Archive for the ‘Health and Wine’ Category

Dec 13, 2011

A Wine Publicist’s Vow of What He’ll Never Do

As a publicist working in Northern California in the wine trade, there are certain things I come to vow never to do. While many have to do with my trade, others have to do with the result of working in Northern California and working in the Wine Trade. Those things I vow never to do, in no particular order: 1. COMPLAIN ABOUT DRINKING OR TASTING WINEI was reminded of why I never do this when today I saw a tweet…

Oct 14, 2011

Sharia Law Supporters Seek To Ban CA Wine Production

I occasionally stop and think about ways I might engage more readers here at Fermentation. One thing I've never considered doing is something like this: San Francisco Restaurant Workers Support 25% Tip Standard This article in the Contra Costa Times, published on October 12th and written by Ed Arnow, reports the following: "There's a move on to make 25 percent the standard tip in San Francisco restaurants. Media sources report that San Francisco restaurant workers are behind it with support…

Oct 3, 2011

Using the History of Prohibition to Understand Contemporary Corruption

It is a truism that to understand where we are, one must understand where we were. For folks who wonder just how the American system of alcohol control and regulation became the protectionist racket it currently is and how wholesaler middlemen in every state came to control which laws and regulations are enacted, you could do much worse than watching Ken Burns' new three part documentary, "Prohibition". The first installment of "Prohibition" aired last night and undertook to explain the…

Sep 16, 2011

Wine Confessional: I’m a Binge Drinker

Hello, my name is Tom Wark and I'm a binge drinker. I think I'm also a binge candy eater. It's also likely that I'm a binge golfer, but I can't find any support groups or studies to confirm these latter two problems. Binge drinking is, according to the Center for Desease Control: "a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 grams percent or above. This typically happens when men consume 5 or more drinks,…

Aug 23, 2011

Dirty Little Secret Exposed in Sonoma Wine Country

The California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control has finally brought to light the dirty little secret behind underage drinking in Sonoma Valley: SONOMA VALLEY MINORS ARE USING THE HIGH-END WINERY TASTING ROOMS TO GET THEIR DRINK ON. A recent decoy operation meant to the expose and stop the growing craze among Sonoma Valley minors of hanging out in winery tasting rooms and getting their drunk on before marauding over to the next boutique winery was directed and paid for by…