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Retail Wine Industry News for September 25, 2017

September 25th, 2017

More weather-related bad news from out west and Italy. Better news from the middle of the country. Plus a grape that may help sustain the industry through climate change. And wineries of the future.

Food & Wine Pairing: Fall Bounty, Part 2

September 22nd, 2017

Two weeks ago we posted a Friday food and wine pairing piece on pairing with fall’s bounty. We didn’t have any intention of that being part 1, yet here we are with part 2 …

Wine Stories Worth Sharing – September 21, 2017

September 21st, 2017

Wines from China, high-end counterfeits, Jay McInerney’s take on wine writing, and the Elton John decanter.

Forget Wine Shop Tastings, It’s Time for Contests

September 20th, 2017

Everyone does wine tastings on Friday and Saturday afternoons because they’re still solid sales tools. But you can do better.

What’s the Worst Behavior You’ve Ever Seen in a Wine Shop?

September 19th, 2017

Retail shop keepers have seen it all, and not just from dogs and children who don’t know better, but from adults who most certainly should.

Wine Industry News for September 18, 2017

September 18th, 2017

Mostly bad news out west with heat, rot, smoke, and rain all threatening the fall harvest. Better news when it comes to tourism more broadly.

Wine Stories Worth Sharing – September 14, 2017

September 14th, 2017

Your wife smells better than you do, and other wine stories worth sharing this week.

Consumer Insights and Data Drive Retail Wine Business

September 13th, 2017

Today we’re going to let someone else do the talking for us. Not because I’m feeling lazy (well, maybe a little.), but because we couldn’t have said it any better ourselves.

Wine Shop Business: Focus on the Customer

September 12th, 2017

It sounds so basic as to be silly: focus on the customer. But too many businesses – entire industries, even. (Airlines, cell phone carriers, I’m talking to you!) – seem to view their customers as an afterthought.

Retail Wine Industry News – September 11, 2017

September 11th, 2017