Archive for the ‘Wine News’ Category

Oct 9, 2018

Phil Mickelson Pops a Cork in Wine Country

In an impressive defense of his title, professional cork popper Phil Mickelson bested other competitors for a second year in a row at the anticipated 3rd Annual Korbel Spray-Off Challenge in Napa, California last week. Mickelson’s bested all comers with a remarkable 77-foot cork pop, earning him first place and the $5,000 top prize. Using his patented left-handed thumbing technique to deliver the “launch”, Mickelson sent the Korbel cork into the sky at an impressive arch. Ending earlier speculation, Mickelson appeared…

Dec 19, 2017

It’s Not Really Wine—It’s a Cannabis Drink

The recent news is of a cannabis-infused, hangover-free wine. Someone should say it. It’s not really wine if it doesn’t have alcohol. Isn’t it just grape juice with cannabis? Of course, it’s hangover-free—as long as we are defining “hangover” as something one gets upon drinking a certain amount of alcohol. I guess you could also say it is typhoid-free as well a cereal-free. In any case, this is the beginning of a long string of cannabis-infused products set to be marketed…

Dec 5, 2017

Top Ten Wine News Stories of 2017

Wine News in 2017 was big and varied. Lots of big changes and big events. Some of it was predictable. Other news, well not so predictable. Here are my Top 10 Wine News Stories of 2017. They are not presented in any order of importance and they tend to focus in part on California’s wine industry. WINE COUNTRY FIRES DEVASTATE The fires scarred everyone in Napa and Sonoma. The land will recover, but the personal, economic, and psychological toll will…

Oct 13, 2017

The Heroic Efforts of Wine Writer Sarah Stierch During the Wine Country Fires

In moments of disaster, there are always people who step up and go well beyond what could well be expected of them. At 4:11am on Monday Morning, Sarah Stierch, a wine writer located in the town of Sonoma, set out on what has and continues to be a heroic effort to keep her community members informed during what is surely the most trying moments of their lives. At 4:11am on that early morning Sarah sent out this message via Twitter: Westside of…

Jan 12, 2017

The Wineries’ Betrayal of Consumers

Back in the day, from around the year 2,000 to 2010, wineries across the country understood perfectly that, given the chance, the wholesale tier would screw them, attempt to make their lives more difficult, attempt to push wineries into using only wholesalers to distribute their wines, work to stop any of their efforts to normalize direct to consumer shipping, and even accuse wineries of attempting to sell wine to minors. Back in the day, the California Wine Institute, Free the…