Archive for the ‘Wine Consumers’ Category

Mar 11, 2011

The Best Deals in Wine Country

I don't know what the parents come up with in Dairyland when they put together an auction for their private schools. Maybe a night of dinner and milk among the cows. In Lobsterland perhaps the parents looking to raise funds for their private schools auction huge lobster tails signed by the Fisherman that hauled in the big tail, but I'm really am not sure. But what I do know is that these and other private school fund-raising auctions can't be…

Mar 10, 2011

Kickbacks in Wine Country—A Problem?

You are a winery in Napa or Sonoma and only open by invitation. It means you don't get just anyone off the street. But you do get your fair share of visitors/buyers at the winery. Your wine is fairly expensive: $40 to $100 per bottle. And direct sales at the winery from appointments are critical to your bottom line. As are mailing list sales that come from those who visited the winery at one point or another. You don't sell…

Mar 3, 2011

Maryland Wine Sellers Go Begging For Welfare Instead of Work

If all goes according to plan, tomorrow Maryland wine lovers will finally be heard when they head to Annapolis to explain to legislators why it's finally time to to pass a law allowing wine to be shipped to them. Then, also according to plan, Committees in the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates will pass out legislation that allows Marylanders to have wine shipped to their home…except for wines that are of French, Spanish, German, Italian, Austrian, Canadian, Chilean, Argentinean,…

Feb 17, 2011

A letter About The Wine and Beer Wholesaler Protection Act

HR 5034, the bill introduced into Congress last year that would have altered the balance of power in the realm of alcohol beverage sales and consumer access to favor middlemen distributors, is still on the mind of many in the wine industry. Yesterday, as WineBusiness.com reports, associations representing nearly all the wine, beer and spirit companies operating in the U.S. issued a letter to all members of Congress urging them NOT TO SPONSOR any new version of H.R. 5034 that…

Feb 14, 2011

Sogg Blogs Truth About Wine

Former wine critics don't go away, they just blog. And this is a good thing. For many years, Daniel Sogg worked on the West Coast for The Wine Spectator. He reviewed wines, wrote features and wrote news reports. He understands as well as anyone the world from inside the confines of a key wine review publications. However, now he is a consultant. And now he's also a wine blogger: The Sogg Blog: Speaking Truth About Wine. To-date, Daniel has only…