The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people.
Common sense would indicate that you do not make wine in New England. Winters are coldish. Spring is latish. Summer is shortish. Fall is pretty but unpredictable. Yet, people do. Why?
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Summer brought bliss and blush. Rosé wine towered wine displays everywhere. It has been enjoyable, right? You must admit it was fun. But can you honestly admit to your friends that you prefer blush to bizarre in wine. Or, are you ashamed of it? Is rosé good or great?
Wine is more than just a drink these days. We attend wine tastings, events and courses. We buy wine tasting kits. We drive down wine trails visiting vineyards. Some even take exams on the matter. We want to know what we are doing. We want expertise. Why?
For the full article, see Wine as Education (html), Color Magazine USA, Ed. 39, August 2011.
Athletes, musicians and even adult film stars are tackling the terroir. The “How Wine Became Modern” exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art last month focused on Design + Wine. It was a pop-culture typography of wine-bottle labels that portrayed everything from high fashion to playful low-brow. In movies, wine is very real, in celebrity culture it is very surreal, and in books it is wrapped in mystery, according to pop culture.
When I was little, I wanted to become an explorer. I read all the first hand accounts of territorial conquests but concluded with some sadness that the world was already explored. It took me a while to learn that some things can be rediscovered. Rheinhessen is such a place. Riesling is such a grape.
In today’s New York Times, wine writer Jonathan Mackay documents the dynamics of the online flash wine market such as Wines Til Sold Out, Wine Access, Cinderella Wine, Wine.Woot or Lot18. With this emerging model, wine is heavily discounted because of innovative ways of procuring small batches of the good stuff in a limited time window. Jonathan muses on the future of wine as a commodity bundled with other stuff (wine trips, meals, etc.).