Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ 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 15, 2020

Is Stealing Wine the Right Choice for a Life of Crime?

One of the fundamental principles of thievery (as it has been explained to me) is the value per pound of the item to be stolen. The greater this ratio, the more complex the thriving operation: heavy things are hard to move while lighter things are more easily spirited away. This explains why identity theft is so attractive. The object of the theft is without weight. This calculation, however, has always called into question for me the reasonableness of stealing wine,…

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 10, 2020

Responsibility in the Wine Industry

“Our most protective urges are almost always saved for our family first. Blood relations or otherwise, our immediate family tends to be the folk we are quickest to rise up and protect and defend when treated unfairly, threatened, or intimated in wrongdoing.  “Why this is the case is unimportant to me. Why our protective urges are on greatest display when family is involved may have many explanations. All I do know is that I would leap into a boiling vat…

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…