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Dec 30, 2019

The 2020 Wine Resolutions

I’ve been drinking wine seriously for roughly 35 years. I’ve drunk to learn. Drunk to judge and drunk to drink. I’ve done a fairly complete study of California wine. I’ve had the chance to drink fairly liberally through Bordeaux. And I’ve sampled extensively from the wine produced in France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, and Portugal. So, what Wine Resolutions could I possibly commit to for 2020 that would make my life and career much better? 1. Wine…

Dec 23, 2019

Wine Caves and the Reality of Elitism

The reason the “Wine Cave” attack by Elizabeth Warren on Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the last Democratic debate was so effective was that wine is still viewed by most as a symbol of elitism, snobbishness and privilege in the United States. Moreover, this is one of those cases where the symbolism reflects reality. The attack was also made more memorable by the use of the term “wine cave”. It has a strange and memorable ring to it. But to make…

Dec 15, 2019

The Wine Issues and Items of 2019

After working on behalf of clients, my time is often taken up with attention paid to those issues and items in the wine world that most significantly impact my industry and my life. In 2019 there were many wine issues and items that consistently captured my attention. Going forward into 2020, many of these issues should attract your attention too. The Aggregators For those of us who closely follow the wine news and news of the industry, the aggregators have…

Dec 10, 2019

Five Important Wine Trends and Predictions for 2020

It’s not always easy to make predictions, but it is fun. The best way I know to do this is to look at obvious and not-so-obvious trends and try to discern where they are leading. Where is wine heading in 2020? The Economy Will Create Value in Wine I’ve been saying for some time now that I don’t like the path the economy is taking for any number of reasons. Real Estate trends, manufacturing slowdowns, rising debt and trade wars…

Dec 6, 2019

Repeal Day For the Three Tier System is Coming

Today marks the 86th anniversary of the official Repeal of Prohibition—that 13 year period during which it was illegal to produce and consumer alcohol in the United States of America. It was this constitutional measure that turned the first few years of the Great Depression into the Great Dystopia. Nevertheless, today we are free still, after 86 years, to consume our favorite beverage. One thing, however, of real interest to me was the spin that different folks put on #RepealDay….