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Feb 14, 2020

Where is the Curated Consumer Wine News?

One of my greatest frustrations these days is that it is nearly impossible to watch any news channel or listen to any talk radio that does not constantly discuss presidential/Washington politics. This mono focus is oppressive and does Americans no favors given the huge number of important issues and topics from around the country and world that impact us. However, thankfully, the wine media and reporting does not have such a problem. Most remarkable about the wine media and wine…

Feb 8, 2020

Why is Virginia Passing A Blatantly Unconstitutional Spirits Shipping Law?

If was 15 years ago when the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in Granholm v Heald. In that important ruling the Court wrote: “If a State chooses to allow direct shipment of wine, it must do so on evenhanded terms. Without demonstrating the need for discrimination, New York and Michigan have enacted regulations that disadvantage out-of-state wine producers. Under our Commerce Clause jurisprudence, these regulations cannot stand.” In the Commonwealth of Virginia House Bill 1187 would…

Feb 3, 2020

Bordeaux Provides American Wine Regions With a Very Scary Lesson

It’s quite possibly the most consequentially negative headline I’ve read about wine in 30 years: BOTTOM FALLS OUT OF BORDEAUX PRICES It comes from a February 1, 2020 article by Wine-Searcher written by, “Wine-Searcher Staff”. It describes exactly what it says: “the price of bulk Bordeaux had fallen to less than a euro a liter, with a fair possibility that prices could crash even lower.” What does this mean for many of the producers of Bordeaux wine? “At this price,…

Jan 29, 2020

Wine Tariffs and the Threat of “Drink American”

This is new and this has some important implications to consider: “Perfect. I agree with that 100%; America has enough resources on her own, most of everything has much better quality anyway. BUY AMERICAN!” “Based upon the pix looks like a bunch of winos gonna be teed off, ..they’ll get over it!” These two comments made in response to a recent article laying out the threat to the American wine industry from proposed tariffs of up to 100% on European…

Jan 15, 2020

The Dry Januarians Are A Threat That Need A Response

God bless Alain Ducasse. So upset and infuriated is the legendary French chef with the entire concept of “Dry January” that in response he has significantly lowered the price of his best Rhone, Burgundy and Bordeaux bottles at his Parisian restaurants during the first month of the year. The idea is to coax people off their pledge to not drink in January by enticing them with restaurant wine prices they can’t refuse. I’ve heard people who dismiss the Dry January…