Disclosure & Ethics

Disclosure

In compliance with Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR Part 255, I make the following disclosure: people sometimes send me stuff for free. Most of the time this is wine as outlined in my sample policy below that I posted some years ago now. When I have received anything for free, I have clearly disclosed this in the post or podcast and will continue to do so.

Any advertising appearing on this blog and podcast does not constitute an endorsement of the product or service unless the product or service is being reviewed. I am currently a member of affiliate marketing programs from Amazon, Commission Junction, Snooth and WineZap and receive money or merchandise credit in exchange for links and/or advertising placed on this website. All reviews, editorials and other opinions stated on the blog and podcast are my own and not those of any advertiser, sponsor or affiliate.

Code of Ethics

Employment
I have and currently work with multiple wineries as a marketing consultant. I will not review or comment on any wines made at wineries I work with to avoid any conflicts of interest. Should my employment status change, I will disclose this fact but continue to refrain from reviewing wines from any winery I have worked with.

Wine Samples
I accept wine samples offered by wineries, distributors and retailers but do not solicit them directly. This does not mean that I will review all wines submitted on the blog or podcast, but I will taste and offer my notes privately to all submissions upon request. I will continue to disclose the sources of all wines I don’t buy directly in all blog posts and podcasts for complete transparency. On each review, the word “sample” is used to denote I received this wine free of charge. If that word is not present, I purchased the wine at retail.