Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category

Sep 7, 2016

A Satisfying Documentation of Wine Fraud

I think the success of “Sour Grapes” has a great deal to do with our innate desire to see the rich and famous taken down a notch. And that’s exactly what happened to many a rich and many a famous person who were exposed to the Rudy Kurniawan, the greatest of all wine fraudsters. Opening on September 16 and produced by film documentarians Jerry Rothwell and Reuben Atlas, Sour Grapes documents the rise and fall of Rudi Kurniawan, a wine…

Aug 22, 2016

Wine Lovers—Please Step Up To Help One of the Good Guys!

Greg Walter isn’t just one of the good guys of wine, he’s one of the really important guys of wine. He has more that 35 years of communicating about wine under his belt. He has served as one of key developers of the Wine Spectator that helped bring millions into the wine drinking community. He has been editor of the influential Pinot Report that has introduced Pinot lovers to so many great Pinot Noirs and helped bring Pinot out of…

Aug 1, 2016

Open Letter to the Marijuana Industry from the Wine Industry: BEWARE THE WHOLESALER!

DEAR MARIJUANA INDUSTRY: Whatever you do, don’t allow America’s alcohol wholesalers anywhere near your growing and soon-to-be-legal industry. As someone who has worked in the wine industry for over a quarter of a century, I can tell you with some assurance that the middlemen wholesalers who are today actively attempting to squirm their way between Marijuana growers and Marijuana retailers do not have your burgeoning industry’s interests at heart. Nor do they have any concern for the interests of marijuana…

Jul 22, 2016

Which Presidential Candidate is Best for Wine?

Of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, who is the person best suited to promote and protect the interests of the American wine industry and American wine consumers? This was the interesting question the Wine Spectator tip-toed around in a recent article that examined the industry’s relationship with the Republican and Democratic national conventions. It’s worth a read, but it is also an article that brings up an important question: Is it even possible to choose a…

Jul 21, 2016

Drizly: Working to Restrict Your Access to Wine

In an interesting interview with Spirits Business published yesterday the CEO of Drizly—the delivery service for booze—predicted that online sales of alcohol could reach between $7-$15 billion over the next few years. Drizly CEO Nick Rellas heads a business that allows consumers to order alcohol from local your retail outlets, then delivers the stuff to your door. What he did not say in the interview however is this: Mr. Rellas believes his customers ought to be banned from ordering and…