Archive for the ‘Shipping Wine’ Category

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…

Dec 17, 2020

Kentucky’s Unconstitutional Alcohol Shipping Law Debuts

If there is a community of people who desperately need access to wine, beer and spirit shipments from out-of-state it’s the poor, deprived residents of the state of Kentucky. Consider this, in the past 36 months, the state of Kentucky has approved 45,877 wine, beer and spirit products for sale in the state. Meanwhile, in that same period, the Federal Government has approved over HALF A MILLION products for sale in the U.S. Yes, that’s less than 9% of the…

Dec 16, 2020

Wine in the U.S. in 2020 — The Top Takeaways

I can’t stress enough just how unique 2020 has been. From a historical perspective, it’s arguable that this year is among the top two or three most eventful and impactful 12 months in 100 years. And keep in mind, those past 100 years included the 1929 stock market crash, the worst years of the depression, the beginning and end of World War II, the Cuban Missle Crisis, two presidential assassinations, the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting acts, 1968,…

Dec 12, 2020

The Top 10 Wine Stories of 2020 According to Your Eyeballs

It’s always interesting to look back and see which posts attracted the most readership here at FERMENTATION during the year. As is has been in past years, 2020 readers were attracted most to those posts that touched on the current events in American culture. Below are the top 10 most-read posts of 2020 beginning with the most read. 1-Data Shows Wine Economists Are Wrong — Wine Industry Does Not Support Donald Trump This mini-controversy roiled the online wine world for…

Dec 7, 2020

The Discussion to Define Alcohol DTC in 2021

Repeal Day, a commemoration of the day in 1933 when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the 21st Amendment ending the prohibition of alcohol sale and consumption in the United States, was celebrated on December 5th—last Saturday. It’s an inconspicuous day on the calendar the doesn’t get as much attention as National Taco Day or National Vacuum Cleaner Day. I celebrated Repeal Day with the gentlemen from The Wine Makers podcast, where we discussed the state of consumer access to alcohol. It’s…