Monthly Archives: July 2013
Byron Hamburgers uses social media skilfully… Showing that they’re listening, but not being pushy/intrusive.
This morning, I received this email and attached note (from a big UK importer) to a blog post in which I referred to subtle variations caused by low-level TCA. The highlighting is all mine. Hi Robert – I hope you’re well. It’s been a while since we met or spoke. I thought you’d be interested […]
A piece of whimsy that was written for, and previously published on timatkin.com In the Wine And Novelty Corp. boardroom, the atmosphere was tense. Behind Warner Biggereturne III, the company president, the chart on the electronic whiteboard said it all: wine division sales had dropped for the third consecutive quarter. Worse still, so had profits. […]
Across the globe, winemakers, brewers and distillers have been pouring into the UK to discover the secret of how not only to cut, but actually to eliminate, the costs of making, packaging and shipping their products. The background to this breakthrough was revealed in a May 2013 Parliamentary briefing document which said In July 2010 the Home […]
The horror, the horror… Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is reportedly about to destroy US$146m (AU$160m) of “excess, aged and deteriorating” wine in the US. Actually, the story is a little more complex than that. According to a piece in the Herald Sun newspaper in Australia (who also produced the graphic below) the “cost” of the […]
The following blog was posted by PetaPixel and offers a useful corrective to the notion that consumers are “better” or more “valid” critics than the pros. On the other hand, before the pros get too cocky, there are plenty of examples of them getting it wrong too…Addendum: And then of course, you might feel that the […]
The way it was… Robert Galbraith – or JK Rowling as we should now call “him” – wrote a very good thriller. The sleuth, Cormoran Strike, was, according to critic Mark Billingham, “one of the most unique and compelling detectives I’ve come across in years”. Another reader – Val McDermid, author of The Wire In The […]