Archive for the ‘10 Things’ Category

Dec 5, 2017

Top Ten Wine News Stories of 2017

Wine News in 2017 was big and varied. Lots of big changes and big events. Some of it was predictable. Other news, well not so predictable. Here are my Top 10 Wine News Stories of 2017. They are not presented in any order of importance and they tend to focus in part on California’s wine industry. WINE COUNTRY FIRES DEVASTATE The fires scarred everyone in Napa and Sonoma. The land will recover, but the personal, economic, and psychological toll will…

Nov 18, 2016

There But For the Grace of Booze Go I

I’m not a religious man. And I know Thanksgiving originated as an opportunity to express thanks to God. Still, on Thanksgiving I begin to think seriously about those things for which I am grateful and thankful. Some of those things are booze and wine related. I Am Thankful For: 1. My Clients All of my clients are booze and wine related. And I am grateful for their support and confidence and what they teach me. 2. A Well Made Cocktail…

Oct 15, 2013

The Top 5 Best and Worst Things About NorCal Wine Country

The Top 5 Worst Things About Northern California Wine Country 1. The cost of real estate is absurdly high 2. Traffic in the major wine producing regions sucks 3. High Taxes! 4. The poverty is not hard to find 5. The Chinese Food here is terrible   The Top 5 Best Things About Northern California Wine Country 1. The weather is perfect. 2. It is a food and wine nirvana 3. Lots of ultra smart people live here 4. It’s…

Jul 31, 2013

10 Reasons for Wine Lovers To Rise Up Now

It has been just over 1 month now since the long anticipated launch of the American Wine Consumer Coalition. AWCC is today the only national organization in America representing the interests of wine consumers alone. Not wineries. Not retailers. Not wholesalers. Not regulators. Consumers. Here’s the update: • AWCC has almost 300 members nationwide • AWCC has successfully weighed in on PA’s Privatization and Shipping issues • AWCC has created a host of great member benefits • AWCC has been…

Jul 30, 2013

10 Warnings For Visitors to Napa Valley

Visiting Napa Valley? Coming to “Wine Country” to soak up some of that good life? Heading our way for a relaxing getaway. Good! We are very pleased you are coming, can’t wait to see you and promise to put our best foot forward for you. However, I do want to offer 10 warnings to those coming to Napa Valley for a quick vacation, particularly those who have never been here before. It’s not about scaring you away because,  believe me,…