Several people mentioned that the wine industry seems fractured right now. There’s been massive isolation. Zoom is not the same as in-person meetings. Lots of folks are out of work or underemployed. Additionally, the industry woke up to the racial inequities embedded in its institutions and culture, igniting a reckoning. Many more people are talking about White supremacy and privilege, sexual assault, and multiple forms of discrimination than just a year ago.

While there’s been progress, we’ll only go so far unless we take stock of how power is wielded and abused in our industry. Power relations are so deeply…

It’s been a week since Joe Biden became president of the United States. For four years, ten weeks, and four days I was in a shitty mood. Granted, it got a bit better after November 7, 2019, when Biden’s win became official but still, having Trump in office and spreading malice cast a shadow on every day until January 19, when I could finally say, in 24 hours Biden and the Democrats would be in control of two branches of the government.

Neither Biden nor Harris was in my top three during the primary season. However, once the votes were…

A year ago, I decided to become a vegan. When I was eight, I stopped eating red meat, went back and forth with poultry for about a decade, and fluctuated between pescatarian and veganism since college. Over the last few years, I’ve had a few spurts where I gave up fish, but still ate cheese, or vice versa. Finally, though, I decided on September 16, 2019, while I was on a plane back from New York, that I would see how it felt not to eat any animal products. At some point, I told myself I would try to make…

Is natural wine only for white people? Over the last few years, I’ve been having this discussion with an array of people, mostly women and non-binary folks. While there are men who seemed concerned about the white male exclusivity that rules some natural wine circles, as a whole, men — white men — seemed less interested in actually doing anything about it. Honestly, a lot seem like they couldn’t care less. Others pay lip service and say the ‘right things,’ such as “I want to be part of the solution,” but when it comes to walking the walk, they have…

As Biden is going to be the Democratic nominee, I will do what I can to support him. Biden was not my first or second choice, but months ago, I told myself I would vote for any Democratic nominee, except for Bloomberg or Gabbard. I fault Biden for Anita Hill, his past stance on bussing, voting for the Iraq War, and a bankruptcy bill that permanently destroyed many lives. I also realize that people are human and make mistakes. Those who are smart see the errs of their ways and change. That is humility, and humility is a sign of…

I started writing this a few months ago and, as certain events occurred, the piece evolved. After looking at a first final draft over the weekend, I realized I had more to say and have been revising but am ready to lay it rest, at least for a while. This is a subject that is really open ended. The friends we make throughout our journey are part of who we are, even if they’re no longer part of our lives. I guess this is a tribute to all of you, and others I’ve met along the way.

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I’ve…

I originally posted this in July (it’s now late October), privately shared it with a few people and just left it there for those who stumbled upon it to read. After several revisions, I feel it’s time to go public.

Cowboy Bill and Louie Lilac

When I was three years old, I decided I want to be a boy. I might have been even younger…my mother said that after my younger sister was born when I was two and a half, she bought me a doll, and I said, “Dolls are for girls.” I adopted two male aliases, Cowboy Bill…

I tried to find an appropriate image for this post. I even thought that maybe I should just insert the latest picture of my cat, as every time he makes a social media appearance I seem to get more likes. But I think that given the seriousness of the issues, the entire focus should be on these words, ones that give me little satisfaction to write, but that I feel are necessary.

Last Friday, the New York Times posted an article about a NY sommelier/wine director who has been accused by four women of sexual assault. One would think that…

Cold hard fact: a lot of people in the “swing states” who voted for Trump in 2016 will not in 2020. Why am I so sure about this? Because they will be dead. Conservative, old white voters are an endangered species and are being repopulated by Gen Z voters who are freaked out by school shootings, climate change and the prospect of insurmountable student debt. Many of them were traumatized when their parents lost their jobs and homes during the recession in 2008. …

Many Jews of my generation were inundated with the message that Israel could do no wrong. With the Holocaust still fresh in the collective memory, our families, rabbis, Hebrew school teachers, and friends told us that Israel would always be our home. They said that the Palestinians left voluntarily, encouraged by other Arabs and that the only ones who engaged in terrorist acts were the Palestinians and their allies. It was very black and white, Arabs and Palestinians bad, Israel good.

I visited Israel twice. As a teenager, I went on a teen tour, a common rite of passage for…

Pamela Busch

Writer, student, social justice, natural wine, LGBTQ+, NY-SF, educator, Warriors, that says it all, for now.

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