Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category

May 24, 2016

A Tale of Wine Incompetence, Crookery and Comedy

This is a tale of incompetence, crookery, fraud and good old fashioned comedy: 1978 Romanee Conti “I immediately knew that the 1978 Romanée Conti was counterfeit and that there were four significant things wrong with it…First, and most obviously, the Romanee Conti wine had a plain red capsule. Second, the bottle itself has embossed glass – it says “Domaine de la Romanée Conti” at the bottom of the glass. That immediately told me this bottle is fake because none of…

May 12, 2016

Imagine a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card For Wineries and Retailers

In a recent article at Wine Searcher, Writer Liza Zimmerman attempts to answer the question, what would the American wine marketplace look like if wholesalers (the middle tier of the three-tier system) were eliminated. It’s a tantalizing question and Zimmerman does a good job of sussing out answers with the help of some pretty smart people. However, in the end it’s a silly question. It’s like asking, what would the American wine marketplace look like without retailers? Zimmerman sets the…

May 11, 2016

Yes, Millennials Will Embrace Napa, Bordeaux and Burgundy Wine

Assuming we don’t fall victim to a zombie apocalypse between now and 2045, what are the odds that in that year the likes of Rolex, Aston Martin, Chanel, Cartier, and Four Seasons will have gone belly up? What are the odds that  St. Barts, Aspen, Bora Bora, Ibiza and Monaco will no longer be destinations for the wealthy? The odds are small. Very small. These are all brands that possess enormous equity that has been earned over time and remained…

Mar 21, 2016

It’s Just Not True—Five Wine Myths

Very recently I’ve bumped up against a variety of statements and opinions that are presented as facts. Most have been circulating for some time and have recently raised their ugly head in one form or another. Others are relatively recently developed ideas. In every case, these statements and opinions are myths Consolidation is Putting the Wine Industry in Corporate Hands This is a huge myth that somehow keeps spreading and is almost always discussed whenever a winery of note changes…

Mar 10, 2016

The Simple Rhetoric of Wine Country Nimbys

How do you know when its safe to ignore a critic? When they demonstrate a willingness to engage in simple, meaningless rhetoric, rather than in delivering their opinions with words that mean something. This tendency to ignore the meaning of words and even make them up with no care for what they mean is on display in among the current batch of Nimby Wine Industry Critics who whine about under organizations titled, “Napa Vision 2050”, “Soda Canyon Road” and others….