No Need to Care About Wine Industry Consolidation

No Need to Care About Wine Industry Consolidation

Recent stories about consolidation within in the wine-producing tier remind us of one fundamental fact of the wine industry in the second decade of the 21st century: The conditions that led lawmakers in the 1930s to think up many of the “Tied House” laws simply don’t exist anymore. When BIG wineries like Gallo or Constellation buy up smaller, medium-sized wineries, its does nothing to reduce choice for consumers and retailers nor does it give these producers any control at all…

Aug 26, 2015

The Napa Valley Wine Train Incident — No Comment

The Napa Valley Wine Train Incident — No Comment

Those in the wine business in the Napa region and outside it have been reading, seeing and listening to a great deal of commentary about the recent Napa Valley Wine Train incident. In fact, those not in the wine industry, both in the Napa region and outside the region, have been reading, seeing and listening to a great deal of commentary on the Napa Valley Wine Train incident. In light of this, I thought I’d offer my simple five-point plan…

Aug 25, 2015

Donald Trump and the Natural Wine Debate

Donald Trump and the Natural Wine Debate

Early this morning while Henry George and I were enjoying a bottle of milk and a cup of coffee, respectively, we watched a talking head on CNN discuss presidential candidate Donald Trump. The head said this: “Trump is often careless with the truth and makes sweeping statements that have no basis in fact, but he is being bold and people like that.” Henry George heard that, looked at me, furrowed his brow and went back to his bottle. I thought…

Aug 23, 2015

The Connection Between Heavy Drugs and Alcohol Wholesalers

The Connection Between Heavy Drugs and Alcohol Wholesalers

My original unquestioning acceptance of the conclusion is embarrassing in retrospect. Still, I chalked it up to the outstanding and powerful drugs my oral surgeon gave me after taking five of my teeth in one sitting. I now also see it as an object lesson in why one shouldn’t attempt to read and analyze anything while on drugs. I’m thinking of the recently reported survey of American adults and their relationship to the alcohol regulatory system. I didn’t get a…

Aug 17, 2015

Shouting Loudly at the Wine Industry is Still Just Shouting

Shouting Loudly at the Wine Industry is Still Just Shouting

Not too long ago I wrote about the really horrendous rhetoric used by anti-winery folks over in Sonoma (BLISS-Fully Ignorant in Sonoma and Napa Wine Country) concerning their view that the wine industry is ruining everything. Well it turns out that a new study out of Sonoma State University reveals that the vast majority of people living in and around wine country think the wine industry is just great. In fact: — Eighty-eight percent of respondents from Napa, Sonoma and…