Can Oregon Wine Tourism Survive the Portland Problem?

Can Oregon Wine Tourism Survive the Portland Problem?

“Five Days After Attack, Andy Ngo Releases Statement Confirming He Was Chased and Beaten in Portland” “‘It’s frightened people away’: Downtown Portland hotels slow to recover due to pandemic, reputation” “Demonstrations in Portland | The Official Guide to Portland—TRAVEL PORTLAND” “Majority of downtown Portland merchants say city core is unsafe” “Downtown in distress: Portland’s core is unsafe and uninviting, residents say in new poll, threatening city’s recovery”  “Why Portland’s Homeless Problem Is The Worst In The Nation” If you are…

Jun 2, 2021

Now Is the Best Time to Get Into the Wine Industry in Decades

Now Is the Best Time to Get Into the Wine Industry in Decades

This moment, right now, is the best time to find a job in the wine industry that I’ve witnessed in more than 30 years. Job seekers looking to break into the wine industry will find wineries across the West Coast desperate to hire, particularly in the hospitality realm. A perusal of the Winejobs.com site one can find a host of wineries offering signing bonuses, lowered qualifications, higher per hour pay, more jobs that come with benefits, but most of all,…

May 25, 2021

Banning the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines

Banning the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines

The Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the Year is among the most anticipated announcements in the wine world every December. The wineries on the list promote their place on the list and consumers comb through the list to see which they’d like to try. It’s an important list. If HB 210, Delaware’s proposed wine shipping law, is passed, fully 71 of the 100 wines on the 2020 list will be banned from shipment into the state of Delaware.  You…

May 24, 2021

No…You May Not Have Access to Burgundy, Bordeaux, German or Italian Wines

No...You May Not Have Access to Burgundy, Bordeaux, German or Italian Wines

You can sign for a bottle of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, but not for a bottle of Argentine Malbec. You can receive multiple shipments of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at your door, but you can’t sign for a shipment of Austrian Riesling. You can get excited about that receiving a shipment of Oregon Chardonnay, but no shipments of Champagne will arrive to brighten your smile. This is the world of wine shipping imagined and promoted by HB 210, a proposed…

May 18, 2021

Five Facts About the Wine Industry’s and Success In the Wine Industry

Five Facts About the Wine Industry's and Success In the Wine Industry

A clear eyed understanding of the wine industry is the prerequisite for the industry’s health and for success working in the industry. Too often I bump up against folks in the industry that don’t appreciate some basic truths about the industry. This, in turn, leads folks who want to succeed in the wine industry down a path that inevitably runs up against roadblocks. The five facts that follow are among the most important clear-eyed views of the wine industry that…