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Jeff Siegel is an award-winning wine writer, as well as the co-founder and former president of Drink Local Wine, the first locavore wine movement. He has taught wine, beer, spirits, and beverage management at El Centro College and the Cordon Bleu in Dallas. He has written seven books, including "The Wine Curmudgeon’s Guide to Cheap Wine".

Innovation and Education: Sonoma State University’s Ray Johnson Retires

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Visionary leader of Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute is ready for his next chapter. By Jeff Siegel   Ask Ray Johnson what he’ll miss the most...

Everything Changes: The New Wholesale and Distribution Landscape

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The second tier hasn’t stopped changing since the Recession ended in the mid-2000s, with wave after wave of consolidation since. By Jeff Siegel   Every time it...

Distant Stars: Celebrity Wines and Endorsements Won’t Save Us

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Where is Taylor Swift when wine needs her? By Jeff Siegel Is the cure for what ails wine as simple as a couple of A-list celebrity...

More Bad News: SipSource Report Pulls No Punches

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2023 numbers tell a story of wine’s continuing decline and provide little hope for a quick turnaround. By Jeff Siegel   Wine ended 2023 with one of its...

Dreamers and True Believers: A Wine Industry in Denial

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Therapists weigh in on factors that influence the industry’s glass-half-full mindset. By Jeff Siegel   The litany of bad news — falling sales, attacks by health officials,...

Experts Agree: Direct to Consumer Sales Will Be One of Wine’s...

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Direct-to-consumer has been one of the most resilient parts of the wine market. By Jeff Siegel   The consensus is that Direct to Consumer sales will be...

Two Studies: Wine Market Council Explores Demographics and Engagement

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Wine Market Council seeks answers to perception and consumption challenges By Jeff Siegel   In 2024, the Wine Market Council, acknowledging the pressures currently facing the wine...

A Harsh Pill to Swallow: 2024 SVB Report Predicts Tough Times...

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Changing demographics, dropping demand and “bulging” inventories call for industry leadership and vision. By Jeff Siegel   There is very little good news in this year’s Silicon...

WINnovation Award 2023: VinWizard — Delivering Accurate Brix and Temperature Measurements...

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The wine industry is constantly faced with new trends, challenges and the pressure to stay ahead of the competition. With that comes the opportunity...

WINnovation Award 2023: Revida Water — Democratizing Wastewater Treatment by Updating...

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The wine industry is constantly faced with new trends, challenges and the pressure to stay ahead of the competition. With that comes the opportunity...

WINnovation Award 2023: Onafis — Real-Time Tracking and Monitoring of Wine...

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The wine industry is constantly faced with new trends, challenges and the pressure to stay ahead of the competition. With that comes the opportunity...

WINnovation Award 2023: Lumo — Helping Growers Fine Tune Their Irrigation...

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The wine industry is constantly faced with new trends, challenges and the pressure to stay ahead of the competition. With that comes the opportunity...

WINnovation Award 2023: HotSpot AG — Taking the Mystery Out of...

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The wine industry is constantly faced with new trends, challenges and the pressure to stay ahead of the competition. With that comes the opportunity...

Down to Zero: Ignoring neo-Prohibitionists Could Prove Dangerous to the Wine...

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The recently completed Lifestyle, Diet, Wine & Health congress in Toledo, Spain, brought together experts from around the world to acknowledge the threat from...

The California Bottle Bill: 9 Important Takeaways (UPDATED)

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The deadline for compliance is fast approaching. Are you ready? By Jeff Siegel   One of the biggest changes in the California wine industry since the end...