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Wine Spectator Top 10 Does Not Represent the American Drinker

Wine Spectator Top 10 Does Not Represent the American Drinker

Like clockwork every November Wine Spectator publishes their Top 100 wine list. When I was a retailer this list made customers go crazy, they would scramble for the wines, and call every day from around America to see what we have in stock. As a retailer we did not like the list because: the list […]

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The Effect of Oak and Grape Tannins in the First Year of Aging

The Effect of Oak and Grape Tannins in the First Year of Aging

A former winemaker, Bertaccini is driven to experiment with wine additives and the products he presents to his clients. To this end, in 2015, he received a ton of excess Pinot Noir grapes from Lodi that winemaker George Natsis donated for a bench trial. The trial would test several different tannin additives on one base wine, a control plus four batches treated with the different tannins, and then consistently taste the five samples throughout the year after bottling.

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Customer Engagement Reminders

Customer Engagement Reminders

Black Friday and the December holidays are quick approaching, which means you are busy, busy, busy for a couple of months. As most people seem to be rather stressed at this time, it helps if you go out of your way to be patient, polite and professional with all your customers. Here are a few […]

Mouthfeel Lessons Learned – Troubleshooting Fermentations

Mouthfeel Lessons Learned – Troubleshooting Fermentations

“Mouthfeel, or how a wine feels on your cheeks and tongue when you taste it, is one of the most important sensory aspects that communicates ‘quality’ in a wine,” says Alison Crowe of Plata Wines.

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3 Tips for Wooing Your Wine Club

3 Tips for Wooing Your Wine Club

You know the story. Wine lovers see a promotion to “join the club” or to get those special “members-only” benefits and they sign up for your wine club. They’re excited. You’re excited. You send out the first shipment and the next thing you know, they cancel the membership.

Are Your Employees Motivated?

Are Your Employees Motivated?

Business owners may spend a lot of time planning ways to motivate staff and managers. However, it seems that starting with why staff members are not motivated should be the first step in the process. If you know why your staff isn’t motivated, it is much easier to put into play the strategies that will […]

News Releases

Cooper Mountain Vineyards Purchases Olenik Vineyard in the Willamette Valley’s Chehalem Mountains AVA

Cooper Mountain Vineyards Purchases Olenik Vineyard in the Willamette Valley’s Chehalem Mountains AVA

Portland, Ore. (November 16, 2018) — Cooper Mountain Vineyards, a Willamette Valley winery founded in 1978, announced its purchase of the 50-acre Olenik Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. First planted to Rex Hill’s Jacob-Hart Vineyard in the early 1990s, John Olenik purchased this 50-acre, eponymous section of the vineyard in 2005. With both volcanic […]

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Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri-Sassicaia Sassicaia 2015 Named Wine Spectator’s #1 Wine of the Year

Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri-Sassicaia Sassicaia 2015 Named Wine Spectator’s #1 Wine of the Year

Top 10 Wines of 2018 Unveiled at WineSpectator.com New York, NY (November 16, 2018)—Wine Spectator, the world’s leading authority on wine, today announced Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri-Sassicaia Sassicaia 2015 as the 2018 Wine of the Year. The Top 10 list is now available on top100.winespectator.com, with the full Top 100 list to be revealed on […]

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International Wines Come to the Fore in 39th Sydney International Wine Competition

International Wines Come to the Fore in 39th Sydney International Wine Competition

16 November 2018: While it was “business as usual” with Australian reds and New Zealand whites dominating their respective categories, the results of the 39th Sydney International Wine Competition highlighted the growth in international wineries targeting the Australian market and the increasing diversity of wine styles and grape varieties gaining recognition. The Competition once again […]

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Katie Santora Named Winemaker for Chehalem Winery

Katie Santora Named Winemaker for Chehalem Winery

November 15, 2018, Dayton, OR – The Stoller Wine Group has promoted Katie Santora to winemaker for Chehalem Winery. In a year of changes for the brand, Katie’s seven-year tenure gives her an understanding of Chehalem’s vineyard sites, and winemaking style, which made her perfect for the position. “We love to foster the growth of […]

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Lake County Winegrape Growers Focus Post-Fire Relief Efforts on Research

Lake County Winegrape Growers Focus Post-Fire Relief Efforts on Research

Growers Collaborate with Experts to Minimize Wildfire Impact in Future Years Kelseyville, Calif. November 15, 2018 – With an increase in the number and duration of large wildfires, the California wine industry is working together to explore ways to combat the effect of smoke exposure and fire damage on winegrapes and wine. Industry leaders in […]

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Washington’s DeLille Cellars Releases 25th Vintage of D2 on Second Annual Drink D2 Day

Washington’s DeLille Cellars Releases 25th Vintage of D2 on Second Annual Drink D2 Day

Woodinville, WA, November 15, 2018 – DeLille Cellars will celebrate its second annual “Drink D2 Day” on December 2nd with the release of its 25th vintage of D2, the winery’s iconic red blend. D2 is one of two wines first made by DeLille Cellars in 1992 that pioneered the way for Bordeaux-style blends in Washington […]

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Spotlights

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 […]

Sommeliers Choice Awards 2019 Submission Now Open

Sommeliers Choice Awards 2019 Submission Now Open

2019 entries for the Sommeliers Choice Awards is now open. SCA is the only wine competition in United States judged entirely by sommeliers and wine directors. The competition will focus exclusively on the needs of on-premise establishments such as bars, restaurants, lounges and clubs, making this competition fundamentally different from any other wine competition within […]

Innovative Packaging Company set to make a big splash in U.S. Wine Market

Innovative Packaging Company set to make a big splash in U.S. Wine Market

Cutting-edge bottling, packaging and robotics solutions provider, with smart and exclusive automation and management software and top-of-the-line after-sales service. MASPACK Packaging USA, the American arm of Italian based MASPACK Packaging, is ready to shake up the US market, providing advanced bottling, packaging and robotics solutions to the wine and beverage industry. Experience and expertise in […]

Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, November 16

Afternoon Brief, November 16

Wine Spectator Reveals Wine of the Year – Wine Spectator, the worlds leading authority on wine, today announced …

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Afternoon Brief, November 15

Afternoon Brief, November 15

Smokey Summers a Winner for Wine Critics: California’s ongoing worst wildfires ever will not affect the 2018 vintage, which is now in tanks and barrels. In fact, California’s wines are better off than its people, as the inside of a stainless-steel tank might be the only place in the Golden State where you could breathe easily right now…

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Afternoon Brief, November 14

Afternoon Brief, November 14

Are Napa Valley Growers Smart to Rely so Heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon? : A panel of grape growing pundits held court last week during the Napa Valley Grapegrowers Rootstock trade show on the wisdom of relying so heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon…

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Afternoon Brief, November 13

Afternoon Brief, November 13

Malibu Coast AVA Devastated by Woolsley Fire – Some Structures Saved by Vines: Vineyards and wineries in the Malibu Coast AVA have been heavily damaged or destroyed by the still-raging Woolsey fire in the coastal hills west of Los Angeles…

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Afternoon Brief, November 12

Afternoon Brief, November 12

North Coast Wineries Bullish on Organic Grapes to Drive Growth: Walk down the aisle at the local Whole Foods Market or any other similar grocer. Almost everywhere you look, there are organic products on prominent display, from lettuce to macaroni and cheese to ice cream. But over at the wine section? Not so much…

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Afternoon Brief, November 9

Afternoon Brief, November 9

Scientists Find Compound in Red Wine and Dark Chocolate Could Reverse Ageing: In good news for hedonists, scientists have discovered a compound present in both dark chocolate and red wine may help you look younger by rejuvenating cells …

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