Illinois Bottom Feeding Lawyer Goes After Wine Shippers

Illinois Bottom Feeding Lawyer Goes After Wine Shippers

Direct to consumer shipping into the state of Illinois is about to get a lot more expensive for a number of wineries due to a guttersnipe of a lawyer and an attorney general who can’t see their way to putting a stop to this litigious tyrant they have publicly condemned. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are at state for wineries that will be ensnared in this ambulance chaser’s net. Illinois’ “False Claims Act” is a “whistle-blower” law that encourages people…

Dec 19, 2014

Consumer Wine Tastings in Jeopardy in California

Consumer Wine Tastings in Jeopardy in California

If the California Board of Equalization (BOE) gets what it wants, some of California’s best consumer wine tastings may find themselves in great jeopardy. One already is. Pinot Days, the annual tasting of Pinot Noir produced by Lisa and Steve Rigisich’s Bay Area Wine project is all of a sudden, after 1o years conducting this non-profit tasting, being told that they are responsible for paying taxes on their Pinot Days entry tickets (which the BOE calls gate receipts). Lisa and…

Dec 12, 2014

Top 10 Reasons Wineries Hate Their Wholesalers

Top 10 Reasons Wineries Hate Their Wholesalers

In examining the latest Wine Conditions Survey published by Silicon Valley Bank, WineBusiness.com noticed something interesting and asked, “What’s behind that?” What WineBusiness.com noticed was that wineries’ satisfaction level with their wholesalers has declined significantly from just two years ago. The percent of wineries reporting being satisfied with their wholesalers has dropped from 60% to 37% since 2012. Meanwhile, the percent of wineries reporting they are unsatisfied with their wholesalers has risen from 26% to 41% since 2012. What’s behind…

Nov 20, 2014

Thoughts After A Decade of Wine Blogging

Thoughts After A Decade of Wine Blogging

Over the last ten years this wine blog has published 2,873 posts. This equates to 1.1 posts per week day since November 2004. So, I can say, at the very least, that I’ve achieved the “Daily” part of this blog’s name: FERMENTATION: The Daily Wine Blog. I can’t say for sure what else I have accomplished. I never set a goal for this blog at the outset or since. I only wanted to say things about wine, culture, politics and…

Nov 19, 2014

Grapes, Not Wines, Are Impacted by AVAs

Grapes, Not Wines, Are Impacted by AVAs

  There is a good case to be made that when comparing the French Appellation d’Origine Controlee (AOC) system with the American Viticultural Area (AVA) system, it is the American system of delineating grape growing regions that is far more invested in the theory of terroir than the French AOC system. This point concerning the relative commitment to terroir has been driven home to me while doing some work with the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance, which is currently in the…