Archive for October, 2013

Retail Wine Industry News – New York Defends Its Tu

October 28th, 2013

Regulators in New York are either defending their turf or defending an antiquated distribution system at the expense of consumers, depending on who you ask. [level-members] Wine Library, the wine shop made famous by its frequently profane second-generation proprietor, Gary Vaynerchuk, has been issued a cease-and-desist from state regulators in New York. The regulators have […]

What Retail Wine Shops Can Learn from Kickstart

October 22nd, 2013

You’ve probably heard of crowd sourcing. Websites like Kickstarter allow entrepreneurs and established businesses appeal to an audience beyond their own networks to fund a business idea or new product. [level-members] What does this have to do with your wine shop, especially since seeking investors in a retail wine establishment is probably illegal in most […]

More on Amazon Wine Sal

October 21st, 2013

Amazon continues to expand and to promote that expansion in its wine sales program. We recently reported the list of states that Amazon can ship to. There are separate lists for import and domestic wines. [level-members] This separation is because Amazon isn’t selling wine directly. They are merely the middleman making a market for the […]

Food and Wine Pairing: Iberian Ham and Artichoke Ri

October 18th, 2013

From the Food & Wine website, a delicious recipe and wine to go with. [level-members] Iberian Ham and Artichoke Rice is a hearty fall dish that calls for a “bold” red, according to the folks at F&W. They recommend a 2009 Pago de los Capellanes Tinto Reserva or 2010 Finca Torremilanos Los Cantos, but other […]

What They’re Reading – Wine Spectator 11/15/

October 17th, 2013

Wine Spectator’s cover features Tom Terrific, the former baseball pitching great and current winemaker, along with the declaration that 2010 California Cabs are “a classic vintage for the cellar.” [level-members] I don’t really think about California wines’ cellarability. Isn’t that the whole point of the style? “Drink ’em young – they’re delicious now.” You surely […]

Retail Wine Shop Marketing – Educate Your Custome

October 16th, 2013

Help your customers get more comfortable with wine. The more they know, the better off you’ll be. [level-members] Early on in my wine drinking career, my wife and I attended a series of tastings with Willie Gluckstern, author of The Wine Avenger. His take on wine, which he illustrated through a series of tasting flights […]

Handling Donation and Sponsorship Requests in Your Wine Sh

October 15th, 2013

Here’s a business tip we’ve adapted from the fine folks at on how to best handle the seemingly endless stream of charitable donation requests to your wine shop. [level-members] Being a strong contributor to your community isn’t just a feel-good proposition. It’s good business. But it can also be a crippling drain on your […]

Amazon Expands Wine Shippi

October 14th, 2013

Amazon continues to expand its wine selling program with the addition of new states to which it is willing to ship. There are different eligible regions for domestically and internationally produced wines. [level-members] As of last week, “Amazon Wine sellers may ship internationally produced wine to customers in the following states:” Washington D.C. California Florida […]

Food and Wine Pairings – Morg

October 11th, 2013

Today, we give you another great illustration from the Pairings Pictured series. [level-members] This fun series from Hawk Wakawaka via the Drinks column at is a great way to introduce your customers to wines and pairings they may not have thought of. This week, Morgon. Enjoy the weekend! [/level-members]

What They’re Reading – New York Times and NYC Restaurant Wine Lis

October 10th, 2013

Even if you don’t live in the New York region there’s a good chance a portion of your audience reads the New York Times and another (probably completely separate) segment of your audience reads the Wall Street Journal. Both have excellent wine columns. [level-members] In Eric Asimov’s column in the Times this week, he discusses […]