The Good

Wv_2010-10-22_Kiosk Every once in a while I come across a post that is so imaginative and hilarious that is makes me laugh audibly (or LOL for you hip young folks), and possibly even wet myself a little. This week Joe Roberts, THE 1WineDude, had a great post about the alleged abductions of Pennsylvania shoppers by the state’s “MCP” Wine Kiosks. It’s like I always say, “you have to be watchful at all times for self-aware machines”.

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The Bad

One of the issues that has been a plague on the online wine world, is the lack of credible information to be found online. This is an issue for consumers, for bloggers, and even for wineries. The last year has seen some progress in this area, but there is still a lot of work to be done, and some of it can’t really be addressed by anyone other than the sources of the content. Dr. Vino has a great post up detailing the results of some web surfing that he did, and calling more attention to the paucity of credible info online.

I did want to call attention to the efforts of the peeps at Cruvee to develop a resource to gather information about wines and wineries into an easily accessible location. Although they are fighting an uphill battle, they are doing good work. Adoption is still an issue, but as time goes on there have been more and more developments that have made this technology a useful tool for wineries and for those looking for information about wineries and wines.


The Ugly

The state of Washington had a blogging firestorm erupt this week over one of the state’s most respected and critically acclaimed wineries. The hubbub all started with a post from Kori Voorhees of the WinePeeps blog, in which Voorhees detailed the results of a laboratory analysis of Cayuse wine that indicated that the wine contained abnormally high levels of dimethyl sulfide, or DMS. Voorhees’ post branded Cayuse as a flawed wine, and chalked up the unique characteristics of Cayuse wines to flaws, rather than the terroir that these traits have generally been ascribed to by wine writers.

The post prompted Sean Sullivan of Washington Wine Report to issue a response, in which he pointed out some flaws in the WinePeeps analysis and reporting. Although Sullivan has spoken positively of Cayuse wines in the past, his response to Voorhees was directed more at the logic employed in the post and at gaps in the information.

This post isn’t the right forum for me to go into a response to this issue, although I do have some thoughts on the issue that I would be happy to discuss. Regardless, a look at the comment thread for the WinePeeps post will show how much of a ruckus was raised by this post. Cayuse wines have been held up as some of the most sought after wines produced in Washington, so the allegations have naturally elicited quite an uproar. Should be interesting to see if we have heard the last of this issue.