Geeking Out: A Look At 2017 Trends From The New Distributor On The Block

My first year as a licensed distributor is coming to an end. Building a start-up has taken most of my time and I am usually found heads down on my laptop or on the phone most days. However, even...

How Retailers Benefit When Distribution Is Done Differently.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I received an email from a key buyer asking me to outline the benefits of LibDib to retailers such as himself. He was invited to the platform by a winery in Oregon that...

Evolution is the Answer

The three-tier system. Those few words bring up a lot of emotion in the beverage industry.

Amazon, Whole Foods, Online Wine Sales, and What I Think it Means

I have received a ton of emails this week based on the news about Amazon shutting down its online wine sales.

A Sad Week: Fires in Wine Country

Last week was a hard week. A terrible week really. It’s truly heartbreaking to see the fires unfold in the North Bay. Our thoughts are with everyone affected.

LibDib Goes to D.C.: My Foray Into Politics and Other Stuff

I am exhilarated after two trips to the East Coast over the past 14 days. Week one, I visited NY and D.C. for two amazing conferences (see last week’s post about that experience here). Week two, I...

A Glimpse Into The Future of Women in Our Industry

I had the fortunate opportunity to attend two great events in New York and Washington, D.C. last week. Interestingly enough, they were both centered around women in the alcohol industry.

Running a Small Business: What I’ve Learned About Priorities

I’m a small business owner for the first time in my life and I must say, over the past year I’ve learned a lot. I don’t sleep much (I’m working on that) and I assume that many of our LibDib Makers,...

A Message to Retailers: It’s Time to Get Crafty

It seems everyone in the industry is talking about how independent retailers can survive in the age of Amazon. We love Brad Rosen’s article “Did Amazon Just Kill Liquor Retail As We know It?” for...

Promoting for Makers: It’s Hard To Do Marketing When It's Your Own Business

Like you, I’m a small business owner and like you, I struggle getting everything done each day. There’s just not enough time! And that’s why many small brands aren’t able to market themselves. They...