Archive for the ‘Cannabis’ Category

Dec 4, 2017

The Evidence Is Piling Up: Cannabis is Bad For Wine

A new study reported in the Washington Post shows that legal marijuana sales are a key factor in reducing sales of alcohol: “Alcoholic beverage sales fell by 15 percent following the introduction of medical marijuana laws in a number of states.” Down the road, when this phenomenon is confirmed after legalization in enacted in a number of states (particularly California) the questions will be 1) which types of alcohol tend to be most impacted by a switch to cannabis use,…

Oct 19, 2017

Somersaulting Toward A Conflict Between Wine and Cannabis

There are certain things that, when they inadvertently catch my attention, waylay me and what I had planned on accomplishing doesn’t get done. An episode of The West Wing appears out of nowhere. A call comes in and the conversation turns to baseball history. My son insists I engage him in a somersault session or discussion on the merits of red versus black M & M’s. (I insist they are identical, but HG assures me they taste different since one…

Oct 8, 2017

Cannabis is Coming After the Wine Industry

The cannabis industry is coming after wine and alcohol. The Cannabis message du jour (and it’s likely to become the message du always) is that cannabis is better for you than alcohol. The claim is often being used as an argument for legalization. But it’s equally as common to find messaging in cannabis marketing and promoting cannabis by its advocates. I could have posted 100 examples of this kind of cannabis marketing. But what’s the point? A quick Google search…

Sep 13, 2017

Marketing Wine, Sex Toys and Cannabis — Differences and Similarities

What if wines were reviewed like cannabis strains? 2015 Fermentationblog Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Just looking at this beastly purple grog tells me I’m in for a sloshy night. It sports dense, heady blueberry aromas that beckon and the taste is not so different, but with a premonition of its potency. After a glass, I already felt the first jolt of its 14.5 alc. Two glasses and my eyes felt that familiar heaviness that comes of cab imbibing. After four glasses its fruity…

Aug 3, 2017

It’s Official: Cannabis and Wine are a Poor Pairing

Cannabis and wine are alike only in the same way that wine is like carrots. Both are produced with plants. I’ve been inching toward this conclusion for quite some time. However, it took the experience of listening to presenters and exhibitors at Wine Industry Network‘s brilliantly produced Wine & Weed Symposium on Thursday, for me to fully embrace this conclusion. This was not, however, the conclusion being delivered at the Symposium. Nor is it the position that the Cannabis legalization…