Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category

Oct 31, 2014

Wine Critics Keep Semantic Arguments at Bay—Not So for Beer and Spirits

The most consequential battles and issues for small, quality-oriented alcohol beverage producers are those having to do with the distribution and sales of their products. Whether the issue is self distribution for craft distillers, franchise laws for craft beer producers or direct shipping for smaller wineries, these are the consequential and important issues that will directly impact sales success. However, the most fascinating battles to watch are the “Word Wars”. The battle over word use and semantics that are primarily…

Oct 28, 2014

Beer Drinkers More Experimental Than Wine Drinkers?

Are beer enthusiasts more experimental with their alcohol consumption than wine enthusiasts? It may seem like an academic question but not for spirit producers or cider producers. For these two category of drinks the answer to the questions would dictate at which kind of drinker they would aim their marketing. One answer to this question—a definitive one—came from an article detailing the sharp rise in hard cider sales and the impressive growth by one Washington cidery, Tieton Cider Works. Consider……

Oct 15, 2014

Wine Auctions and the Flinging of Poo

Everybody’s favorite Gagillionaire William Koch recently declared, “The business of selling rare old wine is basically over because of the preponderance of fakes.” Meanwhile: Sotheby’s Sells Record breaking $1.6 million Super Lot of DRC Nederburg 2014 Wine Auction Sales Soar Christie’s Auction Featuring Chateau Angelus Brings $1.8 million Sotheby’s September London Wine Auction Brings $2.7 Million Meanwhile that same, lovable Mr. Koch also reported he has spent between $30 million and $40 million pursuing lawsuits against those who he accused…

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…