Archive for the ‘Culture and Wine’ Category

Aug 10, 2015

BLISS-fully Ignorant in Napa and Sonoma Wine Country

Shepard Bliss (what a great name!) is the latest in what is becoming a slew of people pushing back against the wine industry in Napa and Sonoma Counties. The anti-industry activists appear to be concerned the growth in the industry will cause massive harm not only to the counties and their environments, but also to the quality of life for residents. What’s interesting about these anti-winery activists is the remarkably disingenuous way they are trying to make their case against…

Apr 1, 2015

Public Principles and Wine in Indiana

I’ve always thought that if one’s biblical perspective informed them that homosexuality was immoral, the best course of action would be to not engage in homosexual acts. Likewise, if one feels reliably sure that the Bible instructs that God is opposed to sex out-of-wedlock, then the best course of action is to refrain from sex until married. But I’m old-fashioned. It appears that some are so sure that their responsibility to their religious beliefs requires them not merely to abstain…

Jan 11, 2015

When Wine Is Really Nothing More than Wet Sugar

“66% mix wine with fruit or fruit juice” This according to the findings in E. & J. Gallo Winery Consumer Wine Trends Survey. And to be a bit more accurate, this is the finding among wine drinkers aged 25-40. The folks at Gallo see this disclosure by the 25-40 year-olds they surveyed and interpret it this way: “seemingly unbound by traditions that have often governed wine. Unlike previous generations, they are experimenting with different ways to enjoy wine and are…

Oct 7, 2014

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)…

Sep 12, 2014

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…