Archive for September, 2014

Why Pennsylvania Liquor Control Is Doomed

Vinted on September 2, 2014 binned in commentary, PLCB

It has occurred to me recently that Pennsylvania’s monopoly control of the purchase, distribution, and sale of alcohol in the state is doomed.

I cannot tell you exactly when it will fall, or exactly how it will fall, but I think I can safely tell you that fall it will, and that we can safely speculate as to why it is doomed.

This occurred to me when I was being interviewed by Tricia L. Nadolny, the Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer who covers Chester County (before you poo-poo that beat, you need to understand that Chester County is one of the nation’s more affluent, has nationally ranked public school systems, and is often cited in top twenty lists of best counties to live in the U.S.). Nadolny was interested in my thoughts about the fate of Malvern lawyer Arthur Goldman’s wine collection, which was seized when he was convicted in a sting operation of selling wines (that you can’t get in PA) to friends, pretty much at cost. Intrepid wine blogger and wine PR guy Tom Wark is also quoted in the article, accurately assessing PA as the single worst state in the U.S. to live for wine lovers.

Here’s the thing: the PLCB and PA’s liquor control are ultimately doomed because enough information on alternatives now flows freely and quickly enough that any PA resident with half a brain and an Internet connection can grasp that the PLCB’s monopoly constitutes a form of repression on free commerce for people who are budding wine enthusiasts.

The logic behind that is simple, and, I think, bolstered by the Inquirer article itself, and, just as importantly, the hundred-plus comments that followed it

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 1, 2014

Vinted on September 1, 2014 binned in wine mini-reviews

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 12 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling (Columbia Valley): Child of the 80s, but sporting overachieving Flower Power. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Owen Roe Willow Vineyard 1973 Block Cabernet Sauvignon (Yakima Valley): Pulling its high-end leather vest in tight right now. $72 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Walla Walla Vintners Sagemoor Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley): Like 'em woody? Chop away at this powerhouse, then. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Barrister Bacchus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley): Has a lean approach, & most confidently knows where it's going. $32 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Sleight of Hand Cellars Funkadelic Syrah (Walla Walla Valley): Savory, supple, silky, spicy and, yes, alright, also kinda funky. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Sleight of Hand Cellars Leviathan Syrah (Columbia Valley): Do we need 1 more example why Syrah is WA's best grape? Apparently yes. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Sleight of Hand Cellars The Conjurer Red (Columbia Valley): Peppery, plummy, pure, & pleasurable as a well-executed magic trick. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Sleight of Hand Cellars Enchantress Chardonnay (Yakima Valley): Not slighting whatsoever on the melons & creamy lemon curd action. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Lavau Tavel Rose (Tavel): How much can you squat? Because these cherries and raspberries can squat some serious weights, bro. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Vina Valoria Tinto Crianza (Rioja): That's one long, gritty, leathery, and grippy ride; for god's sake, someone bring the jamon! $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Bellingham The Bernard Series Small Barrel S.M.V. (Coastal Region): Imagine the film "Their Will Be Blood" only in bottled form. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<



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