What Does Harley-Davidson share with wine?

#winebiz: What are the key ingredients for success in business? In my mind its defining effective strategy, having a sense for timing in execution, cohesion in a business culture, focused effort, and a bit of luck. But in the end, there is really one thing that separates successful and unsuccessful…

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Top Wine Buyers and Sommeliers Build Wine Knowledge at Sonoma Summit

Sonoma Summit attendees take a moment from their tour and tasting of vineyards in the Rockpile AVA for a group photo. Photo: George Rose Sonoma County Vintners and Sonoma County Winegrowers, in partnership with Full Circle Wine Solutions, presented the fifth annual Sonoma Summit November 5-7 at wineries and vineyards…

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Chenin Blanc, Not Your Fathers Wine

Chenin Blanc wines are probably quite familiar to most wine consumers. Since the 11th Century, France’s Loire Valley has always produced lovely Chenin Blancs, such those from Savennieres and Vouvray. The French wines have varied from dry to sweet, and both seem to last decades or more. On the other…

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Time For Post-Harvest & Post-Election Yogi.

#winebiz: When life is confusing, we all have to have a moral compass. For me, I look to the immortal Yogi Berra to make some sense out of things. Lets look at a few factoids: That was two years of campaigning estimated to have exceeded $6 billion dollars. That is…

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China: Its Time …. I think.

#winebiz: Talking to a US producer the other day about his Chinese exports, I asked what I should tell others about selling in China. He said tell them, “Come on in. The water is fine.” Really? Is it time to jump in and export? Clearly their consumers are growing in their taste for wine.…

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Can You Sue A Wine Writer?

#winebiz: I know I said I was going to stop posting on Sundays while I’m working on the annual State of the Wine Industry Report, but I couldn’t resist taking an hour or two off when I saw [this story] about a critical on-line review of a doctor. The short story is…

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The Best President for the Wine Business is ….

#winebiz: I Lied ……… Think Its a Tight Race? I admit it. I said last week that SVB on Wine would be going on hiatus until January while we are producing the Annual State of the Industry report. Well …..I guess I lied. Shocking! A banker who lied? I guess…

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Argentina: Why Malbec doesn’t Flood the US

#winebiz: There’s no substitute for visiting a wine region to get a true sense for the business. Tasting doesn’t tell you strategy. Reading won’t describe scents in the air. A travelogue gives you no indication of the heart of the people or the quirks in customs. For that you have…

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