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Happy Holiday Plants with Spirits

This year I purchased an amaryllis bulb and paperweight bulbs. Upon searching the internet for insight, I came across a really surprising use of spirits for growing better paperwhites.

The Smithsonian Channel: United States of Drinking on November 20

The Smithsonian Channel will air United States of Drinking, a one hour special on November 20. The show will air at 8pm ET.

WHO Encourages Action to Reduce Harmful Alcohol Use

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a press release last week entitled, “Action needed to reduce health impact of harmful alcohol use.” Looking quickly at the headline one might think that the press release was a statement implying that all alcohol use is harmful. In fact the first paragraph notes that 2.5 million deaths each […]

HR 5034 Hearing Tomorrow! More Alcohol Regulations?

The hearing of H.R. 5034 -“Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness (CARE) Act of 2010” by the full committee of the Committee on the Judiciary is scheduled to take place tomorrow at 11am in the Rayburn House Office Building! The H.R. 5034 bill needs to be read very carefully and looked at as how it may affect […]

H.R. 5034 Article at Wine Spectator- A Must Read

Wine Spectator has published an excellent article describing the origins and possible affects of H.R. 5034.  If passed, the Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness Act of 2010 or CARE Act has the potential of affecting alcohol distribution across the country to the benefit of wholesalers. Already more than 100 congress representatives have signed on to co-sponsor […]

Do “We the People” Need Another Government Law?

This past week another alcohol bill has been introduced into Congress. I don’t know about you but we have way too many laws about things that help special interests and don’t help the people who elected government officials are suppose to represent. While I’m not an attorney, I believe this new bill introduced into Congress […]

Raising the Excise Tax on Wine

Excise taxes seem to be another form of taxation that people pay without realizing they are paying another tax. For most of us, when we purchase a bottle of wine we already are paying a sales tax on the wine and therefore the fact that another tax is included in the price of the wine […]

Coping with Climate Change

Unlike most agricultural products once established, vineyards can produce quality fruit for 80 to 100 years. Not surprisingly, the first few years are the most difficult for vineyards just starting out. Financial investment is considerable before the benefits begin to pay off. What happens when the climate begins to change after 15, 20 or 30 […]

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