Bad Faith Negotiating in Oregon’s Alcohol Debates

Bad Faith Negotiating in Oregon's Alcohol Debates

Proponents of increasing the State of Oregon’s alcohol taxes in a comically excessive way are becoming more creative and more faithless in their arguments for increasing the state taxes in an effort to fight alcohol dependency. As a reminder, earlier in the year Oregon State Representatives Tawna Sanchez sponsored House Bill 3296. If passed, the bill would have increased the excise taxes on beer and cider in Oregon from $2.60 per barrel (31 gallons) to $72.60 per barrel. The increase…

Apr 8, 2021

Time to Embrace the Elitist Character of the Wine Drinker

Time to Embrace the Elitist Character of the Wine Drinker

“Our aim is to democratize wine. The mission is to remove the elitist, stuffy image from wine and bring it to the people.” The odds are 2-1 that any new consumer-facing wine service, app, editorial venture or website will make this above claim about what it is they are attempting to accomplish. More often than not, this “mission” is driven either 1) by the fact that the wines being sold or promoted through the new service are under $30 per…

Apr 2, 2021

Wine Wholesalers Whine…Again

Wine Wholesalers Whine...Again

The wine wholesalers in Michigan are concerned. VERY VERY concerned.  According to the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association as presented in a breathless editorial in The Detroit News, “It’s estimated that…more than 730,000 bottles of wine, were illegally shipped into the state” in 2019.” Of course, we can’t verify this claim as the data they base it upon is not published by the wholesalers. No matter. According to this association of box carriers, this profoundly important discovery “robs Michigan…

Apr 1, 2021

In The Wine Industry #CellarLivesMatter

In The Wine Industry #CellarLivesMatter

The wine and alcohol industries are unique. They operate within a highly regulated meliu that other industries would find jarring and alien. As a result, it’s often the case that the controversies that surround alcohol are very specific to the industry. The shoe industry or the snack food industry would, for example, find no context for understanding a ban on their products being shipped across state lines, whereas within the alcohol industry such restrictions are common place. But sometimes, the…

Mar 23, 2021

Drinking Wine is Risky and That’s One Reason We Drink It

Drinking Wine is Risky and That's One Reason We Drink It

What if drinking wine, even lots of it, didn’t get you drunk? Why consider this…? “Alcohol goes to your head and causes drunken behaviour through the breakdown of chemicals produced in the brain, a new study reveals.  The finding turns previous theories that it was linked to the liver upside down, and scientists believe it holds the key to combating binge drinking and alcoholism. Researchers from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism tested the impact of alcohol on chemicals…