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We’re a Bunch of Lushes (Thoughts on the Wine Intelligence US COVID-19 Impact Report)

Vinted on May 7, 2020 binned in commentary, wine news

Well… we are

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Image: very recently reported on the release of a report titled Wine Intelligence US COVID-19 Impact Report by Wine Intelligence, who are a group of people who issue reports (mostly about wine industry-related trends). Now, I’m reporting the report of that report to you, because apparently we’re in the Postmodern meta-meta-meta referencing stage of this particular bit of news.


To quote WIN Advisor, we US-based wine lovers are a bunch of COVID-19 lushes:

“The findings paint a picture of a nation finding new occasions for wine drinking – at lunchtime, or catching up with friends online, or replacing the trip to the restaurant with a more indulgent evening meal.”

There’s a bit to unpack amidst all of this reporting, so let’s get cracking…

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After the Fire (Australian Wine Rebounds at NVWA)

Vinted on April 15, 2020 binned in wine news
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image: NVWA

In this time of… well, intense stress and social weirdness, I’m happy to share a bit of good news.

My latest for the Napa Valley Wine Academy is now available; that itself isn’t the good news, but the topic of that piece is: in How the Australian Wildfires has Impacted the Wine Industry, I talk with Anita Poddar, Corporate Affairs Manager for Wine Australia. Poddar lays it all out for us on the impact to – and recovery of – Australia’s wine industry now that the country’s latest, record-setting wildfire crisis is finally abating.

We discuss what consumers of Australian wines can expect in terms of the impacts from the wildfires, what’s being done to assist the recovery of the Australian wine industry, and what the global wine community do to help.

Head on over for a bit of not-so-terrible news, and a change of headlines pace from what’s become our new over-stressed normal.


How the Australian Wildfires has Impacted the Wine Industry




We Interrupt Our Programming for This Interruption (Book Hiatus)

Vinted on January 23, 2020 binned in about 1winedude blog, wine news

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As if I wasn’t behind enough on my ramblings here on 1WD (I’ve still got several Sicily updates to share with you, after all!), I’m going to put myself even further behind! Overachiever here!

Here’s the skinny: it’s going to be light on the feature content here on 1WD (though I expect to keep up, for the most part, on the weekly mini-reviews), probably throughout February.

The reason is that I’m smack-dab in the middle of a book contract, and the pace is Ludicrous Speed through at least the first week of March. Ostensibly, this is actually good news. I’m not sure how much I’m at legal liberty to divulge with respect to the book, so I’m uncharacteristically erring on the side of caution.

What I can tell you is that it’s a wine book, and it’s targeted mostly at the beginner end fo the wine drinking spectrum, which is exactly the kind of wine book that I’ve kept asking over the years, as each one was released, if the world needed yet another beginner-oriented wine book. But the publishers have done their homework, and see a market need for the particular type of book in which I now find myself enthralled; and we both saw a fit in terms of voice and style.

So… I’m excited, and am now frantically typing my little wine-stained fingers off, and hope to share more details with all of you in the (very) near future (and get back to writing my usual freakish features and market screeds on these virtual pages).





Wine Caves are NOT the Problem

Vinted on December 26, 2019 binned in commentary, wine news

Hopefully your holiday spirits, dear readers, will be in full swing this week and thus you’ll indulge me a bit of (non-partisan) political commentary.

During the most recent 2019 debate of Democratic party Presidential contenders, a rather sizeable hullabaloo was generated when, during the course of the proceedings, it was mentioned that Mayor Pete Buttigieg had held a rather expensive fundraiser at the Napa Valley wine cave of Craig and Kathryn Hall.

Reaction to the lavish location of the fundraiser has not been short on criticism. And the fundraiser deserves to be criticized; just not for its location.

The issue here is not that the fundraiser was held in a lavish wine cave with ultra-expensive vino on the menu; I mean, what the hell are we supposed to go to Napa for, after all? Luxurious environs, lavish meals, and super-premium wines are the entire f*cking point of Napa Valley’s lucrative tourism industry.

The trouble is much larger and far more important; we have a terrible history with big donor contributions in the USA’s current political system. The wine cave hatred is just another example of deflection, and piling on the lazy perception in the mainstream press of fine wine wine as douchebaggy.

Remove the locale from the scenario, and you see the real problem. Political candidates need lots of money to run in elections (including in ultra-partisan primaries). To get that money, they turn to big donors, and end up passing laws that allow even more money to be donated to them. The result is that those politicians need our votes not because we are their true constituency, but because they need to get into power via public elections in order to enact the agendas of their true constituents: the big-time donors. A not insignificant portion the political and social woes in the U.S. are directly and indirectly impacted by this scenario. Of course, wealthy individuals have just as much right to vote and choose candidates as anyone, but I think it can be successfully argued that they don’t deserve to have more influence over political agendas simply because they can afford to feed to the current (broken) system.

You want to rant and rave about the unfairness of the current status quo? Hey, I’m all for doing that. Go and do your part to support campaign finance reform. But the wine caves have precious little to do with it; so leave them out of it, because they’re merely a distraction from the bigger picture.





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