I’ll Bet My Vine’s Bigger Than Yours…

Wine is becoming celebrities’ latest playground.  The Soprano’s Lorraine Bracco joins Peggy Flemming as the latest to join the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, Gerard Depardieu and British crooner SIR Cliff Richard among those stars who have ventured into the wine market.  What are they thinking?

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How high tech is wine?

Of course everyone by now has heard of the “talking wine label” so we know that wineries are getting up there on the technology curve.  I ran across a very interesting (well, to a Silicon Valley based wine lover, interesting to me) development by a company appropriately called Grape Networks.  It turns out that Grape Networks is helping produce better wines through better technology.  They developed a sensor mesh network, nick-named Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) which can sense temperature, moisture, light, metals, chemicals and other physical measurements of a vineyard and send it back to a central management station for analysis.

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Beer isn’t going to take it lying down!

As a follow on to the Wine beating out Beer in the US article, US-Based Aussie Wine Blog ‘Shiraz Shiraz’ points out that  Aussie beer companies are fully intent and not letting the same thing happen Down Under and have launched a big ad campaignmy god, its full of stars! (obscure movie reference, major props to anyone who gets it)…

Wine vs Beer: Americans making the switch

It seems in the US, wine has pulled into a statistical tie with Beer as the preferred alcoholic beverage,

according to a Gallop Poll recently released:

For the first time in more than a decade of Gallup polling, there is a statistical tie between wine and beer as the alcoholic beverage adult drinkers say they drink most often. One might assume that beer drinkers have merely switched over to wine. But a close review of the data suggests a more complicated shift in drinking patterns. One demographic group previously dominated by beer drinkers is showing increased interest in liquor, while another is switching from beer to wine. The biggest story to be found in these changes is among young adults.

Some speculated that it was some sort of “Sideways” affect – total BS.  I don’t think Sideways affected beer drinkers but the fact that wine, in general, is growing and being marketed heavily as a “healthy” alcoholic beverage is actually having an effect in American’s attitudes toward wine.  Another hypothesis of mine – media-related wine enthusiasts (blogger et al) working hard to de-“snobify” wine and make it distinctively American (as opposed to something distinctively French – which doesn’t go over well here) hasn’t hurt either.

LA Times has a good write-up of the results.

America, continue to Enjoy the Wine Life!

Backyard Wine Tour (ain’t CA great!)

Post lovingly contributed by Kelly.

When trying to think of something fun to do on the Sunday of Joel’s birthday, my sister Gina had a great idea.  She suggested we hit some local wineries for a pleasant afternoon of wine tasting.  Genius!!  Although I thought I might encounter some odd glances as a pregnant lady double-fisting pinot noir’s waddling up to the bar for another “tasting,” I decided to take one for the team (for Joel’s sake of course).

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Sharks are back!

Pardon the interruption.  This isn’t wine related and off-topic for a wine blog but I, for one, am glad that Pro Hockey is back.  I think the Shark Tank is one of the few hockey venues you can get Chardonnay and Sushi with you garlic frys.  There are plenty of haters out there but the the Sharks came 2 games from the Stanley Cup last season and we’ve been waiting over a year to take it to the next level.  So a real fast welcome back to the San Jose Sharks!!!

Our White Lie Experience

OK, so after previously posting on what I thought (as a marketing professional) of marketing wine to women by using stereotypical means instead of something a little more creative I was contacted by one of the main companies selling this wine – Beringer Blass Wine Estates.  My previous train of thought was actually simple – make a good wine first, then market it to women without the condescending names but using marketing channels and messages that appeal to women.  So when BBWE contacted me they offered a sample of White Lie for review so that I see could for myself what it was like.  The BBWE spokesperson enthusiastically said “you can write about your White Lie wine experience”.  I figured why not.

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“Sideways” comes to Yahoo! Maps

I’m a fan of the movie.  Whatever flack that may bring me from hard-core vinofiles or even my poker buddies I’m not afraid to admit it.  Kelly and I had been to the central coast a couple of times before the movie and actually hit some of the same places (which made me more of a fan to see it in the picture).  For those who are interested, Andrew over at Spittoon found a link to Yahoo! Maps that identifies all of the Sideways points of interest.

Enjoy the Wine Life!

Wine Blogging Wednesday #12 announced: Think Global, Drink Local…

The premier virtual Wine Tasting event turns 1 year old next month and its creator, Lenn of LENNDEVOURS, is back as the host.

Just to review, Wine Blogging Wednesday is the Internet’s premier monthly Virtual Wine Tasting event.  The host blog picks a theme for the wines and bloggers post their tastings on their sites and let the host know who, in turn, posts the summary on their site.  Its open to bloggers and non-bloggers alike.  For any non-blogger, you can either e-mail your tasting directly to the host or go ahead and post a comment here and I’ll post it with Vivi’s entry to the wine tasting event.

Lenn’s theme is Drink Local. Real Local.

This time around…there’s only one rule: Drink a wine from the winery nearest to your apartment/house/shack/bungalow/flat/tent. Wine is being made in every state and just about every country so it’s time that the “eat local” movement be extended to vino for WBW.

So, figure out what winery is closest to you, pick up some wine and join us August 10th.

So there you have it.  August 10th submit your comment to this blog post or send it in to Lenn.

Enjoy the Wine Life!

Learn Aussie Wines…

We’re big fans of Aussie wines and how they’ve been able to transform their wine industry over the last couple of decades into one of the hottest wine regions in the world.  A couple of the best sites to learn about Aussie wines are Aussie Wine Walkabout and, to get information straight from the horse’s mouth, our favorite wine life forum about Aussie wines is Australian Wine Center forum.  Both sites have alot of information and recommendations to help expand your wine experiences.

Enjoy the Wine Life!