Why Is It Always Someone Else’s Fault? (Thoughts On Slipping Wine Sales)

Vinted on January 26, 2016 binned in commentary, wine buying, wine news

Dr Who told you so

One of the staples of my recent speaking gigs to wine marketing types has been that wine, having achieved extraordinary success in the USA in recent years, are now a big target. A small example:

During a speaking gig at Taste Washington, I remember seeing the beer brand stands at the event and laughing to myself. Someone next to me at the time (who was involved in the organization of the event) asked me what was amusing me, and I answered “the beer stands.”

“But why are they funny? They’re great sponsors!”

“I’m sure that they are,” I answered, “because this is one of the cheapest and best ways for them to steal wine customers that I have ever seen!”

I’ve been preaching (let’s call it what it is, after all) for the last couple of years that everyone is going to be gunning for wine: beer, spirits, coffee, pretty much all beverages. That’s because once you reach the top – which wine has, in a very real sense, done – everyone can see more of your ass, and it becomes a nice, large, juicy sales-acquisition target.

For the impatient: the bottom line is that the a declining US wine consumption has been totally predictable for the last 3+ years, and the efforts required to reverse it have been around for just as long, and (it’s absurd that I even need to type this next part) it’s not the fault of the changing wine buying demographic for wines under $20.

For those wishing for more detail: we now have two interesting canary-in-a-coalmine examples to consider that suggest that is actually what is happening….

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 25, 2016

Vinted on January 25, 2016 binned in wine mini-reviews

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 14 Brennan Vineyards Reserve Viognier (Texas): Cantaloupe cream and vanilla bean; bring on the scallops, but maybe hold the praline. $25 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 La Pitchoune Holder Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Wanna catalog its red berries & spices? Plan on it taking a while. $68 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 La Pitchoune English Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): The little one is ready to play ball with some of the bigger boys! $58 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 La Pitchoune Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast): Already showing some wrinkles, but there's an elegant face underneath them. $48 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Pina Napa Valley D'Adamo Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Savory steak & sweet berry compote, all U need is a corkscrew. $80 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Gris (North Canterbury): If they keep this up, Alsace will start to have to start glancing over its shoulder. $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir (North Canterbury): Get ready to repeat the phrase "totally delightful" after pretty much each sip. $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Red Rocks! by Cornerstone (California): If you don't want a juicy burger after sniffing this, have your olfactory setup checked out $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Grip Sauvignon Blanc (California): Hearty and refreshing enough for those who are ready – and prefer to – just to grip it & rip it. $18 B >>find this wine<<
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Furmint Adventures Episode 13: Holdvölgy Winery

Vinted on January 21, 2016 binned in 1WineDude TV, going pro, on the road
Holdvölgy Winery

Coolest labels in the biz?

We’ve got a brand new episode in my ongoing Furmint Adventures series, this time exploring the modern-take-on-tradition that is Holdvölgy Winery.

That modern take on well-proven styles isn’t just part of the winemaking; it’s literally built into the winery operation itself, as you’ll clearly see from the video that the FurmintUSA folks have expertly put together (what you won’t see are the outtakes, in which we explored the massive cellar system at Holdvölgy, and filmed several takes of me running up and down long, steep, narrow flights of stairs… I swear that I will enact my revenge on the film crew in some way for this…). You will also get a glimpse at what might be one of the coolest label designs in the business right now.

Furmint Adventures – Episode 13: Holdvölgy Winery

Cheers!

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