With more and more of the top wines in South Africa moving to annual releases of “take-it or leave-it” allocations it is very useful to have a “war chest” of funds available to be sure of not missing out when the wines are released. In my previous life as a head sommelier in Melbourne I […]
Bizcommunity.com reports today that major local seafood restaurant chain Ocean Basket has done away with wine listing fees. Read the full story here. Read our January article by David Clarke of wine agency Ex Animo which helped to re-ignite the debate here.
“Diversity is in our nature”: a phrase that if it means anything at all, has more than a whiff of entitlement to it. This was, until recently, the slogan for Wines of South Africa (WOSA), the official export marketing arm of the South African wine industry. Contrast this with “Pluralism is not diversity alone, but […]
“Are listing fees demanded by various on-consumption outlets bribes?” asks Michael Fridjhon in latest post on BDlive. “If the practice doesn’t add up to conditional selling, there is still something overtly anticompetitive about it,” he says, answering his own question. He also goes on to name names – Madame Zingara restaurant group charging R8 000 […]