Category: Ramblings and Rants

ChatGPT, Wine Writing, and Sommelier Education

Much hay has been made in recent weeks as the wine world grapples with the implications of ChatGPT specifically, and

Drink for Good: Buying Wine for Social Impact

Sometimes it feels like we’re all going somewhere in a handbasket, and very fast. Bad things are happening all over

The Definitive List of Latinx-Owned Wineries in America

To your average wine drinker, they are invisible. Just as they are to your average lettuce eater. But make no

The Definitive List of Black-Owned Wineries Around the Globe

It has been amazing to watch the shift in wine news coverage in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and

Representation Matters in Wine Stock Photography

Two years ago, any search in a stock photography database for a phrase along the lines of “people drinking wine”

The Wine Industry is Headed For Self-Inflicted Decrepitude

They say that you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. It seems like we’re

Ingredient Labeling In Prospect in the US

On the heels of new EU requirements to make ingredient and allergen information available to consumers on wine labels (enforceable from 8

The R-Word

It’s the time of year for reflecting on the past and planning for the future. But the American wine industry

The 2022 Vinography Gift Guide for Your Favorite Wine Lover

It’s that time of year again. It remains to be seen just how badly the hangover of supply-chain disruptions will

Dispell That Thanksgiving Wine Anxiety

The American Thanksgiving holiday always brings with it a predictable set of responses. Americans fret over what wine to serve

Unexpected Blends

The combination of ongoing climate chaos and the shifting demographics of wine drinkers have driven some California wine producers to

Tastebuds Suck! Long Live The Olfactory Bulb

Those of you who follow me on Instagram or Twitter will know that I’ve recently returned from a press trip

Hey Colorado, Join the 21st Century!

I know, it’s scary. Change is so daunting. And voting for it is even more so. I know you’re worried

“Blind Ambition” Is the Wine Movie the World Needs Right Now

People of my generation will always remember the infamous Jamaican bobsled team. The unlikely story of four guys from the

New Rules For Serving Alcohol

In California, where I live, it is illegal for me to be served alcohol by someone whose attire exposes the

Americanization or Improvement? Tailoring Wine for Export

I spend a good deal of time traveling to wine regions around the world, tasting and talking. My interests in

Pix Wasn’t the Only Wine Tech Failure I’ve Seen Up-Close

If you’re lucky, you’ve been blissfully unaware of the hullabaloo (mostly on Twitter) surrounding my recent column for Jancis Robinson

Pix—The Inside Story

American wine isn’t keeping up with the digital technology revolution, and it hasn’t been for a long while. I’m not

Inflation Looms for CA Wine

In last month’s column, I covered the rise in California’s grape prices in the wake of disastrous fires and two light vintages,