Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category

Aug 4, 2020

The Top Ten Important Wine Questions

There are a variety of interesting and even significant questions staring the wine industry in the face right this minutes. They are the kind of questions that have answers that will significantly impact the wine industry and they are the kind of questions I like to ponder and often write about. These are ten of those questions and they are questions I don’t have answers to and in some cases, don’t even know how to evaluate. Do you? ONE Fifteen…

Aug 3, 2020

Imagine if Selling Shoes Was as Absurd as Selling Wine

I recently had the opportunity to provide one half of dueling opinion pieces in the Columbus Dispatch. The issue was, “Should Ohio Restrict Online Sales of Spirits and Wine”. The reason for the dueling op-eds was as a response to the Ohio Attorney General’s claim that out-of-state wine retailers illegally shipped into the state and his filing for an injunction against those retailers in Federal Court. My Op-Ed is here. The gentlemen providing all the reasons why Ohio consumers should…

Jul 19, 2020

Rocket Science and the Restaurant Wine Sales Crisis

While presenting at the Sonoma State University Wine Business Institute Research Summit on July 15 , Stephen Rannekleiv of Rabo Agribusiness delivered the bad news: There should be no expectation that the white table cloth restaurant industry will recover fully recover even by the end of 2022 — two and a half years from now. This doesn’t bode well for fine wine producers and begs them to determine what they can do to overcome what will be a significant deficit in…

Jul 15, 2020

In Praise of Wine Snobs and Classists

And now let us praise the wealthy, wealthy-adjacent, privileged, conspicuously consuming wine consumers who, with their showy and snooty displays and consumption of expensive, rare, hard-to-find, wines from Old World and New World wine regions with particular emphasis on wines of high ratings, have created the modern wine industry and made way for the diversity of wine now seen across America. Hazzah! Now imagine a world in which California wines named “Burgundy, Barbaresco, and White Chablis” all made from some…

Jul 13, 2020

Wine Consumers Get The Boot Again….Shocking!

You’ll never believe this, but it turns out that folks in Ohio actively seek out online wine retailers in order to buy wine. I know….Who would have thunk it? But it turns out Ohio’s Attorney General Dave Yost doesn’t like this. In fact, given the demands of the current pandemic, riots, rising crime rates, and more, Attorney General Yost thinks his valuable time is filing a federal suit against a handful of out-of-state retailers who have responded to Ohioans who…