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Constellation Pilots Innovative BioFiltro Wastewater Treatment System

Constellation Pilots Innovative BioFiltro Wastewater Treatment System

Constellation plans to put millions of earthworms to work in 2015. Don’t worry, they won’t be making the wine, they’ll be cleaning the wastewater from winery operations. BioFiltro is currently running a trial of their BIDA® System at Constellation Brands’ winery in Madera, California, and if all goes as expected, a new BioFiltro installation with […]

Winning Big by Thinking Small

Winning Big by Thinking Small

I look at the three tier system as one that is ripe with opportunity for emerging brands, brokers, and all those that make and produce the goods we like to sell. The issue with the 3 tier is that it is so incredibly fragmented that it is often hard to gain traction if you are […]

Winemakers Use Art to Attract an Audience for Wine

Winemakers Use Art to Attract an Audience for Wine

By Elizabeth Hans McCrone Art and wine have always had a natural affinity. Art openings are characterized by lavish wine receptions and hors ‘d oeuvres. Tasting rooms are filled with intriguing artistic items that tempt customers into purchases beyond a favorite bottle. Fine art and fine wine are often sold to well-heeled bidders at the […]

The Demand for Sustainability Resonates with the Wine Industry

The Demand for Sustainability Resonates with the Wine Industry

Sustainability in vineyard operations and wine making is nothing new. For many wineries it has been an integrated, albeit unspoken, part of their operating philosophies for years, but the growing awareness and demand for sustainability from consumers has created new challenges and opportunities for wineries. “We’ve noticed that the demand for sustainable solutions has increased […]

Is Your Winery Ready for a TTB Audit?

Is Your Winery Ready for a TTB Audit?

From winemaking to marketing; sales to accounting, every part of running a winery contributes to the success of the business. Part of ensuring success is keeping the business compliant. This is particularly important if you are selected for a TTB audit. Compliance isn’t a fun or popular topic, but it is a necessary one. You […]

The Benefits of Choosing Custom Crush as Your First Wine Venture

The Benefits of Choosing Custom Crush as Your First Wine Venture

By Penny Gadd-Coster It’s no secret the time commitment and financial investment of starting up one’s own wine brand is daunting. The list of investments needed is a long one: expensive equipment, overhead for the building including light, water, and insurance; not to mention employees, fruit costs, supplies, etc. After crunching these costs, you may […]

News Releases

Dreyfus, Ashby & Co. Appointed Exclusive U.S. Importer for Premium, Family-Owned Wine Companies

Dreyfus, Ashby & Co. Appointed Exclusive U.S. Importer for Premium, Family-Owned Wine Companies

Champagne Drappier, Marqués de Vargas, and J. Hofstätter, Join Dreyfus, Ashby & Co.’s Global Portfolio of Renowned Wine Producers New York, NY (September 19, 2014) – Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., a leading importer of premium, family-owned wines, announced today that it has been awarded the exclusive rights to import Champagne Drappier, Marqués de Vargas and J. […]

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Guala Closures Group Opens First North American Production Plant

Guala Closures Group Opens First North American Production Plant

September 12, 2014 – In the presence of Senator Lois Wolk and Mayor Harry Price as well as other dignitaries, Guala Closures Group officially opened its first production plant in the USA. Based in Fairfield, California, the new facility opened its doors showcasing a state-of-the-art Design Studio. The Guala Closures Design Studio consists of on-site […]

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Paso Robles Winery Flying International

Paso Robles Winery Flying International

Japan Airlines launches Peachy Canyon Westside Zinfandel on International Business Class Routes PASO ROBLES, CA AND TOKYO, JAPAN — Sept. 11, 2014 — Japan Airlines has begun serving Peachy Canyon Winery’s Westside Zinfandel 2011 from Paso Robles on their international business class routes starting from early August 2014. The wine has been introduced in Business Class […]

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Irreverent Radio Show Launches: Bottle Talk with Rick & Paul

Irreverent Radio Show Launches: Bottle Talk with Rick & Paul

Joined by some of the top names in the world of wine, award-winning writers Rick Kushman and Paul Wagner have launched a streaming radio show about wine that aims to break new ground in conversations about wine.  Recorded at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, the show includes questions from listeners, interviews, wine recommendations, and an […]

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Exports of Provence Rosé to the U.S. Climb Another 20% by Mid-Year

Exports of Provence Rosé to the U.S. Climb Another 20% by Mid-Year

Consumers drive demand: Nielsen data shows imported premium rosé sales at record highs New York, NY – Exports of rosé wines from Provence, the world’s rosé capital, to the United States grew 20% on volume and 26% on value from May 2013 through May 2014, according to new data released by the French customs agency. This […]

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Americas Oldest Winery Turns 175 Years Old

Americas Oldest Winery Turns 175 Years Old

Brotherhood Winery’s Anniversary Marks Significant Milestone For The U.S. Wine Industry WASHINGTONVILLE, NY (SEPTEMBER 3, 2014)— Brotherhood Winery, America’s Oldest Winery, celebrates its 175th year of harvest this fall. Since its first vintage release in 1839, the Hudson Valley institution has maintained uninterrupted production of its wines each year—surviving the Civil War, two World Wars and […]

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Spotlights

Advanced Manufacturing Process Accelerates Demand

Advanced Manufacturing Process Accelerates Demand

North American Distributor: G3 Enterprises; Modesto, CA Web: www.diam-cork.com WIN Profile: Diam Closures New facility in France set to expand production capacity to 2 Billion Diam, one of the undisputed leaders in the wine enclosure industry, has experienced an explosive U.S. sales expansion, while planning for even greater capacity once its new production facility comes on line […]

Stelvin® Inside Offers Superior Performance & Winemaking Range

Stelvin® Inside Offers Superior Performance & Winemaking Range

Location: American Canyon, CA Web: www.amcor.com WIN Profile: Amcor Flexibles Printable PDF version People have been intrigued by aluminum closures ever since they first appeared in the 1960’s as a convenient, easy to open and reclose alternative to cork. More than fifty years later, today’s Stelvin® caps are revolutionizing the beverage closures industry through a technology […]

Della Toffola Releases OMNIA Ceramic Cross-Flow Filter for U.S. Trials

Della Toffola Releases OMNIA Ceramic Cross-Flow Filter for U.S. Trials

Location: Windsor, CA Web: www.dellatoffola.us WIN Profile: Della Toffola USA Innovative Filtration System Maximizes Juice Recovery to more than 90% DELLA TOFFOLA’s high-solids, cross-flow filter system with ceramic membranes – known as OMNIA – is making big waves throughout the U.S. wine industry – and for good reason. The OMNIA series provide an exceptional juice recovery […]

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. […]

Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, September 19

Afternoon Brief, September 19

Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Fight Proposed AVA Expansion:
Unknown a decade ago, Sta. Rita Hills is now one of the most-respected regions in California for Pinot Noir. No wonder one vineyard owner outside its borders and one actually on the border want the AVA expanded to include them..

Afternoon Brief, September 18

Afternoon Brief, September 18

Constellation Pilots Innovative BioFiltro Wastewater Treatment System:
Constellation plans to put millions of earthworms to work in 2015. Don’t worry, they wont be making the wine, they’ll be cleaning the wastewater from winery operations…

Afternoon Brief, September 17

Afternoon Brief, September 17

Nanoscience makes your wine better:
One sip of a perfectly poured glass of wine leads to an explosion of flavours in your mouth. Researchers at Aarhus University, Denmark, have now developed a nanosensor that can mimic what happens in your mouth when you drink wine…

Afternoon Brief, September 16

Afternoon Brief, September 16

California expects more competition for wine market:
A new report showing that the United States continues to lead the world in wine consumption is viewed as good news for the California wine sector but it shouldn’t lead to complacency…

Afternoon Brief, September 15

Afternoon Brief, September 15

New technology tested as first wine grapes arrive:
A new grape sorting system with the brains of a computer is giving Columbia Crest red winemaker Laura Sorge more control over the grapes that make it into this year’s vintage…

Afternoon Brief, September 12

Afternoon Brief, September 12

Jumping genes could lead to new grape varieties: A New Zealand scientist is looking at a way to create new clones of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir…