Category: Rant

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 2 – Shallots)

The first installment in this series discussed the importance of having a few high quality pans. Admittedly, despite being a necessity for the home chef, high quality pans are a big investment. Happily, the star of this article is much ...

October Surprise – Michel-Schlumberger Vineyard Walk

Our self-selected vineyard tour during the Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC) came with unexpected surprises. Originally, Joe chose a 4-mile tour -- probably thinking that with all the promised wine and food, he'd need an extra workout during the conference. ...

Comcast ate my blog!

Okay, they didn't eat it, but they did a fine job of keeping me from accessing the Internet to post anything new with any degree of regularity. For over two months I fought, cajoled, yelled, screamed and pleaded for them ...

Why I hate going to lunch.

One of the banes of my existence is lunch. Not that I dislike eating it, but I tend to use my lunch break to go to the gym and then eat something (usually) healthy at my desk afterwards. It isn't ...

Bennigan’s Closing – Who Gives a $#@&?

That was my initial reaction to the news that Bennigan's was closing 300 of its eponymous dumps along with some Steak and Ales, as well. If I could close all of the mediocre crap chain restaurants in this country, I ...

Budweiser is bought by company that brews Stella Artois

The idiots who drink that watered down swill with the detergent finish seem to be losing their minds over the deal. It boggles my mind that people could be so passionate about something so awful, as this CNN article describes. Philip ...

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