Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category

Jan 2, 2018

The End of Wine Is Not Near…However…

There is a certain giddiness on display among those folks who are celebrating the legalization of recreational cannabis. It’s not the same kind of giddiness you see in old photographs of those celebrating the demise of alcohol prohibition. Its has more the feel of a victory dance. But it’s different in other ways. No one alive today lived in a society where cannabis was legal to use or abuse. Those who smoked it did it under the cover of surretitiousness….

Dec 28, 2017

Amazon Nixes Wine.Woot — CaseMates Rises From Its Ashes

On October 23 of this year, I wrote that wine.woot, the remarkably vigorous winery-direct retail outlet, would be forced to shut down, seeing as it was purchased by Amazon. Wine.woot would suffer the same fate as the AmazonWine marketplace that was forced to close after Amazon purchased hundreds of retail wine licenses with its acquisition of Whole Foods. And state laws don’t allow retailers of wine to take anything of value from producers of wine, which is what both AmazonWine and…

Dec 27, 2017

Can It Get Uglier in 2018 for One of America’s Largest Wine Companies?

“The multitude of violations found during the course of these investigations is truly staggering” This is the description of the corruption exhibited by Southern-Glazer’s, uncovered by the New York State Liquor Authority and that led it to issue a $3.5 million fine on the largest wine wholesalers in the United States. Incidentally, this fine levied upon Southern-Glazers for violating a host of NY laws comes in the wake of Southern-Glazer’s being fined $5 million earlier in 2017 by the state…

Dec 20, 2017

Is Now The Best Time for Tax Reductions for Napa Wineries?

So, I’ve been taken to task by a friend who has followed this blog for some time as well as my social media posts. I’m reproducing his letter here because he is correct—I’ve not spoken up one way or another about the tax break for wineries that was folded into the federal Tax Reform measure, which I do oppose. The writer is referring to this. Dear Tom, I’ve corresponded with you before on other issues. I wanted to reach out…

Dec 20, 2017

My Top Ten Wine Dreams for 2018

The year 2012 was fascinating. A number of issues came to the fore and had an important impact on the wine industry. Looking forward to 2018 I have a few hopes and wishes for developments in the Amerian wine industry. All of the following, if they came to fruition, would be very good for the wine industry, for wine drinkers and for me. What about you? 1 – More Cabernet Franc produced in the style of Washington’s Owen Roe 2…