Archive for the ‘Culture and Wine’ Category

Sep 7, 2016

A Satisfying Documentation of Wine Fraud

I think the success of “Sour Grapes” has a great deal to do with our innate desire to see the rich and famous taken down a notch. And that’s exactly what happened to many a rich and many a famous person who were exposed to the Rudy Kurniawan, the greatest of all wine fraudsters. Opening on September 16 and produced by film documentarians Jerry Rothwell and Reuben Atlas, Sour Grapes documents the rise and fall of Rudi Kurniawan, a wine…

Aug 25, 2016

Wine Lovers Saw This Coming—Dumb Marijuana Science

For as long as I can remember, I’ve watched news outlets report the findings of studies on wine and alcohol that the reader looks at and says, “Well Duh! Did we really need a study to figure this out?” Headlines on such reports often read like, “Study finds people are happier after two glasses of wine” or ” ‘Beer Goggles’ Really Do Exist Study Finds”. I’m waiting for this headline: “New Study Finds Over Consumption of Water Can Lead to…

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…