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Simple Things to De-Stress Yourself

Simple Things to De-Stress Yourself

For many people life is (or seems to be) more stressful these days. We have more to do, more to think about at work and at home. So when I came across this article by Nina Zipkin on Entrepreneur Daily, I thought it would make a helpful blog. So, sit down, relax and take five […]

Distributor Heaven: WSWA Is WYSIWYG

Distributor Heaven: WSWA Is WYSIWYG

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America is what you see is what you get Two weeks and counting! 14 days and the annual pilgrimage to Distributor Heaven will be upon us. We will descend on Vegas partially for the gaming. Perhaps for the NHL playoffs. Potentially for the legal weed or the topless pools. But, […]

Creating Good Relationships at Work

Creating Good Relationships at Work

An article publish by Mind Tools reported that Gallup published a study about the value of having good friends (or at least one good friend) at work. The poll showed that people who have a friend in the workplace are more likely to be satisfied with their job, be more positive and work harder. As humans we want […]

Anatomy of a Brand Launch

Anatomy of a Brand Launch

Our team is in Los Angeles this week to launch an Australian beer brand called 4 Pines. This is the 2nd largest brewer in Australia and was recently purchased by Anheuser Busch. Our whole team has worked on the USA strategy for months and months with this client. We have devoted hundreds of man hours […]

Mystery Shoppers Visit Priest Ranch Wines

Mystery Shoppers Visit Priest Ranch Wines

Priest Ranch Wines is located in Yountville, and serves as a satellite location showcasing the wines of the 600 acre parcel of the same name in Chiles Valley. The Priest Ranch label was inspired by James Joshua Priest, a Gold Rush prospector who settled in the area in 1869. In 2004, the Priest Ranch property was combined with […]

Malene Wines Shows How Rosé Rolls

Malene Wines Shows How Rosé Rolls

More than most wine styles or varieties, rosé has an associate lifestyle connotation of highly Instagramable moments. If you’re not sure what that looks like, try searching the hashtag #RoseAllDay or other rosé related hashtags and see what shows up. The sheer volume lends some plausibility to the claims that the social media habits of […]

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News Releases

The 2018 Pacific Wine & Food Classic Is Presented by Pacific Sales and Powered by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

The 2018 Pacific Wine & Food Classic Is Presented by Pacific Sales and Powered by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Pacific Wine & Food Classic Announces Dates, What Not-to-Miss and Early Bird Tickets Orange County, April 19, 2018 — Pacific Wine & Food Classic is pleased to announce the weekend festival will take place on August 18 & 19, 2018 at the Newport Beach Dunes Waterfront Resort. Early bird tickets have just been released, with prices […]

Robert Hall Rosé de Robles Wins Double Gold in the American Fine Wine Competition

Robert Hall Rosé de Robles Wins Double Gold in the American Fine Wine Competition

Estate wine receives top honors over more than 850 invitation-only international wineries April 20, 2018 (Paso Robles, Calif.) – Robert Hall Winery has been making award-winning wine in the heart of Paso Robles for nearly 20 years and has received another incredible award. The Rosé de Robles received international acclaim by being awarded Double Gold […]

Martin Brown Steps Down as CEO of Wine-Searcher, Julian Perry New CEO

Martin Brown Steps Down as CEO of Wine-Searcher, Julian Perry New CEO

It’s all change at the top, at Wine-Searcher, the search engine dedicated to finding and pricing wine as it welcomes a new Chief Executive and its Founder Martin Brown steps back from the limelight. Martin Brown, who created Wine-Searcher in 1999 and is now a vital tool for the world’s alcoholic drinks trade announced he […]

Brick Barn Wine Estate Announces Management Team

Brick Barn Wine Estate Announces Management Team

Santa Ynez Valley Estate Winery to Celebrate Official Opening of Hospitality Center on April 21 Buellton, CA—In anticipation of the official opening of its new hospitality center on April 21, Brick Barn Wine Estate today announced its management team helmed by General Manager and industry veteran Tom O’Higgins. Brick Barn Wine Estate is a newer estate […]

Kokomo’s 2016 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Takes First 100 Point Score Ever Awarded at the 2018 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Kokomo’s 2016 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Takes First 100 Point Score Ever Awarded at the 2018 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Santa Rosa, Calif. – Wine Competitions Management & Productions and The Press Democrat have concluded the sixth annual North Coast Wine Challenge, a competition focused exclusively on wines produced in California’s prestigious North Coast, arguably one of the finest winegrowing regions in the world. The judging, took place April 10-11, 2018 in Santa Rosa, Calif., […]

In Time for Earth Day 2018: Wine Market Council Releases Results of “Green” Study Highlighting U.S. Wine Consumer Attitudes Toward Organic, Sustainable and Biodynamic Production

In Time for Earth Day 2018: Wine Market Council Releases Results of “Green” Study Highlighting U.S. Wine Consumer Attitudes Toward Organic, Sustainable and Biodynamic Production

Survey finds consumer willingness to spend slightly more for wine made of organically grown grapes and sustainably and biodynamically produced wines, as well as other key data Yountville, CA, April 19, 2018 – Wine Market Council today released key findings from their recent research survey titled, “Green Wine Study: U.S. Wine Consumer Attitudes Toward Organic, […]

Spotlights

USA Wine Ratings: Wines Judged on Quality, Value and Packaging

USA Wine Ratings: Wines Judged on Quality, Value and Packaging

The newly announced USA Wine Ratings will take place in San Francisco, California on July 23-24, 2018. The event is already generating buzz within the wine industry because this awards competition will use an entirely new benchmark for judging wines. In contrast to the traditional wine scoring system, which only rewards winemaking ability, the new scoring system of the USA Wine Ratings will use a weighting of three different criteria: Quality, Value and Packaging.

Custom Crush Facility Couples State of the Art Equipment with Unique DTC Opportunity

Custom Crush Facility Couples State of the Art Equipment with Unique DTC Opportunity

Imagine a world where you can have it all. You are able to craft beautiful, high-end artisan wines in a pristine, well run production facility that delivers a perfect expression of the fruit every time. When your vintage is ready for bottling and distribution, you can activate your carefully cultivated mailing list and invite your […]

An Agency Created Just for You

An Agency Created Just for You

We bring brands to life through beautiful packaging, engaging digital media, and enticing retail environments. The result: a seamless brand experience across all major touch points. How do we do that? Read on.

Custom Crush Winery Adds Hospitality and DTC Services for Clients

Custom Crush Winery Adds Hospitality and DTC Services for Clients

“Sugarloaf Crush offers a top-of-the-line production environment, but the added hospitality services are the clincher,” says winemaker Ted Weisser, who makes his Satyre brand at Sugarloaf and is now spearheading the new Sonoma Vintners Studio at Sugarloaf Crush.

Wine Industry Conference to Explore Impact of Cannabis in Central Coast

Wine Industry Conference to Explore Impact of Cannabis in Central Coast

When Californians voted to legalize recreational marijuana on November 8, 2016, there may have been a common assumption among many that pot smokers and wine drinkers belonged to two distinctly different social groups. But as counties and other municipalities throughout the state continue to grapple with the regulations around marijuana cultivation and sales, strong evidence […]

Message for Wine Industry on Effective Marketing: “It’s Not All About the Wine”

Message for Wine Industry on Effective Marketing: “It’s Not All About the Wine”

Elizabeth “E” Slater may be small in stature (she’s 4’ 10”), but she packs a wallop of a message for the wine industry on sharpening its focus with direct to consumer (DTC) sales and customer service. Slater created her company In Short Direct Marketing in 1994 when, as she says, “wineries were just beginning to […]

Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, April 20

Afternoon Brief, April 20

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Wine Brands Must Blend Demand, Margin to Move Upscale, Says O’Neill Vintners & Distillers CEO O’Neill Vintners & Distillers started 14 years ago as a producer of wine and spirits brands and in bulk for retailers and other beverage-alcohol companies… Today’s News: Martin Brown Steps Down as […]

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Afternoon Brief, April 19

Afternoon Brief, April 19

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Buyer of Napa Valley’s Iconic Heitz Wine Cellars ‘a Breath of Fresh Air’ to Industry One of the top names in Napa Valley luxury-tier wine has changed hands to an East Coast man with major investments in farming and keeping structures comfortable to live in… Today’s News: […]

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Afternoon Brief, April 18

Afternoon Brief, April 18

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: California’s Nagging Smoke Taint Concerns Will “Californian wildfire smoke” be making it onto the tasting notes of the 2017 vintage?… Today’s News: Trinchero Family Estates CEO: Wine-Marketing Shifts Needed as Grocery Slows, Boomers Gray Trinchero Family Estates grew over its seven decades in Napa Valley to become […]

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Afternoon Brief, April 17

Afternoon Brief, April 17

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Winners of the 2018 North Coast Wine Challenge Announced Kokomo Wines of the Dry Creek Valley, a grower-winemaker partnership, took home the top prize in the 2018 North Coast Wine Challenge for its Kokomo 2016 Pinot Noir Gopher Hills Block Peters Vineyard Sonoma Coast, scoring the highest […]

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Afternoon Brief, April 16

Afternoon Brief, April 16

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Pay-to-Play Schemes Keep TTB Busy A host of so-called “pay-to-play” infractions have become one of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau’s top legal, investigative targets in the past couple of years… Today’s News: French Court Rejects Plea from Luxury Wine Label to Stop Cheap Blends […]

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Afternoon Brief, April 13

Afternoon Brief, April 13

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: New Study Says Drinking Every Day Can Take Years Off Your Life and the Drinks Industry Is Furious Industry leaders have hit out at new research which claims that drinking an extra glass of wine every day can take years off your life… Today’s News: Southern California’s […]

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