Pairing Cannabis With Food like Wine With Food is a Ploy

Pairing Cannabis With Food like Wine With Food is a Ploy

How many different wines can you enjoy with a meal and how many sips of wine can you combine with a meal before you are uselessly drunk? Everyone’s body chemistry and everyone’s tolerance for alcohol is different. For myself, I can probably enjoy upwards of 30 or 40 sips of wine with a meal before questioning my reason for being at the table and before the ability to appreciate the pairing of wine and food goes by the wayside. Now,…

Apr 20, 2018

Chaos and Crooks in Napa Wine Country

Chaos and Crooks in Napa Wine Country

Crooks and chaos have come to the Napa Valley via an important political campaign. When your political opponents start vandalizing and stealing to make their point, you can rest assured that they’ve run out of anything sensible to say in support of their position. And this is exactly what has begun to happen in Napa Valley as supporters of Measure C turn to thieving and vandalism in lieu of issuing facts and debate. Proponents of Measure C, the land grabbing initiative…

Apr 16, 2018

The Wine Police Don’t Have Enough Work To Do

The Wine Police Don't Have Enough Work To Do

It’s 8:00am in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Like any good winery owner there, you are up, poised and set to receive Internet orders for your wine. Right then, an order from Flagstaff, Arizona comes in. They want Chardonnay; your award-winning Chardonnay. Your online system gratefully accepts the order, runs the credit card, accepts payment and BOOM…By 8:03 you are flush with your first sale of the day. You’ve also broken the law. This, according to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who…

Apr 16, 2018

Automatic Weapons, Wine and Cannabis

Automatic Weapons, Wine and Cannabis

In a recent post about how cannabis sales will hurt wine sales, one commenter noted that at least “there is no three-tier distribution system for weed.” Well, there actually is a three-tier distribution system for cannabis in California, with some small exceptions for the smallest producers. Putting in place a three-tier distribution system (producer to distributor to dispensary) was the price to get law enforcement on board. This, of course, will eventually have to change otherwise the smallest cannabis farmers will…

Apr 12, 2018

More Reasons to Think Cannabis Will Hurt Wine Sales

More Reasons to Think Cannabis Will Hurt Wine Sales

It’s going to be fascinating down the road to try to track the correlation between California retail cannabis sales and California retail wine sales. While it’s being reported that retail sales of cannabis have not met expectations for the first two months of legalized recreational cannabis sales in California, we don’t yet have enough data to determine the extent to which legal cannabis will impact wine sales. But they will. RaboBank’s Boucard Nesin has penned a very interesting post that offers three…