The Compliment of Rational Opposition

It’s been a while. And honestly, I want you to know that I am badly broken up about it. But I’m not afraid of being overpowered by the feeling. It will pass away soon enough. (Apologies to Jane A. & Mr. Bennett). And in that light, I have given myself permission to blow off giving…

Guy du Vin’s Top Five Things That Suck All the Life Out of Wine

5.  Twitter and Facebook –In the words of William Deresiewicz, “we’re all peddling ourselves and managing our own brands.” Chelsea Staub – It’s All About Me - Listen Here 4. Wine Marketing – the “Story” is more important than the wine – Every wine, winery, vineyard, tractor, and pair of pruning shears has a story that…

Beware of Dogs with Full Bladders.

My little dog Woody has a big dog hatred for the postman. I have that same deep contempt for the food and wine media – often getting the urge to snarl and pee all over their stories – preferably while they are sitting at their laptops. There was an article on Slate a week or…

Joe Dressner

Joe Dressner, the rough around the edges, individualistic, free thinking wine importer, died on Saturday at the age of 60 due to brain cancer. I only met Joe Dressner a few times. My only real personal connection was when a few years ago my company partnered with him and co-hosted a wine event here in Portland…

36 Hours Portland,Ore. – Groundhog Day and the New York Times

I enjoy the New York Times Travel section. It’s not my favorite part of the paper, but it ranks higher than the sports section, style section, weddings and obituaries. The Times featured  36 Hours in Portland Ore. today – for the umpteenth time. I’m sure that’s good for the local economy. But these “36 Hours” features on…

Is It As Good as Gopher Prairie?

A new trend is developing as a number of restaurants around the United States and Europe are considering closing their doors due to the difficulty involved in trying to compete with Portland, Oregon as the new center of the food universe. Restaurants that have tried to copy the Pacific NW food scene are finding it…

Trending Toward Stupid

“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” *Bertrand Russell – See: Dunning-Krugar effect Reading about wine on the internet is uninspiring.  I am convinced that in the end, there is very little value in what is on the web regarding wine that hasn’t already…

The Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition

I just returned from The Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition which is held around this time every year in Texas. I have had the good fortune to be one of the judges at this event for the last 5 or 6 years. It is always an outstanding affair and this is mainly due to the efforts of…

Driving Me Crazy

Can anyone tell me how to acquire my City of Portland Bicyclist Moral Superiority Certificate? I have already passed my mandatory Oregon State Self Righteous Indignation test and I am wondering what the next step is. The city lowered the required minimum number of corporate sponsors on my spandex riding uniform to 650 – so…

My Very Own Natural Crankiness Movement

These days, there is nothing that can suck the life more quickly and more completely out of wine for me than having to sit and taste in a room full of sommeliers, wine writers, and wine bloggers. We really are a bunch of bloviating blow hards. Merry Christmas Gee – do I sound cranky? If…