Category: Rant

Why I Hate Bill Gates: Thank God for Wine!

I must admit I was pretty skeptical when I first heard about "cloud computing."  I have trust issues to start with, and letting Mr. Google keep all my files for me sounds like the old "open relationship" concept. Is my ...

A Tale of Two Meals

Amy and I have recently had two very different experiences when going out for dinner and, of course, wine. Since both of these dinners involved friends in some way, and since we're not usually interested in negatively reviewing anything, neither ...

Cooking with Wine: Stop the insanity!

"A bottle of Chablis, hey now, that ain't no stuff for me Chateau Timberley, as long as I can't see Gallo or Muscatel, either one would be just swell I didn't come here to fight, hey just as long as that ain't white" -The ...

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 ...