This week I have to travel to Nashville, Tenn., to attend a real estate conference. I hope to report next week on the wine and restaurants I experienced while in Nashville. That should be fun.
This week’s blog is devoted to a variety of topics that I hope you find of interest.
Isn’t Social Media Amazing?
Not long after I started Tiedemann On Wines I began sharing the blog with several groups on the social media site LinkedIn. The groups are all wine connected and have tens of thousands of followers. It is a pretty simple process. You go to each of the groups, post your comments and then LinkedIn shares your post to all of the group members. The four wine groups I follow have a little over 150,000 followers around the globe.
We know people are reading our blog through these group postings as we have had people subscribe from countries such as China, Japan and some in Europe, as well. It is simply amazing how such technology has changed and affected our lives. In most cases, I think it is positive and quite fascinating.
About a year ago I received a LinkedIn email (because of one of my blog postings on the wine groups) from Salvatore Ivan Italiano. Ivan, as he prefers to be called, is the owner of an Italian company called Wine Export Services (WEXS). WEXS provides an array of services with the primary focus being one of providing business strategies and marketing for six Italian wineries as well as one in Austria. Further, he assists these wineries with research and product development and functions as their export manager. In addition to working with those European wineries, here in the U.S. he assists Lo Duca Bros. a wine import and distribution company located in New Berlin, Wis., which sell its Italian wine portfolio all over the U.S. Ivan assists them by planning and holding wine dinners and tastings around the country, as well as conducting seminars on Italian wines and making sales calls (around the U.S.) on wine distributors such as Tiedemann Wines.
After our year of correspondence and phone calls, I had the pleasure of meeting Ivan when he came to Elkhart last Friday for a tasting of his Italian wines. Accompanying Ivan was Lara Elisabetta Belgrado Barzan, a sommelier by trade. However Lara has now turned winemaker and is focusing on producing Prosecco wines, some of which I had the opportunity to taste on Friday. Also along for the tasting was Jim Lo Duca of Lo Duca Bros.
I will be the first to admit my knowledge of Italian wines is very limited. However, after tasting some 20 Italian wines with Ivan, Lara and Jim and hearing their explanations, my interest has peaked. We tasted a combination of whites and reds including Lara’s Proseccos, La Voglio (which by the way in Italian means “I want it”…we had a little fun discussing this wine), Zinga and San Gorgio. Other whites included a Pinot Grigio and a Moscato d’ Asti. On the red side we tasted a lot of wine including the 2011 ROC®K Superiore Red Wine, 2006 Regina Christina Merlot and a Santa Rina Lambrusco, to name a few.
Friday’s tasting was terrific. I made some new friends and tasted some good wines, some of which might end up in our Tiedemann Wines portfolio. I will have more comments on some of the Italian wines we tasted in future postings.
Upcoming Wine Dinners
Save these dates: November 13 and November 21, if you are interested in attending a couple wine dinners we are having.
Lucchese’s Italian Restaurant – Wine Club partner – Elkhart
I have teamed up with Kevin Hogan of Crossroads Vintners, another area wine distributor, headquartered in Indianapolis for this wine dinner. It is going to be a real treat with some outstanding wines. More to follow later.
Javier’s Bistro – South Bend
On Friday November 21, we have teamed up with Chef Javier for a Caribbean flair wine dinner at which we’ll pair some Spanish wines with Chef’s Caribbean dishes. Stay tuned for more on this dinner as well.
Wine Club Dinners and Tastings in the Works
We are currently planning and working on the dates and details for wine dinners and tasting at McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk in Elkhart and Uptown Kitchen in Granger, both are Wine Club partners. As the details are finalized, we will send you our announcements.
Some Wine Tidbits
Finally, here is a little interesting information on wine.
From Stuart Penrose of Randox Food Diagnostics, who reported that the record for the most expensive wine auction lot was broken earlier this summer:
“The record for the most expensive wine auction lot was broken in Sotheby’s Hong Kong recently with 114 bottles of Burgundy by Romanee-Conti going for $1.6m. Working out at $1,700 per glass, the lot contained six bottles each of the 19 vintages made from 1992 to 2010. The previous record for a single lot of wine was $1.5m for 50 cases of Bordeaux Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1982, sold in Sotheby’s New York in 2006.”
The Wine Institute of California is the voice of more than 1,000 wineries and affiliated businesses throughout the state. They provide an array of services including some interesting annual statistics, a couple of which are interesting and I wanted to share with you. But let me give you a quick explanation of the terms “On Premises” and “Off Premises.” I do this so the next bit of information for the Wine Institute will make sense to everyone.
“On Premises” means it is (wine, liquor, beer, etc.) meant to drink at the place in question or where it is purchased such as bars, restaurants, etc.
“Off Premises” means it is (again, whatever beverage you purchase) meant to be taken home or (off the premises) elsewhere to be drunk.
The Wine Institute reports that according to Nielsen measured off-premise channel numbers, the most popular wine types were Chardonnay (20% share), Cabernet Sauvignon (13%), Merlot (9%), Red Blends/Sweet Reds (9%), and Pinot Grigio (9%), followed by Moscato (6%), White Zinfandel (5%), Pinot Noir (4%), and Sauvignon Blanc (4%). Moscato, Malbec and Red blends experienced double digit growth, while after that, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir exhibited the next strongest upward trends.
Also according to The Wine Institute:
Wine shipments to the U.S. from all production sources – California, other states and foreign producers – grew 3% to 375.2 million cases with an estimated retail value of $36.3 billion. This represents 21 consecutive years of volume growth. The U.S. has been the largest wine consuming nation in the world since 2010. California’s 215 million cases shipped within the U.S. represent a 57% share of the U.S. wine market.
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Until next week,