Category Archives: TOOLS TOYS & TIPS

My updates from the front lines of wine sales.

TRICK OR TREAT? HALLOWEEN CANDY AND WINE

For this Monthly Wine Writing Challenge, Kat’s theme is “OOPS!”. No greater wine-fail exists than this:

You’re down the rabbit hole. You bought Halloween candy. You chose ones that kids want: Hersheys, Mars, Butterfinger, etc. You know they are little bags of chemical warfare. But serving carrot sticks will get your house egged. So you sit there: like Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin. Between rushes of costumed underage beggars, you do it. You eat one. Continue reading

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WSET Advancing

It is nice to see you all again (all 13 of you). Since January 30th, my life and this wine journal have been frozen. Imagine Han Solo in carbonite for four months. But instead of pining away for Leia, he … Continue reading

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How To Open Boxed Wine

Although seemingly obvious, I open a bag-in-box wine, and tell you how to: For those desiring the extended version: For my review of this wine click the linked text below: https://waywardwine.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/grenache-blend-cuvee-de-pena-v-d-p-pyrenees-orientales-fr-2008-3l/ Andrew Jefford discusses the benefits of bulk versus glass … Continue reading

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Grenache Blend, Cuvée de Peña, V.d.P. Pyrénées-Orientales FR 2008 3L

While I wait for my wine to age in tank, it’s time to consider the world of boxes. While I recorded this, I found that Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate newsletter gave Cuvée de Peña’s 2009 Red a 90 point score … Continue reading

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At War With Waring Pro’s Wine Chiller

I walked through Target, marveling at China’s manufacturing prowess, then something caught my eye. Beneath a red clearance sign was a humble mound of black plastic: a wine chiller. Customers at my wine shop had asked me if we have … Continue reading

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