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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Part II: Planting Decisions Are Different This Time

#winebiz: Changing Patterns: You’re Mad if you Don’t React. The wine industry is made of family owned companies. Family owned companies seldom last past the 3rd generation in part because the family and business conditions that support the start of a business evolve over the years. Watching the clip above…

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Part I: The Long Term Future of US Wine Sales

#winebiz: Don Draper, the Middle Class, and the Mad US Wine Consumer Economically speaking, a luxury good is one with a demand curve that’s straight up and down and a commodity has a horizontal demand curve. Practically speaking there’s a lot of gray between the two and Luxury for American’s…

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The Wines of New Zealand with Craggy Range

When Australian businessman Terry Peabody visited New Zealand in 1997, he was introduced to noted kiwi viticulturalist and Master of Wine, Steve Smith. The pair made an important decision from the very beginning – to pursue the Single Vineyard Philosophy of winemaking – to select and source the best land…

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How Will You Keep Up With Changes In DtC?

#winebiz: MJ Dale, KLH Consulting This is part II of a piece on DtC by that most awesome of awesome women, Mary Jo Dale of KLH Consulting in Santa Rosa. (Check out the link attached to her name if you want to see what I mean by her awesomeness.) Yes,…

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