Archive for June, 2016

Worth sharing: Wine Facts and Fun to Share with Your Wine Shop Audien

June 30th, 2016

Winemaking’s roots in the US, an undiscovered Italian wine treasure, and when kosher wine was big with gentiles, too. [level-members] When it comes to winemaking in the US, most of us naturally think of California. But, there’s a long tradition of winemaking further east, too. After all, European settlers had been a good long while […]

More on Wine Clubs for Wine Sho

June 29th, 2016

In our post yesterday we were talking about wine clubs in the broader sense. Wine club as in social club – a physical place to gather. But of course, there are also wine clubs a la the old music clubs, where you subscribe to receive product on a regular basis. [level-members] And those are worth a […]

Create Excitement For Your Wine Sh

June 28th, 2016

A recent article about Toronto’s new private wine clubs in Toronto Life got me to thinking about all the ways we put ourselves in a box and miss the opportunities right around us. [level-members] To be fair, sometimes the boxes we find ourselves in are not of our own making. State regulators have something to […]

Wine Industry News for June 27, 20

June 27th, 2016

Blue wine, sparklers for the 4th, and books and beer and wine. [level-members] But wait, I haven’t even tried orange wine, yet! And we’re on to the next big thing. Or color. As this article on the Mother Nature Network website explains, blue wine is the “it” wine right now. And Forbes dives in to what […]

Pairing Wine with Grilled Chick

June 24th, 2016

Here’s an article I wish I had written. Great set of options for wine pairings, no matter how you’re prepping that bird. [level-members] The reason the whole, “red with meat, white with chicken” seems so dated and, well, wrong, is that it accounts not at all for how that meat or chicken – or fish […]

Worth Sharing: Wine and Celebrities, Wine and Politics, Microbes and Terrior, and Mo

June 23rd, 2016

What happens when someone famous drinks your favorite wine? Or when someone famous pours it? Do microbes really affect wine quality? And how do Burgundy and Bordeaux view terroir differently. [level-members] Wine and Politics If you’re not a fan of the US President, here’s your chance to take him to task for not drinking American […]

Define Your Wine Shop Market, Know Your Wine Shop Mark

June 22nd, 2016

Marketing 101: define your target market. Marketing 102: know your target market. You’re not going to succeed if you don’t know who you are selling to or what factors into their buying decisions. [level-members] For many independent wine shops, your market is defined to at least some extent by your geography. People don’t typically go […]

Making the Most of Your Small-Retailer Advanta

June 21st, 2016

It may seem that the cards are stacked against you as a small, independent retail shop – there are things that the big national chains do that you simply can’t match. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t reasons for them to look at you in envy, too. [level-members] Most of what you can do better […]

Wine Industry News: 6/20/

June 20th, 2016

China, Brooklyn, and France: all wine hotspots … [level-members] China’s Wine Boom China’s got a quick start on turning water into wine and wine into cash by turning deserts into vineyards. As this article from The Guardian says, “International wine giants and the super-rich are ploughing their fortunes into an arid corner of Ningxia region.” […]

Pairing Seafood and Ros

June 17th, 2016

Talking about pairing rosé is about as meaningful as talking about pairing red wine – there are a lot of choices among rosés and they’ll work differently with different dishes. Here are some options you might consider if you’re serving seafood. [level-members] If you’re grilling your fish and preparing it simply, you might try Pinot-based wines from […]