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Episode 14

Investment Insights in the Alcohol Industry

Join host Brandon Amoroso as he delves into the fascinating world of the alcohol industry with Michael Cella, a seasoned expert in consumer investment banking. In this episode, Cella shares valuable insights into the macroeconomic landscape of wineries and alcohol, challenging prevailing narratives with a contrarian perspective. From the impact of COVID on online alcohol sales to the rise of experiential retail, Michael and Brandon explore the trends shaping the industry's future. With a focus on resilience and innovation, this conversation offers valuable takeaways for entrepreneurs and investors alike. Join the conversation today to stay ahead in the ever-changing landscape of the alcohol industry.

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Episode 13

Whiskey Blending Mastery

In this episode of the Drinks.com podcast, host Brandon Amoroso speaks with Jota Tanaka, the master blender of Fuji Whisky. They delve into Tanaka's remarkable journey from brewing and winemaking in California and Kentucky to his role at Fuji Gotemba Distillery. Jota shares his insights into whiskey blending, market trends, and the impact of global demand on Japanese whiskey. He also discusses the delicate balance between tradition and innovation while introducing the special 50th-anniversary single malt blend. Listen in to uncover the artistry, legacy, and global vision that define Fuji Whisky's approach to crafting spirits.

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Episode 12

Wine Industry Innovations

Step into the world of wine innovation with host Brandon Amoroso and special guest Johan Eide, the mastermind behind Region and Sampl. Together, they unravel the complexities of wine production, the power of direct-to-consumer sales, and the future of tasting room experiences. Join them as they uncork the secrets to authentic wine engagement and toast to a future where tradition meets innovation.

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Episode 11

Crafting Your Wine Experience With Philip James

Join Brandon Amoroso as he explores the dynamic world of online alcohol sales with Philip James, the visionary founder of Firstleaf, on The DRINKS.com Podcast. Delve into Philip's journey from the UK to pioneering the digital wine industry in the US, and uncover the innovative approach of Firstleaf in personalized wine recommendations. From discussing wine production intricacies to navigating the challenges of brand loyalty and the impact of the pandemic on the industry, Brandon and Philip offer invaluable insights. Discover the transformative role of technology, including Firstleaf's mobile app and the use of generative AI, in reshaping industries and adapting to evolving market dynamics. Gain a profound understanding of the intricate interplay between technology, consumer behavior, and industry evolution in this captivating episode.

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Episode 10

Wine Access And The Art of Personalized E-Commerce

Explore the world of wine with Joe Fisch, CEO of Wine Access, in this episode of the Drinks.com Podcast. Joe takes us on his career journey, from Ghirardelli Chocolate Company to the world of wine, highlighting the importance of quality and storytelling in the industry. Discover the emotional connection people have with wine, the challenges of digital adoption, and the evolving preferences of younger generations. From non-alcoholic trends to unforgettable wine experiences, this conversation uncorks a rich blend of insights into the wine business. Join Brandon Amoroso and Joe Fisch as they toast to the past, present, and future of wine.

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Episode 9

From Liquor Licenses to Liquid Assets

Join Brandon Amoroso as he interviews Brian Rosen, Chairman of Growth Beverage, whose rich background as a scion of Chicago's first post-Prohibition liquor license holders sets the stage for an enlightening discussion. Discover the keys to success in this competitive landscape, from sustainable business models to the role of e-commerce. Plus, learn Brian's investment criteria, emphasizing financial acumen and receptive leadership. 

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Episode 8

Mastering the Wine Industry with Quinton Jay

Join host Brandon Amoroso in an enlightening conversation with Quinton Jay, the founder and managing director of Bacchus Consulting Group, a seasoned expert in the beverage alcohol industry. Quinton shares valuable insights into the evolving consumer trends, the impact of technology, and the challenges and opportunities in the wine industry. Explore the significance of storytelling, customer engagement, inventory management, and e-commerce, all while gaining a deeper understanding of the wine business. Whether you're a wine industry professional or simply curious about this dynamic world, this episode provides essential takeaways and a comprehensive view of the industry's landscape.

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Episode 7

Redefining Wine, One Can at a Time with Kristin Olszewski

Join host Brandon Amoroso in an engaging conversation with Kristin Olszewski, the founder and CEO of Nomadica Wine, on this episode of The DRINKS.COM Podcast. Kristin shares her journey from sommelier to entrepreneur, emphasizing the importance of authenticity in branding and marketing for today's savvy consumers. Discover the world of canned wine, sustainability, and the sensory experience of wine as Kristin redefines how we enjoy this beloved beverage.

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Episode 6

Challenging the Old Guard in Alchohol

Michael Bowen is co-founder and COO of Speakeasy, the platform that's revolutionizing the world of online alcohol and e-commerce. He shares his journey, from working with digital first companies to e-commerce startups, and how his passion birthed Speakeasy. Learn about how his move to Shopify entirely transformed their business, allowing them to manage a staggering 300+ brands more effectively and enable these brands to tell their own story.

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Episode 5

Delving into the Art of Hospitality

Renowned Michelin-starred chef and industry icon, Geoffrey Zakarian, imparts business acumen, captivating tales, and a wealth of wisdom gleaned from his Food Network years and restaurant empire management. Discover his distinctive approach to wine selection and the secret behind his restaurant's impeccable consistency.

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Episode 4

Demystifying E-Commerce In The Alcohol Industry

Blake Moore, Director of E-Commerce at RNDC, demystifies the intricate world of e-commerce in the alcohol industry. From discussing the traditional three-tier system and the rise of marketplaces like Instacart to sharing pandemic-era strategies and the importance of an omni-channel approach, Blake’s insights are invaluable.

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Episode 3

Exploring the Journey of Wine

Joe Megibow of Bright Cellars breaks the wine business down. A lifelong wine enthusiast, Joe aims to make wine accessible to the younger generation through data-driven personalization. He discusses the industry's challenges and opportunities, emphasizing the importance of an in-house approach over outsourcing for true success.

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Episode 2

Revolutionizing Spirits

Join us as we journey through Guillaume Cuvelier’s impressive trajectory in the beverage alcohol industry. From revolutionizing vodka branding with Svedka to forming impactful partnerships with celebrities, Cuvelier shares a wealth of experience and insights that continue to shape the future of alcohol marketing and branding.

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Episode 1

Embracing Technology in the Wine Business

The DRINKS.com Podcast launches with an in-depth chat with our esteemed guest, Jessica Kogan , the Chief Growth and Experience Officer of Vintage Wine Estates. Jessica is at the forefront of blending tech with tradition, leveraging AI and other technologies to better connect with customers. Jessica shares fascinating insights on how the sands of the marketplace are going through a fundamental shift.