Archive for the ‘Must Read’ Category

Mar 18, 2014

The Coming Repeal of the Three Tier System for Wine, Beer, and Spirits

When bribes are described as “the process” and when lawmakers admit they are happily in the pockets of alcohol wholesalers, it’s clear it’s time to change something. And everyone knows it: For the majority of alcohol beverage producers, it has become abundantly clear that single most important impediment to their continued success is the existence of the State-Mandated Three-Tier System (SMTTS) in state after state across the country. The artisan wine, beer and spirit producers know that a repeal of…

Mar 16, 2010

A Manifesto For Change In The Wine Industry

This blog reaches upwards of 25,000+ unique individuals monthly. Half of those work in or around the wine industry. This Manifesto is meant for them. If it leads to discussion, anger, contemplation or results—any of that would be a fine outcome. A MANIFESTO OF REFORM AND CHANGE TO THE WINE INDUSTRY Let us concede that as a culture early embedded with a mistrust of alcohol and with a history of such abusive practices surrounding the sale and use of alcohol…

Aug 21, 2009

The Meaning of “Wine Country Casual” Revealed

For almost 20 years now I’ve been reading (and writing) invitations to events that inform that the event’s dress code is “Wine Country Casual”. But there’s a problem with this: I don’t know exactly what “Wine Country Casual” means from a fashion perspective. All I know for sure about this mysterious dress code is that it instructs attendees to events that formality in their dress is not required. But in thinking about this dress code, I may have figured out…

Jul 12, 2009

The Intersection of Wine and the Penis

The relationship between wine, this blog and penis enlargement seems to be growing. (And I suspect the previous sentence will only increase the size and frequency of comments on this blog about the “devices that gain 1-3 inches in your penis size”.) Now, as everyone knows, size doesn’t matter, whether we are talking about penises or wine. This is a fact despite all the growth in concern over penis size expressed on a number of blogs and the tendency over…

May 8, 2009

Of Memories of Broken Glass & Mothers

I’m fairly certain my mother never imagined me growing up to be a PR Guy in the wine industry. That kind of career wasn’t on her radar for her son. Both her husband and her father made livings in construction, the former building high-end homes in Marin County, the latter building most of the homes in Kentfield and Greenbrea. The fact is, my Midwestern mother, a daughter of the depression who watched two boyfriends die in World War II before…