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What’s up With the Okanagan?

We can never stop asking “Where are we going?”  If you stop and think about how many of your conversations, especially around our work in the wine industry, focus on this very question.  And there’s conflict in the asking. Should we go here or there? Is the answer in the past, a sign we passed along the way, or is it

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wine business

Vivino Scores Validates BC Wine’s Premium Positioning

We’re hosting a webinar April 4th on #BCWineData2021. Following on from last year’s edition, Paul has constructed a vast database on BC Wine and its competitive position. He’ll be demonstrating an interactive version of this year’s report that can respond to your specific needs for analysis and information on BC Wine by history, market share, region, wine type, scores, pricing,

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wine business

Do We Have a Millennial Drinking Problem? Part 2 – Follow Up & Responses

I got some very interesting feedback on last week’s comments on young consumers (Millennials and Gen Z) on wine. I love the dialogue. If you missed the piece you can read it here (my mom says I make some great points. Thanks mom.)  This a hot topic in the winosphere right now and for good reason.  The latest Silicon Valley

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wine business

Do We Have a Millennial Drinking Problem? Part 1

[Author’s Note: There was great follow-up to that article, you can read Part 2 here.  Eric Asimov at the New York Times thinks so. A big one. And this was reflected in the Silicon Valley Bank’s 2022 Wine Industry Report. Rob McMillan :  “In prior reports, we noted that the falling interest in wine among younger consumers, coupled with the

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winemaking

Don’t Drink Your Own Wine?

Are you making a mistake drinking your own wine? Nigel Green of New Zealand’s Felton Road has a visceral piece on “growing up” in wine. Before long I had discovered a remarkable world: one perhaps unique in commerce. In any other profession we would be rivals, but in wine there was a spirit of comradeship, not competition. Everybody would help

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wine business

BC Sparkling Sales Bubble Upwards

BC Sparkling Sales Bubble Upwards Guest Post by Paul Rickett of VARketing! Since 2016 BC Sparkling 750mL volume has grown by 94% in the five years 2016-2020. And despite all the challenges, in 2020 grew 14.5% over 2019 well above the overall BC wine volume growth of 4.5% for the year. Only the Rosé category was higher growth. However, Sparkling

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COVID-19

Leading During Crisis: Taking Extreme Ownership

I don’t know about you, but I’ve hit that “Covid wall”. The sameness – days largely confined to home, the stress of “who can we safely see?”, opportunities lost and health concerns… it grinds you down.  But through this, we need to  keep moving forward. We need to keep our organisations, our colleagues and staffs all moving forward, marching towards

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COVID-19

State of the Wine Industry

Silicon Valley Bank and Rob McMillan hosted a top-notch panel to discuss the state of the wine industry (you can listen here) in the United States. While American-focused, most of the data also applies to our BC wine industry, and because we lack the quantity and quality of data coming out the USA, it’s very valuable as a measure of both

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COVID-19

Thoughts on “New Normal” & the Wine Discovery Process

*Looking for the New Discovery Checklist? It’s at the bottom, or click here. “And yet it is an easy matter to dole out an amount that is fixed, however small it may be; you should guard a thing more carefully when you do not know when it will give out.” -Seneca It has been really interesting watching the variety of

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