Franchise Laws—Chronic Injustice in the Alcohol Business

Franchise Laws—Chronic Injustice in the Alcohol Business

If one were to make a list of the various chronic injustices that exist in the alcohol industry, it would be a long one. But, if you were to rank those many injustices, it seems unquestionable that the Franchise Law would top the list. Franchise Laws are supported by wholesaler across the country because it makes it nearly impossible for their suppliers to change distributors, thereby giving wholesalers all the power in the business relationship and placing suppliers at their…

Nov 18, 2016

There But For the Grace of Booze Go I

There But For the Grace of Booze Go I

I’m not a religious man. And I know Thanksgiving originated as an opportunity to express thanks to God. Still, on Thanksgiving I begin to think seriously about those things for which I am grateful and thankful. Some of those things are booze and wine related. I Am Thankful For: 1. My Clients All of my clients are booze and wine related. And I am grateful for their support and confidence and what they teach me. 2. A Well Made Cocktail…

Nov 15, 2016

Top 10 Out-of-the-Way Napa Town Stops for Culinary Hedonists

Top 10 Out-of-the-Way Napa Town Stops for Culinary Hedonists

Followers of FERMENTATION know that I live in the town of Napa and am a booster of this town. Simply put, I believe the town of Napa is now one of best attractions the Napa Valley offers visitors. So I thought it time I offered up my current picks for The Top Ten Below-The-Radar Napa Culinary Hedonism Joints. These are the lesser known, out-of-the-way, don’t-miss, and smaller joints that are often overlooked by visitors to the town of Napa who…

Nov 14, 2016

Will the Replanting of Napa Vineyards Bring Diversity?

Will the Replanting of Napa Vineyards Bring Diversity?

As Napa grape growers replace their vines, will the composition of varieties planted in the region change to accommodate the recent broadening of tastes? This is the really interesting question that one can take away from a recent article in Wines and Vines that reports a majority of Napa growers will be replacing their vines by 2017. The cause of the replanting rush is Pierce’s Disease: “Pressure from grapevine red blotch-associated virus and Pierce’s disease is one of the main…

Nov 7, 2016

If Hillary Clinton Wins You Can Thank Wine Drinkers

Have you noticed? Wine drinking and winemaking correlate to the Democratic party. In fact, if Hillary wins the 2016 Presidential election, it will be on the backs of wine drinkers and winemakers. Consider the map below. It highlights the states that most pundits and history and polls predict will be Hillary Clinton’s most likely path to a victory: Click the map to create your own at 270toWin.com The states in blue are those predicted to go to Hillary (D) in…