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Crowdfunding: A Potential New Revenue Source for Wine Industry

Crowdfunding: A Potential New Revenue Source for Wine Industry

by Elizabeth Hans McCrone  When Naked Wines was contemplating financing for a new, online wine venture in the United Kingdom five years ago, the company came up with a simple but astute philosophy: we need to be nice to our customers. “We said to ourselves ‘we don’t have huge financial backing, we can’t do things […]

How to Survive an OSHA Audit – part 3

How to Survive an OSHA Audit – part 3

Part one of a three part story by Paul Andersen OSHA Compliance Services In the last edition (part 1 & part 2) we reviewed what to expect during a workplace Inspection and briefly discussed your basic rights and the importance of cooperation during an Inspection. We will now conclude our three part story of “How […]

How to Survive an OSHA Audit – part 2

How to Survive an OSHA Audit – part 2

Part two of a three part story by Paul Andersen OSHA Compliance Services In the last edition we opened the story with a gentle reminder that Wineries, Growers and related services providers are subject to all appropriate CAL/OSHA rules and regulations. We discussed what triggers an audit and the basics on being prepared.  Please continue […]

How to Survive an OSHA Audit

How to Survive an OSHA Audit

Part one of a three part story by Paul Andersen OSHA Compliance Services Hello. I’m from OSHA and I am here to conduct an inspection. Few greetings are more inclined to cause one to cringe unless of course it’s one from the IRS. Wineries and Growers are prime businesses for a formal visit from CAL/OSHA […]

Beyond the Wine Aroma Wheel: ‘Wine Aroma Matrix’ pairs Olfactory with Vision

Beyond the Wine Aroma Wheel: ‘Wine Aroma Matrix’ pairs Olfactory with Vision

by Randy Cunningham  The Wine Aroma Matrix, WA-trix for short, represents an innovative new type of aroma chart that groups wine aromas by the color of the substance that is responsible for creating the aroma. All of the black fruit aromas are found grouped together on the same color row. Similarly, the listings of red […]

Wine Industry Revolutionary, Ben Parsons; Breaks with Tradition and Pushes Boundaries of the Law

Wine Industry Revolutionary, Ben Parsons; Breaks with Tradition and Pushes Boundaries of the Law

By Elizabeth Hans McCrone It’s no real surprise that Ben Parsons would be the chief instigator in a movement to change Colorado’s beverage distribution laws. Parsons is an unconventional winemaker any way you bottle it. Of course, if you were Ben Parson, you might not bottle it.  You’d can it – or keg it. Parsons […]

News Releases

Andegavia Pairs Luxury Wine with Sustainability & Convenience

Andegavia Pairs Luxury Wine with Sustainability & Convenience

America’s First Sustainably-Packaged Luxury-Class Wine Launches With Direct-to-Consumer Delivery April 16, 2014; NEW YORK – Andegavia Cask Wines today announced the introduction of the first sustainably-packaged, luxury wine brand with direct-to-consumer delivery. Blending the heritage of Old-World Europe with the spirit of today’s modern-day wine drinker, the smartly-designed Andegavia cask seals high-end varietals in recyclable […]

Iconic Fetzer Home Ranch Facility in Redwood Valley For Sale

Iconic Fetzer Home Ranch Facility in Redwood Valley For Sale

The Iconic Fetzer Home Ranch Facility in Redwood Valley has been listed for sale with Tony Ford and Tom Larson of NorCal Vineyards. The majority of the Home Ranch was first acquired in the 1950’s by the Fetzer Family. It totaled over 700 acres and was first developed to a rural home-site. The viticultural use […]

CLOUDBURST—A New Australian Winery that Took an Unprecedented Sweep at 2013 Margaret River Wine Show—is Now Availabe in the U.S.

CLOUDBURST—A New Australian Winery that Took an Unprecedented Sweep at 2013 Margaret River Wine Show—is Now Availabe in the U.S.

Award-winning Cloudburst Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are now available at www.cloudburstwine.com Margaret River, Australia (April 16, 2014)—Cloudburst, a new Australian wine created by first-time American winemaker Will Berliner, took the Australian wine world by storm, sweeping the 2013 Margaret River Wine Show with its inaugural vintage. Going beyond traditional winemaking philosophies, Berliner has proven that breaking […]

Hall Cabernet Cookoff Returns for Fifth Year

Hall Cabernet Cookoff Returns for Fifth Year

Epicurean Event Celebrates Napa Valley Chefs with 100% of Ticket Sales to Benefit Napa Valley Charities  ST. HELENA, CA (April 16, 2014) – The HALL Cabernet Cookoff will return for a fifth year in May and will feature an all-star line-up of both San Francisco and Napa Valley based Chef teams participating in a culinary […]

Paso Robles CAB Collective Announces 2014 Panelists and Moderator

Paso Robles CAB Collective Announces 2014 Panelists and Moderator

Second annual event to feature Moderator Matt Kettmann of Santa Barbara Independent and Wine Enthusiast, along with prestigious Paso Robles winemakers  April 16, 2014 (Paso Robles, Calif) — The Paso Robles CAB (Cabernet and Bordeaux) Collective (PRCC) will present a star-studded panel discussion as part of this year’s program. At 10 A.M. on Thursday, April […]

Fine Artist René Romero Schuler Debuts Exhibition at Chimney Rock Winery

Fine Artist René Romero Schuler Debuts Exhibition at Chimney Rock Winery

A collection of figural, abstract expressionism marks Romero Schuler’s first Napa Valley show What: Fine Artist René Romero Schuler will make her Napa Valley debut with the opening of her solo exhibition at Chimney Rock Winery, a Terlato Family Property in world-renowned Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. The exhibit is entitled “Cameo,” which is in […]

Spotlights

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 […]

Westec Tank Launches Innovative Dimple Line Design

Westec Tank Launches Innovative Dimple Line Design

We work hard at it; we earn it every day Location: Healdsburg, CA Web: www.westectank.com WIN Profile: Westect Tank & Equipment Printable PDF Version Westec Tank, an innovative leader in the stainless steel tank design industry for more than 30 years, has launched a new, dimple line tank construction that sets it apart from competitors and […]

State of the Art Mobile Filtration and Winemaking Solutions for Winemakers, by Winemakers

State of the Art Mobile Filtration and Winemaking Solutions for Winemakers, by Winemakers

State of the Art Mobile Filtration and Winemaking Solutions for Winemakers, by Winemakers Location: Napa, CA Web: www.winetech.us WIN Profile: Winetech Printable PDF Version Winemakers are constantly looking to improve their processes, reduce costs, and increase quality. Each year they are entrusted with the honor and responsibility to reach for the vintage’s full potential and ultimately achieve […]

Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, April 18

Afternoon Brief, April 18

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story: Diageo blames political instability as growth stalls Diageos interim results show only 0.3% growth over the last nine months, with organic net sales down 7.4%  to Quarter 3… Today’s News: Wine Spectator Auction Index Shows Healthy Increase in First Quarter of 2014 The Wine Spectator Auction Index, which […]

Afternoon Brief, April 17

Afternoon Brief, April 17

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story: Former Winetasting Network (WTN) executive pleads guilty to fraud, tax charges Martin Christopher Edwards, a former top executive of The Winetasting Network indicted nearly a year ago over nearly $900,000 diverted from the Napa company, has resurfaced and pleaded guilty, according to a statement from federal prosecutors Wednesday… […]

Afternoon Brief, April 16

Afternoon Brief, April 16

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story: Paso Robles CAB Collective Announces 2014 Panelists and Moderator The Paso Robles CAB (Cabernet and Bordeaux) Collective (PRCC) will present a star-studded panel discussion as part of this years program… Today’s News: Rare Nazi Wine to be Sold at Auction Hitler was famously teetotal but was known to gift high-ranking German […]

Afternoon Brief, April 15

Afternoon Brief, April 15

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story: To prevent crime, California farmers, deputies use proven tools Farmers and ranchers lose millions of dollars’ worth of property each year to thieves who steal metal, equipment, crops and livestock. To solve crimes and recover property, agriculture and law enforcement keep a variety of proven tools in their […]

Afternoon Brief, April 14

Afternoon Brief, April 14

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story: Climatologist points to wet, warm April for Northwest wine industry Research climatologist Greg Jones, whose work is respected in the Pacific Northwest wine industry and beyond, predicts warmer and wetter conditions for the region during second half of April… Today’s News: Why your holiday wine never tastes as […]

Afternoon Brief, April 11

Afternoon Brief, April 11

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story: Ardagh Group to sell six plants to settle $1.7bn Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges Ardagh Group has agreed to sell six of its nine glass container manufacturing plants in the US to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that its $1.7bn proposed acquisition of Saint-Gobain Containers could harm […]