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Social Media – External and Internal

Social Media – External and Internal

Are your employees following the company on social media? If not they should be. Social media is a great place for employees to get reminders of the information or offers that you are broadcasting to customers. In the days before the internet took us to worlds we had never anticipated, it was common in business […]

By July 19, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Three Tier Selling Insanity…Again!

Three Tier Selling Insanity…Again!

I have been writing on Linkedin, Wine Industry Advisor, Beverage Dynamics and elsewhere for nearly 8 years. Nothing I have written in my career has struck a cord like the last article I penned called, “Fire Your Distributor Sales Teams”. I have written some provocative articles about self distribution, about weed, about the death of the three tier system, about […]

Assessing Customer Experiences

Assessing Customer Experiences

Last week this blog delved into statistics regarding customers who may have had a less than stellar experience when they visited your business. We discovered that the percentage of customers that you think were satisfied with their visit were not necessarily in line with the number of customers who actually were satisfied. Also we learned […]

By July 12, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Pennsylvania Wine In Pursuit of Excellence

Pennsylvania Wine In Pursuit of Excellence

The reality is that the clientele remains largely in the dark about what to expect, despite a significant uptick since 2010 in the number of producers making premium wines. While the industry itself grapples with its direction: largely sweet wines vs. dry wines and a focus on events vs. a priority on the wines.

By July 11, 2017 2 Comments Read More →
Crush in Compliance with California’s Wage Laws

Crush in Compliance with California’s Wage Laws

Crush season is an exciting and important time of year for any winery, but for modern agricultural enterprises doing business in California, the state’s complex web of wage and hour employment laws presents a trap for the unwary at this already hectic time.

California’s Cannabis Industry Reinvents the Concept of Appellations

California’s Cannabis Industry Reinvents the Concept of Appellations

The California cannabis industry is finally getting their first appellations this year, and they have learned a thing or two from the wine industry about how to craft thoughtful appellations. I had the pleasure of interviewing Hezekiah Allen, the executive director of the California Growers Association (CGA), someone who has been advocating for appellations in the cannabis industry for more than a decade.

By July 7, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

News Releases

Progress on Winegrape Exemption from FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule

Progress on Winegrape Exemption from FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule

SACRAMENTO, July 21, 2017 – The Senate Committee on Appropriations on July 20 approved a bill that funds the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for fiscal year 2018. The appropriations bill includes an important statement of policy urging FDA to distinguish between grape varietals so that growers of winegrapes […]

Washington State Wine Industry Drives Priorities for World-Class Research Program

Washington State Wine Industry Drives Priorities for World-Class Research Program

Vintners and grape growers help Wine Commission develop robust plan for research. SEATTLE (July 21, 2017) – In Washington State, the needs of the wine industry take top priority for the viticulture and enology research program. Input from the state’s vintners and grape growers helped develop priorities for the statewide research program and will guide […]

Graham Norton Goes Rogue in 2017 with New Vintage

Graham Norton Goes Rogue in 2017 with New Vintage

In what has become an eagerly anticipated annual affair, famed Brit talk show host Graham Norton is back with a new vintage for 2017 – but this year, he’s taken the winemaking reigns to blend his own beverage from scratch. The Irish comedian was forced to fly solo after the Invivo boys, cofounder Tim Lightbourne […]

Wine Night Comes to California Mid-State Fair, Featuring Bianchi Winery and Tasting Room

Wine Night Comes to California Mid-State Fair, Featuring Bianchi Winery and Tasting Room

Bianchi Winery pouring its Best in Class and Gold Medal award winning wines July 21 PASO ROBLES, CALIF. – The California Mid-State Fair (July 19-30) will hold its much-anticipated Wine Night at Mission Square on July 21, featuring Bianchi Winery and Tasting Room’s Best in Class rosé and Gold Medal award-winning pinot noir. Guests will […]

Sonoma County Winegrowers Name New Education & Communications Manager

Sonoma County Winegrowers Name New Education & Communications Manager

Melissa Vogt is Former Deputy Editor at Wine Advocate SANTA ROSA, Calif.  (July 20, 2017) – With Sonoma County Winegrowers well on their way to becoming the first 100% sustainable winegrowing region in the United States, now is the time to expand educational efforts to key stake holders including sommeliers, wine buyers and consumers.  The […]

Global Spirits Signs with Handcrafted Wine & Spirits to Distribute Vodkas & Brandy in Kansas

Global Spirits Signs with Handcrafted Wine & Spirits to Distribute Vodkas & Brandy in Kansas

New York, NY & Lenexa, KS (Thursday, July 20, 2017) – Global Spirits USA, a privately held, international manufacturer and marketer of wines and spirits, has signed Handcrafted Wine & Spirits as its distributor of record to distribute LEAF Organic and Khortytsa Vodkas, as well as Odessa V.S.O.P. Brandy in Kansas. “In 1996 Handcrafted Wines […]

Spotlights

Relationship Building Opportunities at 10th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference in Sonoma County

Relationship Building Opportunities at 10th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference in Sonoma County

Coming into its 10th year gathering Wine Influencers from around the world, the Wine Bloggers Conference returns to its original home of Santa Rosa, California November 9-12, 2017. This year’s conference, already setting a record for attendance, presents a unique opportunity to network among some of the industry’s top influencers. For a look at the full conference […]

Dry Vapor Steam Provides Superior Water Saving, Eco-Friendly Sanitation for Wine Industry

Dry Vapor Steam Provides Superior Water Saving, Eco-Friendly Sanitation for Wine Industry

Begun as a janitorial pressure washer supplier in East Asia 26 years ago, SJE Corporation (US Subsidiary: Steamericas) has evolved into the industry leader specializing in vapor steam machines for a wide rage of business applications around the globe. Yujin Yoo Anderson, Steamericas owner and general manager, credits her father, a marine boiler engineer, with […]

IBWSS San Francisco Is Here – Get Your Visitor Pass Today

IBWSS San Francisco Is Here – Get Your Visitor Pass Today

San Francisco, California. July 26-27, 2017 IBWSS promises to bring about a change in the industry by helping the on-trade sector better understand the opportunities and benefits of bulk and bottled in market wine and spirits. The complete list of conference and workshop speakers have been announced for what will be the first International Bulk Wine and […]

Ionic Exchange Resins Key to Innovative DTX System for Tartaric Stabilization and pH Adjustment!

Ionic Exchange Resins Key to Innovative DTX System for Tartaric Stabilization and pH Adjustment!

The actions of ionic exchange resins play a key role in the innovative DTX  system developed by Della Toffola USA that has revolutionized Tartaric Stabilization and pH Adjustment for winemakers around the globe. Since 1960, Della Toffola has been a world leader in the design and implementation of technologically advanced solutions for the wine industry. […]

Increase Your Profits from Private Label, Bulk Wine and Contract Bottling!

Increase Your Profits from Private Label, Bulk Wine and Contract Bottling!

Snag one of the last 3 exhibit slots IBWSS 17 EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION IBWSS exhibitors are wineries and distilleries looking to sell bulk wine and spirits, producers and negociants who offer contract manufacturing or private label programs, and wineries, distilleries, and importers who have one-time excess stock to clear. WHO ARE THE VISITORS / BUYERS? Wineries, […]

How IBWSS Provides New Sourcing Tool for Bulk Wine and Spirits Buyers

How IBWSS Provides New Sourcing Tool for Bulk Wine and Spirits Buyers

The IBWSS show in San Francisco in July 26-27 will give buyers and exhibitors a new unique way of sharing their needs and doing business at the show. It is one thing wanting to buy and sell bulk wine and spirits it is another getting your hands on the right volumes at the right price. […]

Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, July 21

Afternoon Brief, July 21

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Artificial Intelligence Boosts Wine’s Bottom Line South Australian tech firm Ailytic has developed an artificial intelligence program to significantly increase production efficiency by optimising machine use … Today’s News: Closer Demand-Supply Balance Bodes Well for California Wine Grape Growers California Central Valley wine grape growers from Fresno […]

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Afternoon Brief, July 20

Afternoon Brief, July 20

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: How an Important Central Coast Vineyard Fought Off the Alamo Fire Two of the current wildfire season’s biggest blazes, the Alamo and Whittier fires, have ravaged tens of thousands of acres in Californias Central Coast region, in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, respectively … Today’s […]

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Afternoon Brief, July 19

Afternoon Brief, July 19

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Beckstoffer Vineyards Buys 121-Acre Vineyard in Carneros from Treasury Wine Estates Beckstoffer Vineyards has purchased a 121-acre vineyard in Carneros from Treasury Wine Estates, according to Napa County records … Today’s News: Wine and Weed Leaders Collaborate on Biodynamic Sonoma Valley Pot Farm Erich Pearson is no […]

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Afternoon Brief, July 18

Afternoon Brief, July 18

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: E. & J. Gallo Deploys Data-Driven App to Harvest a Better Grape The world’s oldest winery is a cool, dry cave near the tiny village of Areni, in southeast Armenia. In late 2010, researchers unearthed a host of vintner’s tools there, dating back 6,000 years … Today’s […]

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Afternoon Brief, July 17

Afternoon Brief, July 17

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Wine Country Vintners Curious, but Wary of Cannabis Industry When Tom Rodrigues looks out the window at his Yorkville winery, he can see two worlds collide. Some of the most coveted wines in the United States emerge from the vineyards of California’s North Coast … Today’s News: California’s […]

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Afternoon Brief, July 14

Afternoon Brief, July 14

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Vineyard Robot Prototype to Debut at FutureFarm Expo in Oregon Seeking to solve the chronic labor shortage problem facing the US premium wine industry, the project ‘ROVR’ team has developed a fully mobile concept demonstrator at their Pendleton, Oregon R&D lab … Today’s News: The Complete Guide […]

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