Seems that the wine mobile app space is finally getting a bit of traction, though the jury is still out if they will have any revenue generating scalability. Constellation has done a deal with HelloVino and Wine America has one that is about wine trails and travel. Another is Blush which just got some press from Mashable making some pretty big claims about how wonderful it is. But I still think Paul Mabray of VinTank is right there isn’t one killer mobile wine app yet his thoughts are in a palatepress post.
Robert Parker Jr. is all over the wine media lately with his deal on selling a portion of The Wine Advocate. The French Wine Press has said that he got $15M for it, but plenty of questions still remain. This one from Adam at Reuters if fun.
More on the Parker sale here. The details of the deal are still a bit murky, but the $15M amount has been in quite a few publications, blogs, etc. $5M for brokering the deal seems pretty nice for those that did it.
The wine industry is continuing it’s battle between old and new technology and ways to market. Lot 18 seems to be having some growing pains or worse and has switched-up CEO’s. Not sure what that means but I’m sure there is more to come.
US wine markets have different levels of importance to wineries, this is a nice article outlining these levels and their importance to the wine industry.
I follow both Palate Press blog and the Natalie MacLean blog. Seems that there is a bit of a copyright infringement issue between them, Natalie has a review subscriptions newsletter that she charges a monthly fee for and uses reviews from other sources besides her own. To me this is just another nail in the review coffin and ratings coffin which is being helped along by the social web. Snooth (aka Lot 18) also had such an incident but with the site Cellartraker. Very interesting wine times we are in right now. JUST TO BE ON THE SAFE SIDE… this new comes courtesy of The Drinks Business.
Flash sale continue to be an important part of the wine industry, though it is tough on brand building and hurts some producers in the long-term. On the good side, direct to consumer wine sales continues to grow at a very good clip.