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Michael Mondavi on the trip that inspired a global wine business

Believe it or not, when Michael Mondavi first traveled the country promoting Robert Mondavi Winery in the 1960s, he was commonly asked, “Robert who?” followed by “Is that a Chinese restaurant?” I had to chuckle – even big names like this start somewhere. I’ve always been in awe of entrepreneurs, no matter what their line […]

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A rising tide raises all boats: The wine tourism industry gets a wake up call from Michael Mondavi

Last month I went to the first Wine Tourism Conference –  a major contrast from what I’m usually doing mid November: learning from the travel industry’s heavy hitters and the hottest startups at the PhoCusWright Conference.  For those of you that know PCW, the WTC couldn’t be more opposite. Thank goodness the wine tourism industry […]

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The other biggest opportunity in the wine business

Marketing tips for wineries in the hospitality business The US Travel Association estimates that 27 million* Americans travel each year for the purposes of culinary or wine-related tourism.  This is a big number, and it’s certainly big enough for many wineries to realize the opportunity and decide whether some fine-tuning is needed in their marketing […]

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Don’t forget to remind people to like you

Wine IS Social I often visit winery tasting rooms and I always love to see wineries, or any location for that matter, remind guests or customers to tell their friends. People do need to be reminded to check in sometimes, and they will check in or post information about your business. Nielsen reports that 70% […]

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Is Rioja ready for wine tourism?

After visiting the Rioja wine region in Spain this week, and as a follow up to my previous post about whether or not the wine industry is ready for tourism, there appears to be a number of challenges this region faces, and perhaps some things other regions can learn from. Rioja is an extremely impressive […]

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Wine tourism is increasingly being sought out by travelers. But, is the wine industry ready?

When you combine tourism with wine, what do you get?  Well, it’s called “wine tourism”, “vinotourism” or “oenotourism”. It’s an opportunity for both the tourism and wine industries to connect. For this to happen, much of the wine industry may need to think about their businesses differently, as not only producers of wine but how […]

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Ripening in the wine e-commerce industry: Will the VC graveyard turn around?

In the last few years, technology has changed the way America buys things. Yesterday’s New York Times article about Groupon’s success, Funny or Die: Groupon’s Fate Hinges on Words, once again highlights how tech companies are changing the way America buys. In only a few years, Google, Facebook, Groupon, Gilt Groupe and thousands of clones […]

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VIDEO: $4 million to $45 million in revenue in only 5 years: Gary Vaynerchuk explains why social media works

If anyone says it like it is when it comes to business and social media it is Gary Vaynerchuk. (@garyvee)  Believe it or not, Gary’s first book, “Crush It” was a huge turning point for me and it actually inspired me to leave my job and follow my dreams.  That is when I launched Sugarfly. Largely […]

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What Australia wants America to know about their wine: We’re more than Shiraz

Australia showcases top Rieslings and Pinot Noir at Landmark in New York This week I was fortunate enough to get a glimpse (and taste) of 25 Australian wines with 38 top sommeliers and wine writers. Even with a blizzard blowing down the streets of New York outside, some of the most well-tuned palates on the […]

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A wine lover’s paradise in Saint-Martin: 80,000 cases and counting

I’m pleased to report that wine lovers need not worry if they are vacationing in Saint-Martin.  During my trip last week I was thrilled to find wine all over the French side of the island, the quality is good and it is very affordable.  (French wines do not have import duty in Saint-Martin so they […]

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