Archive for the ‘Culture and Wine’ Category

Apr 12, 2017

A New (Modern) Framework for Regulating Alcohol

The American system of alcohol regulations is not merely broken, it has become a parody of the idea of control. What once was supposed to be a post-Prohibition system of regulations to assure the country did not fall back into a free-for-all alcohol market has morphed over the years into a chaotic collection of regulations and laws based on the what the highest bidder wants, on the principle of rent-seeking by the most powerful and politically connected entities in the…

Apr 9, 2017

It’s Hard To Be A Relativist When It Comes to Wine & Cat Juice

How hard to you have to love your pet and how jacked up on cash do you have to be to spend $12.00 on a small bottle of “Wine for Pets”? I’m thinking a little too much, in both cases. Yet, I read that on the classic television hit “Shark Tank” Kevin O’Leary paid $100,000 to be a 20% owner in Apollo Peak, a wine-for-pets company. According to CNBC: “The wines — with clever names like MosCATo, Pinot MEOW and…

Mar 21, 2017

Drinking and Driving—The Path to Wealth

Want to increase the size of your bank account? Consider drinking and driving. According to the annual Wealth Report: “Investment grade wine finally knocked classic cars off the winner’s podium in the 2016 Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index (KFLII). The Knight Frank Fine Wine Icons Index, compiled for us by Wine Owners, recorded blistering growth of 24% in 2016, compared with a relatively lacklustre 9% increase in the value of the HAGI Top Index, which tracks the performance of the world’s most desirable classic cars….

Mar 8, 2017

Women and Winemaking: The Problematic Report

Far be it for me to be they guy who sticks his thumb in the pie on International Women’s Day, but…Really: “women winemakers’ detailed approach and nuanced use of language could help tasters pick up on more subtle flavors. “Women tend to make cleaner wines, and even though it sounds like a generalization, they tend to have detail in tasting notes,” Or…Really? “According to Hopkins, who works with both male and female winemakers, men tend to critique wines using adjectives…

Feb 7, 2017

Check Your Wine Privilege!

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about “Wine Privilege”. I investigated. Apparently, “Wine Privilege” is a term for benefits that accrue to people identified as wine lovers beyond what are commonly experienced by non-wine lovers. It’s insidious and whether you recognize it or not, if you love wine, you possess wine privilege. Examples of wine privilege abound. If you can open a bottle of wine using a complicated tool that includes levers and handles, you possess wine privilege. If you properly…