Archive for the ‘Wine News’ Category

Dec 15, 2019

The Wine Issues and Items of 2019

After working on behalf of clients, my time is often taken up with attention paid to those issues and items in the wine world that most significantly impact my industry and my life. In 2019 there were many wine issues and items that consistently captured my attention. Going forward into 2020, many of these issues should attract your attention too. The Aggregators For those of us who closely follow the wine news and news of the industry, the aggregators have…

Dec 3, 2019

The Top Wine Stories of 2019

The wine industry in America is a trailing indicator of the culture and economy. It always has been. The top stories in wine in 2019 reflect this truism. Politics, powerful social movements, the economy, evolving modes of consumerism and natural disasters all came together to give us the industry’s biggest stories in 2019. These are those stories. Supreme Court Pushes Back on Protectionism Fourteen years ago the U.S. Supreme Court rendered an opinion in Granholm v Heald that created the…

Oct 29, 2019

An Oregon Wine Rebellion Reflects a Maturing Industry

Something strange happened on the way to passing wine legislation in Oregon…a rebellion broke out. Announced five days ago was the formation of a new Oregon wine trade association: The Oregon Wine Council (OWC) According to the Council’s press release: “The Oregon Wine Council (OWC) has formed with a board of directors and members representing the wine industry statewide. Forming from the coalition who defended the wine industry from anti-competitive wine legislation during the 2019 Oregon Legislature, the OWC represents…

Mar 29, 2019

Booze, Cannabis and the Limit of Good Ideas

How many of you are familiar with the taste of cannabis? Raise your hand. Now that it’s established that a good number of FERMENTATION readers are also familiar with cannabis and all its attributes, raise your hand if you think the aromatic and flavor elements of cannabis are something you want to add to your food and drink. Far be it for me to be a judgemental ass, but I’m having a hard time wrapping my head, nose, and tastebuds…

Nov 16, 2018

Wine, Facebook and the Threat of Flesh Eating Zombies

So, I draw a different conclusion. A new study appears to shows that young adults aged 21 to 24 increase their desire to drink after seeing Facebook ads and posts for alcohol companies that contain positive comments. On the other hand, they are less inclined to drink if there are negative comments under the social media post. The researchers conclude that the alcoholic drinks industry should restrict or ban comments on social media advertising and posts. By the way, if you are wondering what…

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