Survey: Low-wage workers gloomy about future

#winebiz: While lower-wage American workers have accounted for the lion’s share of the jobs created since the 2007-2009 Great Recession, a new survey shows that they are also among the most pessimistic about their future career prospects, their job security and their finances. Local News from The Press Democrat

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Historic Wine Reform Effort Closer to Success

#winebiz: There is a good chance that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will vote today on a proposal to privatize that state’s alcohol sales and distribution system. If the measure passes the house, it will move to the Senate. If the proposal successfully passes through the PA Senate, it will…

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Report: Kaiser wrongly denied mental health care

#winebiz: State investigators say Kaiser Foundation Health Plans improperly denied some patients timely access to mental health care, which may have worsened their conditions. Local News from The Press Democrat

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YouTube now serving videos to 1 billion people

#winebiz: YouTube says more than 1 billion people are now visiting its online video site each month to watch everything from zany clips of cute kittens to sobering scenes of social unrest around the world. Local News from The Press Democrat

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The Wine Lover’s Hierarchy of Needs

#winebiz: Having lived among the Wine Lover now for 25 years and having observed them in their various form, it has become clear to me that this creature is motivated by a very specific hierarchy of needs; a categorical set of needs, if you will, ranging from the Wine Lover’s…

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Wine and the Meaning of Life

#winebiz: Last week Jim Barrett, the founder of Chateau Montelena, one of Napa Valley’s and California’s most iconic and important wineries, died. Jim’s son, Bo, offered the following observation on his father’s death: “My dad died of a life well-lived.” I suppose there are other, more sentimental, more earnest things…

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What’s the One Job Wineries Can’t Fill?

#winebiz: Click To Enlarge According to the SVB Wine Conditions Survey we ran in late 2012, direct sales in different forms represented three of the top five areas of opportunity this year. So why don’t all wineries just go head-first into the gaping chasm of the direct sales opportunity and shed the bonds…

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When Cliches Come True: MADD is Mad

#winebiz: Regarding the effort to finally privatize the commerce of alcohol in Pennsylvania and take it to the Free Market and out of the hands of government, the folks at Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) said: “The CDC concluded that privatization of alcohol sales will result in a reduction in…

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Examining the Mystery of Napa Valley’s Wine Culture

#winebiz: Culture. It is a combination of many things including facts, fictions, legends and landscapes. Take my own Napa Valley. Valley culture is built on the facts of great wealth being produced here by old hands and newcomers to the winemaking industry that is largely sustained by a foundation of…

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The Poetry of the Wine Review

#winebiz: What’s wrong with a little poetry with your wine review; a little metaphor in your wine rating? Hopefully, nothing. Is there any form of product review or critique of art that comes closer to poetry than the traditional wine review. I don’t think so. And I was struck by…

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