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All American Containers Pioneers Packaging Retail Concept for the Wine Industry

All American Containers Pioneers Packaging Retail Concept for the Wine Industry

Last year All American Containers (AAC) moved to a new location in Windsor with a 35,000 square foot warehouse space and room for their new innovative wine packaging retail store. “We’re like your local hardware store,” says Stephanie Ramczyk, “if you’re bottling and running short on corks, you can drive over, grab a bag off […]

New Rodney Strong Winery Installation Optimized for Quality and Economy

New Rodney Strong Winery Installation Optimized for Quality and Economy

Last year the old 11,500 square foot warehouse behind the main Rodney Strong Winery building was used exclusively for storage, but today it’s a state of the art winemaking facility nearly ready for harvest. Winemaker Justin Seidenfeld has meticulously researched and designed the details of the project that will be the home of a new […]

Three mistakes every small winery makes when dealing with retailers, and how to correct them for more sales into the channel

Three mistakes every small winery makes when dealing with retailers, and how to correct them for more sales into the channel

As an alcohol beverage consumer I drink all types of libations. I love the gins, especially the handcrafted ones. Micro beers are so hot now that if you wait one week a new one will appear on your retailer’s shelf. Finally there’s wine, glorious wine! So many choices, varietals, regions, styles, micro-this, bio-that, and fermented […]

Direct to Consumer Sales Fails to Lift the Wine Industry

Direct to Consumer Sales Fails to Lift the Wine Industry

- Brian D Rosen My team and I just returned from a few days in Napa, CA. For those not in the business Napa is glamorous and sexy and romantic. For those of us that are in the business this can be as exciting as a week in Des Moines. I was giving a keynote […]

Rebranding the wine with the worst reputation in the world

Rebranding the wine with the worst reputation in the world

In the mid-nineties Lambrusco had become synonymous with Riunite, a cheap, low alcohol sweet wine that sommeliers wouldn’t allow anywhere near their wine lists, but one wine importer, James Koch of JKI, decided to start a campaign to realign Lambrusco with its authentic expression, a fizzy, dry red wine with 11% or more alcohol from […]

Wine, beer, & spirits groups find more, not less, benefit in sharing their stories

Wine, beer, & spirits groups find more, not less, benefit in sharing their stories

Most who enjoy adult beverages don’t confine themselves to one particular type of drink. A craft beer or hard cider on a hot day, cocktails on Friday evening with friends and a fine wine with dinner at a good restaurant all have their place in contemporary lifestyles.

That said, do the makers and distributors of these products find themselves competing with one another for the same market share or struggling to define themselves as the one consistent beverage of choice?

News Releases

Bowyer makes second acquisition of Livermore’s Bonham Label Company

Bowyer makes second acquisition of Livermore’s Bonham Label Company

Adams Label Company, LLC. Announces the acquisition of Bonham Label Company, LLC. a label printing company specializing in specialty high decoration wine labels and other key industry labels. Livermore, CA July 31, 2014 – Adams Label Company announced its acquisition of Bonham Label Company, LLC, Located in Livermore, California on July 31, 2014. Bonham Label […]

TTB Establishes the Manton Valley Viticultural Area

TTB Establishes the Manton Valley Viticultural Area

Washington, D.C. — On Friday, August 1, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will publish a final rule in Federal Register establishing the approximately 11,178-acre “Manton Valley” American viticultural area in portions of Shasta and Tehama Counties in northern California. The Manton Valley viticultural area does not contain or overlap any […]

Support Israel by Buying Wines Produced in the Holy Land

Support Israel by Buying Wines Produced in the Holy Land

Buy any 12 wines made in Israel by participating wineries and a donation will be made to Israel’s Red Cross by the Israeli Wine Producers Association (IWPA) New York, July 31, 2014  –  Now more than ever, Israel needs support and oenophiles can do their part to help by purchasing Wines from Israel. For every […]

Charles Krug Winery Appoints New Vice President, Direct to Consumer Sales

Charles Krug Winery Appoints New Vice President, Direct to Consumer Sales

DTC expert Aura Bland joins historic, family-owned winery St. Helena, California, July 30th, 2014 – Charles Krug Winery co-proprietor Peter Mondavi Jr. announced today that Aura Bland will join the team as Vice President, Direct to Consumer Sales, to further develop the family winery’s growing portfolio of consumer accounts, effective August 4th. The appointment underscores […]

De-Mystifying Whole-Cluster Fermentation

De-Mystifying Whole-Cluster Fermentation

Laetitia Vineyard & Winery winemaker discusses the use of stems in winemaking July 30, 2014 – (Arroyo Grande, Calif) Whole-cluster fermentation is gaining rapid interest as a winemaking practice, but how much does the average consumer really know about this mysterious method and its effects? “Whole-cluster fermentation is the act of using the entire bunch […]

Second Annual Postmodern Winemaking Symposium

Second Annual Postmodern Winemaking Symposium

Winemaking consultant and author of the critically acclaimed book Postmodern Winemaking, Clark Smith has designed a two day forum for experienced winemakers. This is not a lecture, but an interactive format allowing for a variety of expert perspectives. The forum will take it’s starting point in Smith’s book, which is included in the seminar fee, […]

Spotlights

Turrentine Brokerage on Cutting Edge of Industry Expertise

Turrentine Brokerage on Cutting Edge of Industry Expertise

Location: Novato, CA Web: www.turrentinebrokerage.com WIN Profile: Turrentine Brokerage Printable PDF Version Turrentine President Steve Fredricks doesn’t mince words when it comes to having confidence in his company. “With more than 41 years in this business, we know the supply side of the wine business,” Fredricks asserts. “The complexities in the marketplace can be confusing […]

G3 Label Team Thrives for the Perfect Impression in Wine Labels

G3 Label Team Thrives for the Perfect Impression in Wine Labels

Location: Modesto, CA Web: www.g3enterprises.com WIN Profile: G3 Enterprises Printable PDF Version G3 Enterprises, the undisputed industry leader in wine packaging solutions, has leaped further to the forefront with a new press, a sustainable wine label, and an innovative cap and labeling system designed for lightly-carbonated wines attractive to millennial consumers. “We’ve doubled the size of […]

Zingerman’s Deli Co-Founder to Deliver Keynote at Direct 2014 Conference in Napa

Zingerman’s Deli Co-Founder to Deliver Keynote at Direct 2014 Conference in Napa

Early Bird Ends This Friday! Location: Napa, CA Web: www.shipcompliant.com WIN Profile: ShipCompliant Printable PDF Version Successful Entrepreneur to Present “Natural Laws of Business” Wine industry professionals will be served up deli-style during Ari Weinzweig’s keynote address at ShipCompliant’s 9th annual DIRECT 2014 sales conference, taking place May 8 and 9 at the Napa Valley Marriott. […]

G3 Innovation – Solutions for the Wine Industry

G3 Innovation – Solutions for the Wine Industry

Location: Modesto, CA Web: www.g3enterprises.com WIN Profile: G3 Enterprises Printable PDF Version It begins with a need; a challenge faced by the wine industry. How do we improve our wine’s shelf life, how do we make our product stand out on the shelf, how do we become more sustainable? The strategy at G3 is to provide […]

Allied Tube & Conduit Improved Vine Training System

Allied Tube & Conduit Improved Vine Training System

The Foundation of a Healthy Vine and Quality Wine! Location: Harvey, IL Web: www.atc-mechanical.com WIN Profile: Allied Tube & Conduit Printable PDF Version Allied Tube & Conduit’s steel tubing is well-known in the agricultural industry for its triple layer protection and durability. Our engineers looked into the problems that vineyards were experiencing and solved several. […]

Duarte Nursery Stocked With Abundant Supply of Ultra Clean Grapevines for 2014

Duarte Nursery Stocked With Abundant Supply of Ultra Clean Grapevines for 2014

A Vision for Clean Plants Achieved Location: Hughson, CA Web: www.duartenursery.com WIN Profile: Duarte Nursery Printable PDF Version Growers throughout California and beyond can take advantage of an abundant supply of disease-free rootstock and scion buds now available for the 2014 grafting and delivery season from Duarte Nursery, the largest permanent crops nursery in the […]

Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, July 31

Afternoon Brief, July 31

Drought fails to dampen California spirits for 2014 harvest:
Many winemakers in California believe the state’s drought will not drastically affect this year’s harvest, which they say is running two weeks early and is expected to yield a healthy crop…

Afternoon Brief, July 30

Afternoon Brief, July 30

Professor Claims Terroir is ‘A Myth’:
The quality of some of the worlds top wines is down to a concentration of expertise rather than terroir, a French professor has argued…

Afternoon Brief, July 29

Afternoon Brief, July 29

Where the biggest beer, wine, and liquor drinkers live in the U.S.:   
America’s thirst for alcohol might know no boundaries, but certain parts of the country do seem especially parched…

Afternoon Brief, July 28

Afternoon Brief, July 28

Wine auctioneer charged with grand theft:
Joshua Krummenoehl, of Brooklyn, New York, was charged late June with multiple counts of grand theft involving alleged victims from various states, including California, Hawaii, New York and Colorado…

Afternoon Brief, July 25

Afternoon Brief, July 25

Vintner Jim Fetzer closing Ceago Vinegarden:
Jim Fetzer, who worked along with his family to create their namesake wine and then later started his own Lake County winery noted for its unique biodynamic farming, has announced his retirement…

Afternoon Brief, July 24

Afternoon Brief, July 24

Women for WineSense to Hold Networking Mixer at St. Clair Brown Winery:
The Napa/Sonoma chapter of Women for WineSense (WWS) will host a professional networking event, at St. Clair Brown Winery in Napa on Thursday, August 14, 2014, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., open to the public. Guests will enjoy a showcase of nine wines, paired with appetizer bites from the garden created by Executive Chef Norma Whitt…