I’ve Run My Wine Biz From Home For 30 Years—Here Are the Rules

I've Run My Wine Biz From Home For 30 Years—Here Are the Rules

I began running my wine communications consultancy out of a home office in 1994 when I left a wine PR firm that I began my career with and went out on my own. There was a brief moment of a year and a half when I was lured away to work for a company in an office every day. However, for nearly 30 years, I’ve worked out of my home, physically alone. And there are rules to make it work….

Mar 23, 2020

On Resisting The Urge To Use An Emergency for Self Interest

On Resisting The Urge To Use An Emergency for Self Interest

In the interest of working to get this message out far and wide, I’m reposting a press release from the National Association of Wine Retailers here. The release deals with the need for members of the wine and spirits industry to muster the strength not to use the current health and economic emergency to fearmonger and politick for policies that advance the interests of a single element of the industry. It deals with the commonsense needs of consumers at this…

Mar 18, 2020

The Passing of Michael Broadbent MW and a Debt Owed

The Passing of Michael Broadbent MW and a Debt Owed

I can’t be sure how much it amounts to, but I know that I owe Michael Broadbent a debt. The great Michael Broadbent MW has passed at the well-cellared age of 92. The man was an absolute giant in the international wine world. I’m not sure he can be replaced nor should he. As one would expect, Jancis Robinson has penned the best obituary/remembrance of Mr. Broadbent. I recommend it. As for my debt, it is directly related to Broadbent’s…

Mar 16, 2020

Wine In The Time Of Corona

Wine In The Time Of Corona

This is my 30th year working in the American wine industry. Nothing even approaching this kind of disruption has ever occurred. The impact of social isolating and business shutdowns due to the CoronaVirus is going to devastate the Ameican wine industry. We are talking billions of dollars in losses, many talented people forced out of the industry and a number of wine-related businesses shuttering their doors forever. Some wineries will go under. Some restaurants, after being forced to close by…

Mar 5, 2020

Utah’s Wine Shipping Bill — It’s Kind Of Funny…And Complicated

Utah's Wine Shipping Bill — It's Kind Of Funny...And Complicated

A funny thing happened on the way to a wine direct shipping bill in Utah. What’s so funny? The 88% mark up the state wants to place on wines that could be shipped into the state under the bill, HB 157. It’s a funny story. So, somehow lawmakers in the Utah state legislature got it into their head that maybe it’s time to allow wine lovers in the state to have wine shipped to them. I’ll admit, this idea got…