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Where Will Wine Sales Come from Next Month?

Despite wineries being shuttered and millions of people sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers have not stopped buying wine, but have...

Pandemic Alcohol Stock-Up Skews Toward Wine

Consumers have been stocking up in preparation for an extended COVID-19 pandemic and sheltering in place. Most of the purchases have of course been...

Tracking the Impact of the Coronavirus on the 3-Tier Market

The wine industry has weathered many obstacles, be they fires, phylloxera, or prohibition. Today we face uncharted waters with the coronavirus. Our path forward...

Oregon Wine a Leader in Biodynamics

Even though Oregon only produces one percent of the wines made in the United States, this states accounts for 52% of total vineyard acres that received biodynamic® certification from Demeter USA, a not-for-profit that offers biodynamic certification to farms.

New Napa Ballot Initiative Splits Wine Industry, Set to Repeat Measure...

After the controversial and hotly debated Measure C was narrowly defeated in Napa County, the organization responsible for bringing the measure to the ballot, Napa Growers and Vintners for Responsible Agriculture (NGVRA), is attempting to get a new initiative on the November 2020 ballot ...

How Can the Wine Industry Deal with the Havoc Caused by...

These are unprecedented times - but there are ways in which restaurants, bars and the rest of the wine world can work to improve...

Corona Pandemic Boosts Alcohol Deliveries

Wineries, bars, and restaurants are closed across the world and people are staying home, but they still want their favorite drinks, and to get them, they are increasingly turning to delivery services ...

Wineries Get Creative to Reach Customers During Pandemic

As the mandate came down in California and other states to close tasting rooms as part of the prevention of the spread of the Coronavirus through gatherings, wineries were forced to pivot from normal operations to both creative ways of selling wine ...

Wine Event Cancellations Hurt Associations’ Marketing Efforts and Budgets

I was in a tasting room in downtown Healdsburg on Sunday, March 15, when a passerby called in the window and said “enjoy your glass of wine….

Coronavirus Again Exposes Fragility of Hospitality Driven Wine Business

In the beginning of March when the seriousness of the Coronavirus outbreak began to dawn on US Consumers, WineDirect noticed an immediate 22% volume decrease in weekend tasting room sales compared to the previous month across the 900 US and Canada wineries that use their point-of-sale system ...

Chris Howell Reflects on 30 Years of Napa Winemaking Through the...

A conversation with Chris Howell, winemaker for this iconic brand atop Spring Mountain since 1990, is bound to cover as much ground as a walking tour of the famed vineyard itself. You find yourself examining the dirt and weeds beneath your feet one minute, inhaling the native plants that surround the place and impart their secret influence the next, and then, you’re perched on the highest rock, taking in the 360 view of the world according to Cain. Or, more correctly, the world according to Howell through the lens of Cain. 

What Sommeliers Look for While Buying Wines

Target the final funnel in the supply chain, the one who is responsible for the wine lists While stocking their wine cellars & bar inventories,...

Turning the Tables on Meridith May

“Turning the Tables – Interviewing the Interviewers” is a Q&A series profiling Wine Writers. We hope you’ll discover more about the wine writers you know, and learn about many others. The objective of this project is to understand and develop working relationships with journalists.

Facing the Headwinds and Forging a Path Forward for Wine

This isn't breaking news..the wine industry is feeling headwinds that we haven't dealt with in a while. You can't go more than a few...

Veteran Wine Marketers Lead Conversation on Wholesale Success

The fact that two marketers are moderating Wine Industry Network’s (WIN) 3-Tier Wine Symposium this year is not by chance. WIN launched the one-day conference in 2019 to help wine industry executives and owners view the challenges of selling via the wholesale channel through a new lens—one that opens their eyes to new opportunities.