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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What drives environmental sustainability in the New Zealand wine industry?: An examination of driving factors and practices

Abstract Purpose – While global wine consumption is growing, environmental sustainability in the wine industry is also receiving increased attention from retailers, governments, environmental groups, and consumers. New Zealand has experienced a winery boom over the past two decades with a 173 per cent increase in the number of wineries.…

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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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Royal Bank of Canada Adds 2 Bankers

The investment banking arm of the Royal Bank of Canada has hired two bankers, one to cover health care companies and the other to work with consumer corporations, as it continues to expand its footprint in the United States.Source:DealBook» Food & Beverage

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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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