Archive for the ‘Culture and Wine’ Category

Nov 7, 2016

If Hillary Clinton Wins You Can Thank Wine Drinkers

Have you noticed? Wine drinking and winemaking correlate to the Democratic party. In fact, if Hillary wins the 2016 Presidential election, it will be on the backs of wine drinkers and winemakers. Consider the map below. It highlights the states that most pundits and history and polls predict will be Hillary Clinton’s most likely path to a victory: Click the map to create your own at 270toWin.com The states in blue are those predicted to go to Hillary (D) in…

Nov 7, 2016

Alcohol and Liberty

In a fascinating chart highlighted at Wine Industry Insight and written about at the Washington Post, we learn that access to alcohol due to turning 21 years old absolutely results in increased crime. It’s not something you might think about, but when you see the data in a graphic you realized, “of course it does.” The question is: Is there anything we can or should do to eliminate the crime that results from people turning 21 and having legal access…

Oct 30, 2016

Wikileaks and Wine

So, I took a bit of time to search through the Hillary Clinton, Sony Pictures, John Podesta and Democratic National Committee emails that were hacked, stolen and placed on Wikileaks. I was looking for some salacious news concerning our leaders, entertainers and wine. The reveal: Nothing. Nada. Zilch. A couple of mentions of a Cline Cellars wine club shipments for Podesta and a mention of how much someone liked that Ridge red they were given. Beyond this, a number of…

Sep 22, 2016

Napa Residents Can’t Live on Wine Alone — Jazz Is Needed Too

The signs that Napa Valley (and the city of Napa in particular) is growing as a world-class destination for those with discerning tastes continue to emerge, slowly and continually. Visits to the area are climbing. Hotel rates rise. New hotels rise. Heightened interest in its wines continues to be the cultural foundation. Restaurants emerge quickly after others close. All good signs. However, last December’s announcement that Blue Note Entertainment was opening Blue Note Napa as a first class venue for…

Sep 21, 2016

Let’s Get Real: Three Cheers For Wine Snobs!

I get it. I understand. No one ever went broke dumbing something down. But that doesn’t mean I have to approve of it or even agree with it. And I’m particularly bored with folks who purport to be experts in wine who claim to be giving the gift of “debunking wine snobbery”. I was reminded of just how common and calculatingly high-minded this tactic is when I read the press release from Peter Lunzer of Lunzer Wine Events announcing his…