It May Be Time For An Agnostic Wine

It May Be Time For An Agnostic Wine

Pew Reseach tells us that the United States is rapidly on its way to becoming a minority Christian country. My question is what does this mean for alcohol consumption and for wine in particular? First the research. Since 2007 those professing to be Christians here in the United States collapsed from 77% to 65%. This is a fall off of massive proportions. Meanwhile, in the same time period, those who claim no religious affiliation have risen from 17% to 25%….

Oct 22, 2019

The Future of Market Access for Brewers and Distillers —and Wineries Too

The Future of Market Access for Brewers and Distillers —and Wineries Too

There is an unusual collaboration and coherence among America’s alcohol beverage producers at this moment when it comes to politics. Just about everyone, from distillers to brewers to wineries—of every size—are lobbying federal lawmakers seeking an extension or permanent status to the current federal alcohol excise tax. It’s about the money, as it usually is. I don’t have a strong opinion on the propriety of making permanent the lower federal alcohol excise tax rate arrived at two years ago. However,…

Oct 19, 2019

Natural Wine—Ouch! Is It Funny Because It’s True?

Wow GIF from Wow GIFs OUCH!! “Compared to traditional wines, natural wines have a wider range of flavor profiles, owing to the fact that they’re not constrained by oppressive concepts such as “good” and “drinkable.” You’ll find some that are effervescent and floral, while others can be tannic and herbal. Still others resemble the Syrah that your friends were expecting you to bring to their dinner party, so try to find that one, please.” This (and more) from a New…

Oct 18, 2019

Winery vs Retailer — It’s Not a Real Fight

Winery vs Retailer — It's Not a Real Fight

“It’s an opportunity for consumers, and that’s the most important thing. Whatever’s best for the customer is going to be best for us in the end.” These are the wise words of Belinda Weber, Duckhorn Wine Company Marketing Director, in a Napa Valley Register article that explored the impact of June’s Tennessee Wine v Thomas Supreme Court decision and its real potential to result in more states changing their laws to allow wine shipments from out-of-state wine retailers. But, the…

Sep 27, 2019

Pettiness and Virtue in Donald Trump’s Land of Liquor

Pettiness and Virtue in Donald Trump's Land of Liquor

I’m not a fan of President Donald Trump. It’s concerning to me that he is the first president in my lifetime that I’m positive I could do a better job of running the country. But I’m also not a fan of petty wastefulness. And that is exactly what the attempt to revoke the liquor license at the President’s Washington, DC hotel amounts to. The claim was that President Trump’s liquor license at the Trump Washington, DC Hotel should be revoked…

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