The Boxed Wine Trail

Boxed wines sales are up 32.4% again in 2008 amidst a tidal wave of bad economic news hasn’t gone unnoticed by wineries that are looking for new ways to market and sell their wines. After all, boxed wines – also known as bag-in-box and wine casks – offer packaging that dispenses affordable, fresh wine for up to six weeks or more, and pouring a glass is as easy as pushing a tap. And this year interesting, tasty boxed wines are cropping up all over the U.S. More and more wineries, big and small, are launching new wines in fun, bold, and creative packaging. A “Boxed Wine Trail” is emerging across the United States.

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Buzz to Bubble

The wine industry is abuzz about “web 2.0” marketing, also known as “social networking” or “social network marketing”, as the latest trend in marketing wine. Web 2.0 encompasses “technology and web design that aim to enhance creativity, communications, secure information sharing, collaboration and functionality of the web” according to Wikipedia. Web 2.0 provides some valuable tools, and makes marketing for wineries easier because of it, especially for smaller wineries. The basics of marketing still remain the same: creating a robust, interesting brand identity; finding an audience of loyal and potential customers; and building relationships with customers through communicating that brand identity creatively and succinctly.

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Two New Box Wine Projects

Tincknell & Tincknell, Inc., Wine Sales and Marketing Consultants, continue to lead the wine industry in the branding, positioning, and development of the super-premium, 3-liter, boxed wine packaging. T&T and Erickson Design of San Francisco, California, teamed together to create the branding, positioning, and packaging design for Brutocao Cellars’, of Mendocino County, California, new Bliss Box. T&T has been the advisory consulting firm for Amicus Cellars of Napa Valley, California, on its roll-out of the X Box, including branding and introduction into their national sales markets.

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