Daily Wine News: Social Media Health

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 04-11-2012

Courtesy of VinTank.

VinTank releases a “Winery Social Media Index,” which was “created to determine the social media health of a winery.” It looks like a powerful tool.

“The investigation did not reveal any evidence that Jay Miller received anything of value to visit wineries or taste wines on behalf of The Wine Advocate. Nonetheless, the investigation revealed that arrangements in Spain… created an appearance of impropriety.” The Wine Advocate concludes its internal investigation of CampoGate. (Mike Steinberger correctly predicted that Parker didn’t need to “sweat the outcome” of the investigation.)

Chris Kissack, the Wine Doctor, offers the most informative write-up thus far of Bordeaux’s 2011 vintage.

In Bloomberg, Krista Giovacco profiles The Wine Trust, the “only private-equity-structured wine-investment fund” in the United States.

New York’s 2012-13 budget included $3.3 million to construct a viticulture center at the Cornell Agricultural and Food Technology Park. Wines & Vines has the story.

Huge congratulations to Talia Baiocchi, Eater’s new Wine Editor.

In Sonoma, the McWilliams family (owners of Arista Winery) has purchased the 18-acre Martinelli Road Vineyard, a “sweet spot for great old-vine Zinfandel.” (As regular readers know, we featured Mark McWilliams in our most recent winemaker interview.)

Entrepreneur profiles Philip James of Lot18.

Steve and Jill Matthiasson spend a day with several rock star winemakers in the Michael Mara Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast.

If it’s a night of gluttony, reach for some wine from Three Fat Guys. (H/T: Deadspin.)

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