The Grapevine

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Food & Wine Pairing: Fall Bounty Recipes

September 8th, 2017

We’ve got two recipes on order today since fall arrives at a different pace across the country. And of course, we have wines to match. 

Wine Stories Worth Sharing – September 7, 2017

September 7th, 2017

Prosecco vs. teeth, Italy vs. England. Wine from … Mexico. Wine to go, the dangers that lurk at the bottom of restaurant wine lists. And competing wine credentials.

Wine Shop Marketing – It’s Not Just About the Wine

September 6th, 2017

In marketing our shops and the product we sell, we need to realize that wine is only a part of it.  

Addiction and Our Responsibility as Wine Shop Owners

September 5th, 2017

Serious subject. The opiate epidemic may get more headlines at the moment, but alcohol abuse is a problem that has long existed and doesn’t seem to be going away.

Food & Wine Pairing: Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kebabs

September 1st, 2017

Labor Day weekend is time for grilling and, weather permitting, spending time outdoors. Here’s a slightly different take on grilled chicken – and a departure from burgers and dogs that should still please a picky crowd.

Wine Stories Worth Sharing – August 31, 2017

August 31st, 2017

Wine technology – really old wine technology – had an impact on early printing. Cider is big business. China’s big wine business has a seamy side. Putting your sous vide chiller to use. Languedoc wins new fans. And a Reefer … Continue reading

Wine Shop Marketing: Emotion or Education?

August 30th, 2017

When you look at them marketing you do for your wine shop – beyond promotional materials about special offers, discounts, etc. – do you see attempts to educate or appeals to emotion?

Why Spreadsheets Are Your Friend

August 29th, 2017

Although this recent article on making money in the wine business is focused on vineyard owners, its lessons apply to the retail side of the business, as well.

Wine Industry News – August 28, 2017

August 28th, 2017

Extreme weather and other issues in French wine regions. There’s a potential silver lining, at least, which may not be true in Italy. Wine may or may not stave off dementia. And Napa vineyard worker housing can’t keep up with … Continue reading

Food & Wine Pairing – Argentina’s Bubbling Cheese

August 25th, 2017

I wouldn’t make it a meal, but it’s an awfully nice starter. Called, provelata, served with herbs and or a chimichurri sauce, it can be a nice lead in to a meal that complements its richness. This isn’t a light, … Continue reading