Passion, Cuba, Women & Wine

Duck and Cover Note to reader: The trip to Cuba for the California Wine Symposium was widely covered in the press last week but since I was there, I wanted to add my own first-hand views to what has been written along with some video clips And while this post is…

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What’s the Surest Way To Fail in Business?

Going through graduate school I took a class in Organization Behavior. I liked the class because it was high-level and covered a number of important theories, and yet – the title of the course always bothered me. It seems like such a non sequitur. It’s as if an organization has…

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Are You Adjusting Your Marketing To Boomers?

Never Bet Against A Dog That Tells You they Can’t Play Pool  If you aren’t starting to make some adjustments in your marketing strategy to Boomers, you will lose your most important current wine buyers, and another winery will pick that consumer up. My mother plays pool, has an occasional…

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Wine Sales In the Last Half of 2013

The Best View of the Housing Bubble Pre-Crash I recall in giving a speech in August of 2008 to about 125 growers and winery owners. The speech was on the economy and I pulled up the slide above to demonstrate what I was seeing ahead of us. This was at a time…

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Do You Like Drinking Day-Old Wine?

My mom used to go to the Day-Old Hostess bread store. She would get apple pies and Ho-Ho’s and freeze them for our school lunches. They were really good….maybe not that healthy but Hostess advertising said they were healthy snacks back then – wholesome goodness I think was the pitch…

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Do You Know the Location of the First Successful Winery in the US?

Before you read this, take the poll to the right ——–>This week we’re moving off the normal marketing, economy, and business issues and asking a basic question anyone working in the US wine business should know:“Where was the first successful commercial winery in the United States?” Do you know? I confess…

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Is Demand for Wine Dropping?

I saw the above video last week referencing demand for wine and the title got my attention. Is the demand for wine really falling? When you watch the video above many people might think so, but I don’t really put a lot of faith in LiveEx as a measure of demand…

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Mid-Year State of the Wine Business

There are several thingies (……that’s a technical economic term) that are happening right now that all link together in some form to drive components and the present direction in the wine business. Since this is a blog though, and blogs are generally top of mind and brief, discussing the state of anything is…

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Share your summer photo, win a trip to the Napa Valley

From our vineyards and wineries to your beach, barbecue, pool or picnic, there’s a Napa Valley wine to perfectly complement your summer story. While you’re sipping those crisp whites and refreshing rosés, we hope you’ll share the moment with us — from the expected to the unexpected, we want to…

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What Does the End of QE Mean for Wine?

Everyone likes Fridays. This Friday is a little more special so I decided to post a non-Sunday blog for the first time. Why the deviation? Because Friday is the day we receive the most hours of sunlight in 24 hours …. and then its all downhill after that. While that sounds a…

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