Category: Rant

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 ...

Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery added to Boycott

On the last evening of the 2008 Wine Bloggers Conference, we climbed aboard buses to Sonoma and headed to Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Visitors Center for dinner with keynote speaker Alice Feiring. Wine glasses on the table bore the etching ...

Tragedy as Marketing

I grew up in a town that knew tragedy. On the night of November 15, 1970, a chartered jet airliner carrying the local university football team, coaches and a number of prominent residents crashed in flames on its approach to the ...

Labor Day and the Work of the Vineyard

To depart from the multiple posts you'll find on which wines to pair with your Labor Day celebration (Burgers and Syrah, chicken and Chardonnay, grilled seafood and Torrontés, and if you haven't been hit by the recession: steak and Cabernet ...

The Local Food Movement

"I know that if I ever go looking for my heart's desire, I'll never go any further than my own back yard. For if it isn't there, I never really lost it." - Dorothy Gale (Wizard of Oz) Eat and drink local ...

Wine Competitions: It Won a Medal – It Must be Good!

My first-ever restaurant review also included reviews of some of the wines. And though we do not usually write negative reviews of the wine we receive as samples, we do occasionally include reviews of less-than-stellar wines that we pay for. ...