What the Wine.com API Release Means for Consumers

IMG 011It was announced today that wine.com has released it’s API, which is the framework that allows third party websites to link to it’s extensive online database. This means that some wine related website’s will choose to incorporate information from Wine.com into their site, allowing for more extensive information to be delivered directly to the end user. Think of what Google maps has done for the internet. There are an untold number of implementations of Google’s API on a hoard of different website’s. Wine.com is hoping to do the same thing.

But how many people actually buy wine through online retailers? According to a 2008 study by Vinquest:

U.S. wineries seem to think they sold about 2% of their wine through online wine retailers in 2007. Total sales through this channel were likely in the $200 to $400 million range for 2007

Not much when you look at the overall picture. There is definitely a lot of room for growth in the area. But is this what the average wine consumer wants? Or is it easier just to pick up a bottle from the local merchant or megamart and not have to wait or worry about shipping?

So far it seems the public has spoken.

Premium Wine at Premium Discounts

carma_vineyardsWhen budgets are tight, retailers adapt, and in the wine industry, it’s the overpriced wines that need to make the concession.

Among the more eyebrow-raising deals he’s seen in the past several weeks have been half bottles of Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa cabernet 2002, Wine Spectator magazine’s wine of the year, wholesaling for a mere $10 each (the wine’s release price for a full-size bottle was $150; retailers jacked the price even higher once the wine received its distinction)

Read [Forbes.com]

Winexpression – Now a Part of History – Comments Posted Here to be Used in Trial

Photo: Sausalito Police Department
Photo: Sausalito Police Department

You never know what might happen after you click the publish button. In a post that appeared nearly 4 years ago, this site covered a piece of news that shocked the wine community on the suspected arson of a facility in Vallejo that housed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of wine. The latest developments (yeah I know, the San Francisco Chronicle got the name of this site wrong, I’m emailing them about it…) include comments made on  this little blog by carlmwormwood who authorities say is actually the suspect, Mark C. Anderson, a.k.a “Joe Sausalito”. These comments will be included in testimony against Mark when he goes to stand trial.

Prosecutors said in recent court filings that they should be able to show the Internet postings – made at winexpression.com [edited for accurate spelling], a site geared toward oenophiles – to jurors because they revealed Anderson’s “consciousness of guilt.”

Here is an excerpt of the comments on this site (click for full comments):

Hasn’t anyone ever looked into the other people at Wines Central. Their manager there was involved in over 5,000-6,000 cases of “missing” Pride Mountain wines about ten years ago….

…Jack Krystal didn’t own WinesCentral, he was bankrupt and needed the insurance to get out of town.

So there you have it. It’s still pre-trial, but the facts are there, and this blog is now a part of this events history.

Crazy.

6 Year Anniversary Contest Winners Announced

After the fantastically fair method of choosing my favorite people to give books to, I have decided on our winners!

Actually, that isn’t how it happened. To keep it fair, I printed everyone’s name onto a sheet of 8×11.5, cut small evenly spaced rectangles out, dropped them upside down in an empty cardboard cup, added some cream and sugar, and had a workmate reach in and pull out the winners:

1. Kimmers

2. Jenny T.

3. Zimmerwoman

4. Les E.

5. Jeff S.

6. Marisa

Congrats to all! I’ll be sending you an email with the list of books to choose from as it dwindles down.

Hopefully you will find these books just as educational and entertaining as Winexpression. One of my favorite’s is Hugh Johnson’s A Life Uncorked.  Pieces of his passion helped me appreciate the tales and emotions that are included in every glass. Passion for Pinot is a great coffee table book, with awesome photography provided by the senior sharpshooter on the project, Bob Holmes. Bob is one of those guys that delivers fantastic captures while not being over the top. His composition, attention to detail, and fantastic understanding of the medium makes each page he contributed to a pleasure to gaze at, and for longer than you planned. And of course, my fellow blogger and amigo, Dr.Vino, offers a great piece of work with his latest book A Year of Wine.

If you didn’t win (basically if you’re a loser) and you would still like one of these books, clicking on the link above gives me credit for your purchase and I can continue to pay the enormous hosting fee required to keep this top tiered website running and feed my starving children all at the same time!

Thanks again to everyone for all of your comments! I guess I’ll have to find those notches Emeril is always talking about and kick it up to one of them.

-jatemack