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Alder on America

Alder Yarrow, much-garlanded founder of Vinography.com, one of the earliest wine blogs, is based in San Francisco and sends us a monthly despatch on what is currently preoccupying wine-loving Americans.

As someone who makes his primary living helping leading companies utilise internet technologies for competitive advantage, I have always found observing the wine industry’s approach to the Internet an amusing spectator sport. When feeling particularly uncharitable, I liken it to the early. More...
The world of wine media has changed greatly in the 10 years since I began my wine blog, Vinography.com . By the end of 2004 there were perhaps a dozen wine blogs in existence, but within two years that number would swell into the hundreds, and later, thousands. With the exception of a few. More...
Living for all intents and purposes in the epicentre of California wine, I find it less than easy to consistently explore America's other wine regions, let alone immerse myself in them. Tasting wines from elsewhere in the country takes a special effort, but often pays great dividends. My. More...
6 May - We have added a Comments box below for those who would like to add their own views on this contentious subject. 1 May - We recently published Australian Master of Wine Ned Goodwin's decidedly negative views on the Japanese wine scene in Why Japan has lost its MW . A s part of our. More...
It began on a whim and has become a focal point for the conversation about where California wine is going. The tasting known as In Pursuit of Balance, held last week at  Bluxome Street Winery in San Francisco  (see below), and six weeks ago in New York, has now become the most. More...
As I write these words, the usually sunny state of Georgia has been brought to a standstill thanks to more than six inches of snow and freezing rain. A weather front that has been dubbed a 'polar vortex' has caused one of the greatest travel disruptions in American history, cancelling tens of. More...
Not since the Mondavi brothers faced each other in a San Francisco courtroom has there been so much drama in the world of fine wine. Like many of my fellow pundits, I followed the trial of Rudy Kurniawan and the events that led up to it closely. Being slightly more inquisitive than your. More...
Stand long enough by the side of any major highway that traverses one of California's major wine regions and you'll see them: bright, shiny tanker trucks filled with wine. As visible as these trucks are on the roads, their loads represent a part of the wine world that everyone seems content to. More...
What does the world look like to those in the midst of a quiet revolution? As with the frog in a pot of slowly heating water, sometimes change can be hard to see when it doesn't arrive with a clap of thunder, an overnight recession, or live narration from a serious-looking news reporter with a. More...
Following trends in America on any subject can be a recipe for motion sickness. As anyone who has spent time observing what is 'trending' on Twitter can attest, the American zeitgeist ebbs and flows at a rapid clip. But my job is to keep my finger on the pulse of this throbbing artery, and give. More...
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