First of all, I want to thank everyone who has given me support in my search for a job in the wine biz. You guys are all awesome. A special thanks to the guys at Wine Biz Radio for mentioning my search on their show this week.

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The Good


Man, this is another week where I found so many Good posts that I just couldn’t narrow it down to one. I actually left off some other great posts this week, but these are three of my favorites:

I love it when people think outside of the box for a post, and this week on the A Long Pour blog, there was a really creative post featuring an interview with that chain smoking misanthrope of a grape, Merlot.

Another great post comes from one of the really great wine writers (just ask him), Ken Payton of Reign of Terroir. This one touches on a topic that I’ve posted on recently, as has Jeff Lefevere of Good Grape fame. The topic at hand is Biodynamics, and Ken has posted an open letter (due to Ken’s comments being blocked on the Biodynaics is a Hoax blog) to Stuart Smith.

And last but not least, my friend Tamara Belgard from Sip With Me put together a great video with the help of Joe Herrig. You have to watch the video all the way to the end, as a really cool twist awaits you.

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The Bad

Things are looking bad in California. It doesn’t seem like we have quite reached the point of absolute panic, but weather conditions are definitely adding a wrinkle to the 2010 grape season. Brian Wing writes about the situation on his Norcal Wingman blog.

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The Ugly

There is nothing worse than when politics seeps in to ruin what could be a great new wine development for an area. Josh Wade from Drink Nectar posted a story about a situation that has been fermenting (sorry) in Spokane recently. The people of Spokane were on the verge of having another quality winery setting up shop with a tasting room, but some politics scuttled the whole venture. The real losers in this situation are the people of Spokane.

Birthday Wishes

I don’t necessarily plan to make a habit of adding birthdays to this post, but I did want to give a couple of shout outs to people who had birthdays this week.

Jim Morris from Michel Schlumberger Winery had a birthday on August 2nd. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Jim, but by all accounts he is a great guy, and I hope I’m able to run into him on an upcoming trip to California.

I also wanted to wish Rick Bakas a happy 40th birthday today. I have really enjoyed getting to talk with Rick over the last month or so, and was lucky enough to meet him at the Wine Bloggers’ Conference. Rick is not just a social media superstar, he is also a great guy and supporter of the wine community. Happy Birthday Rick!

Cheers!