Author Archives: David Boyer

Honor Amongst Snobs

I’ve been told I am a wine snob by family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers. I shouldn’t be offended and I’m not – there are worse things to be called. But I don’t understand why I would be called a snob just for learning about something and then being selective about my taste. Except for the

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The Future of Futures

 Confusing isn’t it? Read on. Barrel tasting scores are starting to roll in for the ’08 Bordeaux vintage, which means it’s also time to begin seeing prices for Bordeaux futures. In case you’re not familiar, a barrel tasting is exactly as you would think: wine is extracted and tasted from the wood barrel that is

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The Sting? (Maybe)

 What would happen if you were the seller of goods or services (I can’t think of a for-profit enterprise that doesn’t sell something) but you have a very sagacious clientele that insists on low-balling you at every opportunity? You want $100. Your client tells you she’ll pay $60. You want $1000. Your client says $650. Painful

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Where Is Your Bar?

   There seems to still be no end in sight as to how often everyone in the wine press tells us how bad things are for wineries. And with that message repeating itself like Obama talking about health care, nearly everyone is writing about all the great deals out there. Some of it’s true and

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Junk – 1ère Partie

I continue to hear over and over that wine consumers aretrading down – that is, we may not be buying less wine necessarily, but we arebuying less expensive wines. And because I am Bordeaux-centric I hear a lot of other stufftoo; like French wine has been shoved off the gallows, hit the end of its

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Secret Closet for Merlot

Find one or build one. A secret closet for Merlot – you know, somewhere you can go drink Merlot without anyone knowing that you drink Merlot? This way you won’t feel embarrassed and no one can find you to beat you up because it’s not cool to drink Merlot. I had forgotten how great this

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