China: The Next Leader in the Wine Industry?

A French Bordeaux…an Oregon Pinot…an Argentinean Malbec…a Chinese Merlot? When you think of top wine producing and consuming nations, you think of France, Italy, the United States, etc.  European history is steeped in wine, as is the United States, South…

Does Raising Taxes on Alcohol Save Lives?

Today’s review post is a fascinating study regarding alcohol consumption, implementation of excise taxes, and effects on alcohol-related death trends in the United States.  It is relatively lengthy, but it was so chock full of facts that I was unaware…

Wine Law 101: What’s In a Name?

In today’s edition of Wine Law: 101, we’ll look at specific naming of wines and the laws/trademarks that protect their overuse.  This post is in no way all-inclusive, but is simply meant to give you a few examples of wine…

Who’s Your Daddy?: Syrah

In this second edition of “Who’s Your Daddy?”, we’ll take a look at the origins of the Syrah grape. Syrah, a grape that is about 2,600 years old and gaining popularity throughout the world (it is now the 5th most…

Wine Law 101: French Wine Labeling

Welcome to Wine Law 101!  These recurring blog posts will attempt to present various laws or legislature related to wine throughout the world.   For today’s Wine Law 101, I’m going to introduce the French wine labeling system, in an attempt to…