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The trade publication is and always has been a vital tool for the wine and alcohol industries. They have been with us since there was an alcohol industry in the United States. The most venerable of these kinds of media is, of course, Wines & Vines, which has been publishing since 1919 and is still a remarkable and important resource for every sector of the wine industry. In this article, however, I want to focus on another trade publication that...

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It always makes me very happy when I can help someone overcome their fears, anxieties or concerns. So, I’m happy today since I’m able to aid Ms. Katie Finn, who is upset about wine scores and ratings (and apparently by Robert Parker, Jr. too: “Every time someone tells me that wine XYZ got 98 points, or that Chateau Crème de la Crème got a disappointing 87, I start twitching, and my insides get hot. There are so many things about...

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For quite some time, California has lived with a negative migration issue. That is, more people are moving out of California than are moving in. I wonder what this means for wine sales in the Golden State. Between 2007 and 2016, a net 1,000,000 more people have moved out of California than have moved in. The primary reason is the ongoing housing crisis. There is simply a deficit of housing in California and this is causing housing prices to rise...

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Given the recent events in New Hampshire in which the Liquor Commission has begun to block wine shipments to the state’s consumers, it is becoming abundantly clear that the Liquor Commission there can’t be trusted to fairly administer its regulatory responsibilities concerning the direct shipment of wine. Furthermore, it’s clear now that the responsibility for overseeing the direct shipment of wine must be taken out of the hands of the New Hampshire Liquor Commission. When a state entity is responsible...

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While I can’t speak for other industries, I can say that when controversy reigns over an issue within the wine industry, it is rare that partisans on either side of the issue make a comprehensive case for their position. You can’t say that anymore about the battle over Napa Valley’s Measure C, an initiative on the June ballot that pits Nimbys, opportunists, and fact-deficient moralists on one side against rational, liberty-loving, pro-agriculture partisans on the other in a battle to...

The post The Last Word On The Fate of Napa Valley Agriculture and Politics appeared first on Fermentation.

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There are so many good reasons to base your Napa Valley visit in the City of Napa. But now there is one more: Professional Baseball. Yes, professional baseball. And it’s awesome. Beginning on May 31 the Napa Silverados will embark upon their first season as a member of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. It’s an independent league, with teams in the surrounding area unassociated with Major League teams. The Silverados will be playing teams from Martinez, Pittsburg, San...

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There is a good, general rule in wine media relations: Try not to send generic press releases or story pitches to those members of the media who are highly unlikely to have any interest in them. It’s a good rule because when your Virginia winery sends a press release to San Francisco Chronicle Wine, Beer and Spirits Write Esther Mobley about your inclusion in Food & Wine Magazine’s  “Top Ten Best Wineries To Visit in Virginia” story, you are likely...

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How many different wines can you enjoy with a meal and how many sips of wine can you combine with a meal before you are uselessly drunk? Everyone’s body chemistry and everyone’s tolerance for alcohol is different. For myself, I can probably enjoy upwards of 30 or 40 sips of wine with a meal before questioning my reason for being at the table and before the ability to appreciate the pairing of wine and food goes by the wayside. Now,...

The post Pairing Cannabis With Food like Wine With Food is a Ploy appeared first on Fermentation.

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Crooks and chaos have come to the Napa Valley via an important political campaign. When your political opponents start vandalizing and stealing to make their point, you can rest assured that they’ve run out of anything sensible to say in support of their position. And this is exactly what has begun to happen in Napa Valley as supporters of Measure C turn to thieving and vandalism in lieu of issuing facts and debate. Proponents of Measure C, the land grabbing initiative...

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It’s 8:00am in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Like any good winery owner there, you are up, poised and set to receive Internet orders for your wine. Right then, an order from Flagstaff, Arizona comes in. They want Chardonnay; your award-winning Chardonnay. Your online system gratefully accepts the order, runs the credit card, accepts payment and BOOM…By 8:03 you are flush with your first sale of the day. You’ve also broken the law. This, according to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who...

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