Wine Delivered to Your Door: Minibar Delivery

Minibar Lifestyle
After the interview with Hello Vino, the second wine startup we interviewed is the NYC-based Minibar Delivery. We reached out to one of the co-founders, Lara Crystal. She founded the company in 2013 with Lindsey Andrews, a classmate at Wharton Business School. Both new to wine, they had the idea behind Minibar Delivery during one of their brainstorming sessions on new business models.
The complementary skills of the two founders helped the company get shaped: Lara has a background in luxury products and Lindsey in e-commerce.

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Your Wine Recommendation Engine: Hello Vino

In the next weeks, I will post some interviews with startups active in the wine industry. I will focus on wine apps as well as companies working on the delivery side.

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to meet Rick Breslin, co-founder of Hello Vino and Head of Product Design. You all know many wine apps: it’s a crowded space now, and it’s becoming more and more competitive. But Hello Vino was founded in 2009 – one of the earliest players in the space – and has been growing organically since then.

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Decoding the Decanting Process

Decoding The Decanting Process

This is a guest post written by Zachary Sussman and first published at

When, Why, and How to Use a Decanter for Your Wine

To decant or not to decant? With apologies to Shakespeare, this is so often the question on the minds of wine lovers, for whom the time-honored practice of decanting a favorite bottle of wine can feel baffling and intimidating.

Although it may seem unnecessarily fancy and stuffy – or best left to professional sommeliers and serious collectors with hundreds of expensive bottles in their cellars – the ritual of decanting wine isn’t at all complicated or mysterious. It can be accomplished easily in the comfort of your own home, whenever the occasion arises.

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Everything You Need to Know About EXPO 2015 and the Wine Pavilion

The Wine Pavillion Expo 2015

Last Friday EXPO 2015 finally opened the doors to visitors from all over the world.
I say “finally” because it has been a fight back and forth between optimists and pessimists: in the last six months I kept reading that everything was still under construction and would never be ready on time from some sources and that everything was perfectly on track from other sources.

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7 Brunello di Montalcino to get to the Heart of the Terroir

Brunello Journey to the Heart Terroir

“Viaggio al Centro del Terroir” (“Journey to the Heart of the Terroir”), the tasting of 7 Brunello di Montalcino, organized by AIS (Italian Sommelier Association), was scheduled right after the tasting of 14 Chianti Classico with Doctor Wine. It happened just by chance, but it was perfect for my journey through Tuscan wines and made a lot of sense in terms of raising complexity and structure of the wines.

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