UZIs, Boxed Wine and Drizly’s Wholesaler Friends

Drizly, the quick booze delivery service, has had quite a week. Not only did it secure $13 million from investors to make sure it could deliver more Bud, Coors and Boxed Wine to connoisseurs in between 20 and 40 minutes, but it also got a money endorsement of the least tech-savvy group in the American beverage industry: The Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of America. What I didn’t know about Drizly, however, but learned today in their press release on their…

Apr 23, 2015

Locating the Moral High Ground in the Wine Industry

Locating the Moral High Ground in the Wine Industry

There must be word or phrase for that rare occurrence when a business or organization’s financial interests are always located at the summit of the moral high ground. If there is no word or phrase for this phenomenon, there ought to be — how else to talk about and understand the role of the wine wholesaler. This rare confluence of morals and financial interest were on display at the recently completed Annual Convention of the Wine & Spirit Wholesalers Association…

Apr 1, 2015

Public Principles and Wine in Indiana

Public Principles and Wine in Indiana

I’ve always thought that if one’s biblical perspective informed them that homosexuality was immoral, the best course of action would be to not engage in homosexual acts. Likewise, if one feels reliably sure that the Bible instructs that God is opposed to sex out-of-wedlock, then the best course of action is to refrain from sex until married. But I’m old-fashioned. It appears that some are so sure that their responsibility to their religious beliefs requires them not merely to abstain…

Apr 1, 2015

Buying Into The Millennial Wine Buyer

Buying Into The Millennial Wine Buyer

A couple of weeks ago I sat on a panel in Saint Helena that explored the Millennial wine buyer. The primary question was how do you reach this growing demographic? My response to the primarily Napa Valley and Sonoma County winery representatives in the room was this: Beware: Millennials are not buying expensive wines. And if you are selling $50+ bottles of wine and selling out every year and if your buyers are made up primarily of Baby Boomers and…

Mar 25, 2015

Killing the Last Vestige of the 3 Tier System in California

Killing the Last Vestige of the 3 Tier System in California

“Wholesale industry officials did not comment for this story prior to deadline, despite repeated attempts,” wrote Santa Rosa Press Democrat business reporter Bill Swindell. And it was a simple question he had for them too: Do you support California Assembly Bill 1233 that would allow distilleries in the state to sell direct to the consumer from their distillery premises? This shouldn’t sound like a novel concept. Both wineries and breweries and cideries are able to legally offer samples to consumers…