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I am the Sommelier for Manoa Chocolate Factory ( http://manoachocolate.com/ ) on the beautiful island of Oahu, HI. It may seem odd that a chocolate factory needs a sommelier until you learn that we offer fabulous wine and chocolate pairing events.
The task of pairing may seem simple.....chocolate is either milk or dark and wine is either sparkling, white, red or sweet. This couldn't be more farther from the truth. Manoa is an…Continue
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Every week (and sometimes several times a week) I am approached by a winemaker (or broker) to help them get their wine into the US wine market. It always starts with the same series of questions. Invariably, they ask if I am an importer, and my answer is always the same. “No, not yet!”
Then they ask what I do, and I tell them “that I help market international wines directly to consumers”.
And I always get the same…
Traditionally, the 4th quarter of the year is when 70% of all wine sales happen in the US wine market. Sales have been up most of the year but do you think that total sales for the year will finish on a strong note?
There are many segments to the overall wine market, two key segmentations are every day wine sales that mostly fall into the price categories of less than $20 per bottle and general is sold via the traditional 3-tier system. Then there is the over $20 per bottle…
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