Welcome to the Fidelitas Wine Club!

Fidelitas is a family owned winery found on Red Mountain in Washington Wine Country. Our winemaker, Charlie Hoppes, produces hand crafted, Bordeaux-style wines made from some of the best fruit grown in Washington State. The Fidelitas Wine Club is really more than just a club. It’s more like a full service concierge program, where our members have access to top benefits, events and of course, outstanding wine. This blog is a place where our members can come together to see what is new at the winery, connect with one another, and get a sneak peek at upcoming releases and events.

September 21, 2009

I Love IT

Last week I was able to attend a conference in Napa that focused on the financial side of the wine industry. There were a lot of the big players from the industry who attended: wineries with high price tags, companies that own multiple wineries, etc. One of the main topics that continued to be discussed was "with a shaky economy, are people willing to spend as much on wine (and how will that affect us)?" Now, keep in mind that many Napa Cabs easily come out at over $100 per bottle. It is somewhat of a different ball game down there...
The research company Wine Opinions did a presentation on a survey they conducted within the California wine industry. Respondants were from wineries, restaurants, retail outlets and distributors. One of the questions was "Many people are 'trading down' and are not willing to spend $50 - $100 on a bottle of Napa Cabernet. What region provides the best quality to value ratio for bottles under $50?" Guess who won? Washington. 24% of the respondants (from within the trade!) felt that wines from Washington state provided the highest quality for the price. Washington even beat out Napa wines under $50.
On the way home, I saw a headline in the paper that read CONSUMERS STILL WANT IT BUT IT HAS CHANGED. The article was actually about 'trading down' on items like designer purses, but I felt that it really applied in this situation as well. People want to feel like they are getting something great, but may not care so much about the label as they do about the quality of the product.
Everyone we talked with down there felt that wineries like Fidelitas really are in that category of quality and value. The wines are still special, there is still a price tag involved, but they are filled with Charlie's experience and outstanding grapes rather than just a designer name.
This is kind of a funny time to share this picture, but if nothing else, we know that people are still enjoying themselves in a shaky economy. This was sent to me by a member who brought some Fidelitas on a trip to the Mayan Riveria.
On a fun note, I'll be posting later today about my big cooking feast this weekend, and sharing recipes for the new releases.

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