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Dec 6, 2019

Repeal Day For the Three Tier System is Coming

Today marks the 86th anniversary of the official Repeal of Prohibition—that 13 year period during which it was illegal to produce and consumer alcohol in the United States of America. It was this constitutional measure that turned the first few years of the Great Depression into the Great Dystopia. Nevertheless, today we are free still, after 86 years, to consume our favorite beverage. One thing, however, of real interest to me was the spin that different folks put on #RepealDay….

Sep 11, 2019

From Napa Valley to Willamette Valley — An Update and Assessment

It’s been seven months since Kathy, Henry and I carried ourselves out of Napa and up to The-Great-State-of-Oregon (I’m told that’s the correct pronunciation). I am still regularly questioned in emails and otherwise as to how we like it up here and how it’s going. Here’s my impression. The Wine Industry There’s very serious winemaking going on in these parts and there have been for some time. One interesting thing is that despite the centrality of Oregon winemaking being here…

Sep 3, 2019

A Comprehensive Review of Power and Ideology in Alcohol Politics

There is a political spectrum within the alcohol industry. However, it’s not much like the ideological extremes of American political culture. The American polity is divided; polarized in a way I can’t recall before. It’s as though the electorate will root for their team, no matter how absurd or radical the deeds, desires or words attributed to the leadership of their tribe. The middle of the American political spectrum is a wasteland—a bowed middle and top-heavy on the ends. While…

Jun 24, 2019

Alcohol Laws and Keeping Santa’s Sleigh in the Air

Why in the past 100 years have we never witnessed a breakdown or a safety-related tragedy related to Santa’s sleigh? There’s a reason. And I’m here to admit I’ve continually downplayed the real circumstances that have kept that sleigh in the air and children smiling: America’s Three Tier System of alcohol distribution Today I was finally and embarrassingly brought to my senses and shown the error of my ways. My long, myopic and misplaced disdain for the Three Tier System…

Jan 11, 2019

An Oregon Wine Tasting and the Lure of a New Road

This is the very first wine event I plan to attend upon becoming an official Citizen of Oregon: SIP: McMinnville Food & Wine Classic Seventy-Five Oregon wineries as well as local brewers, distillers, chefs and bakers. What’s not to like. Plus, it’s in McMinnville. I’ve tried a large number of Oregon wines over the years and, like most, am drawn to the diverse collection of Pinot Noirs. But I have a great deal of catching up to do (poor me)….