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Mandatory Composition Labels

On everything we eat and drink? This is a very real possibility in the near future. Today I was reading this article in Fortune Small Business about the push to add nutritional labeling to restaurant menus. This resonated with me because of the push to get the TTB to mandate “nutritional” labeling on alcoholic beverages […]

"Lies, Damn Lies & Statistics" – It Was Ever Thus…

As a consumer, or as a producer, how badly do you really want to know what is in your wine? Would you stop buying (or making) a wine you really liked if you found that it didn’t “stack up” against others in areas that had nothing to do with aroma, flavor, value, or age-worthiness? As […]

Nutritional Labeling And Wine — 2010

A couple of days ago Marion Nestle wrote about “Alcohol nutritional labeling a regulatory maze” in the SF Chronicle. First she sets up the straw man: “Q: I like to read nutritional information on the foods and beverages I consume. Why is there no such information on alcoholic beverages?” (I mean, honestly, do you really […]

How I Farm Artisanal Grapes

As the 2010 growing season kicks off I have been thinking a lot about the choices we make in our approach to farming, and how our vineyard philosophy fits into the wider gestalt of artisanal wine production. These days the fad du jour (or the 800-lb. gorilla) is biodynamics. OK I think the movement is […]

Water To Wine

Wednesday 2/17 the Santa Rosa Press Democrat published a column by Dan Berger titled “What’s really in that wine bottle?” (Thanks to Tyler Thomas at Pax — or is it Donelan now? — for the heads-up about the article via Twitter.) Anyway, the question Dan brings up is one of fraud, starting with the scandal […]