Archive for the ‘Cannabis’ Category

Jul 13, 2018

Don’t Let Incompetent Wine Wholesalers Kill Cannabis

If there is one thing you can reliably count on in the same way you can count on the sun rising and setting, it is the leadership of America’s wine and spirit wholesalers disregarding what’s good for the marketplace and consumers and landing on a policy that primarily benefits them. A corollary to this fact of life is that this same booze wholesaler leadership will cast their self-serving positions in the guise of societal good. So, it’s no surprise that…

May 31, 2018

Great Event To Explore How Wine Plans to Help Weed Take Its Marketshare

The Second Annual Weed and Wine Symposium is only two months away. If it is anything like the inaugural event, it should be fascinating. The tagline for the coming Symposium is: “Exploring the Opportunities & Issues that the Legalization of Cannabis Presents to the California Wine Industry”. I should go on the record that I believe the opportunities are few and the main issue is, how can the wine industry minimize the negative impact that cannabis legalization will have on…

Apr 23, 2018

Pairing Cannabis With Food like Wine With Food is a Ploy

How many different wines can you enjoy with a meal and how many sips of wine can you combine with a meal before you are uselessly drunk? Everyone’s body chemistry and everyone’s tolerance for alcohol is different. For myself, I can probably enjoy upwards of 30 or 40 sips of wine with a meal before questioning my reason for being at the table and before the ability to appreciate the pairing of wine and food goes by the wayside. Now,…

Apr 16, 2018

Automatic Weapons, Wine and Cannabis

In a recent post about how cannabis sales will hurt wine sales, one commenter noted that at least “there is no three-tier distribution system for weed.” Well, there actually is a three-tier distribution system for cannabis in California, with some small exceptions for the smallest producers. Putting in place a three-tier distribution system (producer to distributor to dispensary) was the price to get law enforcement on board. This, of course, will eventually have to change otherwise the smallest cannabis farmers will…

Apr 12, 2018

More Reasons to Think Cannabis Will Hurt Wine Sales

It’s going to be fascinating down the road to try to track the correlation between California retail cannabis sales and California retail wine sales. While it’s being reported that retail sales of cannabis have not met expectations for the first two months of legalized recreational cannabis sales in California, we don’t yet have enough data to determine the extent to which legal cannabis will impact wine sales. But they will. RaboBank’s Boucard Nesin has penned a very interesting post that offers three…