Denver Business Journal
by Ed Sealover
Feb 19, 2010 -- ..... Eric Orange was on the forefront of the movement when he launched www. localwineevents.com in July 2000 as a way to alert vinophiles of special tastings at restaurants, liquor stores and vineyards around the Denver area. A wine seller at a Denver company at the time, Orange grew tired of attending tastings where six people showed up only to find later that other wine lovers complained they weren't able to find out about such happenings. What began as a local passion quickly mushroomed into a site that expanded to cities around the country and now features free listings in 504 localities across North America, England and Australia. Orange has relocated to Valley Forge, Pa., but said he finds people not only wanting to know what's happening in their neighborhood but writing to him to find out what is on the calendar in a certain location when they're visiting other cities.
by Ed Thralls
Feb 18, 2010 -- LocalWineEvents.com is a great website that I use quite often to find tastings, wine dinners and other wine-related events in the Atlanta area. After my recent review of the iVisit Sonoma County application on the iPhone, Eric V. Orange, CEO/Founder of LocalWineEvents.com reached out and asked if I’d take a look at their new application too. The app was just released on January 28, 2010 so it practically hot out of the oven. PROS 1. Just like many iPhone apps, this program will be more valuable when you allow it to use your current location. 2. Once you select your location, you are given a list of today’s and future events that are closest to your current location. 3. The Details screen show some good information including the phone number of the establishment that can be pressed and automatically called. You can also view the establishment on a map and even forward the event in an email to a friend. 4. If you know you are travelling to another location other than where you are currently, you can easily select another city in a another country to find events. OPPORTUNITIES 1. The event listing screen always defaults to 30 Mile radius and only has 4 options. It could be helpful, at least in my opinion, if it remembered my previous setting and offered more flexibility in radius options. For example, by having the radius options as buttons at the top, the number of selections are limited. The scroll list type of function could be used and allow more options to be made available, or it could allow the user to type in the radius directly. Personally, I would like the option of 5 mile radius to be made available. In most cases, I will not be travelling 50 miles around Atlanta to go to an event, especially with the lovely traffic we get here 2. Just like I found with the Sonoma County app, the map option on the details screen does not allow the user to get directions that is so common and helpful via Google maps. 3. I’d like to see a website link, if available, for the establishment on the Details page, which is often available on the event page on the website. 4. It may also be very helpful to add a calendar feature which allows the user to specify a date in the future to further filter the event list. If I know I am not available until this coming Saturday and want to see what’s going on then, I have to scroll through the list currently. 5. In addition to the mail feature, it might be nice to include some of the social media links like Twitter or Facebook so that a user can inform their networks they are attending an event and include the event link. 6. Unfortunately, as with many version 1.0 releases, I did stumble upon a few bugs that I am sure will be worked out over the next couple of releases. Some of these still occurred after deleting and reinstalling the app as well as hard-booting the iPhone. Overall, I feel this application can be very valuable for those users looking for wine-related events in their cities while on the go. It can become even more valuable when even more valuable mobile and social features are added including those mentioned above. The more users can do with regard to filtering and finding events, making it easier to get to an event and finally sharing the event with others, the more valuable it will become.
Food And Wine Magazine
Jan 01, 2010 -- Check out localwineevents.com. It lists wine classes and free tastings throughout the country.
Orlando Florida Vacation Examiner
by Rochelle Paul
Nov 02, 2009 -- Wine and wine tastings are no longer the bastion of wine aficionados and experts. Everyday folks who simply love the taste, and wish to enjoy wine more than sipping in private over a dinner at home, are stepping out to discover what the world of wine is all about. Fear and embarrassment because one doesn’t know the difference between a Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon is no longer keeping people from all walks of life, stepping out, tasting wines from around the word, visiting wineries, and experiencing wine for more than something to go with fish or beef. Yet how does one find a wine tasting or event?LocalWineEvents.com , an ingenious website from Founder/Developer Eric Orange, has answered the call for those just starting out, as well as those with more expertise and experience. Eric brings to his website, twenty plus years within the wine industry, from literally working in the dirt, learning how to grow grapes, to making wine as Vineyard Supervisor. His career extended as he became a member of the Society of Wine Educators, and serving on the board of the American Institute of Wine and Food. Tapping into the increasing use of the Internet, Eric had several tries at selling wine nationally via Internet, before starting his own site, LocalWineEvents.com. By tapping into the expanding reach of the Internet, Eric and his team have opened up an avenue for exploring wines not previously available. As a marketing platform for local businesses to share their events, to a pathway for those interested in wine to discover more than what’s on their local grocery shelves, LocalWineEvents.com is a valuable tool in an increasingly small world, where distance is a reality, but opportunity abounds. The idea behind LocalWineEvents.com is pretty simple: one website where you can search by state or city for events and festivals. While one can use the site for the locations around their home, it has also opened the venue to anyone, anywhere. Perhaps you live in Chicago, but are traveling to Orlando over the holidays. On a regular basis, keep on top of the range of activities within the Chicago area, even those happening throughout Northern Illinois, Southeast Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana. A range of opportunities, with a range of locations, wines, prices, and chances to taste wine. Prior to your vacation, check out what’s happening in and around Orlando. Perhaps the hotel you’re staying at hosts events. Maybe there will be a local wine shop hosting something while you’re in. Maybe there is an annual festival, and you’ll be in town. The greatest opportunities behind LocalWineEvents.com come from all around the nation, and are opportunities that present themselves to everyone, year round. The website does not discriminate, providing information on beer and spirits as well. Eric Orange brings his 20+ years experience to LocalWineEvents.com(Photo courtesy of LocatlWineEvents.com) This is a two-way streetFor those who own wine businesses, hotels, or perhaps host an event, LocalWineEvents.com is an exciting way for you to advertise your event to a national audience. No longer stuck with your local newspaper, your website - that only those who know about you will use - or competing on an unfair playing field with those who can afford more advertising, LocalWineEvents.com opens the door for your business to attract a whole lot more to your door. According to Eric, the overall number of subscribers to the site is 110,893. The number of businesses reaching out to those subscribers is 14,326. And while it will vary by city, Eric provided the top cities, and the number of current (and growing) subscribers. New York City 11,577San Francisco Bay Area 5479LA 5315Chicago 5197Napa 4100 As LocalWineEvents.com continues to grow, so too do the numbers. Imagine reaching out to more than 5000 subscribers in your area.But you’re not limited by the local area. Someone traveling to your city can also use the site to find you. That increases the numbers of potential guests coming through your doors.Not just for subscribers The numbers I’ve listed above, aside from the number of businesses using the service, are subscribers. Those people, like myself, receive a weekly newsletter geared towards their chosen area, and the events being held there. This does not include the numbers of passers-by, or those who do not subscriber, but use the site to find an event. Looking for a Wine FestivalLocalWineEvents.com is a great source for information about upcoming wine festivals. Florida, for example, hosts several events throughout the year, some during the peak winter travel season.One such event is the 10th Anniversary of The Naples Winter Wine Festival. Ranked among the “top 10 arts and entertainment events for wealthy Americans”, one will find a link to this festival site on LocalWineEvents.com. Not one of “America’s wealthy”? No problem. Events are held year round, different cities, different demographics. Whatever type of event, whatever the price range, whatever the experience level, LocalWineEvents.com has opened the door to everyone seeking to learn and experience more about wine, spirits and beer. Thank you for reading. I hope you take a look at my other articles, and I invite you to join me on Twitter/RoriTravel and at RoriTravel - a blog about Traveling Florida - I am a Freelance Writer - available for hire - plus, experience the Rantings of a Social Media Marketer - as a Consultant in Florida, I will be able to help travel businesses/businesses set up and understand how to incorporate Social Media Marketing into their Marketing Plans. Please contact me for further details and service area. 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Kansas City Wine Examiner
by Dennis Schaefer
Sep 21, 2009 -- In a report at the Wine Industry Financial Symposium in Napa last week, Wine Opinions, a research provider to the U.S. wine industry, revealed the top 7 wine bloggers, according to their trade survey. The results were ranked by wine blog and frequency of visits. Those in the trade who said they visited these blogs "frequently," as opposed to "occasionally," ranked the bloggers as follows. 1.Eric Asimov, N.Y. Times, The Pour 23% 2.Eric Orange, LocalWineEvents.com 21% 3.Steve Tanzer, International Wine Cellar 15% 4.Jancis Robinson (tie), Jancis Robinson 13% 5.Alder Yarrow (tie), Vinography 13% 6.Tyler Colman, Dr. Vino 12% 7.Gary Vaynerchuk, Wine Library TV 9% The survey list was a subset of the wine blogging community, as there are hundreds of wine bloggers, ranging from those who have been doing it for years to those who just started blogging last month. There has been considerable discussion in both the press and wine blogging community about how and if wine bloggers are changing the wine world, whether it be in the democratizing of wine criticism or the influence they have in consumer wine purchases. Interestingly enough, populist wine disciple, Gary Vaynerchuk, who has become a new media cultural icon, was rated dead last by the wine trade. This would seem to suggest that his popularity rests with regular wine consumers and those millennials and gen-xers who are looking to learn more about wine but in a non-old school, digitally direct way. Meanwhile, Eric Asimov's "The Pour" was listed as the most frequented blog, but then he does have the bully pulpit of the New York Times behind him. Later this week, Wine Opinions will release their entire "Market Track 1" report, which will detail the survey findings of the trade panel, as well as a consumer survey panel. Wine Opinions says this will be the most in depth and comprehensive study of U.S. wine consumers and the trade that has been done since the recession began.
by Gary V.
Jul 14, 2009 --
by Randy Torban
Apr 22, 2008 -- How one man saw a need for organization and created one of the most popular wine communities on the web. Eric Orange is a pioneer in the age of online wine marketing and sales. His concept of an interactive way to help wine advocates find wine tastings not only came to fruition, but has grown to represent the number one place where people go to post and find wine events. For some it is a portal through which industry leaders can market to customers in old and new markets; for others it is a well organized database filled with possible places to test-drive wines. And to think, it all started with the question, "how do I find out about wine events?" Eric Orange, founder of LocalWineEvents.com. Eric is no stranger to the wine world, having worked for an importer in Colorado, coordinating company wine dinners. As the wine dinners grew, so did the number of people interested in them. Wanting to give wine enthusiasts as much information as possible gave birth to LocalWineEvents on July 1, 2000. Eric has been a proud 'father' ever since. Now, in 2008, there are over 1,000 wine postings per week, a rise of 15-20% from last year. Eric explains this rise is due to so many new restaurants holding wine tastings, new wine festivals, and an increase in wine drinkers from the Mid-West. "Despite being beer drinkers, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Kansas are all regularly posting events." It is no surprise that the wine business is on the rise -- there are more regions producing and new generations interested in learning abut wine. It makes sense for wine retailers and wine enthusiasts to come together on the internet -- "People are looking for things to do now, and unlike newspapers that need ample notice, things can be posted online in a matter of minutes." This also correlates to the buying and selling of wine online. Many people are still buying wine in stores instead of buying online. They want the bottles immediately, instead of waiting and comparing prices online. In order to have more online purchasing, consumers really need to see price savings. That is why sites that enable customers to compare prices are ahead of competitors. Eric, a Pennsylvania resident, buys his wine at the best price point he can find it - not always from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Eric and Kate Orange have enjoyed the recent increase in wine events across the country. So is the increase in wine events causing an increase in wine sales? Eric honestly doesn't know. "The majority of people just go to enjoy themselves," Eric says. Some people pay attention to what they are drinking, but most of them don't remember what they tried. This then begs the question of whether or not these wine events help to brand the wineries present. Eric feels that they do help reinforce brand loyalty amongst old markets, and helps market to new customers as well. But he does feel that these wineries and retailers are not doing enough to follow up with those from the events. "It is hard to follow up with customers from wine events; most (representatives) don't even think about it...but they should." The internet is a perfect place in which to do this -- connecting wine event attendees to the wines they just tasted. Still, Eric enjoys watching the growing number of people using the web to search for wine and wine events. He hopes that with so many new events, ticket prices will stay low and the crowds won't get too big. For Eric, the best wine events are the intimate ones -- just like those he used to organize when creating LocalWineEvents.com. Randy Torban is the Director of Business Development and contributing editor at ClassicWines.com
Fox 29 Philadelphia
Dec 27, 2007 -- Eric V. Orange on Good Day Philadlephia, Fox 29.
The Washington Post
Aug 08, 2007 -- -Join a wine society. The American Wine Society ( http://www.americanwinesociety.org) has dozens of chapters nationwide, including several in Maryland and Virginia. The Washington-based Wine Tasting Association ( http://www.winetasting.org) has as its motto"Making learning about wine fun and unintimidating." -Attend local wine tastings. An invaluable online source is Eric V. Orange's LocalWineEvents.com, which lists thousands of events globally and is searchable by city. Many events are reasonably priced or free. -Get to know your local wine retailers. Sign up for their mailing lists so you'll be sure to hear about their upcoming tastings.
New York Magazine
by Jonathan S. Paul
May 28, 2007 -- "LocalWineEvents.com is a Website where your readers can go and check out all the local wine events in the city." --- Gary Vaynerchuk, owner of Wine Library, in Springfield, New Jersey, quoted in New York Magazine.