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J. Rickards Hits Home Run with Sauvignon Blanc

J. Rickards Hits Home Run with Sauvignon Blanc

Jim Rickards grew up in San Francisco, a city kid. But he always knew he had the farming gene. “When I got out of the military after Vietnam, I did three things: grew my hair, grew my mustache and got out of Dodge,” he says. “I got into the cattle business and was looking for my home ranch.

By February 18, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
3-Tier Wine Symposium: Actionable Insights to Distribution Success

3-Tier Wine Symposium: Actionable Insights to Distribution Success

The wholesale channel has always been challenging, particularly for small to medium-sized wineries, and over the last two decades, things have gotten even harder.  Many wineries have responded by focusing more energy and resources on direct-to-consumer programs, but for those that want to maintain their presence in the general market and/or grow their brand, working […]

By February 13, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
If You Have to Assume…Make Positive Assumptions

If You Have to Assume…Make Positive Assumptions

“Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesperson – not the attitude of the prospect.” W. Clement Stone I am not sure that there is anything more frustrating than entering a business of any kind wanting to buy products and realizing that the salesperson has already decided that you are not a viable customer. […]

Turning the Tables on L.M. Archer

Turning the Tables on L.M. Archer

“Turning the Tables – Interviewing the Interviewers” is a Q&A series profiling Wine Writers. We hope you’ll discover more about the wine writers you know, and learn about many others. The objective of this project is to understand and develop working relationships with journalists.

NFC Applications for Wine and Spirits Brands

NFC Applications for Wine and Spirits Brands

By 2024, the global near field communication (NFC) market will nearly triple as adoption of the technology grows. And the latest generation of iPhones can read NFC tags without the use of a third-party app. All of this means the average smartphone-carrying consumer will not only be familiar with NFC, but will be able to tap their device to an NFC label on your bottle and access any verification or promotional material programmed into the tag.

Tasting Room Trend Review and Forecast: What Flipped and What Flopped

Tasting Room Trend Review and Forecast: What Flipped and What Flopped

Much like the wineries we work with, VingDirect is a family business. In 2009 our founder Tammy Boatright started VingDirect with the belief that if we could help family wineries grow their direct to consumer sales, the bottom line of their business would improve. To this day, we still believe that can be the difference […]

News Releases

Vertical Detroit Announces New GM

Vertical Detroit Announces New GM

Gordon Sandstrom Joins Team at Award-Winning Wine Bar-Restaurant February 2019, Detroit – Vertical Detroit announces that Gordon Sandstrom has been named the wine bar-restaurant’s new General Manager. “We’re thrilled to welcome someone of Gordon’s caliber to our team,” said founder/proprietor Remy Lutfy. Sandstrom has been in the restaurant industry for the last 24 years, most […]

By February 19, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
New ProWein Director Announced

New ProWein Director Announced

New leadership for global Prowein portfolio: Bastian Mingers Named Global Head for Wine & Spirits and Director of ProWein A change is coming to the leadership for the global ProWein portfolio. Effective April 1, 2019, Bastian Mingers will be the new Global Head for Wine & Spirits and Director of ProWein at Messe Düsseldorf in Germany. The […]

By February 19, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Francis Ford Coppola Winery Premieres Custom Wines for 2019 Oscars® & Governors Ball

Francis Ford Coppola Winery Premieres Custom Wines for 2019 Oscars® & Governors Ball

GEYSERVILLE, Calif. (February 18, 2019) – Today, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, known for award-winning wines, premieres two custom wines for the 2019 Oscars® and Governors Ball. Through a process of meticulous fruit selection and numerous blending trials, these specially made wines capture the distinct nuances of distinguished microclimates in a highly refined style. Additionally, the […]

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Acting in Solidarity Defines Oregon Winegrowers

Acting in Solidarity Defines Oregon Winegrowers

Oregon wineries band together to launch Rogue Valley wines with 100% of the net proceeds supporting stranded winegrowers; Oregon Governor Kate Brown Shows Support March 1, 2019, SALEM, Ore. – Starting February 15th, wine lovers will be able to purchase the Oregon Solidarity wines made by King Estate Winery and Willamette Valley Vineyards, who teamed up last fall to help Rogue […]

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Fellows Named for the 2019 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers

Fellows Named for the 2019 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers

February 19, 2019 – St. Helena, CA – Fellowship award winners have been announced for the 2019 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley. Qualified wine, wine-food and wine-travel writers were selected by a panel of leading wine editors based on their professional editorial status, the quality and originality of their work and […]

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Washington State’s Upchurch Vineyard Launches “LTL” (Larger Than Life)

Washington State’s Upchurch Vineyard Launches “LTL” (Larger Than Life)

Chris Upchurch Brings His Love of Red Mountain to Everyday Wine Benton City, WA, February 19, 2019 – “What I have learned over the years is that the art of blending is just as important in everyday wine as it is in our finest efforts,” remarked acclaimed Washington State winemaker Chris Upchurch. “And I’ve always […]

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Spotlights

G3 Launches Visionary Open Innovation Project with RoboBottle™ Sensing Device

G3 Launches Visionary Open Innovation Project with RoboBottle™ Sensing Device

“RoboBottle™ is the first installment in our plan to actively provide customers with vital information when, where and how they need it to make the best decisions possible for their business,” says John Cunningham, Director of Innovation at G3 Enterprises.

OENODIA’s Revolutionary STARS Technology recognized by top Champagne brand

OENODIA’s Revolutionary STARS Technology recognized by top Champagne brand

STARS Technology offers more than just stabilization to Sparkling Wine Producers – helps with disgorging, adjusting pH and lowering calcium! OENODIA, the oenology division of Eurodia Industrie SAS, one of the world’s leading specialists of membrane-based treatments for the global agri-food industry, has been providing the breakthrough STARS technology for wine producers for the last […]

Environmental Advocates Ardagh Group: Innovations in Traditional Wine Packaging

Environmental Advocates Ardagh Group: Innovations in Traditional Wine Packaging

You may have heard about a number of alternative wine packaging solutions – helix & cork glass closures, specialty molds, canned wines, etc. – but alternative packaging still comprises a very small part of all wine packaging, and the traditional wine bottle is evolving as well. Ardagh Group is one company making big strides in […]

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 […]

Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, February 19

Afternoon Brief, February 19

Excess California Coastal Wine, Grapes Open New-Brand Opportunities, Heighten Marketing Expense: How big the 2018 North Coast wine grape harvest now won’t be known for a couple more months, but it’s become increasingly clear that banking the emerging wine business cycle will take different or revived tactics after years of steady consumer sales growth…

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Afternoon Brief, February 18

Afternoon Brief, February 18

What’s in a Name? AVA Overload: In a market jammed with producers desperate to stay (or become) relevant, winemakers are turning to the government in a desperate bid for desirability. Winemakers in the US and elsewhere are lining up to get the region in which they grow their grapes officially recognized…

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Afternoon Brief, February 15

Afternoon Brief, February 15

Italian Authorities Uncover Counterfeit Tignanello Wine Scheme: Italian authorities have arrested three suspects in a scheme to sell at least 11,000 counterfeit bottles of the legendary super Tuscan wine Antinori Toscana Tignanello in Italy, Germany and Belgium …

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Afternoon Brief, February 14

Afternoon Brief, February 14

Treasury Wine Sees Revenue Jump 13% in First Half: Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has revealed a strong set of numbers for its fiscal first half ended in December. Overall, the company posted a 13% revenue rise at constant currency to A$1.5 billion ($1.1b), while EBITS leapt 18% to A$338 million ($240m) …

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Afternoon Brief, February 13

Afternoon Brief, February 13

What Makes This Year’s ProWein So Special? It’s the Silver Anniversary – In advance of March’s ProWein, the annual trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, Wine Enthusiast’s Contributing Editor Anne Krebiehl MW spoke with Eva Rowe, vice president of Messe Düsseldorf North America, the U.S. arm of ProWein’s organizers …

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Afternoon Brief, February 12

Afternoon Brief, February 12

Napa County, Bremer Family Winery Reach Lawsuit Settlement: Napa County and Bremer Family Winery settled a lawsuit brought by the county against the winery over alleged permit and code violations, ending a dispute that called into question how the county interprets older use permits…

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