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March 12, 2008

Wine MBA - my colleagues

graduating class

Graduating Class Wine MBA 2008- Mikaela Sullivan, Francesco Ferlaino, Adam Morris, Johan Gouws, Miranda Porterfield, Thomas Gallagher, Amy Mumma.  Not Pictured: Edoardo Narduzzi 

Awaiting the ceremonies at Chateau La Couspaude, St. Emilion

As I stated in my little speech at the ceremony, many thanks to all of my classmates, profs, visiting lecturers and staff. 

Wine MBA graduation and Michel Rolland

Receiving the diploma


Philip McLaughlin (Dean of BEM), Thomas Gallagher, Michel Rolland

Michel Rolland was our class mentor and delivered the commencement address. 

March 04, 2008

Hong Kong wine duty eliminated

I know this quite a few days late but I really wanted to comment on this.  Hong Kong has eliminated their duties on wine after having them last year (they went from 80% to 40%).  The implications of this in my opinion could be huge and we are already seeing some repercussions.  Two US wine auction house have already announced that they will be holding auctions in Hong Kong.  Vinfolio, is trying to make further inroads into the market, announced prior to duty elimination.

Will this create a new powwer center in the world of fine wine? 

(HT The Wine Collector - a Vinfolio blog) 

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