Random Statistic without comment

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Average Brix at Harvest, by vintage (approximate) 1988    22.5 1989    23.2 1990    22.6 1991    23.6 1992    22.7 1993    22.6 1994    23.1 1995    22.6 1996    23.1 1997    23.0 199… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you aren’t a subscriber, sign up here to get … Continue reading “Random Statistic without comment”

News of interest?

Jack Daniels recently announced that it was releasing its highest-alcohol whisky, at  77.5% alcohol. In today’s very strange world of commercial alcoholic beverages, I question whether this product is needed. But since Jack Daniels is one of the mo… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “News of interest?”

Ripening Grapes

One of the tactics that have been used throughout the wine industry by wineries over the last 25 years or so is to allow some grape varieties, particularly those that make red wines, to stay on the vine longer than is absolutely necessary – well past… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome … Continue reading “Ripening Grapes”

Wine-and-Health Articles Often Fuel Skeptics

 If some scientific study ever proved that orange juice cured cancer, that fact would have been trumpeted to the world. Tropicana would have spent massive sums on Super Bowl TV ads, billboards, and T-shirts.  But after the Danish/Alzheimers study … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If … Continue reading “Wine-and-Health Articles Often Fuel Skeptics”

Prohibition and Health

It has been 102½ years since the nation began the disastrous experiment we call Prohibition, a nightmarish attempt to legislate morality — a legal tactic that most law scholars think is foolhardy.  A superb 2010 book on the subject of Prohibition… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Prohibition and Health”

The Lucrative After-Market

There is an iconic Napa Valley Cabernet that sells for approximately $1,000 per bottle upon release. At one point, it was among the most in-demand items in the entire Napa Valley and to this day is still considered to be a fascinating target of those… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back … Continue reading “The Lucrative After-Market”

Symbolism in Wine

By Dan Berger The auto racing fan had painted her nails with a black-and-white checkerboard, indicating that she had plans to attend a race at the Sonoma County facility at Sears Point where they hold such events. Just the vision of that race f… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “Symbolism in Wine”

A Finger Lakes Star : A Flash Update

Please note the time sensitivity of this report A decade ago, on a visit to upstate New York’s wonderful Finger Lakes wine district,  Fox Run Winery’siconic winemaker Peter Bell and his wife, had me over for dinner and invited a young man who Pete… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “A Finger Lakes Star : A Flash Update”