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Domaine Carneros Wins Best Sparkling for Third Time at North Coast Wine Challenge

Domaine Carneros Wins Best Sparkling for Third Time at North Coast Wine Challenge

When the results of the 2018 North Coast Wine Challenge were announced, and the 2013 Domaine Carneros Brut, Napa, was declared the Best Sparkling, it was cause for celebration at the beautiful chateau where Eileen and her colleagues make their widely lauded wine lineup.

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Top 5 Predictions for 2019

Top 5 Predictions for 2019

We are here again. Like clockwork, December comes and everyone in the adult beverage world looks backwards at their successes and failures, otherwise known as depletions, and then look forward in a hopeful way knowing that sales and marketing can always be better. For the last five years I have written a column of predictions […]

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Creating Emails Customers Want to Read

Creating Emails Customers Want to Read

Since the broad acceptance of email as the most efficient way to communicate, the medium has grown exponentially. According to an article written by Sharon Hurley Hall, more than 74 trillion emails are sent every year and the number continues to go up year after year. I remember as far back in the early 2000s […]

Thanksgiving – a Plethora of Emails

Thanksgiving – a Plethora of Emails

I received what seemed like a boatload of emails from wineries over the Thanksgiving and shopping extravaganza long weekend. Some wineries sent me up to five emails in a three or four-day period. Most were touting special pricing on their wines and/or low priced or free shipping. Offers included: 20% saving with $10 ground shipping Free […]

12 Things Not to Miss at the WIN Expo Trade Show This Thursday

12 Things Not to Miss at the WIN Expo Trade Show This Thursday

Again this year the North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo) will be the second largest wine industry trade show in North America with 300 premium wine industry suppliers at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on Thursday Dec. 6. The broad array of exhibitors will showcase everything vineyards and wineries need and some new things you […]

By December 3, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Soda Rock Wins Best of Mendocino in Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge for Chardonnay From Hopland Vineyard

Soda Rock Wins Best of Mendocino in Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge for Chardonnay From Hopland Vineyard

Isabelle Adams of Soda Rock Winery chooses her wine competitions very carefully. The 8-year-old winery produces about 6k cases yearly, and relies on direct to consumer sales for most of the production.

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News Releases

Van Duzer Corridor Is Approved by the TTB

Van Duzer Corridor Is Approved by the TTB

The Van Duzer corridor is an anomaly in the Coast Range that allows mild and oceanic influence to enter into the Willamette Valley, Oregon. This creates the ideal paradigm of warm days and cold nights allowing the production of world class wines in the Willamette Valley and specifically within the 35.9 square mile triangle that constitutes the new AVA.

By December 14, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
US Cider Association Releases 2018 Updates to Hard Cider Style Guidelines; Adds Five New Styles

US Cider Association Releases 2018 Updates to Hard Cider Style Guidelines; Adds Five New Styles

Portland, OR – The United States Association of Cider Makers has released an update to their Cider Style Guide, first introduced in summer of 2017. USACM’s original reason for releasing a guide was to unify the language used to discuss hard cider in the marketplace. This intention remains true. In the new release, minor language […]

By December 13, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
2019 Paso Robles Wine Country Events Announced, Tickets Now on Sale

2019 Paso Robles Wine Country Events Announced, Tickets Now on Sale

Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend and the 37th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival December 13, 2018 (Paso Robles, CA) – Tickets for Paso Robles Wine Country’s marquee events are now on sale at www.pasowine.com. The annual celebration of Paso’s heritage variety, Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend is scheduled for March 15-17, 2019. Paso Robles’ signature wine event, […]

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Tussock Jumper Releases New Pinot Noir Vintage for the Holiday Season

Tussock Jumper Releases New Pinot Noir Vintage for the Holiday Season

Limited edition 2017 Cuvée des Fêtes Pinot Noir vintage is a celebration in French winemaking New Rochelle, NY – December 7th, 2018 – Tussock Jumper Wines is pleased to announce their newest vintage release, Cuvée des Fêtes 2017 Pinot Noir blend ($12.99) from France, just in time for the holidays.  Now available through Tri-Vin Imports, this limited […]

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Garth Hodgdon Joins Accendo Cellars as Director of National Sales

Garth Hodgdon Joins Accendo Cellars as Director of National Sales

December 12, St. Helena, Calif. – Garth Hodgdon has joined Accendo Cellars in the newly created position of director of national sales.  The Araujo family of Accendo Cellars, Napa Valley, is delighted to announce that Garth will be taking on responsibility for the sales and strategy of all domestic distribution of Accendo’s Cabernet Sauvignon and […]

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Applications Open for Wine Spectator’s 2019 Restaurant Awards

Applications Open for Wine Spectator’s 2019 Restaurant Awards

Prestigious Awards Program Honors World’s Best Restaurants for Wine –‘Early-Bird’ Deadline Dec. 31; Final Deadline Feb. 1– New York, NY (December 13, 2018)—Attention, restaurateurs and sommeliers! Applications for Wine Spectator magazine’s 2019 Restaurant Awards, which recognizes the world’s best wine lists are now open, with a deadline of February 1. Developed in 1981, the Restaurant […]

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Spotlights

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 […]

INNOVINT CEO and Founder Partners with Winemakers on Intuitive Production Management Software to Optimize Winemaking Process

INNOVINT CEO and Founder Partners with Winemakers on Intuitive Production Management Software to Optimize Winemaking Process

Winemakers, viticulturists, cellar masters and compliance officers can now say goodbye to cumbersome paper tracking and redundant data entry thanks to a revolutionary new software management tool offered by InnoVint, one of the wine industry’s top software development companies operating today. Founded by UC Davis trained and experienced winemaker Ashley DuBois Leonard, the InnoVint Platform […]

Smooth Harvest Provides Freedom for Winemakers’ Craft to Shine

Smooth Harvest Provides Freedom for Winemakers’ Craft to Shine

The 2018 grape harvest began a few weeks later than in past years on the North Coast, but with almost everything in, growers are reporting increased yields of high-quality grapes. The longer hangtimes without heat spikes or wet weather complications appear to have resulted in a very even ripening with a good balance between sugar, […]

More natural winemaking methods offer additive-free solutions for winemakers as demand for transparency on all foods and beverages continues to grow

More natural winemaking methods offer additive-free solutions for winemakers as demand for transparency on all foods and beverages continues to grow

STARS can guarantee stability and improve wine quality with zero additives and zero wine loss! A recent editorial by renowned French winemaker and researcher, Jean Luis Escudier outlined a major shift in European winemaking this year when the European Alcohol and Beverage Industry, in response to consumer demand for more transparency and following a series […]

Winery Service Connection: Systems to Keep Your Machinery Running

Winery Service Connection: Systems to Keep Your Machinery Running

Imagine a best-case scenario for your winery; all of your machinery is cared for, runs well, gets diagnostics run and repairs before they are needed, and then runs smoothly during harvest. Yes, runs smoothly during harvest. Using proprietary software developed by owner, Dave Peritore, this scenario can be a reality, as offered by Winery Service […]

Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, December 14

Afternoon Brief, December 14

The Great Haut-Brion Price Hack: It’s no surprise that the most expensive wine traded on the Liv-Ex fine wine exchange in 2018 was one that dragged the superlatives from the critics. Such wines are obviously rare and expensive, especially when they come from Bordeaux, but we’ve found a little hack that could see you getting similar quality for a much-reduced price…

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Afternoon Brief, December 13

Afternoon Brief, December 13

Opus One Sues Supplier Alleging Barrels Were Contaminated with TCA: A Napa Valley winery has filed a lawsuit for more than $470,000 over the sale of barrels allegedly contaminated with 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA), according to court records…

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Afternoon Brief, December 12

Afternoon Brief, December 12

Illinois Distributor’s Massive Payout to TTB: As the Washington DC-based Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) ramps up its trade practice-enforcement investigations, more wholesalers are appearing on their radar for foul play and Tied House infractions…

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Afternoon Brief, December 11

Afternoon Brief, December 11

Holiday Horror Stories from the Land of Retail: When trouble strikes in retail, it’s often during the holidays. The two-week period around Christmas and New Year’s Eve is the biggest time of year for wine sales in the U.S…

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Afternoon Brief, December 10

Afternoon Brief, December 10

A 31% Increase in Number of California Wineries Makes Financial Success That Much Harder: The global investment firm Rabobank November 2018 Wine Quarterly included a few important takeaways from the Wine Industry Financial Symposium held this autumn in Napa, California. In its introduction to the report, the bank got my attention with this about California: “Wineries of all sizes need to find new owners.”

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Afternoon Brief, December 7

Afternoon Brief, December 7

Gloomy Outlook for Smaller Wineries: Wine consumption in the US is leveling off, but wine prices continue to rise. Total visits to wineries dropped after California’s wildfires and that part of the tourist industry hasn’t recovered. Plus, a recession is looming …

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