Archive for May, 2016

Phigital, the Future of Retail, and Consumers at the Co

May 31st, 2016

Apparently, “phigital” is a word. And it’s one worth learning more about as your shop faces further competition from options near and far. [level-members] Phigital is an idea coined by Westfield Corporation’s EVP of data analytics, Raghav Lal. (Westfield is an operator of shopping centers and malls.) It is the idea that you need to […]

What Wine to Drink Outsi

May 27th, 2016

“If it is really hot outside, it’s got to be rosé, hasn’t it?” Tough to beat the Brits and their idioms, sometimes. (Though it’s not reputed to be terribly sunny in the U.K., is it?) [level-members] With the weather heating up across most of the northeast, and the big holiday weekend upon us, today seemed […]

Rosé, Scary Post-Wine Activities, and Science Geek Yeast Stu

May 26th, 2016

A few wine-related items worth sharing with your wine shop subscribers, friends and followers. Rosé is (still) hot, what not to do after you’ve been drinking (it’s not what you think), and geeky facts about wine and yeast. [level-members] Rosé It’s been hot for a while now, but with the weather getting, well, hotter, who doesn’t […]

More on Wine Ap

May 25th, 2016

Last week we took a look at wine apps and whether they should be considered friend or foe. This week, a bit more on the topic. [level-members] We came across this article on the Foodable website: A Digital Grapevine: Mobile Apps Boom at the Intersection of Tech and Wine That lead us to this release […]

The On-Demand Economy and Your Wine Sh

May 24th, 2016

The on-demand economy and changing attitudes toward work and career in younger generations may mean big changes for your wine shop. [level-members] On the demand side, more and more consumers have been trained by’s free-two day shipping and even same day delivery in some markets. As that trickles down to other retailers and other […]

Wine Industry News: 5/23/

May 23rd, 2016

Synthetic Wine, Georgia on my mind, weed killer, and poking fun at hipsters. [level-members] Synthetic Wine Second only to creating gold from base metals, turning water into wine would be nothing short of, well, miraculous. That’s exactly what Ava Winery claims to be able to do. Makes perfect sense. They can make synthetic smoke and […]

Food & Wine Pairing: Fast and Furious or Long and Sl

May 20th, 2016

We have a two-fer this week, based on the idea, written about this week in the New York Times, of either investing time or work into your cooking, but not both.  [level-members] Those are great words to live by for weeknight cooking, though I certainly wouldn’t be afraid of spending both time and effort for an […]

Worth Sharing – Great Wines, Special Wines, Getting That Bottle Op

May 19th, 2016

This week our look at wine-related content worth sharing includes a list of great wines, suggestions for graduates, and a funny look at getting your wine bottle open under dire circumstances. [level-members] Greatest Wines of All Time Bold claim of course. (And in this case, slightly dated since the post is from 2014, but presumably the […]

Wine Apps: Fight ‘Em or Join ‘E

May 18th, 2016

With the launch of Wine Spectator’s “Xvalues” app, the count of wine-related apps is now officially over the 47,000,000,000 mark. [level-members] That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but only a bit. There are a lot of wine apps out there. Are they a threat to your retail shop or a boon? They’re both, actually, which […]

More Minding of Wine Shop Ps and

May 17th, 2016

Last week we talked about watching your (regulatory) step. This week, we continue in that same vein. [level-members] The story this week is out of California, and though it has  certain sensationalistic, local news sheen to it, that doesn’t mean it’s not something you should pay attention to. You can watch the video here. The takeaway […]