The wider problem of sexism in the wine trade

If wine has no female representation, customers have no chance  WRITTEN BY: Charlie Brown Sexism in wine can take many forms. In fact, it’s so insidious, it can manifest itself in ways and at times that blindside you, leaving you wondering what the hell just happened. Did that person who you previously liked really just…

On Power and Privilege

“Although we cannot control the trolls and bullies outside the industry, those who we do not know, we should speak out when this type of behavior comes from someone in the trade”. A small excerpt from a post I wrote last week that was on my site for less than 24 hours. At about this…

On Wine and Gratitude

Last week I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Steve Charters, Master of Wine and Director of Research at the School of Wine and Spirits Business, ESC Dijon in Burgundy. Master of Wine since 1997 with a PhD in consumer behaviour, and experience in wine retail, marketing, consultancy, management, writing, research, and academia, Steve has…

Hit the road Jack…

My friend Stan once said, “You learn by doing”. This is a true story. Good old Stan knows a few things. He said these words of wisdom while we savoured our Tandoori Chicken and Beef Tikka Massalla at the Indian restaurant down the street from the office. He was serious in his advice, looking at…

Colli Bolognesi, dai!

Ueeeh! Mah! Bop! Dai! These are just a few of the words you can use on your next trip to Italy if you want to communicate with Italians like a local. Add the corresponding facial expression, hand gesture or shoulder shrug and you’ll blend right in. Or drop the word “Soccia” every now and then…

Discovering the Dão Part 3: The Three Little Brothers

“Mais vale uma enxada na mão do que uma mão inchada” (Better to have a hoe in hand than a swollen hand) I’m really behind on my wine writing but before time slips too far away and my keyboard writes stories of (gasp) Italian wines, I’ve carved out some wine time to backtrack and write…

Discovering the Dão Part 2: Casa de Mouraz

  “In the Dão you have to look for the vines… It is not easy”, explains Sara Dionísio, co-owner of Casa de Mouraz wines, an organic and biodynamic wine producer in central Portugal. She changes gears on her pickup truck, maneuvering left and right in attempts to avoid the bumps and rocks along a narrow…

Understanding the Port in Portugal

“More than a gift from nature, Port Wine is essentially a historic body, a collective cultural heritage of work and experience, art and skill accumulated over generations. Port Wine is and should remain a key product in the national economy, still representing a symbolic value that distinctly represents Portugal worldwide.” — Port Wine Characterisation and Positioning…

The Mad Ones

“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.” – Joseph Campbell A sales agent at the wine fair was pitching her company’s wines to me and a friend this summer. My friend knew the winemaker and was curious to try his latest vintage. He examined its…