Archive for the ‘Culture and Wine’ Category

Apr 9, 2014

Do Wine Wholesalers Need To Be Taught How To Be Criminals?

In 1998 Jordan Belfort was indicted and convicted of money laundering and securities fraud. He stole, bilked and defrauded more than $200 million from thousands of Americans. He cheated. He was a con man. He ripped people off. He spent two years in prison and was ordered to pay back more than $100 million to those he ripped off. Of course he never has done that. In fact, he was paid $1.7 million for two books and the movie rights…

Feb 4, 2014

Wine Snobs—Apply Here

One of my pet peeves is the characterization of dedicated wine lovers as alternatively “assholes”, “jerks”, “pretentious” or, of course, “snobs”. It’s probably truth that this perception of wine lovers began and continued as a result of that rare breed of people who take the opportunity to show off their wine vocabulary and knowledge in front of people who don’t care about wine and likely for the purpose of pumping up their own self-esteem. And while these people deserve ridicule,…

Jan 9, 2014

How Legalized Marijuana May Impact Wine Sales…and Not

I’ve never been the guy that used alcohol, let alone wine, to self medicate, to get my drunk on or to “come down” after a particularly stressful or tough day. Even in my youth when drinking was experimental and powered by weekend, peer-induced partying I was the guy that sipped my beer or my Seven and Seven slowly. Ive always had an aversion to the feeling of being drunk. But I do like the taste and the am fascinate by…

Nov 19, 2013

Lessons for the Wine Industry By Way of Bad Filmmakers

If you are reading this and you work in the wine industry, then you understand what I mean when I say that we know how lucky we are. If you are reading this and don’t work in the wine industry, I hope you know what I mean when I say it’s great to work in an industry that gives you an opportunity to be involved in intriguing others. The winemakers and their cellar crews get to raise up wine that…

Oct 24, 2013

Drinking and Pregnancy: A Revelation

This is the first in a series of posts on “Our Little Project” In the 1980s and early 1990s, there was great concern in the American wine industry over a phenomenon referred to a “Neo- Prohibitionism” or “Neo- Temperance”. It seemed to many that a variety of forces were combining to demonize the consumption of alcohol and alcohol itself. Bad for business! One of the regular topics of discussion at that time was the degree to which consumption of alcohol,…