Will the retail apocalypse hit the wine business (being prepared may not be a bad thing)

All around the world there are signs of an impending retail apocalypse. Seemingly no industry is out of the reach of this doom as more and more businesses shift away from physical retail stores and instead focus on online sales while ramping up their distribution networks. It got me thinking, is the wine industry going to face a similar fate? Or will it be able to survive? 

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How to drink wine like a NBA Superstar (without having to improve your jump shot)

Far from just indulging themselves in expensive bottles, these gentlemen of basketball have become real wine lovers who can pull apart the secrets of red wine blends as effortlessly as they can hit a game winning three pointer. So it got us thinking, how do you drink wine like a NBA superstar and become just as cool as they are?

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Sam Bilbro and Idlewild Wine | A singular, extraordinary experience of Piedmont in California

He listens to David Bowie while he sits amongst his barrels of wine after a full day of work, taking stock as the spectacular quietly ferments in each barrel. You have to ask, how did it all begin? (photo credit Erik Castro)

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Did you know Portland was more than just Pinot? It could be the coolest wine city in the US!

Portland, Oregon might just be the coolest city for wine in the United States!

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The next frontier of direct wine sales is online (and here's how to dominate it!)

We know that online sales are going to be crucial in the not so distant future, especially given business, economic, and cultural shifts in the industry. But for some reason the industry is still shy and in the dark compared to other industries. 

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Crush your next dinner party with the perfect wines (a how to that doesn't suck)

Let your geek flag fly through your actions, and let folks fall in love with the wines on their own terms. Its really simple, but if you do it right you're going to totally crush it. Yes, we love the crushing wine puns too.

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Insane, powerful, full bodied red wines that will blow your mind (and you probably never heard of them)

These wines are mind blowing, earth shattering, and you probably never even knew they existed. Aren't you happy you have us?

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Counoise is the light bodied red wine you will love (but have never heard of)

It could take down Lizard, The Kingpin, Venom, and Carnage all in one night, get some great photos that will piss of J. Jonah Jameson, and still get an upside down make out session with the hottest redhead in the universe, Ms. Mary Jane Watson. Yeh, Counoise is pretty cool for your friendly neighborhood red wine. 

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The wine industry is broken! (But there are ways we can fix it)

Many in the business chase ratings and awards to justify charging more for what is a clone of the wine you have seen and tasted a hundred times over. The wines, like their producers, are void of character, of life, and of taste. Speak softly though, and you will find a growing insurrection of winemakers who want to take the industry back...

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Valdiguie is back baby (and its going to make you a cooler wine drinker)

Then you come across a light bodied red wine like Valdiguie, and everything just changes. You've never heard of it, buts its always been around.

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The Teutonic Wine Company makes totally insane wines (And you're going to love them)

I wrote up about seven questions I was curious about asking Barnaby and Olga Tuttle of Teutonic Wine Company. I made it through one, and then Barnaby and I went off on a tangent about life, wine, and Black Sabbath. God dammit I love my job.

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Wines that Rock: Ramato - How Pinot Gris becomes Pinot Funky!

If Orange wine is ever going to be a "thing" its biggest star is going to be Ramato.

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5 Obscure wines you need to try!

This is just a start, but here are 5 obscure wines you need to know, find, and drink as soon as you can!

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Wine trends for 2018 - Wines we are looking forward to drinking more of this year

Yeh, 2017 was great, but the wines that are going to make 2018 are so much more fun. We cannot wait to be drinking more of these wines in 2018, and we predict you are all going to be drinking with us.

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How to learn wine in 3 easy steps

You don't need to learn everything about wine, but being a more confident about how you choose your wine will make you more appreciative.

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Pinot More - A difinitive guide to all the Pinot wines!

with all the Pinots out there, and even more winemaking styles devoted to them, it can all start to get a bit confusing. What is the difference between Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier? Between Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris?

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WTF are red blends? Really!

What the F*** are red blends and why does everybody say they like them? To get the full scope you have to understand what red wine blends REALLY are and why they are so awesome!

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White Wines for Winter

Who said winter had to be the solitary domain of red wines? White wines can strike and warm your heart just as much as any rich full bodied red wine can when the temperature drops outside.

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Wines that Rock: Grenache Blanc

The Grenache Blanc wines you find in America are so much more spiritual, entrenching you deep through the herbaceous aromas into an almost tantric state of desire. Who knew a white wine could do that to a person?

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The Hotlist: December 2017 - Wines you NEED to be drinking this month

December is here! That means places get lit up with lights and decorations and we spend way too much time outside at Christmas markets than anybody should reasonably do in this kind of weather. Yes its cold AF but do we care? Hell no!

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