Top 10 Reasons Wineries Hate Their Wholesalers

Top 10 Reasons Wineries Hate Their Wholesalers

In examining the latest Wine Conditions Survey published by Silicon Valley Bank, WineBusiness.com noticed something interesting and asked, “What’s behind that?” What WineBusiness.com noticed was that wineries’ satisfaction level with their wholesalers has declined significantly from just two years ago. The percent of wineries reporting being satisfied with their wholesalers has dropped from 60% to 37% since 2012. Meanwhile, the percent of wineries reporting they are unsatisfied with their wholesalers has risen from 26% to 41% since 2012. What’s behind…

Nov 20, 2014

Thoughts After A Decade of Wine Blogging

Thoughts After A Decade of Wine Blogging

Over the last ten years this wine blog has published 2,873 posts. This equates to 1.1 posts per week day since November 2004. So, I can say, at the very least, that I’ve achieved the “Daily” part of this blog’s name: FERMENTATION: The Daily Wine Blog. I can’t say for sure what else I have accomplished. I never set a goal for this blog at the outset or since. I only wanted to say things about wine, culture, politics and…

Nov 19, 2014

Grapes, Not Wines, Are Impacted by AVAs

Grapes, Not Wines, Are Impacted by AVAs

  There is a good case to be made that when comparing the French Appellation d’Origine Controlee (AOC) system with the American Viticultural Area (AVA) system, it is the American system of delineating grape growing regions that is far more invested in the theory of terroir than the French AOC system. This point concerning the relative commitment to terroir has been driven home to me while doing some work with the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance, which is currently in the…

Nov 18, 2014

A Best-of-Its-Type Wine Book

A Best-of-Its-Type Wine Book

There are all sorts of examples of books that just keep appearing, edition after edition after edition. There are really only two ways of looking at this phenomenon: 1) The book is old hat, but they just keep putting it out because it’s well-known and that’s good enough for the publisher, or 2) The book remains among the best of its type. There is no fine line here. A book that is among the best of its type is easily…

Nov 17, 2014

Hogwash!

I recently had the good fortune of being interviewed by ReasonTV on the subject of laws that harm wine consumers. In the brief interview, I outline many of the ways in which various state laws, supported by various actors in the wine industry, harm consumer choice and consumer access to wines. However, what I did not do is address the most common ways these laws are defended and justified by those that benefit from them. In the interest of thoroughness,…