Dan's Daily Wine Journal

An entry a day. Or so. Sometimes a story link, sometimes a video of me, or a video of others, a podcast, a recipe. If it is related to wine in some way, shape or form, it’s fair game.

June 2, 2020
Don’t sleep on the Wednesday Street Food Special at the Clif Family Bruschetteria in St Helena. Tomorrow is Jewish Deli. If only the were just a little bit closer to home.

May 4, 2020
Napa residents like me and extended visitors: Thank our lucky stars for having a resource such as Paul Franson’s Napa Life. Paul works his petooty off to bring us the most current news on food, wine, arts and hospitality news in Napa Valley. Especially in these dynamic times of changes in online ordering, deliveries, virtual tastings and slow re-openings, Napa Life is THE best source for quick, efficient information. $50/year – great deal. Support! An email every Monday morning announces the new edition. Visit NapaLife for a sample issue (usually it’s the previous edition).

May 1, 2020
Just had another impressive wine from the importer Copa Fina, out of Oakland CA, tonight. The Pago Ayles “Y” 2014, a red blend and a Vino de Pago, which is a Spanish government-recognized exceptional vineyard. At $24 it’ll blow your doors off for quality and value. The other day had the Jané Ventura Cava Rosada, which is outstanding and priced at a song at $21/bottle. I highly recommend you patronize Copa Fina for wines of character, quality and value from Spain, Italy, New Zealand  Argentina and Chile.

April 29, 2020
“USA Sees Five-Fold Rise In Online Alcohol Sales”  story from “The Drinks Business.”
Five-fold increase from April 5 to 18 2019 to same date range 2020. “The greatest rate of growth in online sales has been seen in spirits, although wine continues to have by far the largest share of e-commerce, commanding almost 70% of internet alcohol retail sales…Nielsen also noted that the dollar value of each online order has increased significantly, commensurate with an increase in the number of units per order…Understanding how the frequent on-premise drinker is purchasing alcohol in off-premise channels now will be increasingly more important, particularly as suppliers, restaurants, and breweries lean on creative ways to engage this consumer group,” states Danelle Kosmal, vice president of beverage alcohol global marketing research firm Nielsen.

April 28, 2020
I’m listening to Michael Gallagher’s Mr Wine Guy podcast with Bruce Neyers (Part 1). Bruce’s wine story is deeper than 90 Petrus. His recounts of growing up in the wine business under Joseph Phelps reminds me of the value of a mentor. I’ve always loved, still do, the quality, character and consistency of Neyers Vineyards Wines. Anyone in wine sales or wants to be, listen to minutes 20-23 for a quick, valuable sales lesson from Bruce.

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