The first time Newsletters were printed in this format was 1982. It was thought that not only information about the wines being released was needed, but comments about the industry in general and the many and varied factors that impinge upon us from time to time should be shared. We have found that those issues that had the ability to boil the blood and hurt most seemed to have received special attention. It seemed a good idea to share the pain with others too.

A super intellect is not needed to know that the major precipitating causes of our chagrin would be bureaucrats and politicians. In almost every year there would be some new issue to rile the wine industry. In that respect nothing has changed, it continues.