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Jul 28, 2017

The Pros and Cons of Living in Napa Valley

The longer you live in the paradise known as Napa Valley, the more you appreciate the benefits and downside of being a resident of paradise and the more apparent the “Quality of Life Equation” becomes. And there is an equation. On The Positive Side: CLIMATE: There simply is no arguing this point: The climate in Napa Valley is a near perfect environment for humans. The air is dry, save for the quickly developing and dissipating fog, which is itself moderate and…

Jul 3, 2017

Is Anyone Still Pretending Cannabis Legalization is Good For Wine?

More Wine & Cannabis News to chew on: According to a survey of 10,000 California Cannabis users, 87% have reduced their consumption of alcohol in reaction to their cannabis use. Meanwhile, 13% have completely ended their use of alcohol. First, there is no way to spin this as good news for the wine industry. Second, anyone who is surprised by the finding that legal cannabis will negatively impact the wine industry should ask themselves how reduced sales of wine is…

Mar 19, 2017

Natural Wine — Late To the Party

In today’s New York Times Sunday Review section writer Bianca Bosker pens a very coherent defense of processed wine. In doing so, however, she notes the thing that has always confused me about Natural Wine champions. Bosker observes that adherents of the “Natural Wine” movement make a point of insisting that the wines they produce are nothing like and are an alternative to the “industrialized, big brand, manufactured, nothing-but-alcoholic-grape-juice wines”—as the Naturalistas have deemed big brand wine. It has always been a bashfest of…

Mar 3, 2017

The Elemental Magic of Winemaking Is Different Than Baby Making

Clarke’s Third Law States: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. I take a certain comfort in the fact that Arthur C’s adage is entirely unlikely to apply to wine. And that’s a good thing because I think it applies to nearly everything else from entertainment to baby making. Sitting on the couch yesterday I looked up at my 4k Ultra, 60 inch TV screen and was entirely struck by how completely different its image is from the screen…

Feb 20, 2017

The Search for Reason in Alcohol Laws

When people who don’t live in such places where archaic laws are still enforced and discover that, for example, Sunday sales of alcohol are illegal, they tend to be stopped in their tracks. They only logical response is, “Well, that’s stupid.” Hopefully, that response will come slightly less often with regard to Minnesota. Minnesota could take the first step toward erasing the state’s ban on Sunday liquor sales. The House was expected to vote Monday on a bill that would…