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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".

Vineyard Automation Will Help Growers Survive Ongoing Labor Shortages

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Artificial intelligence, robotics and advanced sensor technology will reinvent vineyard management … eventually. By Jeff Siegel Grape growing is a traditional business, parts of which haven’t...

Rethink Packaging: Wine Needs to Embrace CPG Strategies to Attract New...

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Wine packaging was designed and perfected for the retail shelf display. So what happens when retail display doesn’t matter quite as much as it...

DTC Crackdown: Understand State Laws to Avoid Entanglement

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There could well be a silver lining in the number of states that have stepped up enforcement of direct to consumer (DTC)  shipping regulations....

Provi v. SGWS and RNDC

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Despite claims of conspiracy and antitrust, outdated regulations may make a decision difficult. By Jeff Siegel   Online marketplace Provi’s anti-trust lawsuit against the country’s two biggest...

US Treasury Alcohol Reform Report—Wine Industry Implications

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Expect to see the federal government try to make significant changes in the way wine is marketed and distributed in the wake of last...

Selling a Wine Business? Here’s What You Need to Know

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The situation happens so often these days that it has become a cliché—the Baby Boomer winery owner who knows it’s time to retire, but...

Successful Succession Planning for Family-Owned Wine Businesses

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Yes, knowing the tax implications can save millions of dollars, and working through the various licensing requirements that need to be met when the...

The Next Varietal Trend—Analysts Weigh In

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In the 1980s and 90s, the next big thing in wine was White Zinfandel. In the 2010s, it was sweet red blends. So, what’s...

We’ve Got Some Good News and Some Bad News—SVB 2022 State...

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—Jeff Siegel The good news for the wine business? Premium wine sales increased 21 percent in 2021, and another strong year will follow in 2022. The...

PET Bottles—The Future of Wine Packaging

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Between supply chain issues, sustainability initiatives, and an increase in the DtC market space, producers are investing in the light-weight alternative wine bottle. —Jeff Siegel The...

Business Strategy Behind The Wine Group’s Partnership With MPL Brands NV

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Hard seltzer's growth has slowed, and you’re a wine company trying to reach younger consumers—what do you do? —Jeff Siegel If you’re The Wine Group, you...

The Great Supply Chain Kerfuffle of 2021

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Delays in deliveries are affecting viticulture and winemaking procedures, product launches, and limiting consumers' options during the peak of holiday wine-buying. —Jeff Siegel Brian Talley ordered...

US Wine DtC Legal Battles—Time to Calm Down

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There are many reason for the Supreme Court not to hear a case—none of which the wine industry can influence. —Jeff Siegel Jay Hack, a senior...

Sarasota Wine Market v. Schmitt—What’s the Fuss?

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A Supreme Court decision may affect the three-tier system as we know it. —Jeff Siegel This week the U.S. Supreme Court could decide to take a...

Is It Time to Kick the (Wine) Can?

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Canned wine seems to have plateaued in the U.S., despite many opportunities for growth —Jeff Seigel What does it say about canned wine’s future that one...
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