The Grapevine

Every day, Monday to Friday, we provide valuable marketing tips, small business smarts and industry news. You also get a great food & wine pairing you can share with your customers every week.

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Wine Stories Worth Sharing – February 23, 2017

February 23rd, 2017

Reducing the stress of dealing with a restaurant wine list. Are wine labels worthy of the term, “art?” Continued good news from the Jura, not so good news from Jay Z’s Champagne empire. Is value investing in publicly traded wine … Continue reading

Wine Shop Marketing – Cooking Up a Contest

February 22nd, 2017

If you keep ‘em friendly, contests and competitions can generate a lot of buzz for your shop and a lot of excitement amongst your marketing audience.

The Labels in Your Shop

February 21st, 2017

It might be time to re-evaluate the labels in your shop – even tradition-bound Bordeaux is making an effort to keep up with the times.  

Wine Industry News for February 20, 2017

February 20th, 2017

The future of wine packaging, stocking (one of) the world’s biggest wine shops, the kings of per capita consumption, and wine news from Sicily and Texas.

Food & Wine Pairing: Bucatini all’Amatriciana

February 17th, 2017

This week, we look to Italy for both legs of our food and wine pairing.

Wine Stories Worth Sharing – February 16, 2017

February 16th, 2017

This week we dig through some older materials that didn’t make it to the top of the pile even though they deserved to. Your wine shop customers will definitely get a kick out of these stories about stamps, corks, predators, … Continue reading

What Do You Wish Your Wine Shop Customers Knew?

February 15th, 2017

We all know that it’s easier to help customers who have a basic working knowledge of wine. What are the basics you consider essential? And what are you doing about making sure your customers know them?

Valentine’s Day Special

February 14th, 2017

On Tuesdays, we normally offer business tips for running your wine shop business. But in honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re going slightly off script.

Wine Industry News for February 13, 2017

February 13th, 2017

China’s outsize influence on  wine pricing, Ebay’s expanded wine offerings, wine’s place in a beer world, and the wild wine west …

Food & Wine Pairing: To Deny or Embrace Winter Weather

February 10th, 2017

With winter weather having its way with much of the country today, and people just generally being over winter by this point in February, we offer two approaches to dealing with it: embracing or denying.