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Wine Blog Questions...and Answers

Date: Wed, Apr 25, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

I love the comments that folks share on this blog. But additionally, I get a good deal of blog-related email. Why some folks choose to send me questions and comments via email, rather than commenting and questioning right on the...

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Losing Control of Wine & Spirits...It's Scary

Date: Fri, Apr 20, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Yesterday, the Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of America (WSWA) explained that while they DID oppose it with millions of dollars and while they ARE financing a lawsuit to stop the law from taking effect, they are in fact NEUTRAL on...

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What's Wrong With Wine and Alabama?

Date: Thu, Apr 19, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Consider this scenario: 1. Wineries are required to sell their wines exclusively to wholesalers 2. Wholesalers are not required to distribute the wineries' wines 3. Wholesalers won't represent and distribute the wineries' wines. We are talking here about Alabama. The...

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A Writer Takes on Wine: The James Conaway Interview

Date: Wed, Apr 18, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Writer and author James Conaway helped me get my first job in the wine industry. It was his 1990 expose of the Napa wine industry, "Napa", that I wrote a review of and put in my portfolio to show potential...

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The Status of Women and Wine

Date: Tue, Apr 17, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Is the wine industry as open to women advancing up the ranks as it is to men? This was the question that eventually occurred to myself and my beautiful wife, Kathy, a bit over a week ago when I was...

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Of Course Napa Stag's Leap Cab Pairs Best with Pot!

Date: Mon, Apr 16, 2012 Wine Tasting Wine Business

I experienced "pot wine" some years ago and as Crane Carter, Napa's pot evangelist tells the Daily Beast, it does produce "an interesting little buzz.” However, as trends go and as stories about trends go, the recent story about pot-laced...

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Wine Celebrates "The International Day of Poo"

Date: Wed, Sep 22, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Winemakers and grapegrowers across the globe are celebrating what might kindly be called "The International Day of Poo". Today, the Autumnal Equinox, is the the day that biodynamic grape growers are called upon to undertake "Preparation 500". Preparation 500 is...

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Lest They Think The Wine Industry Is Elitist or Stuffy.

Date: Wed, Sep 22, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

As a service to readers of FERMENTATION and as a diversion from more recent political intensities here, we reach to the Department of Funny for today's post. The View Winery in the Okanagan Valley joins a number of other wineries,...

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How H.R. 5034 Can Save the Wine Industry

Date: Mon, Sep 20, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

In an age where goods are bought and sold in an instant, delivered overnight, and tracked with momentary precision, can many of the archaic regulations that overwhelm the state alcohol distribution systems and serve foremost to stifle consumer access to...

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Who Supports the Stake In The Heart of Wine Stores—HR 5034?

Date: Thu, Sep 16, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

With the re-writing of H.R. 5034 (Download New HR 5034 Language), America's wine wholesalers and not a few congresspeople have concluded that it would be in the best interests of the United States to grant the states the ability to...

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New All Out Attack On Wine Merchants Launched With H.R. 5034

Date: Wed, Sep 15, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

A new version of H.R. 5034, the bill alcohol wholesalers are using to try to protect their monopoly on alcohol distribution, has been re-written by wholesalers and dutifully introduced by its sponsor, Rep. Bill Delahunt. The new version of H.R....

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WineTalk Talked About

Date: Wed, Sep 15, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Not long ago I issued a post on "The State of Online Wine Talk" in which I took a look at the state of online wine bulletin boards (WBBs), those websites where wine geeks gather to have written conversations on...

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French Wine Industry Inconsequence and Assholeism

Date: Wed, Sep 15, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

"The neutralization of the 70 grapevines was an act of civil disobedience, which is a legitimate expression when the powerful impose on the population something it has largely disowned." —Jean-Pierre Frick, French punk— Note to Monsieur Frick: It's not "Civil...

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Haidu.Net and Spending Time Well In the Wine Industry

Date: Mon, Sep 13, 2010 Wine Tasting Wine Business

Over at Wark Communications, the fancy name I've given to the public relations and communications consultancy that has been the the source of my income for the past 15 years, I've taken up with HAIDU.NET. I've agreed to be HAIDU.NET's...

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