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1703, 2024

Don Melchor – ‘One story, one terroir, one wine’

By |March 17, 2024|Categories: Business and Operations, Commentary, Digest, Featured, Industry, Local Wine Events, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As Viña Don Melchor celebrates the release of its 2021 vintage – its 35th – I had the opportunity to meet, taste with, and interview Enrique Tirado, the technical director (director of winemaking) and CEO of this iconic, singular wine for the past 27 years – at Napa’s Compline restaurant in January 2024. […]

3101, 2024

Merlot: It’s (expletive) fine!

By |January 31, 2024|Categories: California, Commentary, Featured, Industry, Local Wine Events, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories, Washington|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"Merlot: It's (expletive) fine,” exclaimed Jonathan Cristaldi, the moderator for “Merlot Renaissance: Celebrating Two Decades Beyond Sideways,” at the annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento January 23-25.

2303, 2023

Must Reads for DTC Proponents: Tom Wark’s New Book and Website 

By |March 23, 2023|Categories: Commentary, News|

With Tom Wark’s forthcoming book Fermenting Change: The Politics, Corruption and Reform of the Three-Tier System, there are distinct signs of change and momentum building for the Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) movement within the alcohol industry.  

707, 2022

Vinoshipper: Why Consumers are Winning a Key Battle in the Wine Industry

By |July 7, 2022|Categories: Commentary, Industry, News|

Rhetoric is heating up about direct sales in the wine and spirits industry. As with many other industries, technology and the Internet are bringing inevitable changes that create friction for the establishment, in this case the Three Tier System that includes wholesalers and retailers, who also stand to benefit from the expansion of the market.

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