The Best Wine Blogger Steps Back

The Best Wine Blogger Steps Back

It’s interesting and notable. Steve Heimoff is first and foremost a wine writer. His long stints writing for The Wine Spectator, then writing from the position of Senior Editor at the Wine Enthusiast, and through is two books on wine make this clear. And yet, he is also the best wine blogger wine blogging has yet seen. Steve announced his retirement on Monday. He announced he is not only leaving his most recent position as a communicator at Jackson Family…

Aug 22, 2016

Wine Lovers—Please Step Up To Help One of the Good Guys!

Wine Lovers—Please Step Up To Help One of the Good Guys!

Greg Walter isn’t just one of the good guys of wine, he’s one of the really important guys of wine. He has more that 35 years of communicating about wine under his belt. He has served as one of key developers of the Wine Spectator that helped bring millions into the wine drinking community. He has been editor of the influential Pinot Report that has introduced Pinot lovers to so many great Pinot Noirs and helped bring Pinot out of…

Aug 19, 2016

Temperature Control Impacting Wine Shipments

Temperature Control Impacting Wine Shipments

Wineries and consumers are starting to see the impact of affordable temperature controlled shipment of wine. Wines and Vines Magazine this week reported that in July the value of direct-to-consumer wine shipments increased to $82 million, a 23% bump over July 2015 . This is the largest increase for July in four years. Undoubtedly a lot of this increase has to do with wineries’ new willingness to ship wine in July using services such as Fed Ex’s Coldchain. One long-term…

Aug 15, 2016

The Billion Dollar Wine Boondoggle

The Billion Dollar Wine Boondoggle

We know that wineries in the United States ship upwards of $2 billion in wine directly to consumers across the country. What we don’t know is the value of wine shipped directly to consumers from wine retailers. Yet, we can say with great confidence that the concerted effort by wine distributors, wineries and some retailers to stamp out interstate commerce in wine by retailers has cost the wine industry in America billions of dollars. Today only 14 states explicitly allow…

Aug 11, 2016

You Can’t See The Problems if You Don’t Look Up

You Can't See The Problems if You Don't Look Up

It’s a near perfect exposition of what 80 years of ignoring the obvious leads to. Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered a review of Iowa’s alcohol laws, which many have complained are outdated and overly cumbersome. Branstad has tasked Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Administrator Stephen Larson and Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham to lead a working group and make recommendations by January 2017. They will work with representatives from throughout the industry, including wholesalers, manufacturers, retailers, prevention specialists and regulators. “Iowa laws regulating…