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Wine Shop Conversation Starters

January 17th, 2017

Is “Can I Help You?” the absolute worst opening line in the retail world? Probably.

Wine Industry News for January 16, 2017

January 16th, 2017

Homebrewing in legal in Iceland, but only in a technical sense, will new immigration policies have an outsize impact on food and wine prices in the US? Plus more news from New Jersey and sparkling winees of the world.

Food and Wine Pairing for Football Weekends

January 13th, 2017

Call us crazy, but there’s only one wine that can hold its own with beer when it comes to football weekend.

Wine Stories Worth Sharing – January 12, 2017

January 12th, 2017

Want to help your wine shop customers order from a wine list like a pro? We can  help. Want to spend an inordinate amount of money on a needlessly complex gadget that takes an annoyingly long time to open a … Continue reading

The Marketing Value in Great Wine Values

January 11th, 2017

Specifically in recommending great wine values.

What Is Your Job As a Wine Shop Owner – Really?

January 10th, 2017

Matt Kramer’s recent piece on the Wine Spectator site gave me inspiration to sum up a wine shop owner’s job in one sentence.

Wine Industry News for January 9, 2017

January 9th, 2017

Explosive growth in Washington, with British Columbia not slouching along itself. More sordid sides to the Premier Cru story, and predictions for what 2017 will bring,

Food & Wine Pairing: Wine and Reuben Sandwiches

January 6th, 2017

On New Year’s Day, I frequently make a giant stuffed Reuben sandwich based on a recipe from Shirley Corriher’s Cookwise. (Which is a really interesting cookbook for geeks in the kitchen.) It’s not an obvious food pairing.

Wine Articles Worth Sharing: Falcons Fighting Climate Change and More

January 5th, 2017

The falcons aren’t fighting more than climate change. We’re offering up more great wine articles than just the fighting falcons.

Wine Buying and the Psychology of Labels

January 4th, 2017

When you make decisions on how to stock your shop, do you blind taste the wines you are considering? Do you live by the adage, “buy with apples, sell with cheese?” You may be wasting your time.