Archive for the ‘Wine Consumers’ Category

Feb 11, 2011

The Impact of Robert Parker Giving CA Wine To Antonio Galloni

With Robert Parker, Jr.'s announcement that he is turning over reviewing responsibilities for California wines to Antonio Galloni, there has been one major question on the minds of California wineries, wine retailers across the country and collectors: Will Galloni appreciate the same wines as Mr. Parker has appreciated? The reasons this question arises should be clear: 1. Mr. Parker's reviews of California wines have been very influential with collectors and retailers who have used the reviews to help aid them…

Feb 4, 2011

Recruiting Clooney To Sell Wine

Seeing that this year's 30-second Super Bowl ads cost $2.8 million – $3 million a pop got me thinking about the prospects for wine were it to find a way to expose itself to the hordes gathered to celebrate…whatever it is the Super Bowl celebrates. I quickly determined to my own satisfaction that the Super Bowl probably isn't the best venue to launch a generic wine campaign. However, there's no reason to think that a Non-Superbowl, generic TV campaign for…

Feb 3, 2011

Wine Flash Sale Sites Are nothing New…Just Flashier

Wines & Vines Magazine has done a terrific job surveying the landscape of the relatively new "Flash Sale Wine Websites". These are deep discounters on the web that offer generally one wine for a limited amount of time at a significant discount. The Wines & Vines Articles, written by Paul Franson, identifies the largest of these sites along with some pretty interesting metrics surrounding average discount and traffic to the Flash Sale web sites. The big question surrounding Flash Sale…

Jan 18, 2011

Authenticity, Millennials and Wine Star at Vino2011

"The largest selection of Italian wines under one roof anywhere in America." The "Roof" is the Waldorf-Astoria, the "anywhere" is New York City and the "selection" is VINO 2011: ITALIAN WINE WEEK. When I was called and asked to moderate a seminar panel for the Italian producers and wine marketers attending Vino 2011 next week, I jumped at the chance. Having been invited to attend this event before and sit on a seminar panel, I became well aware that the…

Jan 13, 2011

Ignorance, Bias, Hipocrisy, Self Service—Wine Wholesaler Style

It's so rare that opponents of regulated consumer access to wine are so willing to demonstrate their ignorance, bias, hypocrisy and self serving intentions. Yet, thanks to Paul Mabray's VinTank interview with Wine & Spirit Wholesalers Association President Craig Wolf we get more than a glimpse into these commonplace foibles. In the interest of clearing up fallacies, setting the record straight, correcting historical inaccuracies, and giving my readers a glimpse into the sometimes bizarre conclusions and positions of wine wholesalers…