The Sunday Paper: April Edition
Are you keeping up with the ever-changing world of wine? Here are my top wine industry reads this month. These are articles I believe to be worth the read for anyone studying wine or interested in the latest wine news, wine trends, or wine discussions!
The industry is changing with the times, although not without some significant hurdles and serious unknowns.
How wineries, importers, and distributors are adapting...
Wineries all over have been forced to get creative with virtual live tastings and virtual vineyard tours as well as wine delivery.
The distribution side was “up” during the initial “stockpiling phase” but now people are getting used to the new norm and numbers have dropped back.
Wine Enthusiast sheds some light on both areas of the industry!
READ ABOUT CALIFORNIA WINERIES HERE!
READ ABOUT DISTRIBUTORS HERE!
With all the virtual tastings going on, what is actually working?
The wine industry is having to embrace technology and get creative with tastings. How do we make these not “suck”.
READ SPITBUCKET’S THOUGHTS HERE!
“To be candid, I don’t want to open an entire bottle for each wine (and pay its full cost) in a tasting. It’s expensive and impractical. I just want a taste!”
READ THOUGHTS BY WINE AND OTHER STORIES HERE!
...and what about harvest season in the southern hemisphere?
This article is a must-read if you are curious about how countries south of the equator are handling harvest. It highlights each individual country/region and its unique situation relating to the virus.
Read about the harvest status HERE!
The CARES act is a "lump of coal" for restaurant business
It may work for other small businesses in relieving the ability to pay employees, but it doesn’t quite fit the restaurant business model, especially when they won’t know when they’ll be able to reopen or pay their employees.
READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE!
How will the industry change when we finally emerge?
Some restaurants will reopen this year (many will not) and it certainly won’t be a “normal” open for any of them.
“The convenience-driven outlets that the consumer has explored during the crisis will stay and that will change the behavior”
READ OTHER PREDICTIONS HERE!
And when all this is over, cork taint may be a thing of the past!
Okay, probably not entirely, but the world’s largest natural cork maker (Amorim) has developed a new method to help solve this problem. Not taken into account though, is that cork taint can also be produced during winemaking.
READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE!