Massive Shift in Wine Industry’s Most Powerful Voice

THE BOOZE BIN By Pia Mara Finkell (@piamara) The blogosphere has been abuzz with chatter and predictions since the most powerful voice (and palate) in the wine industry, Robert Parker, announced this week that he intends to step down as editor-in-chief of The Wine Advocate (TWA) – the powerful wine publication he founded over 34 [...]

Renewable Energy: Santa or Scrooge?

By Mike Mulvihill If you asked Santa for more renewable energy in the U.S. portfolio this Christmas, you may hope that Scrooge intercedes with your request. Otherwise, your well-intended wish will bring with it a substantial increase in your utility bill for at least the next 10 years. Perhaps the best example of this is [...]

Is Personal Brand Dead?

THE BOOZE BIN By Pia Mara Finkell (@piamara) This weekend marked a changing of the guards as the Oprah of the wine world, Robert Parker, tapped one of his core writers, Antonio Galloni, to review California wines for The Wine Advocate. While his personal brand left its irrevocable mark on the wine industry, this move [...]

When Sales Slump, Go Social My Friend

 THE BOOZE BIN By Pia Mara Finkell (@piamara) Based on a ‘Vint-ed’ post he wrote last month, Edward Deitch published an interesting article in Reuters today focusing on the stunning increase in social media use in the wine industry over the past year, mostly attributed to the effects of the economic downturn. According to a [...]