Archive for the ‘Wine News’ Category

Mar 1, 2021

Clown Cars Appear at Oregon Capitol—2,700% increase in Alcohol Tax Emerges

Proposing to raise the tax on beer and cider by 2,700% and raising it on wine by 1,500% (YES…between 2,700% and 1,500%!) is in and of itself comical. But it’s not a comically bad miscalculation by the sponsors of an Oregon bill that would do just this. It is the political equivalent of virtue signaling: Attempting to get credit for taking a strong position on, and making a bold proposal to address, an issue when there is little to no…

Feb 22, 2021

New Report Released—Politics Under the Influence

Over the past two election cycles (2017 – 2020) more than $230 million has been spent by the alcohol industry for political influence. The details of campaign contributions and lobbying expenses at both the state and federal level make up the content of “Politics Under The Influence”, a report I recently completed and that is released today: CLICK TO DOWNLOAD “POLITICS UNDER THE INFLUENCE” This new report is based on information available in public databases that track campaign contributions at…

Jun 25, 2020

Recent Oregon Wine News

Six Great Wines From Oregon’s Willamette Valley For July Fourth John Mariani Oregon’s Willamette Valley Welcomes Two New Nested Appellations Oregon Wine Board Wineries Stand Tall In Land Where Pinot Is King: Northwest Oregon Journal & Topics Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Other Terroir-Driven Treasures of the Columbia Gorge Wine Enthusiast Have Recent Campaigns to Support Black Businesses Actually Impacted Black-Owned Wineries? For Some, Yes (Abbey Creek Winery) VinePair A Relaunch and ReBrand of Oregon’s Angela Vineyards Angela Vineyards Tempranillo in…

May 19, 2020

Tyranny as a Peril of Pandemic—The California ABC Power Grab

Due Process: It’s the concept and rule that when the state or its agencies or representatives takes legal action against a person or organization, it is required to follow the law in doing so, which includes providing an avenue for the accused to dispute the charges against them. It’s a pretty important concept and in America represents the difference between tyranny and rule by the people. So why is the California Alcohol Beverage Commission in the process of suspending due…

Mar 18, 2020

The Passing of Michael Broadbent MW and a Debt Owed

I can’t be sure how much it amounts to, but I know that I owe Michael Broadbent a debt. The great Michael Broadbent MW has passed at the well-cellared age of 92. The man was an absolute giant in the international wine world. I’m not sure he can be replaced nor should he. As one would expect, Jancis Robinson has penned the best obituary/remembrance of Mr. Broadbent. I recommend it. As for my debt, it is directly related to Broadbent’s…