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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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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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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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A coffee lover’s guide to NYC’s best

Zibetto Espresso Bar is the perfect place for a great latte. There are a few insider rules to this place: Don’t ask to get it to go, unless you really have to, and don’t request soy or other types of milk. Oh, and there’s only one size so don’t go asking for a “Grande” or anything related to Starbucks. The coffee here is best drunk at the bar. This is an awesome little pocket of Italy in NYC.

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Surprising Wine Facts

95% of US wine production comes from California; Airén is the most widely planted grape in the world. It is only found in Spain and is used for fortifying wine. (Sherry, Marsala & Brandy); Spain has the largest amount of land planted for growing wine; Italy is the largest producer of wine in the world

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Wine for wine lovers: Getting to know Bordeaux

Wine study is more than just tasting wine. In this case, they really don’t care if you like it or not, that’s not the point. The point is to understand styles and tastes of different regions. There is tasting but no drinking (yes, you spit it out). This is serious stuff and extremely intensive. Wine school brings together a study of geography, history, climate, viticulture (growing of grapes) and viniculture (wine making). It is incredible how much information there is to know when you start to dig into this. I am excited to share this with you!

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