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Do the labels matter so much to the consumer?

November 20, 2008

“Yes”, is the loud answer of a recent study presented by Nielsen at the Oregon Wine Symposium on February 11, 2008 in Eugene. Over 3,300 wine brands are now crowding the shelves of grocery stores since 1999 and they now represent about 70% of active brands. Interestingly, their price points are higher. In 2007, 27% […]

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Twitter for business or fun?

November 10, 2008

Twitter is so controversial among Internet users that I did some research on how and why people use it. Some use it just to chat with their friends and let them know where they are and what they’re doing – “having my cappucino, it’s raining today”. Others are trying to have a more professional use […]

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How to create a "Wines of Hungary" Brand

November 7, 2008

When people think Hungary, they see Tokaji. But Hungary has many other wines and, until very recently, no professional body to represent them on the international markets. Wine producers now have a promotional body: Wines of Hungary. “In terms of international promotion, our major strategic goal is to build up the Wines of Hungary brand,” […]

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Love Bordeaux wines? Go to

October 28, 2008

Every year, Fall brings back on bookstores’ shelves a dozen of wine guides. We all have our favorite guide – for whatever reason: notation system, style, choice of wines, etc. To be totally frank, I got really bored with guides over the years and I don’t buy any of them anymore. Why? Tasting is a […]

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"Amazon-style" customers reviews on a winery site

October 13, 2008

Dry Creek Winery published a press release announcing the launch of a new section on its web site: an “Amazon-style” customers reviews for its wines. On the homepage of the site, second generation proprietor Kim Stare Wallace is quoted saying, “This is cutting edge stuff for wineries. We know we’re extending our necks a bit […]

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A hedonist in the Cellar by Jay McInerney

October 6, 2008

A few months ago I read a very good review in the New York Times Book Review on this book. I consciously added the title to the long list of books I should buy and read – I repeat, buy and read. I never buy a book if I know I won’t have time to […]

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Wine Politics by Tyler Colman, a.k.a. DrVino

October 3, 2008

On my list of “summer readings”, there was Wine Politics. How Governments, Environmentalists, Mobsters and critics Influence the Wines We Drink by Tyler Colman. Quite a program! And a surprising one! I knew DrVino blog and enjoy reading it. I never commented – being a little shy but always liked the spirited and hot posts […]

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Wine and Books

September 19, 2008

It is all over the news: will sell very soon wine in 26 states. Some people are raging, some are skeptical and a lot are indifferent. But when one reads that the famous and well respected Wall Street Journal is going to sell wine, one is surprised. What’s going on with those institutions? […]

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Do you know "The Wine Gang"?

September 16, 2008

I bet you don’t! Under this weird name that sent a shiver through my email box five highly regarded wine critics launch a new site. Tom Cannavan, whose was largely featured in Wine Brands, is one of the five musketeers along with Tim Atkin MW of The Observer, Anthony Rose of The Independent, Joanna […]

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New World Wines, Old World Wines? No, World Wines!

September 15, 2008

My friend Robert MacIntosh, who founded the European Group on OWC to overcome the traditional distinction between Old World and New World in wine, should be pleased by this piece of news: Old World and New World are old news. Now one talks about World Wines. How did I get this critical information? On Thursday […]

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