Archive for the ‘Culture and Wine’ Category

Jun 15, 2020

The Fool’s Errand of Trying To Link Wine and Politics

Attempting to gauge the political leanings of the “wine industry”, as some have recently attempted and about which others have speculated, is a fool’s errand. You can’t do so by tallying up political campaign contributions. You can’t do it by analyzing social media postings. The only way to determine if this thing called “the wine industry” leans left or right or otherwise is to look at voting data for those that work in the wine industry. That requires first identifying…

Mar 31, 2020

How CoronaVirus Will Change the Alcohol Industry

The problem with trying to predict the impact of the CoronaVirus on the Alcohol Universe is the same problem of predicting its impact on any industry: We don’t yet know the severity of the impact the Virus will have people and society and we don’t yet know the effective lifespan of the virus going unchecked by medical intervention such as a vaccine or effective treatment. But of course, predictions can be based on assumptions. Let’s assume, for the sake of…

Feb 26, 2020

Seltzer Is Really Wine And Dirty Looks Will Kill You

I’ve figured out a way to increase wine sales: Let’s redefine seltzer as wine. This ingenious solution to the apparent decline in wine sales in the United States occurred to me as I read through a new study out of Australia on the phenomenon known as “Second Hand Drinking”. This phrase should sound familiar to you. It’s derived from the more well-known term, “Second Hand Smoking”. Moreover, the “Second Hand Drinking” phrasing is meant to further demonize the act of…

Jan 29, 2020

Wine Tariffs and the Threat of “Drink American”

This is new and this has some important implications to consider: “Perfect. I agree with that 100%; America has enough resources on her own, most of everything has much better quality anyway. BUY AMERICAN!” “Based upon the pix looks like a bunch of winos gonna be teed off, ..they’ll get over it!” These two comments made in response to a recent article laying out the threat to the American wine industry from proposed tariffs of up to 100% on European…

Jan 14, 2020

Sonoma County Wine Royalty and the Abdication of the Queen

Queen Elizabeth should abdicate the throne. Prince Charles should refuse the crown. William should be coronated as the King of England. This is the solution to the problems the English royal family is currently facing, a problem symbolized by Harry and Megan’s recent announcement they wanted to pull away from being active members of the royal family and strike out on their own. The problem isn’t a rebellious Duke and Dutchess of Sussex. The problem is poor succession planning. It…