On my Thursday Wine Mind
On my Thursday mind…
Well, not really, unless you have taken an automated breathalyzer test by blowing into the ATM prior to retrieving your 20s. The absurdity of the PA wine kiosks that force you to look through a little window at the wine bottle, stare into a camera, hope the person looking at your stare into the camera back at the PA Liquor Control Board offices is awake, then blowing into a breathalyzer before getting a single bottle of wine is matched only by the PA politicians who think this is called "customer convenience.
"2010 was the worst grape harvest in recent memory, with financial losses possibly setting new records in the county."
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
This has to be the most depressing wine news I've read all year. The story goes on to explain the massive losses Sonoma County growers are going to take on this year's harvest, marred by moldy grapes early, sunburn and moldy grapes lake. Look for great wines to be make from the early ripeners.
"Hear the latest news surrounding the controversial H.R. 5034."
If you aren't aware of the current status of HR 5034, ShipCompliant, the industry's top compliance services company is putting on a virtual seminar on November 8 that will address the state of HR 5034 and other compliance issues. It's a "must attend" event for those looking to stay informed. I think what you'll hear Wine Institutes's legal/political guru Steve Gross say is that HR 5034 will be coming back in January with a vengeance.
"McLane has the infrastructure in place (trucks, warehouses, distribution contacts) to quickly expand into the liquor business if it can find wholesalers willing to sell"
McLane's is a multi-state food distribution company with large warehouses in numerous states and is owned by cash-flush Birkshire Hathaway. Having just purchased Horizon in Tennessee and before that distributors in Georgia and North Carolina, it may appear that the Southern Wine & Spirits has an important new competitor. Look for Southern to go looking for acquisition targets in response. Oh, goody!!
"Biodynamics is a hoax and deserves the same level of respect we give witchcraft."
Stu Smith, Smith-Madrone, Via Wall Street Journal
Stu Smith's "Biodynamics is a Hoax" blog is exactly the kind of single-topic, well-written, controversial wine blog that makes people (a small, but important number) stand up and take notice and event advances the discussion. In this case, Jay McInerney of the Wall Street Journal took notice and uplifted the blog's profile, not to mention the discussion. Well done, Stu! Well done, Jay! (however, why isn't Smith's blog LINKED to in the WSJ article??
"Efforts to force out-of-state wineries to pay Iowa taxes will cost Iowa wine retailers since it is now illegal for them to deliver to homes."
Woops!! Iowa's new direct shipping law is written in a way the prohibits Iowa retailers from shipping wine to Iowans, something they could do before the change in the law. Wanna know what happened? Lawmakers wanted to continue to keep Iowa consumers from being able to buy from out-of-state retailers so didn't include any mention of retailers in their new direct shipping law. Now the Iowa Liquor officials say Iowa retailers aren't covered by the law. Again…Woops. Question: Will, when the law is fixed, Iowa violate the U.S. Constitution by giving in-state wine retailers the right to ship, but prohibit out of state retailers the same right. I say let Iowa consumers buy from in-state and out-of-state retailers, get out-of-state retailers to pay sales tax to the state and increase funding to the Iowa Alcohol Beverages Division with the the proceeds.