Archive for the ‘Wine Consumers’ Category

Sep 7, 2021

Corruption and Regulatory Capture in the Alcohol Industry

REGULATORY CAPTURE Anyone working long enough in the alcohol arena will recognize the system this phrase describes, even if they are unfamiliar with the phrase itself “Regulatory capture is an economic theory that says regulatory agencies may come to be dominated by the industries or interests they are charged with regulating. The result is that an agency, charged with acting in the public interest, instead acts in ways that benefit incumbent firms in the industry it is supposed to be…

Jun 29, 2021

The American Wine Industry…What If?

What if at the end of 2022 it turns out wine sales have dipped below the pre-pandemic 2019 level? What if wealth inequality is unchecked and reaches levels higher than we’ve ever seen? What if more fires impact American wine-growing regions by the end of 2022 and test our industry’s ability (and the consumers’) to confront smoke taint? What if the reaction to greater online sales results in fewer wine club memberships? We are still very much in a state…

Jun 3, 2021

Can Oregon Wine Tourism Survive the Portland Problem?

“Five Days After Attack, Andy Ngo Releases Statement Confirming He Was Chased and Beaten in Portland” “‘It’s frightened people away’: Downtown Portland hotels slow to recover due to pandemic, reputation” “Demonstrations in Portland | The Official Guide to Portland—TRAVEL PORTLAND” “Majority of downtown Portland merchants say city core is unsafe” “Downtown in distress: Portland’s core is unsafe and uninviting, residents say in new poll, threatening city’s recovery”  “Why Portland’s Homeless Problem Is The Worst In The Nation” If you are…

May 25, 2021

Banning the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines

The Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the Year is among the most anticipated announcements in the wine world every December. The wineries on the list promote their place on the list and consumers comb through the list to see which they’d like to try. It’s an important list. If HB 210, Delaware’s proposed wine shipping law, is passed, fully 71 of the 100 wines on the 2020 list will be banned from shipment into the state of Delaware.  You…

May 24, 2021

No…You May Not Have Access to Burgundy, Bordeaux, German or Italian Wines

You can sign for a bottle of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, but not for a bottle of Argentine Malbec. You can receive multiple shipments of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at your door, but you can’t sign for a shipment of Austrian Riesling. You can get excited about that receiving a shipment of Oregon Chardonnay, but no shipments of Champagne will arrive to brighten your smile. This is the world of wine shipping imagined and promoted by HB 210, a proposed…