NY State’s Regulatory Overreach is Very Bad News for California Wineries

NY State's Regulatory Overreach is Very Bad News for California Wineries

California Wineries beware: It is now the policy of New York that it can fine you if you ship to Texas or Oregon or Washington State without a permit to ship from that state. Sound ridiculous? It is. This new policy by the New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA) is without doubt one of the most egregious and blatant examples of regulatory overreach we’ve ever seen in the wine industry. Here’s how it works and here’s what you need to…

Sep 17, 2014

Use Your Words—Whether Whining or Writing on Wine

Every now and then I use “big words” both on this blog, on my other media endeavors, and in my work as a publicist. There is and always has been a debate among marketing professionals as to what level of vocabulary ought to be employed in order to properly deliver a marketing or promotional or sales message. It’s an interesting debate. I fall on the “use-the-word-that best fits-regardless-of-its-obscurity” side of the debate, rather than the “keep-it-simple-stupid” approach. There’s a middle…

Sep 16, 2014

Finally, Something New in the World of Wine

Finally, Something New in the World of Wine

As far as I can tell, there is only one reason to understand the vocabulary of wine; those words and phrases that attempt to describe the experience of tasting a wine: To be able to communicate with others about the experience. Of course, that one reason is an important one since the idea of two wine lovers sitting across from each other and explaining why they like a particular wine by saying “because” isn’t really a sustainable conversation. In his…

Sep 12, 2014

Alcohol, Anti-Federalists and the Failure of the 21st Amendment

Alcohol, Anti-Federalists and the Failure of the 21st Amendment

I’ve been enjoying of late a review of the politics and ideologies of the American Revolutionary period. This period of our history has always been my favorite. But in enjoying a series of lectures, reading an old Bernard Bailyn history and looking over some primary documents, one thing has become clear to me. Today’s consistently discriminatory state laws concerning alcohol, the state laws that put out-of-state entities at a severe commercial disadvantage, amount to a refutation of one of the…

Sep 12, 2014

Suggestions for the Drunken Alcohol Researchers

Suggestions for the Drunken Alcohol Researchers

The Washington Times published an article outlining the commitment at the National Institute of Health to researching alcohol-related issues. My favorite alcohol-related study funded by the NIA is one in which Yale University and Arizona State University were given $154,688 to determine if drinking excess amounts of alcohol leads to losing more money while gambling. Heck, I could have confirmed the answer to this question was “yes”, and would have only charged them $100,000. But what’s clear from reading the…