The Four Pillars Of Modern Alcohol Regulatory Reform

The modern American alcohol regulatory system was dreamed up and implemented in the early 1930s by a group of men whose most recent experience with alcohol was thirteen years of national Prohibition,


Accusations Of Bribery And Payoffs In Napa Wine Country

For at least the last two years Americans have implored to become media savvy, to exercise a critical eye when evaluating the news. Among the things this must mean is appreciating the difference betwe


On The Other Hand: Wine In 2028

Leave it to Rob McMillan to dig into the big questions: "What Will The Wine Business Look Like in 2028?" It's an interesting read. In it, Rob is most concerned with how we (the wine trade) will sell w


Wine, Napa, Hyperbole And The Adorable James Conaway

It's hard to argue with James Conaway, the writer and essayist who recently savaged the culture of Napa Valley and many of its inhabitants in a piece he penned for The Atlantic. It's hard to do this b


Liar, Liar Pants On Fire: Napa Valley Wine Edition

It's important to give credit where credit is due. And I'm willing to do that. It's very impressive that it only took 1 week for the proponents of the Napa Oak Woodlands Initiative (Measure C) to begi


Can Wine Drinkers Rely On Science?

I haven't investigated the question, but I have to wonder if faith in the ability of science to provide reliable depictions of nature and its workings has fallen among Americans. I'm motivated to inve

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Underground Sonoma

My favorite wine event are small wine event. I don't mean small venues. I mean a smaller number of wineries; a manageable number of wineries; a number small enough that you can spend time with them al


Getting Your Wine Product And Service Covered By The Media: Four Words

There are a number of types of compliments that professional publicists appreciate most. Among them is the one I received the other day from a wine writer:


Napa Nimby Radicals’ Motives Exposed: Roll Back The Napa Wine Industry

If anyone in Napa County had any doubt that the Napa County Watershed and Oak Woodlands Initiative that will be on the June 2018 ballot is meant to penaliz


Napa Valley Vintners Announce Opposition To Flawed Oak Woodland Initiative

The Napa Valley Vintners recently announced to their membership on Thursday that they will be opposing the upcoming Napa County Watershed and Oak Woodland

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