Olivia Pope, the heroine of Shonda Rhimes’ hit show Scandal, is the first black heroine to grace the small screen in 40 years. But the importance of her performance has had a ripple effect beyond just increasing diversity in the television industry. Magnificent in her mastery of all those around her, Olivia Pope is also unique […]
The Unified Wine and Grape Symposium is a big deal for the city of Sacramento. Parking rates go up from $8/day to $40/day, and wine lovers from across California and the world descend on the capital city’s massive convention center. But the Symposium’s attendees are a different type of wine enthusiast. They are not chic sommeliers […]
Over the past few years, investing in wine brands has not been at the top of most venture capitalists’ lists. That wasn’t always the case, as many VCs have always recognized the opportunity the space could provide with its consistent growth over the past twenty years and a yearly revenue of over $36 billion.
Most people who become obsessed with wine eventually end up at least dreaming about making it. Much like home brewing beer, learning how to make wine helps you better appreciate what went into the product inside the bottle.
After the sticky, 16-hour days that characterize the wine harvest, most winemakers are eager for the quiet of winter in the cellar. Yet despite often losing up to half of their staff as the workload recedes, winter quiet doesn’t mean an end to critical tasks. These sticky harvest days jumpstart of the wine process: thousands of pounds […]
South Africa is one of the most exciting wine regions in the world right now because it has so much untapped potential. Perhaps you’ve had a good spicy Pinotage at one point. But did you know that the greatest amount of Chenin Blanc—one of France’s most elegant white grapes—is actually planted in South Africa? Also, you […]
An oak barrel is an oak barrel, right? Isn’t it the wine inside that matters most? Well, you may think that, as I used to, but when it comes to the art of producing, storing and conditioning wine, there’s more than one way to skin the proverbial cat–or grape, if you will. It used to be an accepted […]
Did you know the band Train has their own wine company? Admittedly, I’m not a fan (let’s politely describe my feelings about them as “ambivalent”), so I don’t know much about the pop-rock group other than they’ve had a few hits over the years.
Given the arcane collection of adjectives used in wine descriptions, it’s not surprising that the wine industry has a reputation for being snobby and pompous. (Bruised stone fruit and dried Meyer Lemon, anyone?) What the wine aristocracy doesn’t want you to know is it only takes a trip through the produce department to begin discovering […]
If you’ve ever posted on Facebook something about wine (maybe “dying for a glass of wine RN,” for example), then you’ve probably seen an ad pop up, for one of the many new wine delivery services vying for a slice of the market. Wine delivery isn’t exactly new; for a long time wineries, especially smaller-production […]