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A Combined Authentication and Marketing Solution for Wine and Spirits

A Combined Authentication and Marketing Solution for Wine and Spirits

The idea of Prosurix, a counterfeit detection software, came to long-time wine and spirits retailer Steve Glamuzina about four years ago when he heard about the counterfeiting of the famed Italian wine, Sassicaia, and rampant counterfeiting of other collectible and expensive wines.

By November 21, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

This is a busy week, both personally and in business, so I will make today’s blog brief. As Black Friday is the biggest sales day for most businesses in the U.S. (and even in countries where they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving), keep in mind that it pays to spend a minute or two focusing on the […]

Five Wine Businesses Recognized for Their Innovative Advances for the Wine Industry

Five Wine Businesses Recognized for Their Innovative Advances for the Wine Industry

Whether solving a problem or seizing an opportunity, these five wine industry suppliers used ingenuity and technology to develop innovative products and solutions for vineyards and wineries. They represent the vanguard of product and service innovation that is essential for the advancement and prosperity of the wine industry. The winners of Wine Industry Network’s seventh […]

By November 20, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Turning the Tables on Paul Gregutt

Turning the Tables on Paul Gregutt

“Turning the Tables – Interviewing the Interviewers” is a Q&A series profiling Wine Writers. You’ll discover much more about wine writers that you know and learn about many others.

The Best of Lake County: Cache Creek Cabernet

The Best of Lake County: Cache Creek Cabernet

Cache Creek Vineyards, located in eastern Lake County off Hwy 20 near Clearlake Oaks, got its formal start as a winery in 2005, but first and foremost, was a vineyard known for excellent fruit. It all started with the family patriarch, Bill “Poppo” Van Pelt, father of the present-day owner, Don Van Pelt. When “Poppo” first set foot on the land in 1997, he encountered a herd of Tule elk, and vowed to make the land a preserve for them.

By November 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Late Harvest Chard Wins Best Dessert for Sonoma-Cutrer

Late Harvest Chard Wins Best Dessert for Sonoma-Cutrer

Ask Mick Schroeter how the Late Harvest Chardonnay project came about at Sonoma-Cutrer, and the well-versed Aussie, who began his career as a red winemaker in the Barossa Valley with the iconic Penfolds brand, says simply, “Chardonnay and Pinot Noir just don’t cut it with dessert. We were doing all these wine dinners, and we’d get to the dessert course, and nothing would be quite right. So, we decided it was time to do a Late Harvest.”

By November 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Wine Spectator Top 10 Does Not Represent the American Drinker

Wine Spectator Top 10 Does Not Represent the American Drinker

Like clockwork every November Wine Spectator publishes their Top 100 wine list. When I was a retailer this list made customers go crazy, they would scramble for the wines, and call every day from around America to see what we have in stock. As a retailer we did not like the list because: the list […]

By November 16, 2018 5 Comments Read More →
The Effect of Oak and Grape Tannins in the First Year of Aging

The Effect of Oak and Grape Tannins in the First Year of Aging

A former winemaker, Bertaccini is driven to experiment with wine additives and the products he presents to his clients. To this end, in 2015, he received a ton of excess Pinot Noir grapes from Lodi that winemaker George Natsis donated for a bench trial. The trial would test several different tannin additives on one base wine, a control plus four batches treated with the different tannins, and then consistently taste the five samples throughout the year after bottling.

By November 15, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Customer Engagement Reminders

Customer Engagement Reminders

Black Friday and the December holidays are quick approaching, which means you are busy, busy, busy for a couple of months. As most people seem to be rather stressed at this time, it helps if you go out of your way to be patient, polite and professional with all your customers. Here are a few […]

Mouthfeel Lessons Learned – Troubleshooting Fermentations

Mouthfeel Lessons Learned – Troubleshooting Fermentations

“Mouthfeel, or how a wine feels on your cheeks and tongue when you taste it, is one of the most important sensory aspects that communicates ‘quality’ in a wine,” says Alison Crowe of Plata Wines.

By November 8, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
3 Tips for Wooing Your Wine Club

3 Tips for Wooing Your Wine Club

You know the story. Wine lovers see a promotion to “join the club” or to get those special “members-only” benefits and they sign up for your wine club. They’re excited. You’re excited. You send out the first shipment and the next thing you know, they cancel the membership.

Are Your Employees Motivated?

Are Your Employees Motivated?

Business owners may spend a lot of time planning ways to motivate staff and managers. However, it seems that starting with why staff members are not motivated should be the first step in the process. If you know why your staff isn’t motivated, it is much easier to put into play the strategies that will […]

Bet on Yourself in the Booze Game

Bet on Yourself in the Booze Game

Musing from 30,000 feet flying from LA to Chicago. There are a few end-of-year comments that need to be made. I am coming back to Chicago after a brief 30 hours in LA working with two brands. For one brand the maker flew from the opposite coast and for the other the maker flew from […]

By November 6, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Can You Beat This? Kokomo’s 100-Point Score in the North Coast Wine Challenge a Game-Changer

Can You Beat This? Kokomo’s 100-Point Score in the North Coast Wine Challenge a Game-Changer

When winemaker Erik Miller got the call informing him that his 2015 Gopher Hill Pinot had just garnered a 100-point score, and oh, by the way, it took Best of Show at the 2018 North Coast Wine Challenge, he didn’t quite know what to expect.

By November 6, 2018 5 Comments Read More →
Wine and Power, a Palimpsest for Armistice Day

Wine and Power, a Palimpsest for Armistice Day

Given the dismal quality of history education these days, and the even more dismal state of discourse on this subject beyond pop trivia, it is likely most people will commemorate the end of World War One by going to the mall for a “Veterans’ Day Sale.” After 100 years, silent film herky-jerky images belie the bloody reality of it. The century since has been no picnic either.