Archive for October, 2016

Wine Industry News – October 31, 20

October 31st, 2016

Wine industry news, Halloween edition. Not a lot of pumpkin-related news, nor ghouls and goblins, but there’s plenty going on in the world of wine here in the US and abroad. [level-members] Much of that news is climate related. First, our neighbors up north are wondering whether it’s time to buy more Canadian wine as […]

Wine Stories Worth Sharing – October 27, 20

October 27th, 2016

What goes into wine pricing, what’s new for California Zinfandel, why does Pinot garner such poetic praise? Can science save us? And are high school football coaches everywhere wrong about second place? [level-members] Why Does Wine Cost What it Does? And why doesn’t it all cost the same? A really sensible breakdown of the costs […]

Consistency and Comfort in Marketi

October 26th, 2016

The main supermarket in our town was recently bought out by another group and rebranded. As you’d guess, people aren’t happy. The change of familiar house brands is bad enough. For folks who organize their shopping lists so they match the order of the aisles, it was nearly apocalyptic. Why? Because we love the familiar. […]

Expand Your Wine Shop Offerings, Expand Your Rea

October 25th, 2016

Of course you want folks to think of you as the destination for wine in your town – and the next town over, too – but you can help your bottom line by viewing your opportunities a bit more broadly. [level-members] This came to mind over the weekend when I was visiting a friend in his […]

Wine Industry News for October 24, 20

October 24th, 2016

A documentary about South African vineyards causes a stir in Denmark. Washington State is set for the challenges of climate change. And the rest of the world should be, too. [level-members] South African Stir in Denmark A recent documentary about working conditions in South African vineyards has led Danish wine shops to remove South African wines from […]

Weekly Wine Pairing: Homewo

October 21st, 2016

Not as in, we’re going to give you homework. As in, what wine pairs best with the stress and pain of helping kids with their homework. [level-members] THe folks at Parents have the answer in this (obviously) tongue-in-cheek article about picking your potable based on what school subject you’re being subjected to. The Perfect Wine […]

Wine Stories Worth Sharing for October 20, 20

October 20th, 2016

What makes wine taste great? Does guzzling it help? Does it have to be the best? And how will climate change affect wine and the wine business? [level-members] What Makes Wine Taste Great? Let’s start with The Guardian’s take on how our perception is based on our expectations and how that affects how wine tastes […]

Black is White: The Value of Being Contrary in Wine Shop Marketi

October 19th, 2016

I almost feel guilty writing this in what is perhaps the most unpleasant political campaign in many of our lifetimes, but the campaign actually proves the point, however unpleasantly: being provocative can be profitable. [level-members] Now, being downright offensive to large swaths of your potential audience is not going to do your business any favors, […]

The Little Things Matter Most in Your Wine Sh

October 18th, 2016

It may not be fair, but it’s true. Get 99% of everything right, and people will focus on the 1% you missed. Just ask Bill Buckner (sorry non-baseball fans).[level-members] You should keep this in mind as you run your business, both in the day-to-day operations and in long-term planning. Your shop might be clean enough […]

Wine Industry News for October 17, 20

October 17th, 2016

Wine wars in Spain, falling output in France, China strutting their stuff, little guys in Chile, and thievery in Burgundy. [level-members] Designations and Appellations in Spain In Spain, it’s old vs. new, tradition vs. something fresh as some winemakers are questioning appellations and designations. Read the full Wine Searcher article here. Vineyard Damage in France […]