If You Have Sold Wine Through A Distributor, You Have Been On The Blind Date “Ride With”

If You Have Sold Wine Through A Distributor, You Have Been On The Blind Date “Ride With”

Disclaimer: this rant will only be meaningful to industry insiders. However, it’s one of the best examples of why selling wine in the United States is one of the strangest, most archaic, socially awkward, humiliating and straight up funny experiences anyone can have while trying to build a wine brand.

The #Sweet16 Seduction Wines for Valentine's Day

The #Sweet16 Seduction Wines for Valentine's Day

Here at Charles Communications, we obviously talk about wine, a lot. But when thinking hard about what it is in a wine that draws us (and others) to a glass of the stuff, it didn't take long to realize that each of us are intrigued, no, enticed by a different characteristics of some seductive wines.

I Wish It Were 1981… How Technology Changed And Continues To Change My Life

I Wish It Were 1981… How Technology Changed And Continues To Change My Life

When I went to college, computers were an afterthought and computer science was a major for the geeks (yes, I was an accounting major... much cooler).  Most people took a programming class in their first couple of years and there were two main programming languages you could choose from: COBOL or FORTRAN.  

Brazilian Carnival: Bringing the Giant (Back) to Life

Brazilian Carnival: Bringing the Giant (Back) to Life

Some say the year only really begins in Brazil after Carnival, and I dare say that they are right. Imagine a patient whose heart suddenly stopped beating out of exhaustion. That’s Brazil right after the insane New Year’s parties. Doctors rush into the room and the anticipation builds itself while the defibrillator is charging. That’s January, the month of barely any actions and lots of anticipation. 

Alcoholic Beverage Regulation: Legislators Gone Wild

Alcoholic Beverage Regulation: Legislators Gone Wild

Part and parcel of rescinding the 19th amendment was allowing the individual states the authority to create their own regulations around the distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages.  Never underestimate the ability of government entities to create a labyrinth of byzantine laws designed to modify individual behavior.

Ten “Medium-Intensity” Questions with: Kyle Nadeau, General Manager at The Bank of Wine & Spirits

Ten “Medium-Intensity” Questions with: Kyle Nadeau, General Manager at The Bank of Wine & Spirits

Since Kyle Nadeau’s first taste of Port Ellen Single Malt Scotch just over ten years ago, the “whisky guru” and General Manager of The Bank of Wine & Spirits at Wingtip has devoted countless energy and hours to scouring the best distilled elixirs the world has to offer. Thousands of whiskies later, Nadeau is considered one of the most informed whisky palates in the country.