Don’t Let Incompetent Wine Wholesalers Kill Cannabis

Don't Let Incompetent Wine Wholesalers Kill Cannabis

If there is one thing you can reliably count on in the same way you can count on the sun rising and setting, it is the leadership of America’s wine and spirit wholesalers disregarding what’s good for the marketplace and consumers and landing on a policy that primarily benefits them. A corollary to this fact of life is that this same booze wholesaler leadership will cast their self-serving positions in the guise of societal good. So, it’s no surprise that…

Jul 10, 2018

The Greatest Return on Investment in Wine Marketing

The Greatest Return on Investment in Wine Marketing

Why won’t you say “Thank you“? Saying “thank you” when a person of any occupation or circumstance praises or draws positive attention to your work, is the gracious and appropriate and normal thing to do. It’s also the most inexpensive marketing and PR effort you can make that also happens to carry the highest Return on Investment. A friend of mine, a wine writer, related to me that in twenty some odd years of writing at a prominent media outlet…

Jul 9, 2018

Turning the Tide on Corruption in Wine, Beer and Spirit Sales

Turning the Tide on Corruption in Wine, Beer and Spirit Sales

An amazing thing happened recently in, of all places, Texas. Both the Texas Democratic Party and the Texas Republican Party, at their annual state platform conventions, called for the elimination or complete reform of the Three Tier System of Alcohol distribution in Texas in their individual party platforms. Credit for this rather remarkable political (and popular) victory goes to CraftPac, the political action committee of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, whose members have been denied direct access to the consumer market….

Jul 6, 2018

The Best Wine Books Coming Soon

The Best Wine Books Coming Soon

The well-established wine literary genre is littered with much of the same. Primarily, newly issued wine books are for “dummies”, the easily intimidated, and those who want a shortcut. And that’s fine. Still occasionally—very occasionally—wine books of real interest are published. I regularly look over Amazon’s list of “coming-soon” wine books to see what will soon be released that will be of interest to smart, confident, dedicated wine lovers. Here’s what I’ve found. A GLASS HALF FULL: MY LIFE IN…

Jul 2, 2018

Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee and Wine

Trump's Supreme Court Nominee and Wine

With the recent retirement of Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, all eyes turn to President Trump, Kennedy’s soon-to-be-appointed replacement and the battle that will follow. But it should not be forgotten as that battle begins that it was Justice Kennedy who authored the 2005 Granholm v. Heald Supreme Court decision that ushered in a sea change in the direct shipment of wine. Kennedy wrote the opinion for the 5-4 majority in which the Court held, “that the laws in…