From the category archives:


BYOB or Wine By the Glass, what is best for the consumer?

August 31, 2010

A few weeks in the US are the best way to fuel inspiration in a sometimes overwhelmed mind. The last few weeks were no exception.  I had the opportunity to go to various restaurants and noticed a few changes in the way some hospitality businesses are run in our lean times. Two years ago, Leslie […]

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A Mutineer in France

July 1, 2010

Do you know this fun, energetic and innovative beverage magazine, The Mutineer? If you don’t, run to your local newsstand and get one. It’s the most relaxing, entertaining and informative magazine on all trends in the beverage industry. I’m not talking sodas, but spirits, cocktails, wines… “fine beverage…redefined”, as stated on the cover. I heard […]

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Forging Links and Enhancing the Magic of Wine

June 29, 2010

For many people, even in the wine business, the Masters of Wine are a mysterious entity.  They are the elite of the wine industry, having passed a very difficult series of tests. There are only 285 of them in the world: it is an exclusive club. At least, that’s what I thought before I met […]

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Is Twitter the New Mailing List?

June 8, 2010

Guest post by @randulo It’s particularly interesting for me to observe what Clos Pepe is doing on Twitter (@clospepe), because we’ve been to their amazing annual events at least twice. Wes Hagen and his wife Chanda are both charming and hospitable people, and they make a more than decent (some might call it cult) Pinot […]

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A Forgotten American Grape: Norton

June 7, 2010

There are grapes whose story is very sad. Norton is one of them. It is one of those grapes that history forgot and that some bold wine makers are trying to put back on the map. The story is told masterfully by Todd Kliman in his book: The Wild Grape. A Forgotten Grape and the […]

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Is Bordeaux a wine brand?

June 2, 2010

A few days ago, I was talking with one of my MBA students on Bordeaux as a brand. The question was: Should Bordeaux brand itself like Champagne?  By branding its region, Champagne allowed small family owned properties to shine and sell their wines. The region leaders, the famous Krug, Bollinger and other Ruinart, did not […]

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Wine Tasting at a Tech Conference

May 21, 2010

AMOOCON, a VoIP and technical conference that began in 2008, will features 54 talks and workshops by 38 different speakers. AMOOCON is inaugurating a new feature this year: a wine tasting! Randy convinced author and conference organizer Stefan Wintermeyer to add the idea to this annual event held in Rostock, Germany June 3-5th this year […]

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Vinho Verde, the new Beaujolais Nouveau?

May 6, 2010

When traveling to Portugal, one drinks two wines: vinho verde and port. Unfortunately, vinho verde has a very poor reputation due to its poor quality: sweet, heavy, low in alcohol but sooooooooo easy to drink. Unfortunately the low quality of 98% of vinho verde damaged the reputation of an appellation that can produce great wines. […]

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More on the quiet Internet revolution of Sauternes

April 26, 2010

Aline Baly from Château Coutet sent me a long email after the publication of the first article. I was so happy to read about the success of her innovative web strategy I asked her to let me publish her answer. Here it is – a little amended for more concision with Aline’s approval: “I have […]

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The quiet Internet revolution of Sauternes and Barsac

April 22, 2010

Sauternes and Barsac don’t have the best reputation among the wine consumers who are not luxury wines savvy.  Say Sauternes, people think Yquem. Say Barsac, they think… what?  Say Monbazillac, they picture cheap sweet wines. It is time for this category to speak up and get better known. Internet is giving this category of sweet […]

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