The Business of Wine

The Somm Who Makes the Subscription Possible

The internet is abuzz with the fast-growing wine subscription startup Bright Cellars and its machine-learning algorithm that matches members to wine based on their personalized taste quiz. While the subscription service was…

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good Vino?

Sonoma, we have a problem. It’s a tale worse than that of the Bogeyman. It’s been a long day at work; you were late, you fell down the stairs in front of…

Northern California Wildfires

Devastating fires are raging across northern California’s wine country. The damage is tremendous. As a wine company, this hits very close to home. We are grateful to report that the Bright Cellars…

Interview with Grapefriend

This week, we’re shining the spotlight on Grapefriend. What started out as a wine blog has blown up on Instagram. We appreciate the way Grapefriend finds balance between interesting, beautiful wine images…

Oaktoberfest: An Ode to Oak

Oaktoberfest: An Ode to Oak   Sorry Oktoberfest, move over light beer we decided to celebrate something new this year   Oaktoberfest is our dedication to the mighty oak tree We know…

Interview with a Concierge

Welcome to the wonderful world of wine concierges. It’s a magical world, where everything revolves around helping people find the wines they love. So magical, in fact, that one of our writers…

Interview with a Somm

It’s no secret, the world of wine is equally confusing as it is captivating. We sat down with our Wine Director and Certified Sommelier, Gretel, to get her take on interesting wine…

Wine Math

Wine math: the only math you really need to know.    

What happens to leftover grape skins?

We know that grapes are made into wine, but what happens to the skins? It turns out they have a lot more use than being tossed out or being fed to this…

Why Isn’t Wine Made with Regular Grapes?

There are some pretty key differences between wine grapes and the kind of grapes we eat. So what makes the two grape species so distinct? Let’s break it down. Table (aka Regular)…