1966 Rock n Roll vs The Greatness of 2017 California Wine

In 1966 Bob Dylan Released Blonde On Blonde, the Beach Boys released Pet Sounds, and the Beatles released Revolver. It’s arguable that no three albums together had more influence on the history of Rock n Roll. And it all happened in one year. It was a seminal year for Rock n Roll and one we can look back on it and, again, make the case that it was the pinnacle of the Rock genre. I wonder if 2017 might, in…

Jul 11, 2017

Booze Wholesalers Cause Emergency in Nevada Pot Sales

Booze Wholesalers Cause Emergency in Nevada Pot Sales

Believe me when I tell you, I am very familiar with State of Emergencies. They are no fun. I got my BA at Humboldt State University and lived through the now legendary “Blight of ’86”. No one really knows what exactly happened to cause it. But we all lived through those harrowing days. All the local dealers had the same story: “Sorry, No dope.” Even Brent, the most famous dealer on campus was out…For weeks. Growers stayed in the hills….

Jul 6, 2017

Is the Southern-Glazers Wine Distributors Lawsuit Really A Surprise?

Is the Southern-Glazers Wine Distributors Lawsuit Really A Surprise?

In a way, it’s shocking that a lawsuit and claims like this haven’t been filed before, given just Southern/Glazer’s target size. On the other hand, the claims of “unfair, unlawful, deceptive, and fraudulent business practices”, meticulously laid out in this class action suit against Southern/Glazers are shocking. Hell, if a quarter of them are borne out, it would be a shocking example of hubris, fraud, and corruption by the largest and most powerful entity in the American wine and spirits…

Jul 5, 2017

Wine Distributors Forced to Eat Their Own Excrement

Wine Distributors Forced to Eat Their Own Excrement

Monarch Beverage Company, one of Indiana’s largest wine and beer distributors, lost its appeal in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. That court said the state could bar beer and wine distributors from also distributing spirits. Boo-Fucking-Hoo!!! Monarch thought it unfair and unconstitutional that the state barred it from selling something in the way it thought it should be able to sell it. The irony. I wonder what Indiana’s wineries are thinking upon hearing about this decision, particularly when they…

Jul 3, 2017

Is Anyone Still Pretending Cannabis Legalization is Good For Wine?

Is Anyone Still Pretending Cannabis Legalization is Good For Wine?

More Wine & Cannabis News to chew on: According to a survey of 10,000 California Cannabis users, 87% have reduced their consumption of alcohol in reaction to their cannabis use. Meanwhile, 13% have completely ended their use of alcohol. First, there is no way to spin this as good news for the wine industry. Second, anyone who is surprised by the finding that legal cannabis will negatively impact the wine industry should ask themselves how reduced sales of wine is…