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I’m so cool!

im_so_coolColman Andrews, the much-lauded writer who co-founded Saveur and made the world hungry for Catalan cuisine, has compiled a list of “The 60 (Plus) Coolest People in Food and Drink” over on the website he now edits, the Daily Meal. On it, he naturally includes such legends as Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Grant Achatz, Rick Bayless, Jim Clendenon, and also … me!

Um, did I miss something? I can’t believe I made anyone’s cool list, especially his with 59 (plus) amazing people. But it is an honor and shows that he is a man of discerning taste (but we already knew that from the way he spells his first name). Of course, nobody else on the list will mention it or post about it because they are all so cool, natch. But not me! I need to go wake the kids to let them know their dad is officially cool!

Check out the full list.

Google Reader is dead, long live feeds

google_readerA bit of housekeeping: Sadly and strangely, Google is ending the service known as Google Reader today. The thinking is that in this social media era, people get their news from Twitter and Facebook more than feeds.

Yet 17,425 people subscribe to this site’s feed. Here’s an article from Slate that suggests how to find another feed reader such as Feedly (with a one-click import from Google Reader), Pulse or the mobile-only Flipboard. If you’d like to import your feeds from Google Reader, today is the last day to do so before they shut the service down. What are your favorite feed readers?

Also, you can keep up with the site content through the DrVino twitter handle and Dr. Vino Facebook page. Or get posts sent via email.

Any which way you choose, we appreciate your interest in the site. Now back to regular programing.

Introducing the wine jobs board at Dr. Vino

winejobsAre you interested in becoming a sales rep for a wine distributor with the area industry’s “highest salaries”? Or becoming a senior buyer at a chain of 78 wine stores grossing $1 billion? How about a senior PR position at a wine importer? Would you like to be a sommelier at a leading restaurant in New York City?

All these positions–and more!– currently available and posted over at the new wine industry jobs board that I am launching today. Consumers, turn your passion for wine into a profession, either full-time or part time. Trade readers who want to trade up or trade across, check out what is available.

And employers, shine a light on your search by listing your open positions. For a limited time, take $99 off a classic listing (yes, that makes it FREE) or a premium listing by entering “pinot” at checkout. Premium listings remain at the top of the page, get listed in the daily email, and on the sidebar of the blog. Leverage our audience by providing the best possible visibility to your search for finding the strongest candidate.

So what are you waiting for, click over and take a look at!

A new daily email service!

Do you love the smell of freshly baked blog posts hitting your inbox every morning? Then sign up for my new “daily dose.”

I’ve been sending them with the new service for about ten days so if you are a subscriber and you have been feeling a nagging emptiness in your inbox, then something has gone wrong–feel free to let me know or add tyler @ to your white list. I’ve already done some troubleshooting with a couple of loyal readers and we seem to A-OK on all mail programs.

Sign up today and get a gold star! If you’re not into email, you can plug the blog feed into some browsers, mail programs or Google Reader. Keep in touch! And as they say in America’s finest restaurants: “enjoy!”

Harvest photos, Muscadet, frauds, wine course — sipped & spit

SIPPED: quality
The Muscadet region, known for quantity over quality, now boasts three sites officially recognized as superior, as crus, including Clisson. So glad the authorities are catching up! []

SNAPPED: fun pics of the 2011 harvest in the Loire (one of which is above). [Wine Terroirs]

HAMMERED: $500k of Lafite
A vertical of 25 solid cases of Lafite from 1981-2005 sold for $539,280 to an “anonymous Chinese phone bidder” at a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong. Great way to dump those ’91s! [WSJ]

SIPPED: going postal: The budgetary crisis at the US Postal Service puts wine shipping on the table. [NYT]

SPIT: frauds
Mike Steinberger summarizes the recent reactions–and adds his own–to Parker’s recent report on tasting fraudulent wines. [winediarist]

SIPPED: edumacation
My next NYU wine course runs Oct 12 – Nov 16. Registration and details.

Like Dr. Vino on Facebook!

Yes, just what the internet needed–another page for Dr. Vino on the internet! You can now follow us over on Facebook. However, for reasons known only to Mark Zuckerberg, the best way to keep up with the page is to “like” it by clicking the LIKE button on the page. This puts page updates in your news feed–assuming you are one of the 500 million people on Facebook, that is. Whether you have joined or not, you can click on the the “wall” to seem the latest links and commentary. Join the fray!
Tweet: you can also keep up on

Wine Blog Awards, 2010 edition

It’s that time of year again: the wine blog awards! A panel of (unnamed) judges has selected some finalists in eight categories. The awards are always a good way to discover some new blogs or check in with older ones. has been named a finalist in the “Best Wine Blog” category. The other finalists are the New York Cork Report, Palate Press, the San Francisco Chronicle’s The Cellarist and 1winedude.

Check out all the nominees and cast your ballot. Voting ends Sunday, May 30.

Dr. Vino in John and Dottie’s new ABCs

John Brecher and Dorothy Gaiter, the wildly popular wine columnists at the Wall Street Journal, published an updated glossary of handy wine terms in Saturday’s column. Here’s their headline:

brecher-gaiterSinging the ABCs of Wine
The columnists’ updated glossary swaps Parker for Dr. Vino and Vayniacs; why there are 27 entries

It was very nice of them to give Dr. Vino a shout out! (Click through for their full comments.) And to hold up my book A Year of Wine: Perfect Pairings, Great Buys, and What to Sip for Each Season in the accompanying video! Check out their glossary for other fun wine terms, such as Xinomavro and Zweigelt (also good in Scrabble).


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