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Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: A Wine Communication Artist

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: A Wine Communication Artist

As one gets to know Brown and follows her unconventional life to where it has lead her now – to the top of the wine writing heap – it becomes evident that this simple belief, or really practice, has been the reason her life has been an adventure. Not an adventure of extreme sports or pushing the limits, but an adventure of exploration. She chooses a path and excels, then may choose another path and give that avenue her full attention.

By January 21, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Off Premise and On-Premise Battle Royale

Off Premise and On-Premise Battle Royale

I have seen things. I have been on the front lines, and it was horrific. The fight was between budgets and brands. The fight was between trying to catch a buyer and having said buyer sneak out the backdoor or worse ignore the meeting. The fight was between parking lots, parking meters, brand bags with […]

By January 21, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Washington’s Terroir Scientist and Explorer

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Washington’s Terroir Scientist and Explorer

“I was once like the Indiana Jones of Himalayan geology,” said Kevin Pogue PhD. He explains the cultural, political and topographical setting of his research sites in northwestern Pakistan would have made the famous fictional explorer feel right at home. World changes caused this Washington based geologist to turn his attentions from ancient lands across the globe to those under the vines. The vineyards of the Pacific Northwest have never been the same.

By January 18, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
From Vine to Table: The Case for Sustainability

From Vine to Table: The Case for Sustainability

We are at a critical juncture in the consumer packaged goods space. And it can’t be ignored. The combination of product integrity, recyclability, and overall environmental impact is driving shoppers’ buying decisions.

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: An Outspoken Voice for the Little Guy

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: An Outspoken Voice for the Little Guy

Some see Tom Wark as an advocate for the wine industry, given his role as the Executive Director of National Association of Wine Retailers since 2007, but he prefers to think of himself as an outspoken voice for the “little guy.” Since 2004, he’s been unapologetically airing concerns over the three-tier distribution system and lack of consumer choice in the marketplace, lambasting what he terms “rent seeking, special interests and other self serving groups.”

By January 17, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Adventurous Winemaker and Mensch

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Adventurous Winemaker and Mensch

Many know Mick Schroeter’s talents in winemaking and his path from the big reds of Penfold’s to the delicate Russian River Valley Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs of his current gig as Head of Winemaking at Sonoma-Cutrer, as well as his entry to Sonoma County wines at Geyser Peak where their Sauvignon Blanc became the standard bearer for U.S. produced wines of this variety.

By January 16, 2019 1 Comments Read More →

News Releases

Garden State Wine Growers Association to Hold Annual “Wine & Chocolate Trail Weekend” February 9-10

Garden State Wine Growers Association to Hold Annual “Wine & Chocolate Trail Weekend” February 9-10

Statewide Event features chocolate pairings, special events & more Cream Ridge, NJ (January 21, 2019) – The most perfect pairing in the world, chocolate and wine will come together when the Garden State Wine Growers Association presents its annual Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend, February 9-10 at wineries throughout New Jersey. Looking for the […]

By January 21, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Spring Mountain District Association Appoints Gretchen Brakesman as Executive Director

Spring Mountain District Association Appoints Gretchen Brakesman as Executive Director

St. Helena, Napa Valley, January 2019 — The Spring Mountain District Association has named Gretchen Brakesman Executive Director. In this role, Brakesman’s central focus will be to generate awareness and respect of the Spring Mountain District growing region. She will act as the central source of communication to members and will oversee all aspects of […]

By January 21, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Lubanzi Wines Earns B Corp Certification

Lubanzi Wines Earns B Corp Certification

First South African winery to join the globally recognized movement CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – January 21, 2019 – Cape Venture Wine Co., the architects and producers of Lubanzi Wines, one of the fastest growing South African wine brands in America, has earned certification as a B Corporation, an acknowledgement of the company’s commitment to […]

By January 21, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Songwriters In Paradise Hosts Inaugural SIP NAPA in Napa Valley this March

Songwriters In Paradise Hosts Inaugural SIP NAPA in Napa Valley this March

World-Class Songwriters, Famous Napa Valley Wineries and Host Resort Harvest Inn Join Forces for One-of-a-Kind Music Experience Songwriters In Paradise Founder, Patrick Davis, Available for Interviews NASHVILLE, TN – January 16, 2019 – Music and wine lovers unite as Songwriters In Paradise (SIP) hosts the inaugural SIP NAPA, a four-day singer-songwriter festival in the gorgeous […]

2019 Somms Under Fire™ Announces Featured Restaurants and Broadbent Selections as VIP Sponsor

2019 Somms Under Fire™ Announces Featured Restaurants and Broadbent Selections as VIP Sponsor

AUSTIN, Texas [January 17, 2019] The 2019 Somms Under Fire will test competitors ability to pair award winning wine with cuisine from some of Austin’s top restaurants including Foreign & Domestic and Salt & Time. The live sommelier competition, happening on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Zlotnik Family Ballroom in Rowling Hall at The […]

By January 18, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Biennial Wine Entrepreneurship Program Now Accepting Applications, Launching February 21

Biennial Wine Entrepreneurship Program Now Accepting Applications, Launching February 21

Seeking Wine Business Leaders and Aspiring Owners for SSU’s Wine Entrepreneurship Program Rohnert Park, CA – The Wine Business Institute (WBI) in the School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced it is accepting applications for its popular Certificate in Wine Entrepreneurship. The strategy-focused certificate program is available only on a […]

By January 18, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Spotlights

Exclusive New Technology from DELLA TOFFOLA Increases Effectiveness of Maceration Up to 50 Percent

Exclusive New Technology from DELLA TOFFOLA Increases Effectiveness of Maceration Up to 50 Percent

DELLA TOFFOLA, a leader in the design and manufacturing of equipment for the wine and beverage industry for North American and across the world, has developed an exciting new technology that reduces the maceration time of grapes up to 50 percent, while also enhancing the extraction of polyphenols and anthocyanins. The DELLA TOFFOLA Maceration Accelerator […]

State-of-the Art Packaging Company Makes Inroads in Wine Country with High Tech Facility Upgrades

State-of-the Art Packaging Company Makes Inroads in Wine Country with High Tech Facility Upgrades

Rack & Riddle Set to Showcase Comprehensive Equipment Overhaul, by MASPACK Packaging USA, at Industry Event in Late Spring, 2019 MASPACK Packaging USA, the American arm of MASPACK Packaging, based in Italy, is set to begin completion of a three-phase overhaul for Rack & Riddle’s custom crush facility in Healdsburg, CA. MASPACK USA assisted Rack […]

Introducing New Koch Wine-COR Crossflow Microfiltration Systems

Introducing New Koch Wine-COR Crossflow Microfiltration Systems

Koch Membrane Systems (KMS), a global leader in membrane separations technologies, announces the launch of two modular crossflow microfiltration systems for the clarification of wine. The KMS Wine-COR M and Wine-COR P crossflow microfiltration systems offer an expandable modular solution for all production scales, from several thousand to millions of cases per year. Both systems […]

PARSEC Advances Oenology with Innovative Systems that Optimize Winemaking Process and Allows You to Manage Your Cellar from any Device

PARSEC Advances Oenology with Innovative Systems that Optimize Winemaking Process and Allows You to Manage Your Cellar from any Device

Italian based PARSEC, a leader in oenological technologies and micro-oxygenation, distributed exclusively in North America through ATPGroup, offers patented technologies that deliver centralized and automated control of the winemaking process with a high level of customization. PARSEC, specializes in the design and manufacture of integrated systems for wine production, has developed an innovative system that […]

Shadybrook Estates Manages Water Use and Production Cost with the Help of Specially Designed Tanks

Shadybrook Estates Manages Water Use and Production Cost with the Help of Specially Designed Tanks

In California, no resource is more important than water, which is why water management has been a top priority in the wine community for years. For the award-winning Napa winery, Shadybrook Estates, water saving is even more imperative because its facility operates as a ‘hold and haul’ production facility, meaning that all their wastewater needs […]

Dry Steam Study Reveals Best Methods to Combat Beverage or Barrel Spoilage

Dry Steam Study Reveals Best Methods to Combat Beverage or Barrel Spoilage

Steamericas, the US subsidiary of SJE Corporation, has led the pressure and steam washer business for 28 years providing quality washers that save time and money while delivering outstanding sanitation. They recently released their newest steam washer, the Optima Steamer SE II, and with it came a plethora of upgrades to help your winery utilize […]

Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, January 21

Afternoon Brief, January 21

US Government Shutdown Hits Wine Hard: The longest partial government shutdown in US history is a buzz-kill. And not just for the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are missing their paychecks, but for the wine industry, which depends on a network of government entities to approve labels, imports and perform lab analysis…

By January 21, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Afternoon Brief, January 18

Afternoon Brief, January 18

Amid Shift in Wine Consumer Demand, California Wine Country Cautioned to Prepare for Ample Grape Supply: The North Coast wine business on Thursday received another wake-up call about gathering storm clouds that could dampen consumer demand for premium wines and the grapes from which they’re made …

By January 18, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Afternoon Brief, January 17

Afternoon Brief, January 17

Napa Is Suddenly Abuzz with Winery and Vineyard Sales: After a relatively quiet period in Napa Valley mergers and acquisitions, we are suddenly seeing a flurry of activity. The big headline: Ed and Deb Fitts have sold Brand, the very high-end estate on Napa’s Pritchard Hill that they founded in 2005, to Jim Bean and Christine O’Sullivan for an undisclosed price…

By January 17, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Afternoon Brief, January 16

Afternoon Brief, January 16

Millennials Still Missing as Fine-Wine Core Consumers, Says Silicon Valley Bank Report: Sales growth for U.S. wine is expected to remain in positive territory this year – better, for premium producers – but the industry needs to revamp its appeal to the next generations of core consumers else lose share of wallet to competing beverages and imported wines, according to a closely watched industry report released Wednesday evening…

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Afternoon Brief, January 15

Afternoon Brief, January 15

Buyers of BRAND Winery and Estate Vineyards Acquire a Gem on Famed Pritchard Hill: Jim Bean and Christine OSullivan are purchasing the BRAND winery and vineyards from owners Ed and Deb Fitts. The Brand estate is located atop Pritchard Hill, one of the most sought after locales in Napa Valley …

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Afternoon Brief, January 14

Afternoon Brief, January 14

2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Winners: The 2019 Chronicle Wine Competition Winners are in. Nine wines took home medals after they were chosen as the finest from a selection of over 6,800 wines that entered …

By January 14, 2019 0 Comments Read More →