Willamette Valley Conjunctive Label Law Is A Mistake

According to a recent story by the Portland Oregonian's wine writer Michael Alberty, winemakers and winergrowers in Oregon's Willamette Valley, home to The proposed Willamette Valley wine conjunctive


A Corrupt Scheme At The Middle Of The American Wine Industry

In a recent interview with Liza Zimmerman at Wine Searcher, Rob Tobiassen, former Chief Attorney for the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau,


The Future Of Wine

There is a somewhat obscure field called "Future Studies" by some, "Futurology" by others. It's not science fiction. The Wikipedia entry on the issue The future of wine is more than climate change. Th


Why I’m Attending The 2018 Wine Bloggers Conference

In October, the 11th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference will be held in Walla Walla, Washington. I didn't attend the two most recent conferences after having

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Two Important Announcements In Wine Education

Here's an opportunity that doesn't come along too often: "Discovering and nurturing the next generation of outstanding young wine writers has been one of


A Wine Rating Is An Adjective, Not A Calculation

There has of late been good writing and thinking about writing and thinking about wine. At Meg Maker's Terroir Review I recently read Fredric


The Blog On Liquor Laws And Politics You Need To Read

In the past, I had the opportunity to draw attention to new wine-related blogs that held great potential. I haven't done much of this lately for reasons


On Boycotts, Wine And The World

In a continuation of his provocative "August Essays", influential writer Andrew Jefford makes the case that wine drinkers have a moral and ethical


Crime And Punishment In The Wine Industry

In its fierce "determination to put an end to anti-competitive practices that hurt law-abiding businesses and prevent consumers from enjoying a wide


Wine Writers And The Question Of Jello Vs. Pudding

Designing the recent survey I conducted that will result in the fourth American Wine Writer Survey Report since 1994, a question arose that needed to be

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