What is astounding is that natural wine is the only segment of the massive natural food market that has carved out an authentic consumer definition without certification, without governmental control, without a governing body of any sort.
The inspiring creativity of the winemakers themselves within this segment, the support of an ever-growing and aware consumer market, and a global supply chain of producers, importers, shops, restaurants, bars, bloggers and super enthusiasts have come together to make this so. This change could only happen from a bottoms up market-driven movement, not one mandated top down by legislating bodies.
Great post by Arnold Waldstein: “Rethinking natural wine”.
New scenarios for the digital economy
Eager to buy wine through Apple Pay, a frictionless way to pay for your next wine bottles.
As time and digital progress in wine marketing go by, more and more focus is centered on wine consumer behavior and more sophisticated ways to dialogue with her or him. André Ribeirinho, a Portuguese entrepreneur and digital wine marketing pioneer, gives to us some glimpses on a not very far future for this industry.
☆ Wine Lister - the holistic new standard in wine rating systems - has this interesting post about investing in fine wines in a post-Brexit financial scenario:
In a new climate of Brexit-induced uncertainty, with volatile fund performance and some economists forecasting recession, can fine wine offer some shelter? Research has consistently shown that wine has weak correlation with traditional financial assets, and can therefore be a useful diversification tool. Moreover, returns have been attractive historically, and less risky.
☆ Samuel Scott for Tech Crunch / Crunch Network:
“Television” is a marketing channel, not a marketing strategy. If I choose to advertise on television, “advertising” is the strategy, the advertisement itself is the content and “television” is the channel over which I transmit the advertisement. In the same way, “Facebook marketing,” “social media marketing” and “content marketing” are not “things.” “Facebook” is a marketing channel. “Social media” is a collection of marketing channels. “Content” is a tactic, not a strategy. “Content” is produced in the execution of strategies such as advertising, SEO and publicity.
☆ The “thermonuclear confrontation” (cit. Steve Jobs) between Apple and its copycats now escalates with a legal case at the US Supreme Court. It’s not a matter of money because
designers are concerned that if the court reduces the damages, it reduces the worth we attribute to design and could encourage copying in fashion and other industries.
☆ Alder Yarrow at Vinography writes about Colares marvellous wines.
☆ Jamie Goode has a different stance over a debated report…
☆ Interesting interview at Evernote’s CEO - my best note taking app with many more uses in everyday productivity…
This is the annual report written by Rob McMillan, EVP and Founder Silicon Valley Bank Wine Division.
This report “addresses current conditions and future views on wine industry growth, consumer demand trends and winery financial performance for 2016. It's excellent and very insightful”. [thanks to Robyn Lewis and Paul Mabray]
Click on the image to download the report (PDF file).