How to Embrace Wine Ratings and Calm Your Nerves Too

How to Embrace Wine Ratings and Calm Your Nerves Too

It always makes me very happy when I can help someone overcome their fears, anxieties or concerns. So, I’m happy today since I’m able to aid Ms. Katie Finn, who is upset about wine scores and ratings (and apparently by Robert Parker, Jr. too: “Every time someone tells me that wine XYZ got 98 points, or that Chateau Crème de la Crème got a disappointing 87, I start twitching, and my insides get hot. There are so many things about…

May 14, 2018

Is the Migration Out of CA to Oregon Good or Bad For Wine Sales?

Is the Migration Out of CA to Oregon Good or Bad For Wine Sales?

For quite some time, California has lived with a negative migration issue. That is, more people are moving out of California than are moving in. I wonder what this means for wine sales in the Golden State. Between 2007 and 2016, a net 1,000,000 more people have moved out of California than have moved in. The primary reason is the ongoing housing crisis. There is simply a deficit of housing in California and this is causing housing prices to rise…

May 9, 2018

A Tale of Gangsters Taking Over Wine Regulation

Given the recent events in New Hampshire in which the Liquor Commission has begun to block wine shipments to the state’s consumers, it is becoming abundantly clear that the Liquor Commission there can’t be trusted to fairly administer its regulatory responsibilities concerning the direct shipment of wine. Furthermore, it’s clear now that the responsibility for overseeing the direct shipment of wine must be taken out of the hands of the New Hampshire Liquor Commission. When a state entity is responsible…

May 3, 2018

The Last Word On The Fate of Napa Valley Agriculture and Politics

The Last Word On The Fate of Napa Valley Agriculture and Politics

While I can’t speak for other industries, I can say that when controversy reigns over an issue within the wine industry, it is rare that partisans on either side of the issue make a comprehensive case for their position. You can’t say that anymore about the battle over Napa Valley’s Measure C, an initiative on the June ballot that pits Nimbys, opportunists, and fact-deficient moralists on one side against rational, liberty-loving, pro-agriculture partisans on the other in a battle to…

May 1, 2018

The Best Thing To Happen To Napa Wine Country In Ages

The Best Thing To Happen To Napa Wine Country In Ages

There are so many good reasons to base your Napa Valley visit in the City of Napa. But now there is one more: Professional Baseball. Yes, professional baseball. And it’s awesome. Beginning on May 31 the Napa Silverados will embark upon their first season as a member of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. It’s an independent league, with teams in the surrounding area unassociated with Major League teams. The Silverados will be playing teams from Martinez, Pittsburg, San…