Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category

Jan 18, 2016

Wine Marketers Can Take a Lesson From Tarantino’s Misfortune

“Wholesalers have responded to requests to distribute New York wines in such a niggardly fashion that wine shops outside the state are forced to relegate the few Empire State bottlings they are offered to the retail ghetto of the “Other Wines” section.” The thing that is wrong with this sentence provides an important lesson to publicists and marketers. The problem isn’t with grammar. The sentence is perfect in that respect. You might quibble with the point it makes, but that’s…

Jan 13, 2016

How to Think About the Southern/Glazers Wine Wholesaler Merger

Blake Gray looks at the Federal Trade Commissions recently approved merger of Southern Wine & Spirits and Glazers and is exactly correct in his conclusions: The merger this week of Southern Wine & Spirits and Glazer has created a 41-state behemoth with exclusive rights to many essential brands and  the market power to muscle out smaller competitors. This is normally the type of company that the U.S. tries to break up to protect consumers, but alcohol is a special case,…

Jan 11, 2016

Did Wine Blogs Die Without a Funeral?

Below is a chart produced via Google Trends. It depicts the relative interest in the term “Wine Blog” over time based on Google search queries.   As you can see the relative interest in wine blogs has been waning now for a good six years since interest peaked in 2009. What happened? Whatever happened did not only happen to wine blogs. It has happened to blogs in general. What happened was social media. Above is another chart produced by Google…

Dec 31, 2015

Is Wine Consumption Set to Decline in the U.S.?

In 1965 per capita consumption of wine (PCCW) was flat from the year before. It neither grew nor decreased year over year It marked the moment when PCCW rates would go on a spectacular 18 year increase of 140% In 1986 the growth of PCCW was flat from the year before and would mark the year when PCCW decreased by 77% over the next 8 years. In 1995 the growth of PCCW was flat from the year before and would…

Dec 9, 2015

The New BOOZE RULES Is Required Reading

Very quietly, and through a series of important posts, the Hinman & Carmichael “Booze Rules” blog has become one of the most important sources of information concerning liquor law anywhere on the Internet. A recent Booze Rules post by John Hinman and John Edwards demonstrates this. Somewhat directly entitled “ABC DISMISSES SAVE MART GRAPE ESCAPE ACCUSATION BUT REFUSES TO ADOPT JUDGE’S DECISION FINDING NO STRICT LIABILITY FOR ABC VIOLATIONS”, the new Booze Rules post demonstrates how the California Alcohol Beverage…