Archive for the ‘Wine Consumers’ Category

Nov 11, 2010

The Top Legal and Political Wine Stories of 2010

This year has been one of the most active and consequential for wine-related politics and legal issues. Below is my list of top Political and Legal Stories of 2010. 1. HR 5034Written, promoted and paid for by America's beer and wine distributors, HR 5034 is an attempt to change the legal rules of the alcohol game by a group of players that don't like the current set of rules. Introduced in mid year, the bill was given a hearing in…

Nov 8, 2010

Deals From the Vine Flashes On to the Scene

One of the most conspicuous outcomes of the economic downturn that has effected the American economy and, with it, the American wine industry, is the "Flash Sale". These quick-turnaround sales of single wines at significant discounts have popped up across the web in different form and appear to have gained a significant following with wine lovers looking to cash in on great deals on wines of all sorts. The most recent entry into the "Flash Sale" category is "Deals From…

Nov 4, 2010

Where the Battle for Free Trade in Wine Stands After the Election

Washington State Initiative 1100 appears to have been defeated by a small margin. This is the initiative that would have reformed the Washington State alcohol regulatory system, getting the state out of the business of selling spirits, allowing self distribution for all forms of alcohol and reforming many of the restrictive laws that favored wholesalers. What's clear is that the three-tier system is responsible for defeating the Washington State effort to reform the three tier system. According to the Seattle…

Nov 3, 2010

Balancing the 2010 Northern California Wine Vintage

I had the chance to meet with two pretty impressive wine minds this morning and an interesting topic emerged: How will the wine media in America portray the 2010 harvest/vintage in California/Napa/Sonoma? Will they take the proper perspective, talk to numerous vintners and growers, take account of the different pace of ripenng for different varieties and give a balanced perspective? Or will they undertake to paint with a brush so broad that upon speaking with one grower who described a…