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Top 10 Challenges that Keep Wine Executives Up at Night

Top 10 Challenges that Keep Wine Executives Up at Night

The rewards and challenges of growing, making, and selling wine can be numerous for grape growers, winery owners, and executives.

Creative Solutions to Drive Small Winery Marketing

Creative Solutions to Drive Small Winery Marketing

By Kristie Sheppard Marketing your small winery can seem overwhelming and challenging, especially for those of us with small shops with just one, or maybe a few employees. During harvest, there is never enough time to even think about marketing. Then by the time you get everything else done, from bottling to distribution, it’s almost […]

By September 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Proper Use of Aerial Diagnostic Maps to Improve Vineyard Performance

Proper Use of Aerial Diagnostic Maps to Improve Vineyard Performance

You’ve probably heard of NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) or EVI (Enhanced Vegetation Index) maps, which are helpful in understanding the relative health of grapevines. Typically generated from multispectral imagery gathered by satellites, airplanes or drones, these maps are based on the principle that healthy plants reflect less red visible light than unhealthy plants because healthy plants absorb more of it as they are engaged in higher rates of photosynthesis.

By September 18, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Does Social Media Help Me Sell Wine?

Does Social Media Help Me Sell Wine?

Engaging in social media is like having your own PR department. I like to call it Consumer PR. You are initiating a conversation about your winery and presenting your brand to the public. For small wineries this can be a little scary due to perceived loss of control. Traditional media approaches like press releases, media […]

A Supplier Life Raft Is Available and Few Are Getting On Board

A Supplier Life Raft Is Available and Few Are Getting On Board

Here we are today, nearly August 1, 2017.  There are 22 weeks left in the year.  The biggest purchase season is coming. Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah and New Year’s Eve are around the corner.  Roughly 43% of the purchasing will come between October 31 and NYE.  That is a lot of suppliers bets […]

The First 1000 Cases You Sell Will Not Be the Hardest!

The First 1000 Cases You Sell Will Not Be the Hardest!

That is not a typo. That is not a mistake. I encounter wine, spirit, and beer entrepreneurs all the time that lament that the selling 1000 cases into market is the hardest thing they have ever done! Here is how it will roll from an effort standpoint. 0-1000 Nearly Impossible 1000-5000 Impossible to the N’th […]

Three Tier Selling Insanity…Again!

Three Tier Selling Insanity…Again!

I have been writing on Linkedin, Wine Industry Advisor, Beverage Dynamics and elsewhere for nearly 8 years. Nothing I have written in my career has struck a cord like the last article I penned called, “Fire Your Distributor Sales Teams”. I have written some provocative articles about self distribution, about weed, about the death of the three tier system, about […]

Crush in Compliance with California’s Wage Laws

Crush in Compliance with California’s Wage Laws

Crush season is an exciting and important time of year for any winery, but for modern agricultural enterprises doing business in California, the state’s complex web of wage and hour employment laws presents a trap for the unwary at this already hectic time.

Your Website Visitors Are Telling You Everything You Need to Know – Are You Listening?

Your Website Visitors Are Telling You Everything You Need to Know – Are You Listening?

Making sense of the data you get from your website. Consumer website behavior provides much of the information you need to make better marketing investments. Website analysis can help you improve content engagement, boost sales, and drive traffic into your tasting room. And most importantly, it can help you build a better experience for your […]

Selling Wine Through Facebook Requires the Tenacity for Testing of a Sadistic High School Geometry Teacher Giving Surprise Quizzes

Selling Wine Through Facebook Requires the Tenacity for Testing of a Sadistic High School Geometry Teacher Giving Surprise Quizzes

Remember that teacher in high school who relentlessly surprised the class with random, mid-week quizzes? The secret to success of selling wine through Facebook comes down to channeling that bit of her personality that loved testing. But unlike finally acing that class, Facebook advertising is a constantly moving target with a bunch of ‘gotchas’. Although […]

Change Is in the Wine from the Wine and Spirit Daily Summit

Change Is in the Wine from the Wine and Spirit Daily Summit

There was an overarching sense of “tiger by the tail” mentality about millennials, RTD drinks, craft everything, and distributor consolidation. There were some musings about DTC shipping, Amazon, the next Fireball and Yellow Tail, cans over bottle and of course, wine in a box. I left the summit with a sense of we all know […]

By February 2, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Tasting Room Trends: 2016 Review & 2017 Forecasts

Tasting Room Trends: 2016 Review & 2017 Forecasts

At VingDirect, we exist to help family wineries grow their direct to consumer sales. Our winery clients receive education and training, customized consulting, and our Performance Tracker (PT) software, which provides actionable tasting room data. Ours is the only benchmarking tool in the wine industry and we’re happy to share 2016 learnings and insight to what we think […]

3 Adult Beverage Trends to Expect in 2017

3 Adult Beverage Trends to Expect in 2017

I am not a betting man. In fact, when I do bet, I usually lose. I am horrific in betting sports, elections, random things, and I am equally bad at Rock, Paper, and Scissors that is essentially a bet on a chance pull. But, for nearly 5 years I have written a trends article and […]

By December 15, 2016 2 Comments Read More →
Managing Managers – It’s a Whole New Ballgame!

Managing Managers – It’s a Whole New Ballgame!

By Joel A. Miller, ChateauHR Consulting Roles change dramatically when you get promoted to middle management. Many newly-promoted managers fall flat on their face because no one told them this simple truth – you need a different leadership style to succeed at higher levels. The skills that got you promoted ARE NOT the skills you’ll […]

Distributor Consolidation

Distributor Consolidation

2016 will go down as the year of mass distributor consolidation. It does not matter what part of America you live, sell, or merchandise in; you are seeing consolidation at a rampant pace. It used to be Southern and everybody else, now it is Southern, Breakthru and others clambering for the same “shrinking” pie. Did […]

By November 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →