September 20, 2023

Episode #560 – Why Lament Together When We Can Ferment Together? The National Honey Wine Project!

I’ve always contended that wine can be a great creative catalyst so that’s what we’ll be doing with all of our time for the next several weeks. As a matter of fact, as we navigate our way through this very difficult episode of human history now, on the show today we’ll be taking on what I hope to be a very fun project together. In fact, we’re all going to be making wine together in each of our own homes and today my guest to help us through this exercise is a fellow by the name of Chris Munch. Now I’m not going to spill all the beans in terms of the details just yet, but I think you’re going to love what I’ve got for you. But first I want to take a few minutes to find some kind of silver lining in this dreadful state of affairs that we all find ourselves in.

Now I’ve been writing the term shelter in place so much these days that I finally started to abbreviate it, and that’s when I discovered a secret message, probably intended to help us find some enjoyment while we all do our part as good citizens. Yep. You guessed it, shelter in place or SIP. And who am I to argue with that? Now, sipping is definitely something we Americans are doing a lot of this past month now, while on-premise sales in bars and restaurants is essentially now zero, what we call direct-to-consumer sales are through the roof. In fact, according to Nielsen, wine sales at grocery stores and alcoholic beverage retailers was up 27.6% for the week ending March 14th and it continues to climb…

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