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Social Distancing Installment #3: Cook with what you’ve got

I’m the kind of cook who usually shops nearly every day.  Since we are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, though, I’m trying to cook from what’s around here instead of shopping.  I’m pretty good at coming … Continue reading

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Social Distancing Installment #2:  The start of neo-prohibition?

In a recent op-ed piece for the UK’s Independent, Ian Hamilton suggests that closing liquor stores and wine shops during the coronavirus pandemic “would yield more for the nation’s health than almost any other policy intervention.” Hamilton, a lecturer in … Continue reading

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Why I love Wine PR — and why I’ll be writing more often

A few days ago, Philadelphia-based fashion and culture bloggers Tom and Lorenzo posted a challenge to their readers on Twitter.  I’ve been reading their blog for years and I’ve learned a lot from them.  They asked their readers to take … Continue reading

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A smile for everyone on a ride around the world

One of the best things about importing wine is meeting the people who make it. Some have taken over generations-old family businesses. Others came to making wine after doing other things. In those cases, there’s usually some cognitive dissonance between … Continue reading

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How dry we were?

February marks the end of what for some is a month of trying various forms of self-improvement. Although we think we’re going to keep up the things we’ve started, that mostly doesn’t happen (at least for me.) Veganuary may segue … Continue reading

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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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