Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category

Jul 6, 2017

Is the Southern-Glazers Wine Distributors Lawsuit Really A Surprise?

In a way, it’s shocking that a lawsuit and claims like this haven’t been filed before, given just Southern/Glazer’s target size. On the other hand, the claims of “unfair, unlawful, deceptive, and fraudulent business practices”, meticulously laid out in this class action suit against Southern/Glazers are shocking. Hell, if a quarter of them are borne out, it would be a shocking example of hubris, fraud, and corruption by the largest and most powerful entity in the American wine and spirits…

Jul 5, 2017

Wine Distributors Forced to Eat Their Own Excrement

Monarch Beverage Company, one of Indiana’s largest wine and beer distributors, lost its appeal in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. That court said the state could bar beer and wine distributors from also distributing spirits. Boo-Fucking-Hoo!!! Monarch thought it unfair and unconstitutional that the state barred it from selling something in the way it thought it should be able to sell it. The irony. I wonder what Indiana’s wineries are thinking upon hearing about this decision, particularly when they…

Jun 29, 2017

Two Critical Tools For Wine Writers and Bloggers

Wine writers and wine bloggers who aspire to both understand and report on the business of wine can’t ignore the politics of wine. Few other businesses are so significantly defined by and impacted by regulations, lobbying and politics. Will consumers have legal access to the products they want? That depends on politics. Will wineries be able to make use of new technologies to distribute their wines more widely? That depends on politics. Will independent and specialty wine retailers have the…

May 30, 2017

Money, Power, Reputation and the Napa Valley Wine Auction

The most startling thing about the Napa Valley Auction, which happens this coming weekend, is the remarkable concentration of wealth it attracts. But this is what is required in order for the event to raise the remarkable sums for local charities. Still, it’s startling. One of the best ways to witness this conspicuous monetary power is to position yourself somewhere near southern Napa on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week and observe the air traffic overhead. You’ll see a…

May 18, 2017

Wine Wholesalers Announced that YOU Are the Enemy

  There is a simple way of determining in the wine industry and any other industry or situations, who your opponents are: Line up potential opponents and ask them what they oppose. It’s direct, simple and lacks provocation. Recently, the only national association of wine and spirit wholesalers provided a list of those things they oppose, making it a simple chore to determine if wine and spirit wholesalers are your opponents/enemy. At the recently concluded Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of…