Wine Critics Keep Semantic Arguments at Bay—Not So for Beer and Spirits

Wine Critics Keep Semantic Arguments at Bay—Not So for Beer and Spirits

The most consequential battles and issues for small, quality-oriented alcohol beverage producers are those having to do with the distribution and sales of their products. Whether the issue is self distribution for craft distillers, franchise laws for craft beer producers or direct shipping for smaller wineries, these are the consequential and important issues that will directly impact sales success. However, the most fascinating battles to watch are the “Word Wars”. The battle over word use and semantics that are primarily…

Oct 29, 2014

A Great Story About a Great Wine Man

A Great Story About a Great Wine Man

I used to joke with a former colleague at a wine PR firm that the first one of us to get their visage depicted in a line drawing in the Wall Street Journal wins—triggering an automatic dinner at the restaurant of our choice. However, after reading this absolutely wonderful and inspiring story about Peter Mondavi, Sr. celebrating 100 years of age, I think it’s pretty clear that the person who has this kind of article written about them wins the…

Oct 28, 2014

Beer Drinkers More Experimental Than Wine Drinkers?

Beer Drinkers More Experimental Than Wine Drinkers?

Are beer enthusiasts more experimental with their alcohol consumption than wine enthusiasts? It may seem like an academic question but not for spirit producers or cider producers. For these two category of drinks the answer to the questions would dictate at which kind of drinker they would aim their marketing. One answer to this question—a definitive one—came from an article detailing the sharp rise in hard cider sales and the impressive growth by one Washington cidery, Tieton Cider Works. Consider……

Oct 21, 2014

Frantic Parent Syndrome Highlighted in Wine TV Ads

It’s not often that voters here the words “wine” in those wonderful campaign ads that control the airwaves during election season. However, voters in Tennessee are getting a glass full in the run up to the November election. Having recently passed a law that (finally) allows Tennessee grocery stores to sell wine, the new wine-in-grocery-stores-law came with a caveat: local jurisdictions must first vote to approve the sale of wine in their grocery stores. So, Red White and Food —…

Oct 15, 2014

Wine Auctions and the Flinging of Poo

Wine Auctions and the Flinging of Poo

Everybody’s favorite Gagillionaire William Koch recently declared, “The business of selling rare old wine is basically over because of the preponderance of fakes.” Meanwhile: Sotheby’s Sells Record breaking $1.6 million Super Lot of DRC Nederburg 2014 Wine Auction Sales Soar Christie’s Auction Featuring Chateau Angelus Brings $1.8 million Sotheby’s September London Wine Auction Brings $2.7 Million Meanwhile that same, lovable Mr. Koch also reported he has spent between $30 million and $40 million pursuing lawsuits against those who he accused…