Napa Valley Vintners Announce Opposition to Flawed Oak Woodland Initiative

Napa Valley Vintners Announce Opposition to Flawed Oak Woodland Initiative

The Napa Valley Vintners recently announced to their membership on Thursday that they will be opposing the upcoming Napa County Watershed and Oak Woodland Protection Initiative of 2018. This is very good news, very wise and a boost to the opposition to a seriously flawed, unnecessary and punitive undertaking. In addition to announcing to their membership that they will oppose the initiative, the Napa Vintners noted that they “prepared to put resources toward an opposition campaign and formed a task force that…

Jan 2, 2018

The End of Wine Is Not Near…However…

The End of Wine Is Not Near...However...

There is a certain giddiness on display among those folks who are celebrating the legalization of recreational cannabis. It’s not the same kind of giddiness you see in old photographs of those celebrating the demise of alcohol prohibition. Its has more the feel of a victory dance. But it’s different in other ways. No one alive today lived in a society where cannabis was legal to use or abuse. Those who smoked it did it under the cover of surretitiousness….

Dec 29, 2017

The 10 Most Read Stories of 2017 At The Daily Wine Blog

The 10 Most Read Stories of 2017 At The Daily Wine Blog

It turns out that 2017 marked the highest readership this blog has received since 2011, an achievement I didn’t expect when the year began. Having done nothing different this year than in past years, I can only attribute the increase in, and consistency of, readership to a great desire among members of the wine trade for opinion and analysis about the state of the trade. That’s what I’m telling myself. Below are the ten most-read stories here at Fermentation for…

Dec 28, 2017

Amazon Nixes Wine.Woot — CaseMates Rises From Its Ashes

Amazon Nixes Wine.Woot — CaseMates Rises From Its Ashes

On October 23 of this year, I wrote that wine.woot, the remarkably vigorous winery-direct retail outlet, would be forced to shut down, seeing as it was purchased by Amazon. Wine.woot would suffer the same fate as the AmazonWine marketplace that was forced to close after Amazon purchased hundreds of retail wine licenses with its acquisition of Whole Foods. And state laws don’t allow retailers of wine to take anything of value from producers of wine, which is what both AmazonWine and…

Dec 28, 2017

Embrace the Wine Critic — They Matter

Embrace the Wine Critic — They Matter

The Wine Critic matters…as much as ever. It’s worth pointing out that the wine critic is not, as too many suggest, some self-interested hanger-on simply pushing subjective opinions any one of us could offer. Rather, the dedicated wine critic is a passionate student of wine who has devoted a healthy part of their lives to understanding wine, celebrating wine and prodding those who produce wine. It’s true that the wine critic can grow cynical and even stiff from their constant…