23 episodes

Our podcast is about the wine business, how difficult it is to be sucessful and why. It’s also about the strategies that various particpants in the indistry have used to overcome the challenges inherent in making and selling wine. And it is simply about telling the stories of the wine business.

Small Fortune Podcast Global Wine Partners

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    • 4.7 • 7 Ratings

Our podcast is about the wine business, how difficult it is to be sucessful and why. It’s also about the strategies that various particpants in the indistry have used to overcome the challenges inherent in making and selling wine. And it is simply about telling the stories of the wine business.

    Ep 23: A Conversation About Today’s Wine Industry Challenges ++

    Ep 23: A Conversation About Today’s Wine Industry Challenges ++

    Occasionally the Small Fortune Podcast can’t book an interview. Everyone’s so busy these days! So host Carol Collison invited friend and founder of the wine industry accounting firm Tim Allen to join her for a wide ranging conversation on topics such as the current industry environment, demand changes and down cycles, do we understand the new wine drinkers?, how bad costing can tank a business, and Carol’s partner Mike Fisher’s talent as an expert witness, among other topics.
    https://allengroupllp.com/
    Questions? Comments? smallfortunepodcast@gmail.com
    Sponsor: Global Wine Partners https://www.globalwinebank.com/
    Music: Nate Collison
    Logo Photography: John Corcoran

    • 28 min
    Ep 22: Vintner and Auctioneer Fritz Hatton—Have Bung Will Gavel

    Ep 22: Vintner and Auctioneer Fritz Hatton—Have Bung Will Gavel

    In its short life the Small Fortune podcast has talked to a number of professionals who were “there at the beginning” of the modern American wine industry and today is a wonderful example:  Fritz Hatton and Carol Collison talk about the history of the American wine auction, in which Fritz was a central player.  Early in his successful career at Christie’s, he helped to organize the first commercial wine auction in the United States, which was held in 1980.  The next year, Robert Mondavi and the Napa Valley Vintners held their first charity auction, Auction Napa Valley (which coincidentally is happening the week we are publishing this episode).  Fritz held the gavel for 26 years at this important event, which has raised tens of millions of dollars for local Napa community programs.  He also tells the story of his wine label, Arietta, which was founded from a mutual love of wine and classical music by Fritz and John Kongsgaard.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    https://ariettawine.com/
    https://www.collectivenapavalley.org/
    Questions?  Comments?  smallfortunepodcast@gmail.com
    Sponsor: Global Wine Partners https://www.globalwinebank.com/
    Music: Nate Collison
    Logo Photography: John Corcoran
     

    • 32 min
    Ep 21: Jonjie Lockman, CEO of Intervine, is Passionate About Wine and Efficiency

    Ep 21: Jonjie Lockman, CEO of Intervine, is Passionate About Wine and Efficiency

    Jonjie Lockman caught the wine bug in her 30’s and decided to bring her passion for business operations to the industry when she joined Intervine in 2011.  Intervine provides wine as well as food and other beverage products to the airline industry.  A member of the “Association of Business Process Management Professionals”, Jonjie has an incredible drive for bringing effectiveness and efficiency to the complex effort of getting the right wines, to the right airports, at the right time.  Intervine is also an employee-owned company, and Carol asks Jonjie to talk about that process, since it is a model that some winery owners might consider when they are considering how to exit their businesses.
    https://www.intervineinc.com/
    https://www.investopedia.com/terms/e/esop.asp
    Questions?  Comments?  smallfortunepodcast@gmail.com
    Sponsor: Global Wine Partners https://www.globalwinebank.com/
    Music: Nate Collison
    Logo Photography: John Corcoran

    • 30 min
    Ep 20: Alex Sokol Blosser: How Becoming a B Corp Helps Wineries Thrive Responsibly

    Ep 20: Alex Sokol Blosser: How Becoming a B Corp Helps Wineries Thrive Responsibly

    This is the first interview of an Oregon wine producer for the Small Fortune Podcast!  Carol loves Oregon!  Alex’s parents, Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol-Blosser were risk-taking entrepreneurs and among the pioneers of Willamette Valley’s development as an important American wine-growing region.  Alex and GWP partner Carol cover a wide range of topics, including B Corporations, second labels, bankers and more.  A very lively discussion with a gentleman who grew up in the adventurous lifestyle of wine entrepreneurship.  Or as he characterizes it, the circus.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    https://sokolblosser.com/
    IPNC:  https://ipnc.org/
    B Corporations: https://www.investopedia.com/b-corp-7488828
    Questions?  Comments?  smallfortunepodcast@gmail.com
    Sponsor: Global Wine Partners https://www.globalwinebank.com/
    Music: Nate Collison
    Logo Photography: John Corcoran

    • 31 min
    Ep 19: Professional Pitchman Dave Del Dotto Says Wine is Good for Your Health

    Ep 19: Professional Pitchman Dave Del Dotto Says Wine is Good for Your Health

    Today’s interview is with Dave Del Dotto, founder and owner of four wineries in the Napa Valley under various “Del Dotto” monikers.  Dave is a natural salesman, having made his first fortune in real estate and infomercials.  Listen in to hear how a natural pitchman makes the case for drinking wine.  He and Carol discuss his success, including his approach to cultivating collector relationships and creating enduring experiences at his wineries.  The Kardashians, to Carol’s surprise, also make an appearance.  Although he has a very successful DTC program, Dave still sells a small portion of his production in wholesale channels. Food for thought.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    https://www.deldottovineyards.com/
    https://www.peacocktv.com/watch-online/tv/keeping-up-with-the-kardashians/8311621267728768112/seasons/18/episodes/surprise-surprise-episode-5/ee8ea4c6-6a97-3532-a0b1-7e09c32aaa30
    Questions?  Comments?  smallfortunepodcast@gmail.com
    Sponsor: Global Wine Partners https://www.globalwinebank.com/
    Music: Nate Collison
    Logo Photography: John Corcoran

    • 29 min
    Ep 18: Sean Minor Wines is Taking Market Share and It’s Not An Accident

    Ep 18: Sean Minor Wines is Taking Market Share and It’s Not An Accident

    The remarkable thing to me (host Carol Collison) as a long-time advisor to business owners is how truly intentional and buttoned up Sean Minor is in his approach to entrepreneurship in the wine business.  He and his business partner and wife Nicole started their winery with a business plan based on identification of a very specific opportunity in the on-premise (restaurant) market and sailed through the terrible industry downturn in ’08 – ’10.  Although not covered in the conversation, of course being focused on-premise in 2020 was another story, however they’ve come through the pandemic and are growing through the last three quarters.  We talk about his approach to his start up, to changing the brand name several years into the business, to challenges he faced in financing growth, and now transitioning to the next generation.
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
    https://www.seanminorwines.com/
    “Black Swan”: https://corporatefinanceinstitute.com/resources/economics/black-swan-event/
    Negociant:  https://daily.sevenfifty.com/what-is-the-future-for-american-wine-negociants/
    Questions?  Comments?  smallfortunepodcast@gmail.com
    Sponsor: Global Wine Partners https://www.globalwinebank.com/
    Music: Nate Collison
    Logo Photography: John Corcoran

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

J G Taylor ,

Great content, lousy audio

I want to listen to this podcast badly as a professional in the wine industry but the audio quality is nearly unlistenable. Please please please get a better quality recording.

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