Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category

Mar 14, 2005

The Boxes Are Coming!

Some time ago Fermentation’s did some thinking out loud about the notion of who would buy boxed wine, what it needs to be to find an audience and what’s available. I recently came across an interesting example of boxed wine. Three Thieves, the producer of that pretty good, well packaged jug wine that has done so well, has released "Bandit Bianco" in a One-Liter box that looks a bit like a milk carton. The carton of wine offers about 33%…

Mar 10, 2005

Maryland: The Next Great Grape State?

I think it is safe to say that too few wine lovers, and even fewer casual wine drinkers, ever venture outside their comfort zone in choosing what wine to drink. Why these "other states" wines rarely show up on our tables is pretty clear: There isn’t that much of them and they are rarely if ever exported out of their own state. Any effort to make these wines more accessible is a positive step in my book. It’s all too…

Mar 10, 2005

Costco Takes on Wholesalers in WA

"This is an allegation made by one retailer and clearly the basis for their allegations are self-serving, and we think that the liquor laws are regulations that have been on the books for many years are good public policy and the public interest is served by (them)." Said Phil Wayt, Executive Director of the Washington Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association. Phil is responding to a lawsuit filed in Washington State by Costco alledging that the State regulations preventing Costco from…

Mar 8, 2005

Openness, Spirits Producers, and What’s Wrong with Sex?

Can self-regulation work? Can an industry be expected to police its own when it comes to assuring certain undesirable marketing practices are prevented or stopped? The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States is going public with its self policing efforts and it’s a very good idea. They have released their first "Semi-Annaul Code Report". The Distilled Spirits Council is a trade organization that represents some pretty big players in that industry: Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine USA, Inc. Bacardi…

Feb 28, 2005

Would You Pay $80 For Wine In A Box?

If the Australians, Swedes, English, Danes and progressively more and more Americans are ready to wrap their arms around premium wine in a box (also known as bag in a box), why aren’t I? While watching the Oscars I was chatting with a great friend who is a marketer at a North Coast winery. She was telling me about the investigation her winery was making into perhaps bottling (boxing?) ultra premium wine. Right off the bat I’m thinking, how better…