Wine, Millennials and the Art of the Proper Rant

Wine, Millennials and the Art of the Proper Rant

I have a dream. I have a dream that one day, Johnny-come-lately wine marketers and wine mavens and social media experts can come together and join in delivering evidence, come together and join in offering examples, come together and join in demonstrating the truth of the claim that those more experienced and practice than they really are morons, really are snobbery-promoting doofuses, and the killers of the multi-million dollar wine industry they built. Yes, I have a…dream. Instead of realizing…

Mar 4, 2019

The Relationship Between Total Wine and Consumers Explained

The Relationship Between Total Wine and Consumers Explained

Why are consumers so rarely consulted when it comes to public policy issues that so directly impact them? This is a question I used to pose in this forum more often than I have recently. However, a recent event motivates me to return to this question. Connecticut recently held a hearing on House Bill 7184. This is an “omnibus” liquor bill that would make a number of changes to alcohol laws in the state. Among the laws that this bill…

Feb 25, 2019

Washington Grape Growers Witness the Farthest Reaches of “Stupid”

Washington Grape Growers Witness the Farthest Reaches of "Stupid"

As executive director of the National Association of Wine Retailers, I get to read lots of legislation. And I’ve gotten pretty good at it. I also get to lay my eyes on some pretty poorly written bills as well as some really crazy stuff. This, however, must be the craziest thing I’ve seen in years: “Washington dairy farmers and fruit growers (grapes are “fruit”) would have to report to retailers whether they use slaves under a bill endorsed Thursday by…

Feb 12, 2019

Good Wine New, Bad Wine News and Male Hair Buns

Good Wine New, Bad Wine News and Male Hair Buns

What do you want first? The good news or the bad news? OK. The good news is that Kentucky wine lovers may be on their way to getting their hands on the good stuff. The Kentucky Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee yesterday approved a bill that would allow shipments to Kentucky from out of state wineries. This is legislation that the Wine Institute and Free the Grapes has been working on for a long time. Kentucky is one…

Feb 8, 2019

Dear Supreme Court: Please End All Inter-State Wine Shipping

Dear Supreme Court: Please End All Inter-State Wine Shipping

It appears that the newish president and CEO of the Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of America (WSWA) Michelle Korsmo, has read the playbook and ingested the kool-aid. In a recent letter to the editor of the Washington Post, Ms. Korsmo explains that “Sometimes, local residents would like the party selling liquor to have a vested interest in the local community to ensure regulatory oversight and responsible sales. And we believe that a state’s residents have every right, through the legislative…