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Feb 26, 2020

Seltzer Is Really Wine And Dirty Looks Will Kill You

I’ve figured out a way to increase wine sales: Let’s redefine seltzer as wine. This ingenious solution to the apparent decline in wine sales in the United States occurred to me as I read through a new study out of Australia on the phenomenon known as “Second Hand Drinking”. This phrase should sound familiar to you. It’s derived from the more well-known term, “Second Hand Smoking”. Moreover, the “Second Hand Drinking” phrasing is meant to further demonize the act of…

Feb 25, 2020

The Most Unique Wine Trade Org in 30 Years Arrives to Fight Tariffs

I can’t emphasize enough how rare it is to see the creation of a successful new trade association in the alcohol industry. In my 30 years working in the beverage alcohol industry, I can count the number of successful new trade coalitions on one hand. Moreover, the creation of trade organization that brings together importers, wholesalers, retailers, restaurants and producers is unheard of. Enter the United States Wine Trade Alliance. What’s not surprising is the unique coalition represented by the…

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,…