Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category

Apr 16, 2014

Wine vs Cider—An Exploration Beginning in Berkeley

My continued exploration of hard cider here at Fermentation is a bit of an experiment as much as it is a personal pursuit. What I wonder as I mix reviews and posts on Cider with my coverage of wine is the extent to which there is any interest in cider among the primarily hard-core wine folks that have read this blog for the past nine years. The jury is out. However, on April 26 I will get a first hand…

Apr 9, 2014

Do Wine Wholesalers Need To Be Taught How To Be Criminals?

In 1998 Jordan Belfort was indicted and convicted of money laundering and securities fraud. He stole, bilked and defrauded more than $200 million from thousands of Americans. He cheated. He was a con man. He ripped people off. He spent two years in prison and was ordered to pay back more than $100 million to those he ripped off. Of course he never has done that. In fact, he was paid $1.7 million for two books and the movie rights…

Apr 3, 2014

Wine: More Dangerous than Cocaine, LSD and Mushrooms and Pot

According to a new Pew survey reported on by the Washington Post, Americans believe that only crack cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines are more harmful than alcohol (including wine). My question used to be, will the social acceptance and legalization of marijuana impact wine sales. Now my question is to what extent will there be a rising backlash against alcohol that impacts wine sales? Just to be clear, the Pew survey showed that Americans now believe the following substances are LESS…

Mar 20, 2014

10 Way to Undermine the Three Tier System of Wine Distribution

  THERE IS A WAY. In response to my recent post on Repealing the State Mandated Three Tier System, I’ve received a number of pessimistic comments and emails that essentially go like this: “But Tom, what can really be done. The wholesalers and the three-tier system are entrenched and too powerful.” The State-Mandated Three Tier System and its wholesaler supporters are indeed entrenched and quite powerful. But, there are ways to begin to undermine this system that harms wineries, retailers…

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…