Marijuana’s Impact on Wine Sale — Bad or Terrible?

Marijuana's Impact on Wine Sale — Bad or Terrible?

If you make a living in the wine industry, how ought you feel about this headline: “A new study from OutCo and Monocle Research shows 51% of millennials in California will replace alcohol with marijuana.” Further down in the story that ran in the form of a press release we get this nugget: “Millennials will be more open to diversity in their consumption of recreational substances than older generations, with more than 50% of them substituting cannabis for alcohol altogether….

Apr 19, 2017

Women, Wine and Pay—Getting to the Bottom of the Issue

Women, Wine and Pay—Getting to the Bottom of the Issue

Why are women paid less than men? Are women in the wine industry paid less than men when they have similar positions and the same amount of experience? Wine Women, an organization with the mission of helping promote the careers of women in wine, are embarking on an effort to look at these questions, beginning with a survey of women in the wine industry that looks at their pay. WOMEN: TAKE THE SURVEY I’m pretty sure I know what kind of…

Apr 17, 2017

Are Burgundy Wine Growers Cheating Terroir?

Are Burgundy Wine Growers Cheating Terroir?

It’s being reported by the London Telegraph that the entire Burgundy wine region is set to be protected by a ” ‘hailstone shield’ to kill destructive storms that have blighted the famed wine growing region in recent years.” Here’s what I’m wondering: Is this “Hailstone Shield” altering the terroir of Burgundy, and if it is, what does this say about the longstanding commitment in Burgundy to its unique terroir and the unique wines it is said to produce? The first…

Apr 12, 2017

A New (Modern) Framework for Regulating Alcohol

A New (Modern) Framework for Regulating Alcohol

The American system of alcohol regulations is not merely broken, it has become a parody of the idea of control. What once was supposed to be a post-Prohibition system of regulations to assure the country did not fall back into a free-for-all alcohol market has morphed over the years into a chaotic collection of regulations and laws based on the what the highest bidder wants, on the principle of rent-seeking by the most powerful and politically connected entities in the…

Apr 9, 2017

It’s Hard To Be A Relativist When It Comes to Wine & Cat Juice

It's Hard To Be A Relativist When It Comes to Wine & Cat Juice

How hard to you have to love your pet and how jacked up on cash do you have to be to spend $12.00 on a small bottle of “Wine for Pets”? I’m thinking a little too much, in both cases. Yet, I read that on the classic television hit “Shark Tank” Kevin O’Leary paid $100,000 to be a 20% owner in Apollo Peak, a wine-for-pets company. According to CNBC: “The wines — with clever names like MosCATo, Pinot MEOW and…