Author Archives: firstvine

A holiday gift — be at peace with drinking wine just because you like it

Since the holidays are nearly here, I expect to see a round of articles discussing how the wine we’ll be drinking this time of year is either (a) the perfect way to get jacked despite the inevitable holiday overeating, or … Continue reading

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A stopped clock is right about sustainability

  I never thought I’d find myself agreeing with Republican pollster and PR wordblitzer Frank Luntz. But in a recent Washington Post article, writer Dan Zak recounted some of Luntz’s testimony before the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate … Continue reading

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Two more reasons wine writing is less diverse than food writing

This is my third post about the lack of diversity in the wine writing world, especially compared to the world of food writing.  The first post framed the issue and the second set out the financial barriers to wine writing.  … Continue reading

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Wine isn’t always a luxury, but writing about it is

A couple of posts ago I wrote about a food writers’ workshop that was much more diverse than any wine writing event I’d ever attended.  I’m sad to say it showed me that I’d never questioned what appears to be … Continue reading

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Has wine marketing finally left the 1990s behind?

I got my first 2019 Father’s Day wine marketing e-mail today.  As I read it, it occurred to me that this is the first time in all my years as a wine importer/retailer that the copy didn’t come across like … Continue reading

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What I didn’t realize about the wine writing world

  A bit more than a week ago, I went to Brooklyn for the Food Writers’ Workshop.  I learned more than a few useful things, but those aren’t what struck me most.  At the last wine bloggers’ conference I attended, … Continue reading

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Please vote for this blog!

You may have noticed the badge at the top of the column of links on the right of this page.  I learned last month that I was a finalist for a Millésima Wine Blog Award in the Wine and Technology … Continue reading

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Four things I learned about wine this year

Another year nearly done.  Time for another “Things I Learned” blog post, right?  Unlike previous attempts, though, there’s a twist this year.  All of these topics have pushed me to do more digging, ask more questions.  Three of these four … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Roundup

Over the years of this blog’s existence, we’ve put out plenty of recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers, but not too many for Thanksgiving dinner itself.  The rationale for this was simple:  most of you really don’t want to mess with Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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21st century independence, French style

Back in one of my previous ramblings about what’s changed over the time I’ve been importing wine, I wrote that I thought there were more independent producers in the Rhône Valley and the Languedoc than when I started the business.  … Continue reading

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