Stu McFarland - Sunday, February 23, 2014
Wines and Vines reports on the growth in the number of wineries located in North America. According to the article (and their image above), there are now a total of 8,391 bonded and virtual wineries in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This is a gain of 4.3% over the previous year. Interestingly, American wineries' production increased 6.3%, and the average bottle price rose $1.85 from $9.00 to $10.85. They also list the states with 100 wineries or more with California hosting the vast majority with 3,674 and Illinois squeaking in at the bottom of the list with an even 100.There's much more interesting information in the article, so be sure to head over to Wines & Vines to read the rest
Stu McFarland - Sunday, January 26, 2014
Here's a pretty interesting two-part video tour
of the wine cellar at the world famous Hotel de Paris in Monaco. The tour is led by the hotel's Head Sommelier, Patrice Frank. The cellar was built in 1874, and understandably houses approximately 90% French wine, consisting of more than 560,000 bottles. The cellar is approximately 2,500 square meters, and is kept at 12 degrees Celsius and 80-85% humidity. The scale of the entire cellar, and the quantities of each varietal and vintage are particularly impressive. It's definitely worth a look, so click here to watch part 1
, and here to watch part 2
. Each part is approximately 5 minutes long.
Stu McFarland - Sunday, January 19, 2014
According to this article in SFGate
, the Sonoma County Wine Grape Commission wants every winery and vineyard in its domain to be certified sustainable within the next five years. What exactly does that mean? The commission's president Karissa Kruse defines it as "a good steward, a good employer, and a good neighbor" as well as using fewer chemicals and less water, and preserving the natural resources of the land. The article states that true 100% sustainability will be very difficult to achieve, especially in a voluntary program, but if they are able to pull it off, they will be the first wine region in the nation to do so. It is also stated that there are financial benefits as well, because the consumer demand for sustainable products is on the rise - whether they know what it means or not. There's much more information, so be sure to head over to SFGate to read the full article
Stu McFarland - Friday, January 17, 2014
The devastating heatwave that Australia is experiencing may have a serious effect on future wine production. According to this story from ABC News
, with temperatures in the 40*C (104*F) range, all of the agriculture industries in south east Australia are preparing for the worst. To make matters worse, this heatwave comes after a "black frost" this past November, which also caused an enormous amount of damage. It's hard not to draw parallels between the Aussie's plight and our own unseasonably warm weather we are experiencing here in California combined with the frightening lack of rain and almost assured drought we'll experience soon. Be sure to head over to abc.net.au
to read the full story.
Stu McFarland - Sunday, October 13, 2013
According to this article on Tech Crunch
, NakedWines has received $10 million in new funding. NakedWines.com
is an innovative company that allows customers (angels) to crowd-fund small winemakers in exchange for discounts on wine created by these winemakers. NakedWines started in England and has since expanded into U.S. and Australia. They say this new round of funding will be used to accelerate the company's expansion in these two markets. Click here to read the rest of the article
Stu McFarland - Thursday, August 08, 2013
The New York Times has put together a great interactive map showing the number of wineries across the country throughout the years. There's a slider that allows you to change the year to four different settings. It's interesting to see the drop in the number of wineries between 1937 and 1963. The accompanying article also discusses the growth in the number of wineries in six different states: Michigan, Virginia, Texas, New York, Oregon, and California. Needless to say, California is the leader with 3,839 wineries in 2013. This is one you don't want to miss, so head on over to nytimes.com to read the article and check out the map!
Stu McFarland - Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Wine & Vines
has an interesting article about retaining membership in wine clubs by having a better understanding of the demographics of your club members. The big news from the article concerns analytics, specifically an analytical model created by Dr. Steven Cueller, an economics professor who studies consumer behavior in the wine industry, that he believes the industry could use to understand club behavior and eventually optimize member lifetime and value. For example, using the techniques developed by Dr. Cueller, a winery could determine if members typically drop out of the club after a certain amount of time, or after accumulating a certain amount of wine. With analytical data such as this, wineries can then tailor their retention campaigns around their specific needs. It's a very interesting article, and I highly recommend heading over to Wines & Vines to read the full article
Stu McFarland - Sunday, June 02, 2013
Wines & Vines
reports that there is strong growth in the winery jobs index for the third straight month, and that other metrics are showing positive signs as well. The winery jobs index grew by 59% compared to April 2012, and by 18% for the past 12 months. Sales and Hospitality jobs specifically are up 85% compared to 4/12, production jobs 31%, and Sales and Marketing 54%.
Another interesting piece of information is that direct-to-consumer sales account for 7 out of every 10 cases sold by wineries. There's quite a bit more interesting information off-premise sales, flash slaes, and prices over time. Be sure to read the full article at Wines & Vines
Stu McFarland - Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The LA Times
reports that the price of wine by the glass has steadily risen over the past six months according to Restaurant Sciences. The report states that prices have risen anywhere from 2% to 8.4% depending on the class of restaurant. A figure that I found interesting is that wine, whether served by the glass, bottle, or carafe, delivers $289 million in restaurant sales per year. For more information, click here to read the full LA Times article
Stu McFarland - Thursday, May 23, 2013
The LA Times
reports that wine sales in the United States, including California vintages, reached a record high last year, jumping 2% compared to 2011. That 2% increase equates to a total of 360.1 million cases being sold, with a value of $34.6 billion. Sales of California wines accounted for 58% of the U.S. business, equating to 250.2 million cases worth $22 billion, although that number accounts for both domestic and foreign sales.For more information, be sure to head on over to the LA Times website
to read the full article.