Great Finds in Grocery Store Wine

Amazing. You can put your name on a list for wine or beer that sells out in 10 minutes. Now that’s customer service. The kind you might expect at a small store in the older neighborhoods of a big city or a small town. Or if you’re an important customer at the big wine retailer. Not a huge mega-store that sits along the freeway in the suburbs. It’s the kind of service that builds clientele, not just customers.

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2006 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

When a bottle of something like the wine being reviewed today comes in, I know that if I let it age for a bit it will become everything the wine maker, and wine drinkers for that matter, hope it will become. By opening it while it is so young, not only am I not tasting it when it has reached it’s full potential, I am ensuring that one of a finite number of bottles of something special will never be tasted.

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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 airport. The weather conditions were poor, and there was a light rain. There were no survivors. I was 8 years old. We lived a few miles away, on a hill just over from the site […]

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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 seems to be the meme everywhere you turn these days. It’s not so much that I disagree with this movement, it is that it has its limits, but the advocates for all things […]

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

A research study published in a recent issue of the Journal of Wine Economics found an interesting aspect of wine competitions that might be disturbing to our the aforementioned winemaker as well as to consumers who choose their purchases based on medals and ribbons: A gold medal in one competition does not mean a gold medal in another. In fact is may not even mean it’s good!

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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 it. A corkage fee is used by establishments that allow patrons to bring in their own bottles. This is done for a very wide variety of reasons and the fees reflect this […]

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