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Mark T. Norman
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New Milford
Wine Affilliation: Consumer or Trade
About Me:
As a partner at Cave Nil Vino, our goal is to help wineries promote themselves & their wines to 21st century wine community. Utilizing very strong marketing background in the Internet our company directly promotes wines to consumers using Internet marketing techniques and social networking promotion.

We have also created which is a new social networking site that will be devoted to everything about wine. Our hope is to create a site where wine drinkers of all levels will be comfortable and have a chance to interact with wine industry people. There will be groups devoted to specific wine varietals, blends, wine reviews, and wine education (for different levels of experience). There will also be pages with links to wine videos and wine podcasts. We will bring in an element of pairing of food and wine and eventually have sections for gourmet foods.
Favorite Wine Website:
Name your favorite wine or wine type:
Old Vine Petite Sirah
Most memorable experience around wine?
Drinking a 30 year plus bottle of Bordeaux
You can also find me on MUSTLOVEWINE, FaceBook, LinkedIn, WinecilQ, and WineandHospitalityNetwork social networks!

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There is no Simple Solution!

Two days ago, I received my copy of the November 15th issue of Wine Spectator – Rich and Powerful Cabernets. Before dinner, I started to skim through the pages. I stopped on Sr. Editor James Laube’s page. Entitled “Napa Cabernets on the Brink”, I hit the pause button and started reading. I know that there are many mixed feelings towards the magazine but personally I find that James makes a lot of sense about what he writes.

He starts this editorial by saying that a Napa winemaker… Continue

Posted on October 15, 2009 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Joining the Boy Scouts!

I spent 7 years as a Scoutmaster where I tried to instill an attitude that the scouts in my troop planned for the best, prepared for the worst, & tried with every ounce of energy to succeed. The BSA simplified that as their motto of “Be Prepared”.

During the past weeks every time I turn a page or click the mouse I see an article about next year’s wine business & predictions for 2010. Some are upbeat, many are neutral, but very few paint a dark image. No one likes to read doom… Continue

Posted on September 30, 2009 at 9:17am

The Future is Here!

Four weeks ago I published a blog entitled “It’s Not Social Media it is a Total Change in Our Way of Life!”; where I wrote about the future impact of phone apps on the wine industry. In that blog (and also in ”United You May Stand, Divide You May Fall”) I mentioned that wine associations should start thinking about developing phone apps for their members. Last week I received an… Continue

Posted on September 21, 2009 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Is Your Glass Half Filled?

As I see it there are seven groups involved with the wine business; an industry in turmoil. I have always felt that whenever there is chaos there is opportunity. If you are in the wine business are you ready to do that?

Domestic Wineries – I could write pages & pages on just this topic (but not now). This is the sector where I believe that there is the most chaos. After a decade of grow (for the most part) we are seeing one of the most challenging business environments in… Continue

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

United You Can Stand, Divided You May Fall!

About two months ago I reached out to a number of winery owners around the world trying to get a sense of how cooperative various wine association members were with each other in terms of sharing valuable data.

Since those inquiries went out (and answers returned) a lot has happened in the wine industry but I would bet that nothing has changed. It is my contention that most wineries were too busy selling wine to really pay much attention to the direct to consumer sales over the last… Continue

Posted on September 14, 2009 at 11:35am

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At 4:18pm on June 18, 2009, Jim Milone said…
Hi Mark,
Nice to touch base with you. Looking forward to getting in on more discussions in the future. Going to Google to poor wine tommorrow and leaving for a fishing trip the next day.
At 2:00pm on June 14, 2009, WineDineDivas said…
Hi Mark,
Thank you for sharing your "network expertise and looking forward to connect with you.
Have a great weekend,
Judit & Corina
At 5:12pm on June 6, 2009, Russian River Valley WineGrowers said…
Hi Mark thanks for the comment. Please consider participating in some of our events, Grape to Glass is a great one!
At 7:19am on June 5, 2009, Sture Linden said…
I could probably surpass you on the passion bit. The highest level is a winegeek, which I've been for many years. Let's see who gets out there first. I'm gearing up.
At 10:09am on June 3, 2009, Stephen Mutch said…
Hey Mark. Thanks for the add. Look forward to getting to know you. Cheers!
At 8:44am on June 3, 2009, Jennifer said…
Thanks so much for the add! Glad you like the page!
At 11:28am on May 19, 2009, Dale Rossi said…
Hey Mark....
thanks for the connect. I think you and your wife made the right move! How has it been so far?
At 7:14am on May 19, 2009, Deborah Gee said…
Thank you for adding me.... Salute!
At 7:28pm on May 2, 2009, jim morrison said…
Mark..I love your passion.. Is Wine Garage your site? I also have passion for
this stuff... Are you involved with distribution or importation? Cheers



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