Booze Wholesalers and The Stupidity of My Species

Booze Wholesalers and The Stupidity of My Species

“UNDER SIEGE: DON’T LET A GOOD SYSTEM SINK” No, really, let’s let that system sink…all the way to the bottom of the archaic well from which it first emerged. That system in question is the “Three Tier System” and as you might imagine it’s wholesalers/distributors who are pleading for its continuation. In the case of the headline above, the plea comes from the NBWA: National Boxcarriers and Whiners of America….Wait…I got that wrong. I meant the National Beer Wholesalers of…

Feb 3, 2015

Urging Reviews of American Sauvignon Blanc-Semillion Blends

Urging Reviews of American Sauvignon Blanc-Semillion Blends

Charlie Olken, a man who has seen and tasted more wines than 99.9% of us, makes an interesting observation in the latest Connoisseurs Guide Blog Post: Why the hell are there not more Semillion-Sauvignon Blanc blends produced by American wineries? It’s not as though this blend of whites isn’t both common and well-accepted (see Bordeaux — or, for that matter, see Australia. Or, just talk to the Meritage Alliance). Additionally, this blend of whites has another thing going for it:…

Jan 22, 2015

The Key Message Behind the New Wine Direct Shipping Report

The Key Message Behind the New Wine Direct Shipping Report

Last week ShipCompliant and Wines & Vines released their annual Winery Direct Wine Shipping Report. It told of a 15.5% increase in the value of the winery to consumer shipping channel to more than $1.8 billion. At the same time, Wines and Vines reported that in 2014 off premise (retail) sales of domestic wines (the same category of wines that were the subject of the Direct Shipping Report) increased by 5% in 2014 to $7.87 Billion. What didn’t get reported…

Jan 21, 2015

Unreported Responses to New Anti-Alcohol Study

Unreported Responses to New Anti-Alcohol Study

There is a brand new study published in JAMA Pediatrics journal being discussed in the media. The study concerns the impact of alcohol advertising on children and young adults. According to Time Magazine’s reporting on the study, researchers have shown that “Alcohol advertising that reaches children and young adults helps lead them to drink for the first time—or, if they’re experienced underage drinkers, to drink more.” The author of the study, James D. Sargent, MD, concludes that his study is…

Jan 19, 2015

The Old School Wine Critic Is As Important as Ever

The Old School Wine Critic Is As Important as Ever

The last few years has seen a great deal of talk about the demise of the traditional or “Old School” wine critics, their power and their relevance. Those offering this view mean the Wine Spectator, Robert Parker, The Wine Enthusiast Magazine, etc. The observation is usually coupled with reference to the power of peer reviews, blogs and social media. I have a story to tell. Friends of mine have been making Cabernet from Napa Valley grapes for about six or…