Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category

Dec 13, 2017

Top Five Wine Trends to Watch in 2018

These aren’t so much “predictions” as they are observations of movements I expect to see extended in 2018. Well, there are some predictions in here. All of these developments and trends would have an important impact on the wine industry as well as the wine consumer. The Continuation of Wholesaler Consolidation The past two years have seen a huge consolidation in the middle tier with the largest American wine wholesalers combining. I thoroughly expect this trend to continue in 2018….

Dec 5, 2017

Top Ten Wine News Stories of 2017

Wine News in 2017 was big and varied. Lots of big changes and big events. Some of it was predictable. Other news, well not so predictable. Here are my Top 10 Wine News Stories of 2017. They are not presented in any order of importance and they tend to focus in part on California’s wine industry. WINE COUNTRY FIRES DEVASTATE The fires scarred everyone in Napa and Sonoma. The land will recover, but the personal, economic, and psychological toll will…

Dec 4, 2017

The Evidence Is Piling Up: Cannabis is Bad For Wine

A new study reported in the Washington Post shows that legal marijuana sales are a key factor in reducing sales of alcohol: “Alcoholic beverage sales fell by 15 percent following the introduction of medical marijuana laws in a number of states.” Down the road, when this phenomenon is confirmed after legalization in enacted in a number of states (particularly California) the questions will be 1) which types of alcohol tend to be most impacted by a switch to cannabis use,…

Nov 27, 2017

The Thugs of the Wine Industry

Distributor consolidation in the wine industry —such as the latest between Republic-National and Breakthru — is beneficial to consumers who like their wine wet and with alcohol. This is the majority of wine made and sold. However, it comes at a price for those consumers who these two distributors care nothing about and generally despises: consumers who want a wine that is interesting, innovative, well-made, authentic or simply really good. But consider this little economic innovation: today two wholesale wine companies…

Nov 16, 2017

Apple’s War on Harmless Vice…Is Wine Next?

I found 5 different apps at the Apple App store that promote marijuana.  I found 3 different Grand Theft Auto apps in the Apple App store that promote….well…everything. I found NarcoGuerra in the Apple App store, which allows you to “try taking control of a cartel”. I found WeedTycoon in the Apple App store, which allows you to…become a Weed Tycoon. However, I learn today that Shaken Communications’ (Wine Spectator) “Where To Smoke” App has been banned from the Apple…