How Sedition in the Capitol Touches the Alcohol Industry—And It’s Not Pretty

How Sedition in the Capitol Touches the Alcohol Industry—And It's Not Pretty

If you were to ask how the recent catastrophe at the U.S. Capitol implicated the alcohol industry, you’d be hard-pressed to find that connection. Ideologically, alcohol is a pretty non-partisan affair. So, it was very interesting to see one of America’s most prominent alcohol trade associations, the National Beer Wholesalers of America (NBWA), connected to the fallout from the storming of the Capitol. Media reports on the political fallout of the storming of the Capitol have in part focused on…

Jan 18, 2021

Stalin, the Khmer Rouge and Wine Influencers

Stalin, the Khmer Rouge and Wine Influencers

It’s not often that you get to read in a wine article in which “Wine Influencers” are compared to Joseph Stalin or the Khmer Rouge. In discussing the claim by Influencers that they work hard at the thing they do, James Lawrence, writing at Wine-Searcher went and did it: “even if we accept that this firmament [Wine Influencers] can sell a lifestyle, and the associated brands, the defense of “working hard” is fatuous. History’s worst men and women have ‘worked…

Jan 12, 2021

The Glory of Mississippi Direct Wine Shipping

The Glory of Mississippi Direct Wine Shipping

Last year the state of Mississippi passed a direct wine shipping bill that required all winery shipments to consumers to be sent not to their homes but to Mississippi package stores. Recently the head of the Mississippi Independent Package Store Association, Tasho Katsaboulas, sent a message to MS package stores explaining how this direct shipping system will work. I invite you to read the explanation below and behold the mighty wisdom of the state of Mississippi. (all highlighting is mine):…

Jan 7, 2021

Wine in an Age of Mobs and Riots

Wine in an Age of Mobs and Riots

Wine has most often in history been used as a tool for mood alteration. The alcohol in wine provides a path to calming nerves, to lighten the mood, to come down from a heightened state of intensity. Today, it’s fair to say, Americans find themselves in a heightened state of intensity and insecurity, and for good reason. It’s not every year you find your world dissolved by an invisible killer, your world-view challenged by growing hordes of ideologically strident partisans,…

Jan 6, 2021

What Makes Wine Great — Reason #2: Symbolism

What Makes Wine Great — Reason #2: Symbolism

There are those that decry the “elitism” in wine. The ceremony long associated with so many aspects of wine is labeled snobbery. I want to suggest that these kinds of derogatory labels have emerged and been promoted more heavily of late out of laziness and misunderstanding. But more importantly, these actions and things surrounding wine that are misrepresented as elitism and snobbery are instead reflections of one of the ways wine is great. Those who claim wine is too elitist…