Mark Aselstine
November 7, 2011 | Mark Aselstine

Almost Got to Occupy Oakland

Last week brought me to Oakland to visit an urban winery and tasting room, as well as picking up a few sample cases of a 94 point Syrah. It’s always nice to get out and having a winery contact who makes multiple 90+ point wines, many from acclaimed vineyards like Rockpile only half an hour drive from our warehouse.

The only problem that day was that the Occupy protests which have been spreading across the country found their way into Oakland, even shutting down the Port of Oakland for a time. They also, blocked the street which was my only way back to the freeway for most of the day. Of course, by dumb luck alone my appointment took me to East Bay earlier in the day (missing the protests by 30 minutes or so) which was a really good thing given that part of the Oakland protest turned violent. I’ll try and leave politics out other than to say, it seems simple enough to say companies have both a right and a responsibility to their shareholders to turn a profit, while consumers certainly have a right to take their business elsewhere.  Of course, for a large multinational bank that give and take is further complicated by the series of bailouts, but again we're getting too political for a wine company blog.

Personally I can relate to both sides of the argument and are simply happy to have missed the protest in Oakland last week.


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