Wine & Cheese: The Secret to Happiness

Wine & Cheese: The Secret to Happiness

The burning question of our day appears to have been answered: “Does drinking make people happier, or does being happier make people drink?” This is the question that scientists in the UK wanted to answer and developed an app to help them gather the data to come up with an answer you will surely find hard to believe: “After controlling for prior happiness, the researchers found that the drinking had a slightly smaller boost on overall happiness, but the effect…

May 26, 2016

Natural Wines: Good Grief!

Natural Wines: Good Grief!

With regard to “Natural Wines”, what’s wrong with this sentence: “Along with eschewing additives, natural wines are small-batch, made using traditional equipment and fermented using the wild yeasts that occur naturally in the winery, contributing to the terroir of the finished product.” All correct answers (there are more than one) receive a Huzzah!

May 24, 2016

A Tale of Wine Incompetence, Crookery and Comedy

A Tale of Wine Incompetence, Crookery and Comedy

This is a tale of incompetence, crookery, fraud and good old fashioned comedy: 1978 Romanee Conti “I immediately knew that the 1978 Romanée Conti was counterfeit and that there were four significant things wrong with it…First, and most obviously, the Romanee Conti wine had a plain red capsule. Second, the bottle itself has embossed glass – it says “Domaine de la Romanée Conti” at the bottom of the glass. That immediately told me this bottle is fake because none of…

May 12, 2016

Imagine a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card For Wineries and Retailers

Imagine a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card For Wineries and Retailers

In a recent article at Wine Searcher, Writer Liza Zimmerman attempts to answer the question, what would the American wine marketplace look like if wholesalers (the middle tier of the three-tier system) were eliminated. It’s a tantalizing question and Zimmerman does a good job of sussing out answers with the help of some pretty smart people. However, in the end it’s a silly question. It’s like asking, what would the American wine marketplace look like without retailers? Zimmerman sets the…

May 11, 2016

Yes, Millennials Will Embrace Napa, Bordeaux and Burgundy Wine

Yes, Millennials Will Embrace Napa, Bordeaux and Burgundy Wine

Assuming we don’t fall victim to a zombie apocalypse between now and 2045, what are the odds that in that year the likes of Rolex, Aston Martin, Chanel, Cartier, and Four Seasons will have gone belly up? What are the odds that  St. Barts, Aspen, Bora Bora, Ibiza and Monaco will no longer be destinations for the wealthy? The odds are small. Very small. These are all brands that possess enormous equity that has been earned over time and remained…