Frantic Parent Syndrome Highlighted in Wine TV Ads

It’s not often that voters here the words “wine” in those wonderful campaign ads that control the airwaves during election season. However, voters in Tennessee are getting a glass full in the run up to the November election. Having recently passed a law that (finally) allows Tennessee grocery stores to sell wine, the new wine-in-grocery-stores-law came with a caveat: local jurisdictions must first vote to approve the sale of wine in their grocery stores. So, Red White and Food —…

Oct 15, 2014

Wine Auctions and the Flinging of Poo

Wine Auctions and the Flinging of Poo

Everybody’s favorite Gagillionaire William Koch recently declared, “The business of selling rare old wine is basically over because of the preponderance of fakes.” Meanwhile: Sotheby’s Sells Record breaking $1.6 million Super Lot of DRC Nederburg 2014 Wine Auction Sales Soar Christie’s Auction Featuring Chateau Angelus Brings $1.8 million Sotheby’s September London Wine Auction Brings $2.7 Million Meanwhile that same, lovable Mr. Koch also reported he has spent between $30 million and $40 million pursuing lawsuits against those who he accused…

Oct 14, 2014

In Defense of Excess(ive) Wine Writing

In Defense of Excess(ive) Wine Writing

While it is true that the vast majority of wine that is sold and drunk in the U.S. is sub-$10 basic stuff of little note or interest, that’s no reason for a writer (or publisher) to focus on these wines. The best of the best is much more interesting. And the same can often be said of travel, automobiles, other consumables, etc, etc: These much more rare and treasured items (including wine) beg the question, what’s it take to be…

Oct 9, 2014

New York Liquor Authority Scandal Has Consequences for Wine Stores and Consumers

New York Liquor Authority Scandal Has Consequences for Wine Stores and Consumers

What happens when you combine self-serving legal theories  with delusions of grandeur? Beginning almost immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court warned states in 2005 that they may not interfere with interstate commerce by discriminating against in-state or out-of-state wine sellers, a move to exclude the primary American wine sellers (wine stores and wine retailers) from that foundational constitutional principle was set afoot. Wholesalers, producers, most competition-adverse wine retailers, alcohol regulators and the lawmakers that live and die by campaign contributions…

Oct 7, 2014

Best Dining in Napa: The Top 5 Lists

Best Dining in Napa: The Top 5 Lists

Despite earthquakes and inch deep hail, the town of Napa in Napa Valley remains the most vibrant community in the Napa Valley for both locals and visitors. It gets this designation based on the continued revitalization it has undergone over the past 10 years, particularly its downtown area. Part of that revitalization includes a key aspect of cultural vitality: good food. What follows is my current thinking on the Town of Napa and Dining (each list numbered, but not ranked)…