Category: Ramblings and Rants

Napa – Small Scale, Big Change

For more than 80 years, the journey up Highway 29 into Napa Valley has begun with the same view. To

The TTB Weighs in on ‘Clean Wine’

Call it an early Easter basket surprise for those of us who aren’t fans of denigration marketing. In its newsletter

Reminder: Todd White and Dry Farm Wines are Lying to Your Face

Like most of you, I’d expect, I get a lot of wine ads in my social media feeds. Most of

Direct to America

Wine producers the world over have long coveted America’s growing consumer base of wine drinkers. But wanting access to the

Patagonia, Inc. Might Have Champagne Problems

I’ve got Patagonia on my mind. Next week I’m actually headed to Patagonia to go fly fishing. But last week

It’s Time for an American Wine Marketing Board

Those of us who drink and love wine take it for granted. We don’t give much thought to the fact

America’s Wine Decline

Numbers, they say, do not lie. But the numbers to which you pay attention matter greatly. Much ado has been

I’ll Drink to That: Sylvain Pataille and the New Old Style

A new episode of I’ll Drink to That! has just been released. Episode 489 features a conversation with Sylvain Pataille,

An American in London

Every time I find myself strolling the streets of London, as I did for a few days in early December

I’ll Drink to That: Erin and the Volcano

Episode 488 of I’ll Drink to That! features a tour of Pico Island, a part of the Azores archipelago in the Atlantic

AI and Wine

Few things have more currency in the technology arena of popular culture than artificial intelligence. From where I sit, a

Investing in Wine is for Fools and the Uber-Rich

I’m constantly befuddled by the ads that I get shown on the internet. Most ad networks seem to think I’m

Giving Thanks In the Time of COVID

I am not particularly a fan of the colonialist and oppressive origins of the American Thanksgiving holiday, and the degree

Vinography’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Wine Lovers: 2021 Edition

It’s that time of year again. Black Friday looms. Thanks to the global supply chain disruptions, we’re all on edge

Napa’s New Investor of Note

When properties trade monthly for double-digit millions, it takes a lot of money to raise eyebrows in a place like

You Don’t Have to Like Bordeaux, No Matter What Old White Men Say

This past weekend, I celebrated my 25th college reunion and had a ball reconnecting with old friends and exploring the

Three Small Steps Forward

Understanding the byzantine nature of wine laws in the United States involves thinking not in terms of 50 separate states,

Bubbly Off the Beaten Track

Sparkling wine has long been associated with celebration. The ephemeral nature of the jewel-like bubbles seems to suit our ways

Putting Time in a Bottle

One of the more remarkable and romantic aspects of wine will always be its unbreakable connection with time. Most winemakers