos won the election for Obama

Since I had a few different folks tell me about this story that ran in the San Francisco Chronicle a few days ago, I thought that, since it amused me, I’d pass it on to the readers of these pages. The full story can be read on their site, but here are some of my favorite excerpts. For some reason, Democrats can’t shake the perception that they hang with a bunch of wine-swirling, cheese-eating elites. […]

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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 questions were: (1) “I sent out a hundred press releases, why didn’t anyone write about my wine,” and (2) “Is it ethical for a bloggers to accept free stuff (wine, gifts, tours) from the wine […]

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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 of advertising. At the recent North American Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Rosa, California, one of the breakout sessions focused on “Wine Industry and Blogger Interaction.” Two questions garnering the most discussion were, (1) “I sent out […]

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