I had the opportunity to attend the 2015 National Wine and Grape Policy Conference as the Intermountain Wine Region Board member. It was a busy couple of days, as members of WineAmerica and Winegrape Growers of America met among the beautiful cherry blossoms of Washington, D.C. for policy discussions.

Top of the docket among the issues facing our industry was the potential threat of Canada leveraging retaliatory tariffs on imported American wine. Canada, as the largest consumer of exported American wine with over $1 billion in annual sales, could deeply damage sales and reduce market share for years to come by imposing these tariffs. Read More

There was a time, not too long ago, when “wine” and “North America” were never uttered in the same breath. Good wine, it was felt, came from France or Italy – the end. Now, picture a wine lover from that era in your head. Got it? Imagine that person’s response to you if you were to come up and tell them, after a lifetime of drinking wine from France, that you had an incredible bottle of California wine that they just had to try.

You can see where they might have some doubts! Read More

Even a young child, drinking wine somewhere that it’s legal for children to drink wine, can quickly and readily identify the fact that despite its many variations, wine is always, always wet. That’s an easy one.

And yet, you’ve probably heard wine referred to as being “dry” before (and if not, you’re about to). So what does that mean? Read More