Archive for the ‘Wine Consumers’ Category

May 14, 2014

Honoring and Remembering Hanzell Vineyard’s Bob Sessions

In tribute to the recently passed Hanzell Vineyard’s Emeritus Winemaker Bob Sessions and his family, FERMENTATION: The Daily Wine Blog will be static until Monday, May 19. No new posts will be placed here. Our thoughts are with Mr. Hanzell’s wife Jean Sessions and son Ben Sessions. Tom Wark will only be blogging during this time at

Apr 29, 2014

The Question of Wine Corkage Fees in a World Askew

I want to recommend W. Blake Gray’s article at entitled, “Does the French Laundry Have the World’s Highest Corkage Fee. In it Blake explores the $150 Corkage Fee charged at The French Laundry, as well as at Per Se. It’s a good article that shines some light on the wide variation in corkage fees across restaurants and asks us to consider both the purpose and the value behind corkage fee. I’m quoted in the article calling the corkage fee…

Apr 9, 2014

This Wine is Too Tannic—I’m Suing!!

There are pros and cons to the idea that the loser in a civil lawsuit ought to be required to pay the legal fees of the winner. The “pro” side of that argument was aptly demonstrated in this lawsuit, brought by a wine drinker who sued a wine retailer simply because he did not like the wine be bought from the store. First, imagine the kind of marketplace that would be created if a consumer could return a product and…

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…