Nugan Estate 2012 “Third Generation” Shiraz, South Eastern Australia

Eight years ago, a juice company from Australia contacted me. They were moving into the wine market and were working on distribution into the US. Could I help them? Sure, I said. At the time, I had just come off working on a reasonably successful Australian import...

Dow’s Quinta Senhora da Ribeira 2001 Vintage Port

Here is a wine with a history. This vineyard was purchased by Dow in 1890, and soon became known as one of the top three vineyards in Portugal. By 1954, it was in decline, along with the entire port industry, and was sold off. In 1998, Dow repurchased the vineyard and...

Philadelphia Inquirer: Former LCB chief comes out in favor of privatizing State Stores

The man who once had the greatest say over what alcohol Pennsylvanians could drink has thrown his support behind the effort to take that control away from government and end the State Store system.

Jonathan Newman, the former chairman of the Liquor Control Board, said Tuesday that “the stars are perfectly aligned” to privatize the sale of wine and liquor in Pennsylvania – an endeavor that has failed under three previous governors. “This is the year change is going to happen,” Newman said during a news conference at the Wine School of Philadelphia.

Newman joined House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny) and State Rep. Tom Killion (R., Delaware), the sponsors of the bill to privatize the LCB’s wholesale and retail operations.