Archive for the ‘Wine Consumers’ Category

Sep 7, 2020

COVID-Driven Online Wine Sales Are Here To Stay Post Pandemic

We all know that during this pandemic, as wineries, bars and restaurants were shuttered, we saw a significant increase in online sales of wine, delivery of wine and direct shipment of wine. However, the question that has been nagging at me has been, once this pandemic is over what percentage of those who have increased their online purchases of wine and delivery/shipment of wine will stick with their increased devotion to purchasing wine in this manner? Will folks put down…

Aug 16, 2020

Update On Cannabis’ Impact On Wine Sales: Don’t Worry At All

KMOV Chicago reports that cannabis sales are WAY up during the pandemic. It also reports this anecdotal explanation from Katie Johnston-Smith, an Illinoisan who is helping boost the sale of Cannabis by using cannabis a couple times a week rather than a couple times per month to overcome anxiety: “It was pretty nice because it did help me mellow out. I was like, ‘Oh, this is way better than mellowing out with a glass of wine.‘” The wine industry shouldn’t…

Aug 12, 2020

The Problem of Wine’s Diminishing “Aspiration Gap”

Wine selling venues shuttered due to COVID. Neo-Prohibitionism on the rise. A continuing invasion of new and high-quality imports. Dietary guidelines recommending 1 drink a day instead of 2 for men. Tariffs on EU Wines. New and different drinks like cider and hard seltzer competing for palates. It’s not as though wine doesn’t face enough headwinds. So, of course, I’m here to note one more breeze that wine faces—and has faced for some time, despite it not being discussed much:…

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…