It's been a couple of years, but putting this blog back online deserves a few photos.
A visit to Thailand with Denise Medrano who chats with charming GranMonte winemaker Nikki Lohitnavy.
Nikki Visootha Lohitnavy is Thailand's only female oenologist. Australian educated and trained, Nikki is the daughter of Sakuna and Visooth Lohitnavy, owner of GranMonte, a vineyard and winery some 160 kilometres from Bangkok on the northwestern edge of the famous Khao Yai National Park.
Antoine, the brilliant chocolatier, went out of business. After a fire closed the location for three years, it was reopened to a lukewarm reception.
Beer in the spotlight this week.
This week, we continue our series of discussions with participants of Wine Fair 2011.Monday, March 14th at 10 AM GMT: Oscar Quevedo is the owner and manager of Quevedo Winery in the Douro Valley of Portugal. Andre Ribeirinho, founder and CEO of adegga.com. Andre and Adegga are the inventors of the AVIN code, this unique code identifying each wine.
Wednesday, March 16th at 4PM GMT: Blue Poles Vineyard owners Mark Gifford and Tim Markwell's background in geology gave them a firm understanding of the soil profiles and climate required for premium site selection. Damien Wilson is director of the wine marketing MBA program at Dijon.
Lundi 31 janvier 2011 : Vin & Technologies
Envoyez vos questions et vos commentaires sur Twitter @Winefair2011
Christophe Macra, un des rares Master of Wine français, se passionne pour les nouvelles technologies appliquées au monde du vin. Lundi 31 janvier à 18 heures (Paris) il va nous parler de ses deux passions, le vin et Internet et nous expliquer comment les faire se rencontrer.
Gary tweeted something out about his book and I grabbed him to chat for a few minutes about life, wine and why people should totally ignore his 101 wines list. This was recorded in June of 2008
Coming soon, a brand new series of New Wine Consumer discussions. Guests from all aspects of wine, but also your calls welcome. Look for the announcement in January 2011 about the return of the New Wine Consumer. We've already had some amazing people on NWC, such as the ubiquitous Randall Grahm (Bonny Doon and so much more), Portuguese entrepreneur André Ribeirinho, Burgundy expert 'Burghound' Allen Meadows, the inevitable Gary Vaynerchuck (@garyvee), Neil Monnens of Wine BlueBook, Tom Cannavan of WIne-Pages.com and TheWineGang.com, Nathalie Schyler (Château Kirwan), Jane Anson (Decanter, NewBordeaux.com), Jamie Goode (WineAnorak.com), Wendy Narby (InsiderTasting.com), Don and Petie Kladstrup (authors of Wine & War, Champagne), François Audouze (Ancient Wine Academy), Wink Lorch (WineTravelGuides.com), Alan Kropf, editor of Mutineer Magazine, Robin Garr (WineLoversPage.com), and folks from WineBizRadio.com, Snooth.com, WineQ.com, TheWineSpies.com, OpenWineConsortium.org, MesVignes.com, Crushpad.com, Solorosawines.com, DirtySouthWines.com, Domaine-Gagnard.com
Wine is special: you open a bottle and it can't be put back in stock like the gadgets at Best Buy. We want to talk about how you feel you've been treated by the people from whom you purchase wine. Should you ignore a bad bottle? How about several bad bottles? Is wine quality subjective or can you be certain when something is off? I heard a story recently that makes my hair stand up: how can producers and stores be so ignorant about generating goodwill? How can they also not realize that in this day and age, we consumers talk a lot online and often peer comments are more important than the critic's reviews.
Keep in touch if you have a story to tell from either side of the counter!
Round table discussion participants
@DeannaLawrence, Strategist Global Digital Media and Emerging Consumer Trends
Martin Barrett, Cana's Feast Winery
With the ubiquity of Twitter, Facebook and the iPhone (and a growing number of other phones) people are now more likely to click on links and land on a web page using a small-screen browser. My goal is to assemble as many ideas and opinions as possible on the topic of what information is most needed and how to adapt it to the web-capable phone, mp3 player or personal assistant.
- Stakeholders: anyone using the web to communicate, i.e., everyone.
- Roles: consultant, designer, site builder, site visitor, site owner.
- Communication vector: what else? the phone. [numbers]
A few reference bookmarks: http://delicious.com/NewWine
Interview with Ironstone Zin
Allen Meadows, aka the Burghound joins us live to talk about his travels and experiences in Burgundy and elsewhere. His new book, "The Pearl of the Côte The Great Wines of Vosne-Romanée" will be out in Spring 2010. Subscribers of Allen's quarterly Burghound Review will be alerted when the book is ready to be ordered. If you are not subscribed, you can ask for a head-ups by entering your name and email at BurghoundBooks.com. We talked about how Allen began his travels to Burgundy and what it was like to approach wine producers and taste their wines, often in barrel. The work involved in tasting and writing notes is considerable. Deciding what parts of the producer notes to publish requires a degree in (or at least some degree of) diplomacy. We spoke about gaining the producers' confidence while retaining credibility.
Burgundy's history is complicated and the geography of the small parcels of land hard to keep track of. Allen's book is about these things in great detail with specially prepared maps, notes on the Vosnes Romanée and neighboring areas. You should listen to this recording if you have any interest in wine criticism, Burgundy or just want to hear a master describe the work he's been doing for decades.
André Rasberg is the president of the Argentine sommeliers association. He spoke to Evelyne after his presentation at Vinexpo 2009 in June.
Congrats to all the people who tried for the M-G gig, you were amazing and it was a hard choice (to me). Our regular guest Hardy Wallace @dirtysouthwine is the apparent choice of Murphy-Goode, so goode going and get dirty!
I did not follow every detail of the campaign, but I did not have the impression at any time that the votes were any more important than the cheers for Lance Armstrong at the sides of the road (or indeed on Twitter nowadays).
I contend that it isn't surprising (or wrong) that people like Leo and Kevin Rose, who had a friendly "I have more Twitter followers than you" contest would be outraged when they learned that it wasn't a vote contest, the votes (again in my perception) were just a way of cheering people on.
I don't mind that this is now old news in the real time social web, because I think some thought needs to be given to the mob mentality and how it may not be right even if a large number of people line up to crack the whip.
Of course there's a lesson in this story, too.
Note: we are on GMT+2, 6 hours later than New York in case your comments take a long time to appear, it may be because we're sleeping.
Here is Martin's original totally cool Tweet "heard round the world"
And here is what happened next, on Digg: 2295 links, 311 comments
FriendFeed.com search for Murphy-Goode also shows about 300 posts:
Today, a Google search of Murphy-Goode reveals items 2 and 4 "not so goode".