Archive for the ‘Oregon’ Category

Jul 21, 2021

A Wine Conference for the Passionate

I think it must be clear to anyone to cares to take notice that today there is a far greater abundance of wine-related media at our disposal than at any previous time. I’m not talking about wine-related tweets and posts as these generally are devoid of any real substance or are links to or comments upon wine-related stories published elsewhere. I’m talking about the plethora of wine media offered up in the form of wine publications, wine blogs, podcasts, newspapers…

Jun 3, 2021

Can Oregon Wine Tourism Survive the Portland Problem?

“Five Days After Attack, Andy Ngo Releases Statement Confirming He Was Chased and Beaten in Portland” “‘It’s frightened people away’: Downtown Portland hotels slow to recover due to pandemic, reputation” “Demonstrations in Portland | The Official Guide to Portland—TRAVEL PORTLAND” “Majority of downtown Portland merchants say city core is unsafe” “Downtown in distress: Portland’s core is unsafe and uninviting, residents say in new poll, threatening city’s recovery”  “Why Portland’s Homeless Problem Is The Worst In The Nation” If you are…

Apr 12, 2021

Bad Faith Negotiating in Oregon’s Alcohol Debates

Proponents of increasing the State of Oregon’s alcohol taxes in a comically excessive way are becoming more creative and more faithless in their arguments for increasing the state taxes in an effort to fight alcohol dependency. As a reminder, earlier in the year Oregon State Representatives Tawna Sanchez sponsored House Bill 3296. If passed, the bill would have increased the excise taxes on beer and cider in Oregon from $2.60 per barrel (31 gallons) to $72.60 per barrel. The increase…

Mar 1, 2021

Clown Cars Appear at Oregon Capitol—2,700% increase in Alcohol Tax Emerges

Proposing to raise the tax on beer and cider by 2,700% and raising it on wine by 1,500% (YES…between 2,700% and 1,500%!) is in and of itself comical. But it’s not a comically bad miscalculation by the sponsors of an Oregon bill that would do just this. It is the political equivalent of virtue signaling: Attempting to get credit for taking a strong position on, and making a bold proposal to address, an issue when there is little to no…

Dec 22, 2020

Wine and 2021 — Predictions

The point of identifying trends is to help hedge one’s future risk. If we can predict what will come we are more likely to flourish where there is a real risk of being overrun by events. As I have for many years, here I look ahead a year to two out and attempt to articulate how current trends will impact the wine industry. In some respects, this year’s foray into predicting the future is easier than in past years. For…