Archive for the ‘Stupid’ Category

Aug 3, 2020

Imagine if Selling Shoes Was as Absurd as Selling Wine

I recently had the opportunity to provide one half of dueling opinion pieces in the Columbus Dispatch. The issue was, “Should Ohio Restrict Online Sales of Spirits and Wine”. The reason for the dueling op-eds was as a response to the Ohio Attorney General’s claim that out-of-state wine retailers illegally shipped into the state and his filing for an injunction against those retailers in Federal Court. My Op-Ed is here. The gentlemen providing all the reasons why Ohio consumers should…

Jan 5, 2020

Virtue Signaling and Nonsense in Wine

I don’t like anonymous comments on this blog. I like anonymous emails even less. It strikes me as cowardly and suggests the person commenting/emailing doesn’t possess the courage of their convictions. It’s also a huge factor that leads to the divisiveness that plagues conversations on the Internet. That said, I’m compelled to (once again) published another anonymous G’email that would have carried (a tiny bit) more weight had it been placed in the comment section of this blog with a…

Mar 29, 2019

Booze, Cannabis and the Limit of Good Ideas

How many of you are familiar with the taste of cannabis? Raise your hand. Now that it’s established that a good number of FERMENTATION readers are also familiar with cannabis and all its attributes, raise your hand if you think the aromatic and flavor elements of cannabis are something you want to add to your food and drink. Far be it for me to be a judgemental ass, but I’m having a hard time wrapping my head, nose, and tastebuds…

Mar 6, 2019

Wine, Millennials and the Art of the Proper Rant

I have a dream. I have a dream that one day, Johnny-come-lately wine marketers and wine mavens and social media experts can come together and join in delivering evidence, come together and join in offering examples, come together and join in demonstrating the truth of the claim that those more experienced and practice than they really are morons, really are snobbery-promoting doofuses, and the killers of the multi-million dollar wine industry they built. Yes, I have a…dream. Instead of realizing…

Feb 25, 2019

Washington Grape Growers Witness the Farthest Reaches of “Stupid”

As executive director of the National Association of Wine Retailers, I get to read lots of legislation. And I’ve gotten pretty good at it. I also get to lay my eyes on some pretty poorly written bills as well as some really crazy stuff. This, however, must be the craziest thing I’ve seen in years: “Washington dairy farmers and fruit growers (grapes are “fruit”) would have to report to retailers whether they use slaves under a bill endorsed Thursday by…