A Trumpian Approach to Dismantling the Napa Wine Industry

A Trumpian Approach to Dismantling the Napa Wine Industry

It reminds me of the proposed Trump Tax Reform Proposal working its way around Washington, DC. The Napa Valley Oak Woodlands Initiative, now having signatures gathered for its placement on the June 2018 Napa County ballot, will provide a heavy-handed solution to a problem that does not exist. In an age when income and wealth inequality is at near historic highs, are the wealthiest and most powerful 1% in such dire straights that we need to give them huge tax…

Nov 16, 2017

Apple’s War on Harmless Vice…Is Wine Next?

Apple's War on Harmless Vice...Is Wine Next?

I found 5 different apps at the Apple App store that promote marijuana.  I found 3 different Grand Theft Auto apps in the Apple App store that promote….well…everything. I found NarcoGuerra in the Apple App store, which allows you to “try taking control of a cartel”. I found WeedTycoon in the Apple App store, which allows you to…become a Weed Tycoon. However, I learn today that Shaken Communications’ (Wine Spectator) “Where To Smoke” App has been banned from the Apple…

Nov 15, 2017

The Ongoing Tale of the Gutter Snipes of Natural Wine World

The Ongoing Tale of the Gutter Snipes of Natural Wine World

Is it possible for Natural Wine advocates to be anything other than assholes? More and more it seems not. For example: “Those ‘faults’ [in Natural Wine] can exist to different levels and, in some cases, I’d argue they add to the wine’s character. It isn’t black and white. Advocates of conventional wine can’t handle that and, even more, can’t handle that some hipster kid on Lower Clapton Road – who they’d argue knows nothing – is celebrating the wine for…

Nov 7, 2017

Wine and The Glory of Smoke Taint

Wine and The Glory of Smoke Taint

“I really, strongly feel that I want there to be some character about the fire in the wines. This is part of the vintage, and it’s going to be a part of my life, remembering this event. In 10 years, if I sit down and have a bottle of that smoky Cabernet, I want to remember the vintage…At the same time, I don’t want the wines to be disgusting.” If there we ever more authentic words from a true grape…

Nov 6, 2017

The Future of Wine Writing is Coming to Sonoma County

The Future of Wine Writing is Coming to Sonoma County

This Thursday, 300+ people will descend upon Sonoma County, California for the 10th Annual Wine Bloggers’ Conference. It is an educational, business and networking opportunity that comes at a time when “blogging” has been transformed into something much different than what it was 10 years ago, yet remains necessarily the same. Ten years ago, when about 100 or so wine bloggers first gathered at the Flamingo Resort in Sonoma County, wine blogging still retained its freshness; its innovative quality. The…