Yes, Wine Industry…Mommies Will Switch From Wine to Dope

Yes, Wine Industry...Mommies Will Switch From Wine to Dope

“The question for the wine industry is whether marijuana consumption could replace any portion of wine (alcohol) consumption. This isn’t the right question. The right question is: what portion of wine consumption will marijuana consumption replace? The first question was apparently the topic of conversation at a session during the recent Unified Symposium that dwelt on “historic and emerging disruptions to the wine industry.” I’m absolutely convinced that the coming state-by-state legalization of marijuana will replace some wine consumption. How…

Jan 18, 2016

Wine Marketers Can Take a Lesson From Tarantino’s Misfortune

Wine Marketers Can Take a Lesson From Tarantino's Misfortune

“Wholesalers have responded to requests to distribute New York wines in such a niggardly fashion that wine shops outside the state are forced to relegate the few Empire State bottlings they are offered to the retail ghetto of the “Other Wines” section.” The thing that is wrong with this sentence provides an important lesson to publicists and marketers. The problem isn’t with grammar. The sentence is perfect in that respect. You might quibble with the point it makes, but that’s…

Jan 13, 2016

How to Think About the Southern/Glazers Wine Wholesaler Merger

How to Think About the Southern/Glazers Wine Wholesaler Merger

Blake Gray looks at the Federal Trade Commissions recently approved merger of Southern Wine & Spirits and Glazers and is exactly correct in his conclusions: The merger this week of Southern Wine & Spirits and Glazer has created a 41-state behemoth with exclusive rights to many essential brands and  the market power to muscle out smaller competitors. This is normally the type of company that the U.S. tries to break up to protect consumers, but alcohol is a special case,…

Jan 11, 2016

Did Wine Blogs Die Without a Funeral?

Below is a chart produced via Google Trends. It depicts the relative interest in the term “Wine Blog” over time based on Google search queries.   As you can see the relative interest in wine blogs has been waning now for a good six years since interest peaked in 2009. What happened? Whatever happened did not only happen to wine blogs. It has happened to blogs in general. What happened was social media. Above is another chart produced by Google…

Jan 11, 2016

To Napa’s Wine Critics: Shame On You!

To Napa's Wine Critics: Shame On You!

Ever the observant reporter, Blake Gray has written at Wine Searcher about the move afoot among some in Napa Valley to punish the wine industry for its success; to attempt to roll back the current impact that visitors to Napa are having on the quality of life for locals. Blake’s article deals primarily with recommendations of a special “growth” commission and whether any of its recommendations limiting winery growth ought to apply retroactively to wineries with existing privileges based on…