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Dec 19, 2017

It’s Not Really Wine—It’s a Cannabis Drink

The recent news is of a cannabis-infused, hangover-free wine. Someone should say it. It’s not really wine if it doesn’t have alcohol. Isn’t it just grape juice with cannabis? Of course, it’s hangover-free—as long as we are defining “hangover” as something one gets upon drinking a certain amount of alcohol. I guess you could also say it is typhoid-free as well a cereal-free. In any case, this is the beginning of a long string of cannabis-infused products set to be marketed…

Oct 29, 2017

The Exploitation of the Napa Fires Has Begun — Already

A lot has been learned in a short time since the massive fires hit wine country. We learned just how completely a community can pull together. We’ve learned how generous neighbors can be. But I have to say, there was one lesson that was unexpected: It’s never too soon to exploit a tragedy for your own agenda. In a recent Napa Register article concerning a very controversial proposed “Oak Woodland Initiative”, one of the authors of the initiative thought it was…

Jul 28, 2017

The Pros and Cons of Living in Napa Valley

The longer you live in the paradise known as Napa Valley, the more you appreciate the benefits and downside of being a resident of paradise and the more apparent the “Quality of Life Equation” becomes. And there is an equation. On The Positive Side: CLIMATE: There simply is no arguing this point: The climate in Napa Valley is a near perfect environment for humans. The air is dry, save for the quickly developing and dissipating fog, which is itself moderate and…

Jul 3, 2017

Is Anyone Still Pretending Cannabis Legalization is Good For Wine?

More Wine & Cannabis News to chew on: According to a survey of 10,000 California Cannabis users, 87% have reduced their consumption of alcohol in reaction to their cannabis use. Meanwhile, 13% have completely ended their use of alcohol. First, there is no way to spin this as good news for the wine industry. Second, anyone who is surprised by the finding that legal cannabis will negatively impact the wine industry should ask themselves how reduced sales of wine is…

Mar 19, 2017

Natural Wine — Late To the Party

In today’s New York Times Sunday Review section writer Bianca Bosker pens a very coherent defense of processed wine. In doing so, however, she notes the thing that has always confused me about Natural Wine champions. Bosker observes that adherents of the “Natural Wine” movement make a point of insisting that the wines they produce are nothing like and are an alternative to the “industrialized, big brand, manufactured, nothing-but-alcoholic-grape-juice wines”—as the Naturalistas have deemed big brand wine. It has always been a bashfest of…