The View from our Yard
Ripley and Romie have an unusually sweet life, considering that their breed, the Portuguese Water Dog, is in a class called "working dogs."
And if you were to ask them whether they "work," their answer would undoubtedly be "yes...absolutely....we work."
Here they are at work one recent evening in their den:
The Portuguese Water Dog has been known for centuries as a working dog. Referred to as the Cao de Agua ('dog of water') along Portugal's coast, Porties were bred to accompany fisherman on their boats - to retrieve broken nets, dive for fish, carry messages between boats and to shore, as well as guard the boat in foreign ports.
Both accomplished ball players in their own right (as well as MLB fans), Ripley and Romie have tremendous admiration and respect for their West Coast cousins who "work" for the San Francisco Giants. During the Giants' games, these Porties sit inside boats in the SF Bay, outside AT&T Park. When a home run is hit over the right field wall and into the Bay, these dogs leap into the water to retrieve the ball.
'Suppose Porties can be considered working entrepreneurs, too.
"Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it." ~ Anonymous
"I think it is a great error to consider a heavy tax on wines as a tax on luxury. On the contrary, it is a tax on the health of our citizens."
~ Thomas Jefferson
"Like human beings, a wine's taste is going to depend a great deal on its origins and its upbringing."
~ Linda Johnson-Bell, Pairing Wine and Food
"Wine, one sip of this will bathe the drooping spirits in delight beyond the bliss of dreams. Be wise and taste." ~ John Milton
"A mind of the caliber of mine cannot derive its nutrient from cows."
~ George Bernard Shaw
"Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing."
~ Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon
"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day."
~ President Lyndon B. Johnson
KDM Global Partners, LLC is a wine producer and importer whose core business is creating and building new wine brands for a clientele of retail chains, restaurants, hotel/
resorts, corporations, meetings/events - and individual brand owners.
With corporate offices in Philadelphia, PA and wine-making capabilities throughout the world's major viticulture regions, KDM's turnkey brand-building capabilities are unparalleled: packaging design oversight, regulatory approvals, warehousing and distribution (to
all 50 states and overseas)...all varietals, price points, low case minimums.
Additionally, our new Singlz KDM North America joint venture is now launching the unique Vino Solo product nationwide. Private label packaging & production is also available for this compelling product.
The world of wine production, distribution and sale is evolving quickly, creating
compelling opportunities for businesses of all types.
We'll take you there!
'Game Changer' ...An Update
In a previous KDM Global Partners newsletter, we introduced our proprietary, new "game-changer" Vino Solo product - a unique 187ml PET plastic wine bottle with a drinking flute that also serves as the screw top/cap.
Combining a stylish and contemporary feel, this single-serve unit offers convenience and freshness, together with inventory and cash management efficiencies never before offered to food service by the wine industry.
For retail chains, the merchandising and cross-promotion opportunities afforded by this proprietary new KDM program are also compelling. The 187ml wine category has tripled in size between 2004 and last year. Food & Beverage managers, facility managers, airlines, hotels, luxury suite holders and the like have quickly come on board with the distinct advantages of this product. Some of the difference-makers are: (i) cash control and inventory control efficiencies - Vino Solo dispenses with the need to manage separate wine glasses, their storage and transport requirements; beverage service is therefore quicker and easier - more wine can be sold; and (ii) the product is environmentally friendly (recyclable). For more Vino Solo on-premise background:http://bit.ly/aImRb8 Consumers are responding very positively to Vino Solo ... the wines themselves are superior to anything else in the 187ml marketplace, the convenience and "cool" factor are compelling ... and at corporate meetings and events, Vino Solo is in demand. Only a few months into the US launch ... Vino Solo's nationwide distribution network continues to expand. And, beginning in late October, Vino Solo will begin domestic bottling and production in Napa, CA. - - affording a wider opportunity for additional wine varietals, price points as well as private label capability. Professional sports teams, their stadiums/venues and food service operators, meetings & events professionals - and others - are already planning their own versions of this unique product, anticipating the branding opportunity that goes with it. Watch for Vino Solo in your area!
Retailers, Hotel/Resorts, Restaurants, Events Professionals - and Others - Increasingly Turning to Private Label Wine
Retailers, hotel/resorts, restaurants, food service organizations and others are increasingly turning to private label wine as critical ways to compete and earn higher margins in this sluggish economic climate.
Principal reasons for the rise of private label (PL) wine brands are: (1) retailers earn higher profits on private label wines designed especially for their stores - and the wines are better, dollar-for-dollar, than comparably-priced national brands; (2) PL wines cultivate customer loyalty and repeat business - since these wines are only available at the brand owner's place of business; (3) PL wines help to "brand" the retail chain, hotel, restaurant or event venue, differentiate it from the competition and help to enhance customer experience; (4) Restaurants offering PL wines help eliminate "sticker shock" by their customers - who, when recognizing a national brand and the sizable margin charged by the restaurant - often react in a negative way. In this economic environment, the last thing any retail business wants is dissonance from its valued customers. For small wine retailers, especially, ignoring the opportunity of PL wine is to do so at their own peril. These shops are already fighting battles on many fronts - from losing customers to big box stores, supermarkets and larger "regional" wine retailers - to being squeezed for margin by the big brands and wholesalers - to competing for sales with Web-based wine retailers. KDM Global Partners has assisted clients with its turnkey solution for many years - assistance with packaging design, regulatory approval, distribution to all 50 states and overseas and ongoing brand-building expertise - all varietals, price points and packaging types. In addition, KDM's lower case quantity minimums allow smaller clients the ability to compete more effectively - but without a significant upfront expenditure. And beginning in October, Singlz KDM North America will offer private label capability for its proprietary 187ml package (see newsletter article above). Please contact us directly for more information about this or any other custom label wine program opportunity: Info@KDMGlobalPartners.com.
Here's Your Validation:
"Moderate Drinking - Especially Wine -
Associated with Better Cognitive Function."
A large prospective study of 5,033 men and women in the "Tromso Study" in Northern Norway has reported that moderate wine consumption is independently associated with better performance on cognitive tests.
The subjects (average age of 58 and free of stroke) were followed over 7 years during which they were tested with a range of cognitive function tests. Among women, there was a lower risk of a poor testing score for those who consumed wine at least 4 or more times over two weeks in comparison with those who drink one time or less during this period. The expected associations between other risk factors for poor cognitive functioning were seen, i.e., lower testing scores among people who were older, less educated, smokers and those with depression, diabetes or hypertension.
It has long been known that "moderate people do moderate things." The authors state the same thing: "A positive effect of wine....could also be due to confounders such as socio-economic status and more favorable dietary and other lifestyle habits."
The authors also reported that not drinking was associated with significantly lower cognitive performance in women. As noted by the authors, in any observational study there is the possibility of other lifestyle habits affecting cognitive function, and the present study was not able to adjust for certain ones (such as diet, income or profession) but did adjust for age, education, weight, depression and cardiovascular disease as its major risk factors.
The results of this study support findings from previous research on the topic: In the last three decades, the association between moderate alcohol intake and cognitive function has been investigated in 68 studies comprising 145,308 men and women from various populations with various drinking patterns. Most studies show an association between light-to-moderate alcohol consumption and better cognitive function and reduced risk of dementia, including both vascular dementia and Alzheimer's' Disease.
Such effects could relate to the presence in wine of a number of poly-phenols (antioxidants) and other micro elements that may help reduce the risk of cognitive decline with aging. Mechanisms that have been suggested for alcohol itself being protective against cognitive decline includes effects on atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), coagulation (thickening of the blood and clotting) and reducing inflammation (of artery walls, improving blood flow).