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Afternoon Brief, April 28

Afternoon Brief, April 28

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Picking Wine Grapes by Machine Means Better Efficiency with No Loss in Quality The truth of the matter is that Washingtons agricultural industry relies heavily on migrant labor to bring food to our tables and wine to our lips… Today’s News: How to Get Off in the […]

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How to Get Off in the Best Possible Way

How to Get Off in the Best Possible Way

I am sure that many of you clicked this link for all the wrong reasons. The title is meant to evoke the ease of click baiting – you should mirror the ease to move your products off an retailer’s shelf. Perhaps it is not that easy at all, but it can be, and how you approach your […]

Michael David Winery Acquires Historic Geyserville Winery, Tasting Room, and Vineyards 

Michael David Winery Acquires Historic Geyserville Winery, Tasting Room, and Vineyards 

Michael David Winery Poised to Operate Winery Facility for Local Production of North Coast Wines LODI, CA (April 27, 2017) – Michael David Winery announced today the purchase of a historic Geyserville winery, tasting room, and vineyards. Originally constructed in 1982 by the Lyeth family, the winery was most recently owned and operated by Silver Oak […]

Dry Creek Vineyard Awarded U.S. Patent for Wine Cork Closures with Sustainable Sourcing Information

Dry Creek Vineyard Awarded U.S. Patent for Wine Cork Closures with Sustainable Sourcing Information

HEALDSBURG, Calif. – APRIL 27, 2017 – Dry Creek Vineyard announced the issuance of U.S. Patent No. D779,938, related to the design of printed sustainable sourcing information on its wine cork closures. This is the first patent issued to Dry Creek Vineyard, which is celebrating 45 years of family winemaking in Sonoma County, California. The […]

Seismic Shift at Big Basin Vineyards: “At the Time, I Didn’t Get the Hype Around Burgundy”

Seismic Shift at Big Basin Vineyards: “At the Time, I Didn’t Get the Hype Around Burgundy”

by Laura Ness Owner/Winegrower Bradley Brown of Big Basin Vineyards has been on a long, tumultuous journey as a self-taught winemaker in the middle of an appellation best-known for its eccentric, self-made legends. In that, he has good company, to wit, David Bruce, Jeff Emery, Tony Craig, Jeffrey Patterson and Ryan Beauregard, to name a […]

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The Precision Approach to Enhancing Wine Flavors with Oak

The Precision Approach to Enhancing Wine Flavors with Oak

Oak barrels are beautiful vessels for wine that also serve the purpose of adding oak characteristics to the wine, but sometimes a winemaker’s vision calls for a specific set of wood flavors and aromas to be imparted to the wine, and to achieve that vision tools of precision oenology like the Boisé oak chips have […]

Sonoma County Barrel Auction Continues to Break Records as Third Annual Event Raises $794,500

Sonoma County Barrel Auction Continues to Break Records as Third Annual Event Raises $794,500

(April 21, 2017; Santa Rosa, CA) Sonoma County Vintners celebrated a successful third annual Sonoma County Barrel Auction on April 21, after 90 one-of-a-kind Sonoma County wine lots raised a record-setting $794,500. With over 250 members of the wine trade and media in attendance for the live auction at Santa Rosa’s Vintners Inn, and additional […]

Buying Brand Only and Building on an Asset Light Wine Business

Buying Brand Only and Building on an Asset Light Wine Business

News of large mergers or acquisitions in the wine industry seem to arrive at an increasing clip, and those involving large swaths of land in premium appellations, like Gallo’s purchase of the 600 acre Stagecoach Vineyard in Napa, send reverberations through the industry with worries of grape supply, but other companies, like WX Brands, have […]

By April 20, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Cleo Pahlmeyer Named President of Family Wine Company

Cleo Pahlmeyer Named President of Family Wine Company

Second generation takes the helm of iconic Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast wineries St. Helena, Calif. April 10, 2017—Thirty years after founding his namesake winery, Jayson Pahlmeyer has appointed his daughter Cleo Pahlmeyer as president of Pahlmeyer Winery. Cleo heads the family’s collection of wines, including Pahlmeyer, Jayson and Wayfarer, plus their estate vineyards in […]

New Winery Association Leadership Conference a Success: Must-Go Say Attendees

New Winery Association Leadership Conference a Success: Must-Go Say Attendees

Stepping up to fill a much-needed niche in the beverage industry, the 2017 US Wine & Beverage Expo (USBevX), held in Washington, D.C. offered something unique; the first-ever Winery Association Leadership Conference (WALC). Built for association directors (at state, regional, and AVA levels), their board members, and key staff, this fledgling conference achieved high marks […]

By April 18, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Sonoma County Vintners Appoints Gregory Walsh to Board of Directors

Sonoma County Vintners Appoints Gregory Walsh to Board of Directors

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (April 18, 2017) – Sonoma County Vintners has announced the appointment of Gregory Walsh to the Board of Directors. Walsh is a Managing Partner of Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty and the lead Partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment Group. He will fill the position on the board that previously belonged to […]

Napa Valley Vintners Halfway to Achieving 100 Percent Napa Green Sustainability Goal

Napa Valley Vintners Halfway to Achieving 100 Percent Napa Green Sustainability Goal

Milestone announcement coincides with trade association’s participation in Napa Earth Day Celebration 4/18/2017 – St. Helena, CA – The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) nonprofit trade association announced today it has reached an important sustainability milestone: 50 percent of its eligible members (those who own a winery, vineyard land or both) are now in the Napa […]

Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance Creates Inaugural “Bridging the Gap” Pinot Noir Blend for the 2017 Sonoma County Barrel Auction

Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance Creates Inaugural “Bridging the Gap” Pinot Noir Blend for the 2017 Sonoma County Barrel Auction

April 17, 2017, Petaluma, California  The Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance is proud to announce the creation of their 10-case special lot for the 2017 Sonoma County “Never Before, Never Again” barrel auction. Called ‘Bridging the Gap,’ this unique bottling will join 60+ other lots in the annual Sonoma County Vintners trade-only event, to be held April […]

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Spectrophotometer Technology Readies Wine Industry for 2017 Harvest

Spectrophotometer Technology Readies Wine Industry for 2017 Harvest

Randox Food Diagnostics, a leading provider of clinical diagnostic services developed for the wine industry, has created a unique product to simplify the wine analysis process for winemakers looking ahead to the 2017 harvest and beyond. The RX Altona works by utilizing Spectrophotometer technology, which measures the absorption of light in a solution in order […]

A Foot in Two Industries: How Wine and Weed Cross-Pollinate

A Foot in Two Industries: How Wine and Weed Cross-Pollinate

Cannabis has long been grown in the shadows, under the canopies of the Emerald Triangle, while wine grapes were grown in the neighboring counties of Sonoma and Napa in the open, under the warm California sun. Now, cannabis, a plant whose flowers can be worth as much as gold, is beginning to emerge from those shadows and venture into the mainstream. The same can be said for business professionals who are also emerging from other industries, like wine, to embrace the opportunities that the cannabis industry presents. I spoke to two women who have a foot in both wine and weed, starting their careers in the wine industry, and more recently stepping into the cannabis industry, while still maintaining their work with wine.

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