Douglas Levin

Member Since:
Oct 2017

Trained, certified Professional Sommelier. Wine writer/blogger. Wine collector with extensive wine travel. Working with the wine industry as a part-time consultant. Providing cellar management and procurement strategies, wine training & education, beverage business planning and marketing to the trade. 

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Published Articles (9)

Climate Change and Wine

As wildfires rage through Napa and Sonoma, a brief look at how global warming may impact wine producers and enthusiasts alike.

Wine Certifications MW, CWE, WSET and MS? Differences AND Why You Want To Know

A review of wine certifications, their specific focus and how the different training impacts interactions with consumers.

Is the Concept of Terroir in Wine Legitimate?

An examination of the science of terroir and its impact on wine flavor profiles from a sommelier’s perspective.

Watching a California AVA Change its Identity

An overview of the ‘Lodi Native” movement and the changing character of winemaking in a region focused on bulk wine and wine growing in the past.

Changing U.S. Wine Landscape: Will producers, distributors & retailers pivot?

A discussion of the changing demographics of wine consumers and how that is affecting the industry.

Is Wine Style Part of the Business Plan?

A brief evaluation of the importance of wine style selection as part of a winery’s business and marketing plans.

Winemaking Aristocracy: Interview with David Ramey of Ramey Cellars

Extensive tasting notes of a broad selection of Ramey wines and a dive into a winemaker/owner with very definitive opinions regarding wine style and winemaking technique.

Winemaking: A lifestyle or a Profession? Interview with Todd Anderson of Conn Valley & Ghost Horse Wineries

Fascinating interview with one of the larger-than-life original icons of Napa Valley, Todd Anderson.

Winemaker Interview: Kale Anderson of Pahlmeyer & Kale Wineries

A rambling interview that touches on: Kale’s background, lack of vintage variation at Pahlmeyer and cool climate syrah as his pet project.