I’m not entirely sure how it happened, but yesterday I got swept into a barrel-tasting tour by the owner of a nearby winery. I asked how he got involved in wine making, and he made what I thought was a startling comment.
He said he was a romantic, who wanted a business he could hand down to his family. But these days, you couldn’t plan on a hundred year family business because the government was bound to do something to end it. He figured there would either be another prohibition, or regulations would make the work unprofitable.
Apparently, he’d already gone to great lengths to overcome regulatory blockades. A local green group had tried to keep him from opening a second tasting room and in the end, he’d had to buy an entire town to do it. Granted, this was in a rural area and the town in question was quite small, but most small business owners don’t have the financial wherewithall to go that far to win a regulatory battle.