Archive for July, 2015

The Chart: Pairing Food and Wi

July 31st, 2015

For the visual learners among us, here’s a handy-dandy chart to make food and wine pairing easy. [level-members] Click the thumbnail below for the full chart and a fun, if overly simplified, look at what wines go best with what foods. From the fine folks at   [/level-members]

What They’re Reading: Bon Appetit, August 20

July 30th, 2015

The August issue of Bon Appetit is here, and boy is it annoying. [level-members] Not the whole issue, really. Just the cover. Not that I’m against interesting ways to increase your revenue, but turning the entire cover into an ad? Really? It’s come to that!? Sheesh. Once you paw your way through the glue and […]

Millennials Matter: Appealing to the Younger Generati

July 29th, 2015

You may not be sporting skinny jeans, a well “curated” beard, and super funky glasses, but that doesn’t mean you can’t appeal to the younger set. [level-members] In fact, you don’t have to be them to appeal to them. You simply have to pay attention. Millennials are a growing economic force in the US and […]

Data Security and Your POS Syst

July 28th, 2015

With the recent hacking of a company responsible for the customer lists of about 70 California wineries, we thought it would be a good time to discuss the data security of your wine shop PoS system. [level-members] In a nuthsell, truly protecting your data network is probably a task beyond all but the geekiest of […]

Retail Wine Industry News – 7/27/

July 27th, 2015

A potential upside to the California drought, fruit vs. wood in aging spirits, and growing wine grapes in the Dakotas. [level-members] California Drought’s Potential Upside Some vineyards in California are looking forward to the 2015 crop, feeling that the tough conditions the state is enduring may have a silver lining: fantastic wines for the vintage. You […]

Food & Wine Pairing: Mixed Gri

July 24th, 2015

Some summer weekends call for the good old mixed grill. Here are some of the versions we love, along with wine pairing ideas to match. [level-members] Because there are so many variations on the mixed grill theme, there’s no blanket recommendations to be made when it comes to wine. Crisp white can be a great […]

Beer Country for Wine Lovers – And Wor

July 23rd, 2015

Beer country is no wine lover’s idea of a great vacation spot, but if you think you’ve got it bad, read on. [level-members] First, from the folks in San Antonio – who I think should know from beer country, we have an article about the blossoming wine biz a few hours outside of Denver. And there’s plenty […]

Wine Clubs for Fun and Prof

July 22nd, 2015

If you’re thinking of starting a wine of the month type club, you’re probably headed in the right direction. [level-members] Wine clubs can be a great way to increase revenue with exactly the right kinds of customers. Remember, the folks who can help you build a sustainable business that can weather the slow periods of […]

How to Stock Your Wine Shop Shelv

July 21st, 2015

No, we’re talking about how to physically place bottles on your store shelves; we’re not even talking about how to organize your shop’s wares to maximize its appeal. (That’s merchandising – we’ve covered it before, we’ll cover it again.) Today, we’re talking about how to select what wines make the cut. [level-members] If you’re like […]

Arsenic & Old Lace & a New Wine-Growing Pla

July 20th, 2015

The arsenic debate continues even as the wine is still on the shelves. China isn’t just consuming wines; soon they’ll be making them. [level-members] Even as allegations of unhealthy wines is being debated, the wines themselves are still on the shelves. Those on the defendants’ side say that the wines are safe, so there’s no […]