LibDib Cracks the Code of Modern Three Tier Alcohol Distribution

LibDib Cracks the Code of Modern Three Tier Alcohol Distribution

The most shocking thing about the new Liberation Distribution (LibDib) wholesale platform is that the idea to automate distribution of alcohol on a platform that invites everyone onboard apparently escaped the great minds occupying the middle tier. I jest. Of course American wholesalers didn’t think of the most obvious and efficient way to mitigate the distribution bottleneck for artisan wineries, brewers, cideries, and distillers. They aren’t in the business of efficient or obvious. No, it took someone who experienced first hand the absurd…

Mar 21, 2017

Drinking and Driving—The Path to Wealth

Drinking and Driving—The Path to Wealth

Want to increase the size of your bank account? Consider drinking and driving. According to the annual Wealth Report: “Investment grade wine finally knocked classic cars off the winner’s podium in the 2016 Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index (KFLII). The Knight Frank Fine Wine Icons Index, compiled for us by Wine Owners, recorded blistering growth of 24% in 2016, compared with a relatively lacklustre 9% increase in the value of the HAGI Top Index, which tracks the performance of the world’s most desirable classic cars….

Mar 19, 2017

Natural Wine — Late To the Party

Natural Wine — Late To the Party

In today’s New York Times Sunday Review section writer Bianca Bosker pens a very coherent defense of processed wine. In doing so, however, she notes the thing that has always confused me about Natural Wine champions. Bosker observes that adherents of the “Natural Wine” movement make a point of insisting that the wines they produce are nothing like and are an alternative to the “industrialized, big brand, manufactured, nothing-but-alcoholic-grape-juice wines”—as the Naturalistas have deemed big brand wine. It has always been a bashfest of…

Mar 12, 2017

How To Speak the Arcane Language of Booze

How To Speak the Arcane Language of Booze

Having lived in a protective bubble for so many decades, booze distributors have developed a language all their own that can be difficult for non-distributors to understand. The language of the beer distributor is particularly challenging. Theirs is an opaque patois born of years of being isolated from the real world. Recently, a leader of the beer distributor peoples attempted to offer an explanation of the changing world of beer. Unfortunately, his Beerish got in the way of effectively communicating…

Mar 8, 2017

Women and Winemaking: The Problematic Report

Women and Winemaking: The Problematic Report

Far be it for me to be they guy who sticks his thumb in the pie on International Women’s Day, but…Really: “women winemakers’ detailed approach and nuanced use of language could help tasters pick up on more subtle flavors. “Women tend to make cleaner wines, and even though it sounds like a generalization, they tend to have detail in tasting notes,” Or…Really? “According to Hopkins, who works with both male and female winemakers, men tend to critique wines using adjectives…