Category: Rant

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. ...

Corkage Fees – What are they?

cork·age (kôrkj) n. A charge exacted at a restaurant for every bottle of liquor served that was not bought on the premises. That is how The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language defines it. It is also how I have always defined ...

Note to Wineries: Such a Small Thing to Ask

We have a standard response when agency representatives and wineries ask if we accept samples for review. Yes, we do. All we ask is that you e-mail us a tracking number when you ship out the wine. It seems to me ...

Beware of Wine Bloggers!

Steve Heimoff knows a lot about wine, and he is a pretty decent writer. So, when he warns us about a new threat to the wine community we should heed his words. Here are the aforementioned words of wisdom and ...

The Lost Art of Being Gracious

When I was a little girl, I hated writing "Thank You" notes to my grandmother. First, because she always got me "practical" gifts -- the one that sticks out the most is a pair of flannel pajamas that were about ...

Answering my own question.

Yesterday I basically asked whether the Wine Blogger Conference had jumped the shark in it's second year. Today the question was answered most definitively. Hell no! What a great day. The details will be provided later, but everything from the speakers, ...

Wine Bloggers Conference 2009 – FAIL?

After being here for the first afternoon and evening of the Wine Blogger Conference 2009, I am starting to wonder if the they are experiencing a sophomore slump, or have just lost their mojo completely. The early part of ...

Looking Back and Looking Ahead: WBC ’09

When Joe first said he wanted to start a blog about wine and food, I'll have to admit I was a little skeptical. Sure, he is a great cook, and was studying with the International Sommelier Guild. But I remember ...

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The Complaint as a Gift: A Tale of Three Wineries

Once upon a time, I worked in retail sales. Actually I was working three jobs because I was single, I had no other responsibilities and couldn't support my lifestyle (and wardrobe) on my measly salary as a PR person, just ...

Objectivity and Fairness

"For the bitterest pill is hard to swallow The love I gave hangs in sad coloured, mocking shadows The bitterest pill is mine to take If I took it for a hundred years, I couldn't feel any more ill" -The Jam The Bitterest Pill It ...