Archive for the ‘Culture and Wine’ Category

Jul 16, 2014

What it Takes to Grow the Direct To Consumer Wine Channel

In a recent editorial at Wine Industry Advisor, Brian Rosen, former CEO of SAMS, a large wine retailer in Chicago, and now head of the consulting firm Rosen Retail, said the following: “The DTC movement is not what you think it is and will not provide the added revenue that wineries around the globe are seeking….The DTC movement is a wonderful idea, and there is no doubt that as regulations soften and technological efficiencies prevail, it will be a sustainable…

Jul 9, 2014

Don’t Laugh—They Are Alcohol “Researchers”

In a study conducted by the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, researchers looked at the exposure of 18-20 year olds to alcohol ads in magazines. it was determined by these researchers that the industry-imposed rule that only magazines that attract an audience in which less than 30% of the readers are under 21 should receive alcohol ads was not breached by any advertisers. Naturally, this good news…

Jul 7, 2014

Who Owns The Reputation of a Wine Region?

Steve Heimoff recently wrote about the controversy over ICANN, one of the organizing bodies of the Internet, and their intent to issue a .Wine and .Vin web domain for use. These two new domain names will be issued along with hundreds of others such as .Art, .Blog, .Auto, etc. A number of countries as well as regional wine associations oppose the issuance of .Wine and .Vin. Recently a variety of regional wine associations including those representing wineries in Napa Valley,…

Jun 17, 2014

No Wine, But Lots of Swill in This Study

A new study out of Boston University and Johns Hopkins University identifies the brands of alcohol 13-20 year olds reach for when they binge drink. Courtesy of the Washington Post report is this graphic: Who noticed what I noticed.…? Exactly. Underage drinkers have no use for wine, only beer and spirits. In the early days of the direct shipping battles, opponents of direct shipping often claimed that minors would use the Internet to obtain wine for their weekend parties. It’s…

Jun 9, 2014

Marking 10 years Since the Pinot Noir Groundswell

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of two important Pinot Noir milestones: The first San Francisco Pinot Days Tasting and the release of the film Sideways. These anniversaries ought to give us good reason to stop and consider the state of Pinot Noir in 2014. First, however, let me encourage you to attend Pinot Days. It is a great and very accessible tasting of Pinot Noir. This year upwards of 100 different producers of Pinot Noir, mainly from California, will…