I have been immersing myself in the study of #wine in a semi-systematic manner for much of the last 8 years. Indeed, #Vinopanion's 8 year anniversary with @WineLog is approaching in the middle of this month. Yet I have slowly realized that something is lacking in my devotion to the knowledge of the vinous delights: focus, structure and external credibility. You'd think that a trained scientist would have recognized this long ago and I did notice these thoughts in the back of my mind a few years back. But they were always battered back by "where's the time?" and "I'm still receiving plenty of media travel & event invites," along with "my wine consulting services continue to expand." Then I reached last year and I started to recognize some clear patterns in my wine work. While I had plenty of media opportunities and my fellow wine colleagues were continuing to get work, I could see that the pace of my own trade offers beginning to slow down. It was then that I noticed that most of my colleagues began to sport letters after their names on their business cards: they were taking certified educational courses to formalize their wine training. I needed to set up my wine game. It was then that I contacted the good people at Napa Valley Wine Academy (FB, Tw): "help!"
Enjoy Bordeaux's Le Wine Buffs are back and we're thirsty.
This time we're taking on New York City and Manhattan is gonna stumble down in a vinous frenzy of affordable Bordeaux
wine! We're the wine sponsor for this year's TechEnology
wine event held by Enjoy Bordeaux partner Snooth
and tech media publishing titan Ziff Davis. Held at the newly renovated General Assembly
, the event will mix some of the icons of tech, publishing and the wine biz and look to do some serious vino mind melding.
I'm excited to be pouring and talking about these wines at the event because I think Bordeaux is coming into another renaissance of exposure for it's thousands of high quality, affordable wines and their Chateaux
, all across the greater appellation. Much of this belief was built during our visit to Bordeaux
last summer. This event promises to be "a private, networking event recognizing the wine world's most technologically forward people, business and practices"...and these are the peeps that need to know Bordeaux!
See you on the Right Coast vinopanions, and cheers!
A new vinopanion
of mine, Sam Klingberg
, has been making waves in the vino writing webernets over the last year or so with his wine blog, The Broke Wino
. Sam contacted me recently to gather my thoughts on affordable Bordeaux
wine. As one of Le Wine Buff
for Enjoy Bordeaux
for the CIVB
, I have been involved in a lot of great Bordeaux-centric wine activities over the last 1+ years, including a truly spectacular trip to Bordeaux
this past summer.
The dichotomy between the high prices of First and Second Growth
chateaux and the remaining thousands of much more affordable, yet still high quality wine producers and chateaux is a hot topic. With the declaration of "vintages of the century" at least 3 times this decade alone combined with the increasing Asian markets, the prices of the high end Bordeaux have skyrocketed. Happily however, quality has also taken a great leap forward, all across the board.
Crazy-smart wine biz innovators VinTank (Twitter), have successfully launched a new route on the Direct To Consumer (DTC) superhighway with their Deals from the Vines Facebook Group (DFTV). A relatively new feature on Facebook, closed Groups are an elegant yet simply powerful new component of the social media behemoth. VinTank has seized upon this new feature to form their version of the popular flash sales site phenomena that has taken over the interwebs during this Great Recession. While many of these sites have proven to be quite the boon to the budget-conscious wine consumer, they are not always so profit-friendly to the wineries, chateaux, Bodegas and Quintas that have participated in the various sales. VinTank's DFTV has already effectively smacked that paradigm with vigor, creating a sweet win-win for wino's and wineries, alike.
Sometimes wine can take to you places that are just plain cool
. Well, cooler than the usual cool things that come with wine...or something. In any case, last month I had one of those experiences where my interest in wine took me to something new: my first PGA Tour tournament, complete with a winery on site. A golfer for the last few years, this understandably had me a bit fired up. Golf and wine!? Heck yeah! After graciously accepting a PGA Tour Media
pass, the Lady, Steve and I headed into the Frys.com Open
and Clos LaChance
for a day of sunshine, wine, incredible golf and new vinopanions, all along the cart path.