GDP on Wine

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz

Ranting everyday (almost)

Posted by Gregory Dal Piaz, Sep 15, 2011.

So on Monday at 7:30pm i'm going to kick off my webcast series with some live rants. I hope to be live with you as frequently as possible, we're running the webcasts m-th, though some will be videos of interviews, walks through famous vineyards, and who knows what else.


That's where you come in. I hope you'll join me on my Daily Rant Channel:!


I also want to know what you want to see?

What questions you want answered?

What guests you would be interested in seeing?

And in general what YOU think I should be doing with a daily webcast.

I'm really looking forward to hearing from you all.






Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 15, 2011.

Well, my own personal rant would be about the overuse of pictures of little castles on Bordeaux labels.  ;-) Ban them!

I think a guest rant from GregT about the "cork is environmentally friendly campaign" is in order also.

Pricing abuse by the Bordelais:  dmcker should guest.

Seriously, the promulgation of laws restricting direct sales of wine over the web, antiquated state laws that make it difficult for the wineries already, and the general influence of distributors over what we get to experience is an interesting topic. 

If you want raves, how about a shout out to the Spanish houses, some really large, that have modernized and improved while keeping prices so reasonable? The concentration of control in wine in Napa has been generally a bad thing, IMO, ofttimes at the hands of outsiders who just want more stuff for their distribution pipeline to put on shelves next to scotch, but Spain's large producers seem to be upping the game a fair bit, not sinking into mediocrity.  Let's encourage that.

Reply by GregT, Sep 15, 2011.

Fox - one Greg is probably enough!  Anyhow, I'd like to see a rant about the idiots who stop at the very top of the subway stairs because they can finally get a signal and they want to start texting their friends.  No concern for the whole line of people behind them. Or the people who walk with their nose down because they're texting and they expect you to walk around them.  Just got off the subway and in my kinder, gentler way, walked directly into 2 people guilty of the above. 

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Sep 15, 2011.

I forgot the password so haven't posted since i created this site, but this one's for you Greg

Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 15, 2011.

Oh, well, general purpose rants, got a lot of those.  That's why I need a glass of red at the end of the day.  How about the eco-responsible hipsters in my neighborhood, where many of us have kids running around, who ride their fixies on the sidewalk?  I'm sorry, if you are over, say, 10, ride in the street and get a helmet.  This isn't a suburb with leafy wide streets and you knew that when you moved in.  Or the idjits who ride with over the ear headphones plugged into their Ipods to block out the noise from the cars and no helmets? BTW, I commute to work on a bike, with helmet, about 60% of the time.  If I can ride in the streets, so can they. I'm ready to knock these clowns over with an elbow next time they come screaming up behind me on their way to the yoga studio.

Reply by Poldark Maximus, Sep 15, 2011.

Mixologists who fail to recommend a wine or a beer when "the moment is right", or the food or the ambient room temperature suggests leaving the blender to thte side.  So I end up with a mojito with overtones of lemon grass and carmelized hibiscus when what I had written all over my face was either a Stella Artois or a half decent Sancerre. Good bye summer. Hello l'automne.

Reply by napagirl68, Sep 15, 2011.

I agree I would watch GregT's cork rant cause I agree!

Reply by Lucha Vino, Sep 16, 2011.

I'm with Fox on the Spanish wines and the hipster bike riders. 

And I would add the topic of Why does a glass of wine at the restaurant cost as much as the bottle at retail?

Reply by JonDerry, Sep 16, 2011.

Greg, you'll be happy to hear if you haven't already that they're giving out tickets for texting while walking in Philly.

Reply by dmcker, Sep 16, 2011.

That really a true story, Jon? Guess you didn't see the corrections:

"19 Jul 2011 – Correction Appended: July 19, 2011 UPDATE: Awww. It's not true. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter himself took to Twitter, saying, "It is NOT illegal to text and walk in Philly. You will NOT be fined. You will NOT be ticketed."


"PHILADELPHIA - July 19, 2011 (WPVI) -- Have you heard that Philadelphia police will hand out tickets for texting and walking? Philly's deputy mayor says that's not true.

A report that texting and walking would be a ticketable offense from a local news station was picked up by a number of news networks and blogs overnight.

The stories quoted Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler.

However, when contacted by Action News on Tuesday, Cutler said that is not true. Furthermore, she questioned how such a law could even be enforced.

The story originally appeared as part of a report on the city's 'Give Respect-Get Respect' campaign. It's described as an educational initiative for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to be more aware and mindful of each other on Philadelphia's roads.

In a statement released on Tuesday afternoon, Cutler said pedestrians may be reminded to be more aware of their surroundings; however, there are no citations issued by the Philadelphia Police Department for texting while walking.

If a Philadelphia police officer observes a driver, cyclist or pedestrian participating in any kind of potentially dangerous behavior, the officer will remind them to be careful.

The city has warned nearly 600 bicyclists about dangerous behavior and more than 100 motorists about distracted driving."



Sure it seemed like a great story, though, and perfect punchline to GregT's rant. So I guess I should rant about people (like me most of the time) who don't go to the trouble of chasing down details that are so easy to find on the web.  Your reference was so spot-on, Jon, but the municipal regs seeming so hare-brained, that I was forced to get off my digital derriere and go check.  ;-)

Well, if back to wine, there are all sorts of obnoxious wrongheaded service faux pas regarding wine service in restaurants. Seem to remember a past forum thread or two.

Am wondering about the thinking behind the *daily* nature of your rant blog, though, GregDP. Should I assume the calculation is there will be no loss of heft/novelty/originality/desirability-of-checking-and-following/wit-and-wisdom-density with such frequent publishing?

Reply by JonDerry, Sep 16, 2011.

Thanks for finding the truth dm, you correctly assumed that I believed in the law, but in my defense I had just heard about it at the gym directly for posting. 

But anyway, point taken about items easily found on the internet. I can think of a few cliches which outline just how common the lazy or inept human condition can be.

"The voice of reason is seldom heard"

"90% of life is just showing up...and maybe trying a google search while you're there."

"The elusive obvious" - A lot of times, we just don't think about what's right there in front of us. It's also why being successful in life is mostly a choice.  If you're productive and try hard, good things are bound to come to you.  I feel a bunch of people working circles around me now as I idly post on snooth, so now time to catch up.

Reply by GregT, Sep 17, 2011.

Texting alone deserves a whole website for rants.  It's illegal to do while driving in NY.  Now wouldn't you wonder why anyone would do it while driving anyway?  Legal or not?  But they do. Or stopping you mid conversation because they need to respond to a text immediately.  Or at a self-serve checkout or any checkout. The whole idea that a text REQUIRES an immediate response or the planet will stop spinning on its axis. 

And don't let's get started on gum . . .

BTW Greg - great website!!

Reply by ScottLauraH, Sep 17, 2011.

With you GregT on the texting.  The whole point of texting was so that you could communicate information efficiently and did not have to respond immediately as with a phone conversation. 

Reply by dmcker, Sep 17, 2011.

Yeah, GregT, I went through a phase with my daughters a large part of last decade where they would be processing 3figures of texts a day. Mid-meal, mid-conversation, while walking (they got angry if once in a blue moon I had to answer one and stopped walking to do it, since they had the one-handed texting-while-walking dance down), while lying in bed, etc. I warned them the sign of their generation would be them as old folks in a perpetual osteoporosis-like hunch facing down at clutching hands, and that they'd be laughed at by their children and grandchildren for having brought it on themselves.

Well fortunately, now well into their 20s, they've learned some manners with the things. Weirdly enough I'm texting a lot more since I now work a lot with developers who can't be bothered to pick up the phone, whether they're in their 20s, 30s or 40s. It's either SMS or iChat or Skype or Basecamp. Perpetual, though they will do voice over Skype and iChat (but not the phone). Even realtime changes in itinerary for meeting for drinks after work go through a texting thread or two. Sometimes I get flack for not texting back immediately, but I can't be fussed to drop everything. In their view email is for reasoned, 'slow' response. Texting means *now*. And I guess phone calls are just too demandingly disruptive, loud, and profitable for the cellphone carrier. Probably seems easier to get away with texting in restaurants, bars, and the like, as well as more private....

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