Archive for January, 2016

Valentine’s Day Menu and Wine Pairing Suggestio

January 29th, 2016

It’s almost time for the the most romantic / most dreaded day of the year. (OK, tax day wins “most dreaded” by a mile …) Here’s a menu suggestion with wines to accompany. [lvel-members] First, your customers should know that they can ignore the calendar and make a big do of the Friday or Saturday […]

Does Red Wine Lead to Better Se

January 28th, 2016

With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us – and with many of us dealing with the dreary days of winter – it’s the perfect time to talk romance. [level-members] Apparently, flavonoids are the latest all-natural miracle cure for erectile dysfunction (if you read the right press …), and red wine is just full of them. Yahoo […]

Educating Your Wine Shop Customers – Does Vintage Really Matte

January 27th, 2016

Of course vintage matters. But why? [level-members] It’s so basic a question that I’d be willing to bet a lot of wine people would have to think a moment before answering. You can see them cocking their heads a bit as they try to sort out why that’s not the stupidest question they’ve ever heard. […]

Shipping Wines Across State Lin

January 26th, 2016

We probably don’t need to tell you about the complexity of shipping wine across state lines, but a reminder never hurts, and you may want to alert your customers to that complexity. [level-members] As the fine folks at NerdWallet point out in their article, laws regulating wine and other alcoholic beverages vary tremendously from state […]

Wine Industry News for 1/25/

January 25th, 2016

El Niño’s effect on California wines, wine stories for 2016, more on the push to “free the grape.” [level-members] El Niño and Wine First, shares the impact El Niño is having on the wine industry in California. It’s not as bad as you think. Or it’s worse. Either way, climate change – heck, just climate […]

Food & Wine Pairing: Pizza of a Different Stri

January 22nd, 2016

Friday night is pizza night not just in our house, but in many houses where a long work week leaves everyone exhausted. Here’s a healthier and more interesting take on the old standby. [level-members] Pizza has earned its reputation for being a slovenly unhealthy meal the hard way – it’s earned it. But it doesn’t […]

Wine – Maybe it is Rocket Scien

January 21st, 2016

Wine seems pretty simple – it’s really just grape juice. But don’t tell the folks at IBM. [level-members] Here’s something interesting to share with your audience, whether they’re casual wine drinkers, wine geeks, or geeks of the more technology-oriented variety. IBM is using the firepower of Watson, its supercomputer famous for its turn as a […]

Wine Shop Marketing – Help Customers Make Wine an Everyday Thi

January 20th, 2016

Encouraging your customers to make wine a part of their everyday routine shouldn’t be about increasing consumption. It should be about increasing enthusiasm and interest. [level-members] In fact, one of the first steps in encouraging a more everyday approach to wine might seem counter to our profit motive: encourage exploration of lower-priced bottles. Now, you […]

Wine Shop Insurance Nee

January 19th, 2016

Here’s a blast from the past – 2014 to be exact. Insurance may not be fun, but it is a topic worth revisiting from time time. You may want to use the primer below as the beginnings of your conversation with your broker to review and update your coverage as necessary. [level-members] What Kind of […]

The Ice Wine is In, News from South Africa and Australia, Supermarket Wine in Mississippi, What’s In Your Win

January 18th, 2016

Weather delays ice wine harvest in New York’s Finger Lakes and does more in Australia. Mississippi dives into a political battle over supermarket wine sales. And what’s really in that mass-produced sub-$10 bottle of wine? [level-members] Up in New York, the Ice Wine is finally in. Not really up our alley, but those who love […]