Archive for the ‘Culture and Wine’ Category

Mar 25, 2018

Let Your Wine Snobbery Run Free

There are three common and inaccurate accusations that are too regularly hurled at wine lovers and the wine industry: Wine Snobs Abound Wine is Overpriced Inexpensive Wine Is As Good as Expensive Wine Whenever you hear or see these accusations flung, you can be nearly positive that the person flinging them feels inadequate over their lack of a wine education. They shouldn’t feel inadequate about that lack of wine knowledge any more than they ought to feel inadequate over a…

Mar 15, 2018

The Four Pillars of Modern Alcohol Regulatory Reform

The modern American alcohol regulatory system was dreamed up and implemented in the early 1930s by a group of men whose most recent experience with alcohol was thirteen years of national Prohibition, violent bootleggers and the pre-Prohibition moral squalor of the “Tavern”. Eighty-five years later the system that was created when school segregation was the law of the land, when child labor was largely unregulated and when there was no constitutional right to a minimum wage. remains mainly unchanged. The…

Mar 13, 2018

On The Other Hand: Wine in 2028

Leave it to Rob McMillan to dig into the big questions: “What Will The Wine Business Look Like in 2028?” It’s an interesting read. In it, Rob is most concerned with how we (the wine trade) will sell wine. His primary observation is this: “I think we are coming to the end of the elevated growth in the tasting room and club models we’ve been managing for the past decade.” In support of this, he provides, among others, these predictions:…

Feb 21, 2018

Can Wine Drinkers Rely on Science?

I haven’t investigated the question, but I have to wonder if faith in the ability of science to provide reliable depictions of nature and its workings has fallen among Americans. I’m motivated to investigate this question upon waking up today to read these two stories: Study: Drinking Alcohol More Important Than Exercise to Living Past Ninety. “Analyzing more than 1,600 nonagenarians, the study results showed that people who drank two glasses of beer or wine a day improved their odds…

Jan 2, 2018

The End of Wine Is Not Near…However…

There is a certain giddiness on display among those folks who are celebrating the legalization of recreational cannabis. It’s not the same kind of giddiness you see in old photographs of those celebrating the demise of alcohol prohibition. Its has more the feel of a victory dance. But it’s different in other ways. No one alive today lived in a society where cannabis was legal to use or abuse. Those who smoked it did it under the cover of surretitiousness….