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2017 Silicon Valley Bank State of the Wine Industry REPORT

On January 18, 2017, I had the opportunity to watch the live video cast of this presentation featuring SVB Wine Division Founder and EVP Rob McMillan. Industry leaders joining him in 2017 were Amy Hoopes, President, Wente Vineyards, Dan Leese, President, V2 Wine Group and Paul Mabray, VP, Social Media & […]


Having Trouble Keeping New Talent Around?

Guest Blog Post featuring Ken Majer, author of four books on values-based corporate culture and leadership values and member of the DTC Consultant Network.  December 22, 2016 Keeping new talent is only one of the many issues wineries face as the industry is facing many changes. There is a sea change […]


DTC Wine Sales News – December 2016

Greetings! “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” – and this rings so true for many winery teams wrapping up 2016 and preparing end of year direct sales reports. According to Wines & Vines Analytics/ShipCompliant, Direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipments increased in the tradit ionally strong month of November. Sales topped $332 […]


DTC Wine Sales News – November 2016

  CONGRATULATIONS to the winery teams who have worked strategically to GROW direct wine sales while RETAINING loyal customers this year. Your efforts have paid off according to the latest report in Wines & Vines!   Greetings! Well, the numbers don’t lie. Winery teams who have invested in direct to […]


DTC Wine Sales News – October 2016

  The value of wines shipped in September, 2016 totaled $198 million, up from $169 million the same month a year earlier. Is your winery team ready to finish the fourth quarter STRONG? Greetings! Wine consumers continue to demand more wines shipped nationally as we look at a report released in […]


DTC Wine Sales News – September 2016

  Finish the YEAR STRONG with an ideal blend of Conversion Tools, Customer Touch-Points and Retention Best Practices Greetings! As we wrap up Q3 and dive right into OND, we have a lot to celebrate. Not only are we seeing exceptional yields in the midst of this year’s harvest, but […]


“The Host with the MOST” guest blog post by Laura Larson

The Host with the MOST guest blog post by DTC Consultant Network Member, Laura Larson. As I transition my two decades of strategic selling and business development from the global world of IT software and consulting services into the world of doing pretty much the same thing with wine, I see […]


DTC WINE SALES NEWS – August 2016

Greetings! DTC Wine Sales News, August 2016. The wine industry is abuzz as harvest is in full swing and winery teams are planning holiday events and promotions.  “We are experiencing perfect growing conditions” explains Rolando Herrera, Mi Sueño Owner/Winemaker. Herrera is preparing for his 32nd professional grape harvest. Herrera produces 10,000 cases per year at […]