Author Archive

Mar 31, 2020

How CoronaVirus Will Change the Alcohol Industry

The problem with trying to predict the impact of the CoronaVirus on the Alcohol Universe is the same problem of predicting its impact on any industry: We don’t yet know the severity of the impact the Virus will have people and society and we don’t yet know the effective lifespan of the virus going unchecked by medical intervention such as a vaccine or effective treatment. But of course, predictions can be based on assumptions. Let’s assume, for the sake of…

Mar 30, 2020

Open Letter to MADD On Their Fear of Zombie Alcohol Kids

AN OPEN LETTER TO MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING FROM AMERICA: Dear Mothers Against Drunk Driving: First, thank you for all you do. Second, can we agree that at this moment Americans don’t need any more monsters (imaginary or real) with which to be concerned? Can we agree that at this moment the Fear Quotient that Americans are forced to confront has risen to levels not seen in decades and that there probably isn’t any room in our hearts and minds…

Mar 24, 2020

I’ve Run My Wine Biz From Home For 30 Years—Here Are the Rules

I began running my wine communications consultancy out of a home office in 1994 when I left a wine PR firm that I began my career with and went out on my own. There was a brief moment of a year and a half when I was lured away to work for a company in an office every day. However, for nearly 30 years, I’ve worked out of my home, physically alone. And there are rules to make it work….

Mar 23, 2020

On Resisting The Urge To Use An Emergency for Self Interest

In the interest of working to get this message out far and wide, I’m reposting a press release from the National Association of Wine Retailers here. The release deals with the need for members of the wine and spirits industry to muster the strength not to use the current health and economic emergency to fearmonger and politick for policies that advance the interests of a single element of the industry. It deals with the commonsense needs of consumers at this…

Mar 18, 2020

The Passing of Michael Broadbent MW and a Debt Owed

I can’t be sure how much it amounts to, but I know that I owe Michael Broadbent a debt. The great Michael Broadbent MW has passed at the well-cellared age of 92. The man was an absolute giant in the international wine world. I’m not sure he can be replaced nor should he. As one would expect, Jancis Robinson has penned the best obituary/remembrance of Mr. Broadbent. I recommend it. As for my debt, it is directly related to Broadbent’s…