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DtC Expert Analysis: Lessons Learned in 2021, Predictions for 2022

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Looking back at 2021, there's been many—even if subtle—shifts in the beverage alcohol direct-to-consumer (DtC) space. More states are opening options for DtC shipping,...

Op Ed: Wine Consumer Preferences Are a Reflection of the Industry

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Consumers are not stupid. There, that's the crux of this entire op-ed. Although I do have something to add: If consumers are stupid, it's only...

Wildfires Threaten to Upend Crop Insurance

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California wildfires are threatening to upend crop insurance for vineyards as smoke threatens grape production in another record-breaking wildfire year in the U.S. —Jack Roudebush,...

Experts Answer—State of the Wine Industry

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This Expert Q & A features Brian Clements, vice president and partner of Turrentine Brokerage, and Dale Stratton, president of Wine Market Council, both...

Winemaking Barrel Trial: Free SO2 & Potential Wine Quality Impacts

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Barrel-by-barrel sampling of free SO2 can potentially help winemakers prevent unnecessary and expensive barrel downgrades. —David Sommer, CTO, BarrelWise Technologies Free sulfur dioxide (SO2) is unique amongst...

Artificial Intelligence in the Vineyard

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Adopting this new vineyard technology is critical to the California grape industry. —Tom Shapland, PhD, CEO and cofounder of Tule Technologies Anything humans can observe with...
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How to Boost Wine Club Membership

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An increase in wine club convenience equates to an increase in wine club members and membership retention. —Zach Kamphuis, general manager, Commerce7 Why should a consumer...

Experts Answer—How Can the Wine Industry Engage ‘Digital Natives?’

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This Expert Q & A features Rosa Noble, hospitality and DTC Manager for Judd's Hill Winery & MicroCrush, and Jennie Gilbert, founder of Red...

Opinion: Minerality in Terms of Terroir

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Terroir as like a tree falling in a forest. Just because you don't hear it, it doesn’t mean it didn't fall. —Randy Caparoso I think that...

Shipping Alcohol DtC—Retailers’ Trials and Tribulations

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Retailers engaged in direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipping of beverage alcohol have faced unexpected setbacks in the last few months. —Alex Koral, Regulatory General Counsel, Sovos ShipCompliant Primarily,...

Turning the Tables on Stacy Louise Briscoe

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This month’s Turning the Tables interview features Stacy Louise Briscoe, who has been contributing to Wine Industry Advisor for the pasts 18 months and...

Op Ed: Dear Sommeliers, It’s OK to Like Zinfandel

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This op is written from a sommelier's perspective. I know a lot of them because I was a sommelier who worked in restaurants for...

Opinion: Natural Winemaking Is the Most Natural Thing

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Hands off those vines, hands off those wines—what comes naturally should be respected —Randy Caparoso I love natural style wines. In fact, I'm partial to them,...

Turning the Tables on Deborah Parker Wong

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“Turning the Tables – Interviewing the Interviewers” is a Q&A series profiling Wine Writers.

Nothing Wrong with Hot Climate Winegrowing

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Some of the best wines of the Old and New World are produced in hot climate regions. —Randy Caparoso I once attended a Hospice du Rhône...