Archive for the ‘Culture and Wine’ Category

Mar 14, 2016

Ideological Wine

Ideology infects everything. Starting with politics, of course, but ideology and the personal philosophies and world views that inform ideology are seen in the wine industry too. By “ideology” I mean a philosophy of how the world works or ought to work and, more specifically, how that worldview impacts one’s view of man other subjects and topics. I think it’s rare these days for one’s ideology to place them in the middle as a moderate. More often than not a…

Feb 9, 2016

Yes, Wine Industry…Mommies Will Switch From Wine to Dope

“The question for the wine industry is whether marijuana consumption could replace any portion of wine (alcohol) consumption. This isn’t the right question. The right question is: what portion of wine consumption will marijuana consumption replace? The first question was apparently the topic of conversation at a session during the recent Unified Symposium that dwelt on “historic and emerging disruptions to the wine industry.” I’m absolutely convinced that the coming state-by-state legalization of marijuana will replace some wine consumption. How…

Dec 31, 2015

Is Wine Consumption Set to Decline in the U.S.?

In 1965 per capita consumption of wine (PCCW) was flat from the year before. It neither grew nor decreased year over year It marked the moment when PCCW rates would go on a spectacular 18 year increase of 140% In 1986 the growth of PCCW was flat from the year before and would mark the year when PCCW decreased by 77% over the next 8 years. In 1995 the growth of PCCW was flat from the year before and would…

Dec 21, 2015

And There Was Joy In WineVille!

An absolutely wonderful development should make both denizens and visitors to Napa Valley really really happy. Joyful, even. It was announced today that an outpost of the great New York jazz club, Blue Note, will be opening in downtown Napa. Assuming that the new venue will be bringing some of the same kinds of talent that shows up at the famed NY club, then devotees of great music should be in heaven! Add Blue Note Napa to the city’s other…

Nov 13, 2015

What Motivates Our Hunger for Wine?

I left my casual meeting with Cathy Huyghe a little bit miffed at her for being late. She was traveling from Saint Helena to meet me at Peet’s Coffee in Napa and was a half hour late (she didn’t factor in traffic). As I sat outside Peet’s waiting for her and got her email apologizing for her tardiness, I didn’t really care. My work was done for the day, I had a cup of coffee and something to read. I…