Somersaulting Toward A Conflict Between Wine and Cannabis

Somersaulting Toward A Conflict Between Wine and Cannabis

There are certain things that, when they inadvertently catch my attention, waylay me and what I had planned on accomplishing doesn’t get done. An episode of The West Wing appears out of nowhere. A call comes in and the conversation turns to baseball history. My son insists I engage him in a somersault session or discussion on the merits of red versus black M & M’s. (I insist they are identical, but HG assures me they taste different since one…

Oct 17, 2017

Key To Wine Country Fire Recovery: Buying and Selling

Key To Wine Country Fire Recovery: Buying and Selling

Here in Napa wine country, I spent most of last week keeping an eye on the danger, checking in with vulnerable friends and clients and reading the Twitter feed of Sarah Stierch. But I was also exposed to various news articles predicting doom for the Napa, Sonoma and California wine industries. There was a slew of shoddy articles that together gave the impression that either Napa was wiped off the map or that there will be no drinkable wine for…

Oct 13, 2017

The Heroic Efforts of Wine Writer Sarah Stierch During the Wine Country Fires

The Heroic Efforts of Wine Writer Sarah Stierch During the Wine Country Fires

In moments of disaster, there are always people who step up and go well beyond what could well be expected of them. At 4:11am on Monday Morning, Sarah Stierch, a wine writer located in the town of Sonoma, set out on what has and continues to be a heroic effort to keep her community members informed during what is surely the most trying moments of their lives. At 4:11am on that early morning Sarah sent out this message via Twitter: Westside of…

Oct 12, 2017

What Happens When the Napa Fires Are Out?

What Happens When the Napa Fires Are Out?

What happens when the fires are out? Clearly, that depends on what you’ve suffered or not suffered. But the question isn’t directed at any individual or at individuals at all. It is directed at the “Napa Valley”. Napa Valley is in the business of growing grapes, making wine and selling that wine. It’s in the business of hospitality. Hosting. The key issue for the industry (and the entire community that depends on the successful industry) is demonstrating to potential customers…

Oct 8, 2017

Cannabis is Coming After the Wine Industry

Cannabis is Coming After the Wine Industry

The cannabis industry is coming after wine and alcohol. The Cannabis message du jour (and it’s likely to become the message du always) is that cannabis is better for you than alcohol. The claim is often being used as an argument for legalization. But it’s equally as common to find messaging in cannabis marketing and promoting cannabis by its advocates. I could have posted 100 examples of this kind of cannabis marketing. But what’s the point? A quick Google search…