Wine Lovers Saw This Coming—Dumb Marijuana Science

Wine Lovers Saw This Coming—Dumb Marijuana Science

For as long as I can remember, I’ve watched news outlets report the findings of studies on wine and alcohol that the reader looks at and says, “Well Duh! Did we really need a study to figure this out?” Headlines on such reports often read like, “Study finds people are happier after two glasses of wine” or ” ‘Beer Goggles’ Really Do Exist Study Finds”. I’m waiting for this headline: “New Study Finds Over Consumption of Water Can Lead to…

Aug 23, 2016

The Best Wine Blogger Steps Back

The Best Wine Blogger Steps Back

It’s interesting and notable. Steve Heimoff is first and foremost a wine writer. His long stints writing for The Wine Spectator, then writing from the position of Senior Editor at the Wine Enthusiast, and through is two books on wine make this clear. And yet, he is also the best wine blogger wine blogging has yet seen. Steve announced his retirement on Monday. He announced he is not only leaving his most recent position as a communicator at Jackson Family…

Aug 22, 2016

Wine Lovers—Please Step Up To Help One of the Good Guys!

Wine Lovers—Please Step Up To Help One of the Good Guys!

Greg Walter isn’t just one of the good guys of wine, he’s one of the really important guys of wine. He has more that 35 years of communicating about wine under his belt. He has served as one of key developers of the Wine Spectator that helped bring millions into the wine drinking community. He has been editor of the influential Pinot Report that has introduced Pinot lovers to so many great Pinot Noirs and helped bring Pinot out of…

Aug 19, 2016

Temperature Control Impacting Wine Shipments

Temperature Control Impacting Wine Shipments

Wineries and consumers are starting to see the impact of affordable temperature controlled shipment of wine. Wines and Vines Magazine this week reported that in July the value of direct-to-consumer wine shipments increased to $82 million, a 23% bump over July 2015 . This is the largest increase for July in four years. Undoubtedly a lot of this increase has to do with wineries’ new willingness to ship wine in July using services such as Fed Ex’s Coldchain. One long-term…

Aug 15, 2016

The Billion Dollar Wine Boondoggle

The Billion Dollar Wine Boondoggle

We know that wineries in the United States ship upwards of $2 billion in wine directly to consumers across the country. What we don’t know is the value of wine shipped directly to consumers from wine retailers. Yet, we can say with great confidence that the concerted effort by wine distributors, wineries and some retailers to stamp out interstate commerce in wine by retailers has cost the wine industry in America billions of dollars. Today only 14 states explicitly allow…