Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category

Sep 10, 2014

A Grape Harvest in Full Swing and How You Can Help

The Northern California grape harvest is in full swing now according to most reports and my talks with folks. And when I say “full swing” I mean to say there are all sorts of shenanigans going on during this year of the early and quick harvest. • Red grapes mingling with white grapes on the crush pads •Grapes choosing sugar over acids • The cool Sonoma Coast giving up its grapes a month early • Total harvests of many reds…

Aug 28, 2014

Sexism, Wine and Politics

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett finds himself in hot water for what is being deemed a sexist statement about women and wine. In a recent interview in which the Governor was touting his attempt to privatize the Pennsylvania’s government-run alcohol sales system, allow private stores including grocery stores to sell wine and other alcohol rather than having to go to a state store, he said women would support his reforms because it would save them time preparing dinner: “I think a…

Aug 18, 2014

Opportunity Knocks in the City of Napa

I’ve lived in the town of Napa at the Southern end of Napa Valley for only four years. I cam from Sonoma and still feel like a Sonoma Boy. Napa just doesn’t feel like home, yet. However, I have been regularly coming to the town of Napa for more than a couple of decades and can say that the revival of the down town in the past 10+ years is among the most remarkable examples of redevelopment I have ever…

Jul 30, 2014

How To Write a Wine’s Name—Depends

One would think it is a simple matter, but it turns out it’s not. In fact, there are various theories and practices behind the writing of a wine’s full name. My approach has always been the same: Except in those instances when the wine is to be written alongside a relatively few others of the same brand, then one ought to write the name of a wine in such a way that most easily allows the reader to find what…

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…