Category: Ramblings and Rants

Too Many Grapes in CA and WA

America’s two most important winegrowing states are suffering serious over-supply while demand slackens. One of the most hotly anticipated press

I’ll Drink to That: Winemaker Jason Lett

Episode 478 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Jason Lett of The Eyrie Vineyards in

Threat of 100% Wine Tariff Lifted – For Now

The US wine industry just received a bittersweet Valentine. On 14 February, the Office of the United States Trade Representative

I’m Calling Bullshit on Drone Wine Delivery

Most of us have been watching the Coronavirus disaster unfold like a slow moving train wreck around the world. It’s

Sorry, But Wine Tariffs Are Still a HUGE Problem

A couple of weeks ago, I penned my usual monthly column for Jancis Robinson, focusing on the dire threat to

I’ll Drink to That: Author and Master of Wine, Mary Ewing-Mulligan

Episode 477 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Mary Ewing-Mulligan, President of International Wine Center

Inside the US Wine Tariffs Hearing

So what happened last week when the American wine trade met US government officials to argue against a 100% tariff

Your Duty as a Wine-Loving Citizen: Oppose the Proposed Wine Tariffs

Dear United States Trade Representative, My name is Alder Yarrow, and I am a wine consumer living in Piedmont, California.

I’ll Drink to That: Burgundy Vigneron Christophe Roumier

Episode 476 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Christophe Roumier of Domaine Georges Roumier, the

Tariffs Curb US-China Bottle Swap

The US-China trade war has had far-reaching effects on the California wine industry, not least in its choice of bottles.

The 2019 Vinography Gift Guide for Wine Lovers

Giving gifts to wine lovers during the holidays can be anxiety inducing. Especially if your recipient tends to have many

So Much to Be Thankful For

We’re in a grateful mood here in California in general. The winter rains have finally begun to fall, mercifully marking

Flames, Fermentation, Fear and Recovery in Sonoma

On 23 October, the Kincade Fire exploded to life on the hillsides above Geyserville in California’s Sonoma County, and quickly

I’ll Drink to That: Barolo Legend Giacomo Oddero

Episode 475 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Giacomo Oddero of what is today Poderi

Kincade Fire Menaces Sonoma County

At 6.30 pm yesterday Saturday 26 October local time, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, along with local

Powerless to Pause Harvest In California

Last week on 8 October California marked a rather sad anniversary: two years since a series of fires devastated Sonoma

I’ll Drink to That: Winemaker Rod Berglund

Episode 474 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Rod Berglund, who is both the owner

US Retailing: Cracks in the Foundations

A recent US Supreme Court ruling striking down an obscure Tennessee law has had the American wine industry abuzz for

I’ll Drink to That: Burgundy Winemaker Tomoko Kuriyama

Episode 473 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Tomoko Kuriyama, who with her husband Guillaume