The Wine Industry, Violence, Words and Emails…Oh My

The Wine Industry, Violence, Words and Emails...Oh My

Almost a week ago I published a post here entitled, “Is the Wine Industry Racists?” It received a good deal of interest, a number of thoughtful comments, and a number of shares, links, etc. Not surprising. There were a number of folks that liked my perspective (“racism” may in fact not be the reason African-Americans are underrepresented in the industry and among the applicant pool for wine industry jobs) and a number who thought I was off-base. As it should…

Jul 3, 2020

Recent Oregon Wine News – July 3, 2020

Oregon Wineries Adapt to Phase 2 Opening – Oregon Wine Press Historic Applegate vineyard goes Biodynamic – Oregon Wine Press Oregon wineries step up to help couples who were out thousands from wedding plans – KGW-8  American-Made Wines (including Oregonian wines) To Toast the Fourt of July – Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Willamette Valley Vineyards to donate $20K with quest for ‘gold’ coins – KOIN News ‘Travel Oregon’ Comes to the Aid of 120 Tourism Industry Organizations – Oregon Travel Daily Sokol Blosser Launches First…

Jun 30, 2020

Is The Wine Industry Racist?

Is The Wine Industry Racist?

Is the wine industry in America racist? It’s a pertinent and timely question given not only the current movement for social justice and racial equality but also considering the various articles that have been published over the past few weeks highlighting the experiences of African Americans working in the wine industry here in the United States. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE To begin with, what should be uncontroversial is that the structure of the wine industry is not racist. That is to say,…

Jun 25, 2020

Recent Oregon Wine News

Recent Oregon Wine News

Six Great Wines From Oregon’s Willamette Valley For July Fourth John Mariani Oregon’s Willamette Valley Welcomes Two New Nested Appellations Oregon Wine Board Wineries Stand Tall In Land Where Pinot Is King: Northwest Oregon Journal & Topics Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Other Terroir-Driven Treasures of the Columbia Gorge Wine Enthusiast Have Recent Campaigns to Support Black Businesses Actually Impacted Black-Owned Wineries? For Some, Yes (Abbey Creek Winery) VinePair A Relaunch and ReBrand of Oregon’s Angela Vineyards Angela Vineyards Tempranillo in…

Jun 18, 2020

Jefferson, Wine and the (Un)Reason of the Mob

Jefferson, Wine and the (Un)Reason of the Mob

Masked and hands sterilized to the hilt, my boy Henry and I took a trip to the bookstore yesterday. For him, we were in search of some new adventures from “Henry and Mudge” and a new tale of the “Magic Treehouse”. The boy is learning to read and these two classics keep his interest and motivate him. I was seeking something new to read on Thomas Jefferson, motivated as I was by a recent incident here in Portland that had…