Building A Wall Around Napa and Making THEM Pay

Building A Wall Around Napa and Making THEM Pay

The Nimby movement in Napa County is quickly becoming a laughing-stock. And there is good reason for this all too common response. Consider this tidbit written by Dan Mufson of Napa Vision 2050, the Chief Nimbyist organization: “Napa’s resident-based agricultural economy is dying. It is quickly being replaced by a corporate-based tourism economy. Willful ignorance is never a pretty thing. However, it is a desperate thing and that is the only possible explanation for this most ignorant of statements. Shall…

Apr 4, 2016

Terroir is a Myth

Terroir is a Myth

The idea that “Terroir” is the source of fine wine flavor is a myth. This is according to Professor Mark Matthews at the University of California, Davis in his new and controversial book: “Terroir and Other Myths of Winemaking.” As the title of this new book implies, the myth of terroir is only part of Matthews’ investigation. This post wants to explore only that part of Matthews’ new work that addresses terroir. In “Terroir and Other Myths of Winegrowing”, Matthews…

Apr 4, 2016

Arizona Bans Direct Shipment of French Wines

Arizona Bans Direct Shipment of French Wines

Just so it’s clear… Arizona recently passed a wine shipping bill that bans the shipment of all French wines to consumers in that state. Additionally, the new bill bans the shipment of Italian, German and Spanish wines to consumers in that state. Collectors will also be interested to know that the recently passed bill, SB 1381, will ban the shipment of any wine purchased at auction from New York, Illinois or California auction houses. Free the Grapes, The California Wine…

Mar 24, 2016

Wine Wars 6.2.4

Wine Wars 6.2.4

The direct shipment of wine is not the battlefield it was back in 2005-2010. However, a few recent actions remind us that alcohol regulations and laws remain one of the primary vehicles through which rent-seeking, protectionist laws and political payback is accomplished. LOUISIANA PUNISHES WINERIES TO SAVE WHOLESALERS As reported by ShipCompliant on their outstanding blog, The state of Louisiana recently declared that while direct shipping is permitted by out-of-state wineries, if awinery has a contract with any wholesaler it…

Mar 23, 2016

Unless It’s Natural Wine, You Are Drinking Poison—Right?

Unless It's Natural Wine, You Are Drinking Poison—Right?

As I warned some years ago, “Natural Wine” is having its moments. Everywhere you look journalists, vintners, somms and tavern keepers are extolling the virtues of this undefined product. I’ve made something of a habit of pointing out that these champions of this marketing phrase prefer rhetoric over honesty or precision when they discuss their favorite new phrase/product. And though pointing out the deceit of these Natural Wine Champions has probably no impact whatsoever on the fraud that they perpetuate,…