From the category archives:


Is a post on Social Media advertising?

May 27, 2013

This question seems ludicrous to a lot of American wine professionals if I believe what I read in the last few days about the new TTB guidelines. In Europe and mainly in France this question was answered years ago by the Evin Law: yes, talking and writing on social media and/or on the Net about […]

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400 American and Chinese Blogs under scrutiny

April 24, 2012

In 2011, The Wine Management Institute of Dijon, in Burgundy, France launched a 5-year study on international wine blogs under my direction with the help of our 40 to 50 students coming from all over the world. The first year (2011) was devoted to American and Chinese blogs. We are on our way for the […]

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Celebrating Women Wine Producers and Professionals

March 8, 2012

March 8 is officially our day, Women’s Day.  We should pay more often a tribute to those women, wine producers or professionals, who are often the source of interesting initiatives. This article aims at mentioning just a few of those ideas or different approaches on various wine related topics. This is my way to tell […]

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Good news for consumers, bad news for producers?

February 13, 2012

A recent study by Nielsen shows that the 2011 trend of decreasing prices for wine bottles will keep going in 2012. If this is good news for consumers, it is bad news for producers who would like nothing more than reversing the trend.  But it will not be the case in 2012: According to Wine […]

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Meeting 15 Bordeaux Classed Growths in New York

September 20, 2011

If you love wine, running and New York, come applaud 15 Classed Growths of Bordeaux whose managers decided to run the New York Marathon in November 2011 to raise money for a good cause. Under the name “Bordeaux Grands Crus Runners”, those marathon veterans will run the 26.2 miles to celebrate wine and raise money […]

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When Bordeaux Welcomes Portugal Wines

June 24, 2011

Thanks to Christian Seely and Marie-Louise Schÿler of Château Pichon-Longueville in Pauillac, their guests enjoyed a wonderful Portuguese evening during Vinexpo. Château Pichon-Longueville belongs to Axa Millesimes Group that owns also vineyards in Portugal as well as other vineyards in France and Hungary. When Christian Seely traveled to Portugal 18 years ago, he fell in […]

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The Success Stories of Burgundy on the Digital Map

June 20, 2011

Yesterday, the 2011 edition of Vinexpo opened in Bordeaux and Burgundy was the guest of honor of the ESC Dijon Institute of Wine Management conference. Three keynote speakers presented the success stories of their business or organization : Florence Ragonneau of the Bureau of Burgundy wines (BIVB), François Desperriers, founder with Aurélien Ibanez of […]

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The Colors of Bordeaux Wines

May 24, 2011

Branding a region through the colors of its wines is a new marketing strategy I really enjoyed. Most of wine lovers know Bordeaux for its red wines.  Bordeaux also produces white, rosé, clairet (darker pink), bubbly (the Crémant) and sweet wines of various yellow shades. Unfortunately, those colors are not as known as the famous […]

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2010 Château d’Yquem, the zen attitude

April 11, 2011

For the last two weeks, Bordeaux buzzed with the “En Primeurs” campaign for the 2010 vintage. Last week was the peak of the campaign with tastings all over the Bordeaux area. Every appellation and classification opened their doors to journalists, bloggers, importers, distributors and all kinds of professionals. This time of the year is a […]

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Trends to watch in the wine business

January 2, 2011

Instead of looking back at 2010, I’d rather look forward to 2011.  Of course, I am not a guru and I will not try to predict in what shape the wine industry will be in 2011. But there are a few signs of what we might want to look at in the next few months: […]

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