Whew!!! It’s been a crazy (let me rephrase that: WONDERFULLY CRAZY) last six months. The launch and establishment of The Wine Company’s website and blog is done (The Wine Company is my daytime employer and hands down the best and coolest distributor in town). I’ve also launched Minnesota Flavor which is expanding my world of […]
On the wholesale side of the business, the pricing of wine by the gigantic wineries and companies is a strange, mysterious art form. These big companies know this best, which explains why a mass production wine is $13.99 at one store and $7.99 at another (or $5.99 in New Jersey). Sliding scales, quantity buys (in states […]
Out of nowhere, a spirited young woman named Allison has hit the wine scene. Welcome The Savvy Lush to the Twin Cities wine world. She’s a good one to have here. Not everybody understands the balance between being knowledgeable and being boastful. (Or, to put it another way, there are a few bad eggs in […]
Hello my retailer friends. You are the ones that find great wines for me, and the ones that enthusiastically greet me when I walk in the door. You are the ones that I see come alive when a good customer arrives, and get excited when a good bottle is opened near you. Shhhhhhhh…. come closer […]
Last evening I conducted a Pinot Noir Masterclass at North Loop Wine and Spirits. A dozen people plus myself enjoyed a great evening of education and tasting going over the history, styles, nuance, food pairings, and future of Pinot Noir. I split the class into two parts. The first half was tasting a variety of […]
One thing I love the most about the web is seeing what is happening NOW. So today, I present the Ridge harvest at Geyserville as it looked just yesterday. Love the web!!!
The wines of Australia and New Zealand have never been better, but ironically they have never so ignored. Australia is suffering an identity crisis, a victim of their own success. For many years it seemed the Aussie wine train was unstoppable, and as soon as one label became successful suddenly a dozen imitators followed suit. […]