I’ve been watching the case of the New York Times for many years, to see what would be the fate of the Gray Lady. At the height of the Great Recession, the paper was said to be perilously close to going under, the result of (a) declining readership because …read more
Video: Meet Portugal’s Most Distinguished Port Producers Sweet, strong and savory, Port is one of the world’s most famous wines. Join Michael Fagan as he travels east along the mighty Douro by train to see the incredibly steep, hot and rocky terrain where Port grapes are grown and must be …read more
UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization) recently added Bilbao to its Creative Cities Network in the ‘Design’ category.
This international recognition allows Bilbao to join a select group of global cities recognized for design along with Berlin, Buenos Aires, Beijing, Shanghai, Montreal, Seoul, Nagoya, Kobe, Shenzen, Saint Étienne …read more
Robert Larsen and Me
He just threw the question out, which might as well been rhetorical. “Do you want to join the trade event or should we do a private one for a few of your wine club friends?” That’s what Robert Larsen, director of communications for Rodney Strong …read more
Above: Giuseppe Rinaldi at his winery in Barolo in 2010. Aggressive enforcement of EU regulations and the prospect of steep fines are forcing him to change the names of his wines.
Across the Italian wine world, producers and trade observers have been loudly protesting and denouncing new European Union regulations that …read more
When is it time for a winery to “offload” underperforming brands?
It happens. You’ve had a line, or SKU, in the market for years, but for some reason, it’s never gained traction. So the hard decision must be faced: Is it time to pull the plug on Grandma?
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Back in October, I spent a couple of very hectic but very rewarding weeks in Tokaji, Hungary, acting as on-screen “talent” for a promotional push of the region’s excellent dry Furmint white wines, aimed at the American market.
I had a fantastic time with everyone involved in the project, but …read more