Twenty years ago on July 4, 1997, Jennifer and Paul Tincknell founded Tincknell & Tincknell, Wine Sales and Marketing Consultants, in Healdsburg, Sonoma County. Tincknell & Tincknell assist clients with business, marketing, and sales strategies, and provide marketing support, packaging design, and industry advice, including start-up assistance. Over the last two decades, the firm has assisted over 100 clients from around the world.
This past weekend a brilliant, talented, optimistic young man from our small town was killed by a drunk driver. If there is to be any sense out of this young man’s death, it must begin with an examination of our souls of us who work in the alcohol beverage industry, and acknowledge the role our products play in countless injuries and deaths each year. If we are really honest with ourselves, we must admit that we don’t do enough to protect our customers.
Over the years Tincknell & Tincknell have helped hundreds of clients wrestle with product pricing. Surprisingly, most domestic wineries do not know how pricing works in the three-tier sales channel, much less foreign wineries. It is not a simple or linear equation.