Mt. Etna

When Mt. Etna was ‘rediscovered’ 20 years ago, there was an eruption of activity which continues to flow today Geek is old enough to remember when there were semi-regular new ‘discoveries’ in the wine world. New Zealand comes to mind as a hot ‘new’ category in 1980 (even though they’ve …

A Love Letter to Piedmont

Over the past 40 years (!), Geek has had the extraordinarily good fortune to have visited many (most) of the wine world’s classic regions. In addition to producing some amazing wines, most of these places are incredibly beautiful as well: think Tuscany, Alto Adige, Provence, New Zealand, South Africa, Napa, …

Wanna Buy a Winery?

In Napa, Prices and Risks are Up, Interest is Down…   The numbers are a bit squishy, but depending on how one defines ‘winery’ there are almost 500 physical wineries or wine brands with dedicated tasting rooms, but there are north of 1,700 wine brands producing Napa Valley wines (and …

‘What’s Behind Door #2?’

‘What’s Behind Door #2?’ Hint: not beer Big Beer Isn’t Happy: Seltzers & RTD’s Continue Their March Towards ‘Cold Box’ Dominance The Cold Box. Our retail customers know how important their reach-in coolers are: over 90% of guests that enter a store purchase something from the cold box, whether a …

You Should Know About Low-and-No (abv)

Whether it’s for health, control or fashion, low ABV products are here to stay.   Few would argue that consumers are more attuned to health & diet and what goes into our bodies than ever before. Millennials in particular seem to be more committed to healthful lifestyles than say, their …

Clean Wine

Clean Wine As if the whole Natural Wine thing doesn’t confuse people enough, the new allusions to ‘clean wine’ are also creating some questions and accusations. Avoiding the obvious fact that trolls tend to dominate the twitter-sphere these days, twitter blew up a few weeks ago when Actress Cameron Diaz—with …

Import Wine Tariffs

Those of us involved in the import wine business have endured a few months of agita this winter, which was reduced—but not eliminated—in February. In case some readers are not fully aware, here is the background: As a result of two separate trade spats between the U.S. and the E.U. …

Natty, but Nice

  Natural wines continue to intrigue and—happily—are getting a little less ‘natural’   A few years ago—as the ‘Natural Wine’ thing was beginning to posit itself as part of the mainstream, not exactly an acolyte, Wine Geek offered his opinions: (https://www.glwas.com/blog/2016/emperors-new-clothes-natural-wine-taste-un-natural/) Fast forward to the winter of 2020, and the …

Changing Tastes or Taste Changing?

Those reading this that aspire to get some industry credentials—Master of Wine, Certified Sommelier, Master Sommelier, Certified Wine Educator, WSET Level II and Level III to name some—are well aware that part of the process/testing to acquire such post-nominals requires a blind tasting component, in addition to the various multiple …