Archive for the ‘Culture and Wine’ Category

Jul 22, 2016

Which Presidential Candidate is Best for Wine?

Of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, who is the person best suited to promote and protect the interests of the American wine industry and American wine consumers? This was the interesting question the Wine Spectator tip-toed around in a recent article that examined the industry’s relationship with the Republican and Democratic national conventions. It’s worth a read, but it is also an article that brings up an important question: Is it even possible to choose a…

Jul 13, 2016

Why We Drink Less Outside the Home

Drinking in bars and restaurants was down 2.5% in 2015, the third year in a row that alcohol consumption outside the home declined, said the Beverage Information Group in a new report. Gentlemen, we have a trend. But what this information made me think about is just what the trend would look like if the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) got its way. The NTSB has, for the last three years, recommended that the legal blood alcohol content limit for…

Jun 23, 2016

Women, Men and Wine—What’s the Problem?

Monika Elling, a wine marketing consultant out of New York, recently reminded us in a Harpers article that women are under represented in the wine trade, particularly in the distribution tier. This is true. In fact I’ve been reading this claim a couple of times a year for the past 2 years. “The products are crafted by men, sold by men but these men don’t necessarily know what women want…How different would it be if women were in the decision-making…

Jun 6, 2016

Coming Soon To Wine—Replicating Terroir in the Bottle

It appears that one day, probably in my lifetime, people in labs will have the capability of replicating perfectly any bottle of wine made anywhere on the planet. That is to say, science is moving us closer to the day when a bottle of DRC, Petrus, Screaming Eagle or any other wine can be perfectly duplicated in a lab—all the way down to the texture, aroma and taste. When this happens it will not be the first time that ingenuity…

May 26, 2016

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…