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…

Apr 12, 2018

Hypocrisy and Natural Wine

Hypocrisy and Natural Wine

So, Isabelle Legeron wants stricter label requirements for wine and more transparency….except no word of such “transparency” when it comes to the use of the term “Natural”.  For that term on a label or promotional materials, no such label regulations are necessary: Stronger legal framework Careful food sourcing should equal careful drinks sourcing, says Isabelle Legeron. For her it just makes sense. As restaurants, and their customers alike, care even more about what what goes through their kitchen, and ends…