Category: Rant

Fish for Lent?

They starved me for weeks, they thought they'd teach me fear I fed on cellmates' dreams, it gave me fine ideas When they cut me loose, the time had served me well I made allies in heaven, I made comrades in hell I was ...

Are Wine Reviews Compromised?

Every six months or so, a heated debate ensues: are wine writers and bloggers who cozy up to the wine industry to be trusted to write about wine. We have covered this in a number of posts (see Wine ...

Not Just Another Wine Sample

One of the perks of writing about wine, is that we tend to get a number of samples for review. Of course with that goes the whole BS disclosure business that the Federal Trade Commission imposed upon bloggers, but not ...

Guilty; As Charged. Should I Blame Parker?

I love movies and I hate movie reviews. I've always scoffed at people who rush out to see the latest "thumbs up" or avoid the "thumbs down" flick. Perhaps that came from growing up in a small town whose newspaper had ...

Baptism by Grape

The Gospel According to Iris (Editor's Note): We've told you all about our friend Iris, founder of the Urban Wineauxs.  If you recall, when Joe was attending classes with the International Sommelier Guild. I had heard him talk about ...

The effect of price on wine reviews

"Money makes the world go around The world go around The world go around Money makes the world go around It makes the world go 'round. A mark, a yen, a buck, or a pound A buck or a pound A buck or a pound Is all that ...

Why I don’t like anything

Many years ago my mother wanted to see Bob Seger when he was in town. While I liked his old stuff, I had never been much of a fan of anything from about Night Moves on. But mom wanted to ...

Great Finds in Grocery Store Wine

During the holidays you can often find me at a wine retailer or grocery wine department pouring samples for a local distributor. It's a great way to meet people, teach them about wine, and make some extra money at the ...

Restaurant Common Sense from the NYT

This post from the New York Times about expected behavior by servers in the restaurant industry is astonishing for both its detail and how much of it should just be expected. How and when did our expectations get lowered to ...

2006 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Disclaimer: Since the lackeys at the Federal Trade Commission, in their infinitesimal wisdom, have decided that bloggers must divulge when they have been given a sample of anything that they review on their sites, I must now offer up this ...