Archive for September, 2017

Food & Wine Pairing: Sausage, White Beans, and Ka

September 29th, 2017

I already know what we’re having for dinner tonight, and it’s one of my favorites! Sausage with white beans and kale. [level-members] No shortage of variations on this dish and one version we like is here on the Bon Appetit site. (Though we rarely add the eggs.) All of those variations mean that this is […]

Wine Stories Worth Sharing – September 28, 20

September 28th, 2017

From fresh perspectives in Oregon to wine-themed destinations in China, there’s plenty of fun stuff to read this week. Not least of which is drunk rats in India. [level-members] We’ll get to that, but let’s start off with Five Myths of Winemaking, brought to you by Seven Fifty. Some interesting info that isn’t all super […]

Anchoring and Expectations in Your Wine Sh

September 27th, 2017

Yet another reason not to stock Yellow Tail and other mass market wines? [level-members] Continuing on our theme from yesterday with advice and ideas rooted in psychology, today we turn to anchoring. That’s the phenomenon where the suggestion of a number, even if unrelated, can affect the number you come up with when asked for, […]

Wine Shop Business – Is the Customer Always Righ

September 26th, 2017

Last week, we posted about the worst behavior seen in wine shops. This week, we’ll pivot over to finding the balance between being taken advantage of and creating an adversarial relationship. [level-members] If you think of the liquor stores in bad neighborhoods you’ve seen in the movies, they’re not exactly warm and welcoming. Bulletproof glass, […]

Retail Wine Industry News for September 25, 20

September 25th, 2017

More weather-related bad news from out west and Italy. Better news from the middle of the country. Plus a grape that may help sustain the industry through climate change. And wineries of the future. [level-members] Heat, mildew, rain and rot. Things ain’t easy for the harvest out west. Wines and Vines and the Press Democrat both […]

Food & Wine Pairing: Fall Bounty, Part

September 22nd, 2017

Two weeks ago we posted a Friday food and wine pairing piece on pairing with fall’s bounty. We didn’t have any intention of that being part 1, yet here we are with part 2 … [level-members] This week we’ll let you fend for yourselves on the recipe front since your bounty may be different than ours […]

Wine Stories Worth Sharing – September 21, 20

September 21st, 2017

Wines from China, high-end counterfeits, Jay McInerney’s take on wine writing, and the Elton John decanter. [level-members] You could get way out in front of a trend here and start pushing these wines from China. Or maybe wait a bit … Here’s a problem many of us might wish we had. Is that $100k bottle […]

Forget Wine Shop Tastings, It’s Time for Contes

September 20th, 2017

Everyone does wine tastings on Friday and Saturday afternoons because they’re still solid sales tools. But you can do better. [level-members] I wouldn’t recommend replacing tastings, but you might consider supplementing them with contests and quizzes. They can be done in person as part of a tasting and online via social media on their own.  […]

What’s the Worst Behavior You’ve Ever Seen in a Wine Sho

September 19th, 2017

Retail shop keepers have seen it all, and not just from dogs and children who don’t know better, but from adults who most certainly should. [level-members] What’s the worst behavior you’ve seen in your shop? And how do the examples in this WSJ article compare? (Subscription required to read the whole thing.) Most importantly, how […]

Wine Industry News for September 18, 20

September 18th, 2017

Mostly bad news out west with heat, rot, smoke, and rain all threatening the fall harvest. Better news when it comes to tourism more broadly. [level-members] No good news out of California these days, with reports here, here, and here about heat, rot, and other harvest issues. The news isn’t any better in Oregon, though […]