Taking Naked Wine Tasting Outside the Box
But sometimes, we like to share these ideas with the public at large and the industry at large. This is more true today when we see the wine industry, like many others, struggling in the current difficult economy.
So, the question is what can a winery (or wine shop) do to attract media attention as well as an increased clientele? We have the answer and happily pass it along to the industry to run with…free of charge:
TOPLESS WINE TASTING ROOMS
Think about it. There just isn't a lot to do when you stand at a tasting bar at a winery. Sure, you are surrounded by tchotckes and the wine you are sampling is probably in front of you. But in general, it's a pretty staid environment. I say liven it up with Nakedness.
How would a winery pull this off? I think the plan works like this:
1. Find four experienced, knowledgeable, young, good looking people (two male, two female) who don't mind pouring wine topless
2. Make sure your tasting bar is deep enough so the topless attendants are not in arms reach
3. Film some B-Roll of lots of people in the tasting room enjoying their Nakedness Encounter with their wine. Make sure the B-Roll has lots of footage of the wine, the label, the outside of the tasting room too.
4. Blur out the Breasts on the B-Roll
5. Distribute the B-Roll to the Media with a press release announcing the institution of Topless Wine Tasting.
6. Distribute the B-Roll on YouTube
7. Send a press release over the wires far and wide (with photos)
8. Engage a PR Firm to pitch the Topless Wine Tasting to Appropriate media.
9. Make sure you have some lower price point wines to accommodate the increase in casual wine drinkers who will come to the tasting room.
10. Contact every "naturalist" society in America with the invitation to join the "Naked Wine Club" which includes an annual retreat at a popular naturalist facility for a 2 day even that focuses entirely on wine education.
What would the results be? I can guarantee the following:
1. SUBSTANTIAL media coverage of the brand and the idea—both electronic as well as print.
2. SUBSTANTIAL increase in tasting room visits
3. SUBSTANTIAL increase in brand awareness
4. NUMEROUS inquiries from Distributors nationwide that want to carry your wine
5. SIGNIFICANT sign ups for your new Wine Club
6. INCREASED SALES.
Now here's the thing. This is a ridiculous idea—that would work. I suspect the type of winery that would be able to pull this off would have to be willing to significantly alter their business plan. In fact, it might be something that only works with a new brand. BUT…It would work.
Does it seem desperate? Sure, a little. But chances are we will see 10% unemployment in America by the end of 2010. That's pretty desperate.
So here's the point. It's time to start thinking outside the box, folks. It's time to get creative in our marketing and sales. It's time to start breaking some rules.