The Amazon Wine Store May Need To Shut Down — Or Change

The Amazon Wine Store May Need To Shut Down — Or Change

Does AmazonWine need to disappear because it’s unlawful? Recall that the AmazonWine service is a departure for the behemoth retailer. Wine is not sold by Amazon. Instead, wineries pay what amounts to a listing or advertising fee to display their products on Amazon, but it’s the wineries that actually sell the wine, not Amazon. In fact, AmazonWine was created without Amazon possessing any alcohol retailer licenses. Now, consider a recent ruling in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California…

Sep 20, 2017

Jesus, Confucius, Mohammed, Buddha and Wine Wholesalers

Jesus, Confucius, Mohammed, Buddha and Wine Wholesalers

America’s wine and spirit wholesalers are touting a new “economic impact study” (which they paid for), that shows American wine and spirit wholesalers are the most wonderful people ever—only slightly less important than Jesus, Confucius, Mohammed and the Buddha. “American Family-owned wine and spirits wholesalers are local marketing, brand building and logistics experts for beverage alcohol brands…and are the central link of the three-tier beverage alcohol market between wineries, distilleries, and retailers…Our industry is a powerful economic engine that supports…

Sep 13, 2017

Marketing Wine, Sex Toys and Cannabis — Differences and Similarities

Marketing Wine, Sex Toys and Cannabis — Differences and Similarities

What if wines were reviewed like cannabis strains? 2015 Fermentationblog Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Just looking at this beastly purple grog tells me I’m in for a sloshy night. It sports dense, heady blueberry aromas that beckon and the taste is not so different, but with a premonition of its potency. After a glass, I already felt the first jolt of its 14.5 alc. Two glasses and my eyes felt that familiar heaviness that comes of cab imbibing. After four glasses its fruity…

Sep 11, 2017

14 Ways To Present Wine To Consumers

14 Ways To Present Wine To Consumers

In a three-minute speech at the London Institute of Masters of Wine, reproduced at Decanter Magazine, Master of Wine Natasha Hughes warned her peers that by presenting, talking about and categorizing wine in the same old ways—by country, varietal or style—they will fail the consumer and fail the wine trade. She concludes her flash talk this way: “We’ve got to remember that for most people, wine is part of a lifestyle that includes food and conviviality, rather than being a goal…

Sep 8, 2017

Napa Valley’s Appellations Are Near Meaningless

Napa Valley's Appellations Are Near Meaningless

Richard Mendelson’s newish book, “Appellations Napa Valley” is a fantastic tome. Written in a personal, first person voice that reflects Mendelson’s vast experience with the development of the Valley’s various sub appellations as well as his obvious and genuine affinity for this part of the world, the coffee table-style book is a unique and necessary addition to the Napa Valley Wine bibliography. However, the subject of the book brings up an important question that has been asked before: Do Napa…