Archive for the ‘Wine Legal Battles’ Category

May 12, 2016

Imagine a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card For Wineries and Retailers

In a recent article at Wine Searcher, Writer Liza Zimmerman attempts to answer the question, what would the American wine marketplace look like if wholesalers (the middle tier of the three-tier system) were eliminated. It’s a tantalizing question and Zimmerman does a good job of sussing out answers with the help of some pretty smart people. However, in the end it’s a silly question. It’s like asking, what would the American wine marketplace look like without retailers? Zimmerman sets the…

Apr 4, 2016

Building A Wall Around Napa and Making THEM Pay

The Nimby movement in Napa County is quickly becoming a laughing-stock. And there is good reason for this all too common response. Consider this tidbit written by Dan Mufson of Napa Vision 2050, the Chief Nimbyist organization: “Napa’s resident-based agricultural economy is dying. It is quickly being replaced by a corporate-based tourism economy. Willful ignorance is never a pretty thing. However, it is a desperate thing and that is the only possible explanation for this most ignorant of statements. Shall…

Mar 10, 2016

The Simple Rhetoric of Wine Country Nimbys

How do you know when its safe to ignore a critic? When they demonstrate a willingness to engage in simple, meaningless rhetoric, rather than in delivering their opinions with words that mean something. This tendency to ignore the meaning of words and even make them up with no care for what they mean is on display in among the current batch of Nimby Wine Industry Critics who whine about under organizations titled, “Napa Vision 2050”, “Soda Canyon Road” and others….

Jan 13, 2016

How to Think About the Southern/Glazers Wine Wholesaler Merger

Blake Gray looks at the Federal Trade Commissions recently approved merger of Southern Wine & Spirits and Glazers and is exactly correct in his conclusions: The merger this week of Southern Wine & Spirits and Glazer has created a 41-state behemoth with exclusive rights to many essential brands and  the market power to muscle out smaller competitors. This is normally the type of company that the U.S. tries to break up to protect consumers, but alcohol is a special case,…

Jan 11, 2016

To Napa’s Wine Critics: Shame On You!

Ever the observant reporter, Blake Gray has written at Wine Searcher about the move afoot among some in Napa Valley to punish the wine industry for its success; to attempt to roll back the current impact that visitors to Napa are having on the quality of life for locals. Blake’s article deals primarily with recommendations of a special “growth” commission and whether any of its recommendations limiting winery growth ought to apply retroactively to wineries with existing privileges based on…