Making another stop in The Good this week is Vintank, who just released a great report on what 2011 has in store for the wine industry in regards to technology. 1WineDude posts that he thinks the report might be too optimistic, and it might well be, but I still like the thought process behind the report.

I also have an item to add that really has very little to do with wine. This week President Obama awarded Wendell Berry with a National Humanities Medal. For those who don’t know about Berry, he is an author, poet, and thinker who writes about American culture, and specifically related to agriculture. His book The Unsettling of America was a huge influence on me, and I think that there is a lot that the wine industry could learn from his perspective on agriculture. Thanks to Jeff Weissler of Conscious Wine for calling my attention to the news.


Great post this week on Washington Wine Report about Washington wineries possibly fudging on alcohol levels. I think this happens all over the place, but great post calling attention to it. I don’t know how often wineries purposely fudge the numbers on ABV, but I know that it happens occasionally.


Hard to choose anything other than the tragic earthquake and tsunamis in Japan for the ugly this week. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan this morning.

On a lighter note, Suburban Wino has another great edition of Booze in the News this week, from which I pull the following image of an ugly Charlie Sheen, looking like he isn’t #winning.