Archive for November, 2012

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Labels and Branding

Labels and Branding

Wine is a global, multi-billion dollar industry. Like most industries, while focusing on your product is very important, so is understanding buying decisions and the factors that influence them, product differentiation, and fostering brand loyalty. Specifically, on the topic of labels, what should a label convey? It should give the […]

by × November 30, 2012 × 0 comments

Wine Drinking

Wine Journals and the Importance of Context

Wine Journals and the Importance of Context

You may have inferred by now that I find the history of alcohol to be very fascinating. Perhaps I can interest you in a pickleback, a historic cocktail crafted from port, or a nice glass of Beaujolais Nouveau? So, as I was preparing to write this post, my Thanksgiving recap, I googled was there booze at the […]

by × November 28, 2012 × 1 comment

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An Appeal to Passion, Rationality, and Vertical Integration

An Appeal to Passion, Rationality, and Vertical Integration

To My Wife Caitlin, I’ve been reflecting on the tagline for our blog: wine and winemaking in the greatest city in America. We’ve covered so much of the winemaking process (crushing, pressing, and aging), and we have a lot more to talk about as we get closer to bottling next […]

by × November 20, 2012 × 0 comments

Wine Drinking

Hooray! It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

Hooray! It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

Beaujolais Nouveau Day: invented by the French as another excuse to drink wine. No…that can’t be right. The French don’t need an excuse to drink wine. They just do. Not like us puritans. Beaujolais Nouveau Day: shoring up your vintner’s cash flow since 1951. That’s a little bit closer, actually, […]

by × November 15, 2012 × 2 comments

Cocktails

The Pickleback

The Pickleback

I am a tiny bit sad but mostly happy to report that my three-week run as Eloise has ended. We moved into a corporate apartment on Monday. It has a kitchen. It has doors! It has four forks, four spoons, and four knives. No dinner parties for six, unless you […]

by × November 14, 2012 × 3 comments

News

Amazon Wine Ruins Lives

Amazon Wine Ruins Lives

Are you familiar with Amazon? Are you familiar with Amazon’s 1-click ordering system? If not, suffice to say, Amazon is led by evil geniuses* who have perfected their business model, which is to make you buy things you don’t need. Because it’s so easy. 1-Click ordering is automatically enabled on […]

by × November 13, 2012 × 2 comments

Cocktails

Fort McHenry

Fort McHenry

The subtitle of this post is: The Important and Extremely Underrated Role of Booze in our Nation’s History. I’m thinking of writing a thesis about it. Am I going to school, you ask? No. The University of Maryland is going to be very surprised – and I have to assume, […]

by × November 9, 2012 × 3 comments

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Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

Has it really been three weeks since I’ve posted anything? Yikes. No wonder I started getting threatening text messages and e-mails from Caitlin earlier this week. During the work day, of course. We really can’t escape one another in our hotel room. I got into an argument with a girlfriend […]

by × November 8, 2012 × 2 comments

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Pressing Red Wine (Pt. 2)

Pressing Red Wine (Pt. 2)

I know what you’re thinking. When was the last time my husband Robert posted? Well, I am pleased to inform you that Robert will be updating you later this week. In the meantime, let me entertain you with the dramatic conclusion of our press. Ok, you caught me. It’s not […]

by × November 6, 2012 × 3 comments

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Pressing Red Wine (Pt. 1)

Pressing Red Wine (Pt. 1)

Back before we lived in a hotel, we were minding our own business, entertaining two lovely house guests from Texas (Robert’s home state). Now our life is a little like Eloise, except we don’t live in the room on the tippy-top floor, we live on the second floor, and instead […]

by × November 5, 2012 × 5 comments

Trends

I, for One, Welcome our New Robot Overlords

I, for One, Welcome our New Robot Overlords

Last week, I suspected (and told you) that this blog would be dark for a year. But we’re going to try to keep going. We may not have a house, but we do have computers and internet connections. I don’t know what that says about us, or society, but this blog […]

by × November 2, 2012 × 0 comments