Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category

Feb 1, 2017

Turning Wine Fantasy Into Wine Reality

The wine industry and wine consumers should take careful note of the fact that in a Wine Spectator article about the sharp increase in winery to consumer shipments in 2016, writers Lexi Williams and Ben O’Donnell also spent considerable space outlining the various ways by which states are attempting to cut off consumers from shipments from out-of-state wine stores and retailers. Of particular interest in this story was the claim made by the state of Illinois (which is being sued…

Jan 30, 2017

The Two Wine Industries: Separate and Distinct

It is becoming abundantly clear that there exist today in the United States two very distinct and separately operating wine industries. One, the larger of the two, is dedicated to selling relatively inexpensive wine to the masses. The other is dedicated to selling relatively expensive wine to a smaller group of wine lovers. What’s interesting about these two separate industries is that there is less and less for their members to talk to each other about. Take for example the…

Jan 26, 2017

Wine Shipping Report Reveals Industry Transformation

The recently release of the ShipCompliant/Wines & Vines 2017 Direct Shipping Report shows an American wine industry that actively exploited the near fully legal landscape for direct to consumer shipments of wine. The 18.5% increase in the value of 2016 wine shipments over the previous year is a tremendous achievement. However, what should not go unnoticed is a small section in the summary of the report that shows DTC shipments now becoming a major part of the overall retail shipment…

Jan 16, 2017

Could It Be More Than Sexism?: Women in Wine

I don’t know how to assess the status of women in the wine industry. But that doesn’t mean I ought not consider it. This is also the perspective that James Lawrence clung to when he wrote, “Wine, Women and Subtle Sexism”, a January 12 article in Wine Searcher. Buried fairly deep in the article is this conclusion and question by the author: “Of course, identifying that sexism exists is very straightforward, tackling the issue is another matter altogether.” Again, I’m…

Jan 12, 2017

The Wineries’ Betrayal of Consumers

Back in the day, from around the year 2,000 to 2010, wineries across the country understood perfectly that, given the chance, the wholesale tier would screw them, attempt to make their lives more difficult, attempt to push wineries into using only wholesalers to distribute their wines, work to stop any of their efforts to normalize direct to consumer shipping, and even accuse wineries of attempting to sell wine to minors. Back in the day, the California Wine Institute, Free the…