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A year of blogging

December 31, 2008

Happy Anniversary to winebrandsblog! A little more than a year ago, I emailed the final version of my book to my publisher. At first I felt happy and relieved I completed this difficult and enjoyable task. But I kept collecting information and thinking about new media and the wine business. It didn’t take me long […]

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European Women as Wine Consumers

December 4, 2008

The International Associated Women in Wine conducted a study on the consumption of wine by European women. The results were announced in June 2008 during the general Assembly of the organization and the official analysis was just released. Some intriguing points were raised by the answers to the questionnaire, depending on the country where it […]

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On line publishing and Wine Travel

December 1, 2008

As a lot of travelers, I rely on the Web to organize my wine trip and, very often, I’m disappointed by the quality of the information I find. Can I really complain about it? Yes, if I consider one should publish only reliable information. No, say others, because the information is free and not always […]

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Wine travel, wine pleasures

November 12, 2008

Tonight on the New Wine Consumer live Internet radio show, we’ll talk about wine travel. Wine travel is a growing industry and becoming a competitive world. There are many small companies trying to make a living through wine tourism as well as some wine regions. One of their best advocates is the Global Wine Network […]

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Results of a survey on wine bloggers

November 4, 2008

For those of you who follow OpenWine Consortium, a.k.a. OWC, know, two wine bloggers conference took place recently: one in Europe with our friends Ryan and Gabriella Opaz of Catavino and Robert McIntosh of WineConversation and one in California with the founder of OWC, Joel Vincent. Ryan had the brilliant idea to create a survey […]

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Value Brands

November 3, 2008

Luxury and value brands seem to be the winners in these lean times. After the stunning 1,500 euros bottle of champagne, let’s concentrate on the value wines recently launched by Tesco in the UK. The Value range is available in red, white and pink in Tetra Prisma Pak containers of 1 liter for the price […]

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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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Spirits Trends in the US and Western Europe

September 22, 2008

The Wine and Spirits Daily Newsletter of Megan Haverkorn reported lately on the latest trends in the US and Western Europe after a conference by Fortune Brands CEO Bruce Carbonari at the Bank of America Investment Conference: “Trend #1: People are drinking more at home “In the U.S. we’ve seen some changes,”said Bruce.”The market is […]

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Major events missed while traveling

September 3, 2008

How vexing to have missed so many fascinating events, just because I was traveling in the US and then taking two days (well, about 30 hours) to drag myself and my suitcases from California to France, through Salt Lake City and Paris. Convenient but not as fast as I hoped! Anyway, I missed two major […]

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European women as wine consumers: forget everything you thought you knew!

June 30, 2008

I spent a fascinating day in Geneva, Switzerland listening to the results of a European study on women as wine consumers and buyers in Europe organized by the International Associated Women in Wine (IAWIW). The countries represented were: Greece whose organization started the survey in 2005 in its country, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Switzerland and […]

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