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What Do Women Want?: When Women Judge Wine for Women

What Do Women Want?: When Women Judge Wine for Women

Cindy Lauper said it best: girls just want to have fun. And women pretty much want the same thing. Women in the wine industry just want to make wine fun. Women winemakers mostly want to make wine that’s fun, and have fun doing it. Otherwise, what’s the point? And in general, we wine women are just like other women: we mostly want to drink wine that’s fun.

By June 22, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
In the Tasting Room

In the Tasting Room

Most wineries call their customer space the “Tasting Room” for the very good reason that wine tasting does take place there, and it’s usually a room. I was giving some thought the other day to all the things that go on (or should go on) in the tasting room. By incorporating the different things you […]

Volcanic Wines – Magic Behind Napa’s Atlas Peak Mountain

Volcanic Wines – Magic Behind Napa’s Atlas Peak Mountain

Only three percent of the wine grapes grown in California are grown at altitudes above 1,000 feet in elevation with some of the most uniquely fascinating wines sharing a common characteristic, volcanic rocky soils.

Napa’s Measure C Now Almost Certain to Fail

Napa’s Measure C Now Almost Certain to Fail

Measure C, also known as the Napa Oak Woodlands and Watershed Protection Initiative, came out of election night with a slim 42 vote lead, but that count reflected only of about 40% of all votes cast, and Registrar of Voters John Tuteur cautioned that this was an unofficial preliminary count, and that when numbers were […]

By June 14, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
What You See May Not Be What You Get

What You See May Not Be What You Get

I was checking my emails the other day and came across an email from LinkedIn with a request ostensibly from a woman in New York State wanting to connect with me on LinkedIn. I have a rule about connecting on social media. I never connect with anyone on any site until I have checked his/her […]

The Market Will Never Lie to You

The Market Will Never Lie to You

In our office, nearly every day, we get a pitch deck from the “next” Tito’s, Sophia, Yellow Tail, Estancia, Josh Cabernet, Fireball, Goose Island, Angels Envy, etc. Every- Single- Day. This is all positive as we are all entrepreneurs. We are all makers of something. if you are reading our regular column, and so many […]

News Releases

7th Annual Golden Foodie Awards Nomination Process Begins August 3rd with People’s Choice Voting

7th Annual Golden Foodie Awards Nomination Process Begins August 3rd with People’s Choice Voting

Two-Week Voting Period Aug. 3 through 17 Recognizes the Best Chefs, Libations and Cuisine at Chef-Driven and Independently Owned Restaurants in Orange County Orange County, Calif., June 2018 — Leading up to the 7th annual Golden Foodie Awards on September 30th, local Orange County foodies are invited to vote for their local culinary favorites during a two-week period […]

Soleil Mimosa Unveils New Cans

Soleil Mimosa Unveils New Cans

(DEMING, NM) — Just in time for summer, Soleil Mimosa recently announced the release of their new 375-milliliter canned mimosas. Reflecting their already popular bottled mimosas, three varieties are now available through distributors and in retailers across the nation. Varieties include the traditional Soleil Mimosa Classic, the tropical Soleil Mimosa Mango, and lively Soleil Mimosa Pineapple, all […]

Crimson Wine Group Announces Karen Diepholz As Chief Financial Officer

Crimson Wine Group Announces Karen Diepholz As Chief Financial Officer

NAPA, Calif. (June 22, 2018) – Crimson Wine Group, Ltd. (OTCBB: CWGL) today announced that Karen Diepholz has been named Chief Financial Officer, reporting directly to President and CEO Patrick DeLong.  Her role will encompass oversight of all financial and business service functions, ensuring the highest level of quality to support Crimson’s mission of crafting […]

CAWG Statement on Immigration Legislation

CAWG Statement on Immigration Legislation

SACRAMENTO, June 21, 2018 – California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) President John Aguirre has issued the following statement: “I am deeply disappointed by the apparent inability of the House of Representatives to resolve some of our nation’s most pressing immigration issues. California winegrape growers and farmworkers face a crisis of uncertainty due to stepped up immigration enforcement and a […]

Merlot Proves Its Skin Is Thicker Than We Think

Merlot Proves Its Skin Is Thicker Than We Think

Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine sheds light on the noble grape’s resilience and omnipresence despite recent pop culture perils WALLA WALLA, WA – Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine, a social and educational global wine event welcomed its sixth year with open arms and a formidable special guest. Rex Pickett, author of the wine-centric novel Sideways, […]

Winners Are Announced for the 11th Annual International Women’s Wine Competition

Winners Are Announced for the 11th Annual International Women’s Wine Competition

Santa Rosa, Calif., June 21, 2018. Results are in for the 2018 International Women’s Wine Competition (IWWC), a contest judged solely by leading wine industry professional women.  This year’s choice for top honors was given to the 2013 Blagden Pinot Noir, Sangiacomo Roberts Road Vineyard, California, Sonoma Coast. Owned and operated by Wine Competitions Management […]

Spotlights

Hot Foot Continues to Take Avian Repellents to an Art

Hot Foot Continues to Take Avian Repellents to an Art

Wineries exist in every state in this Union, as do birds. Birds carry diseases and parasites, and no one wants that any of that dropping into their premium wines during fermentation. The solution is clear: exclude the birds and keep them from returning. The concept of Hot Foot America’s Knotless InvisiNet bird netting and complementary […]

The Spotlight Falls on the International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show in San Francisco

The Spotlight Falls on the International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show in San Francisco

The timing of the upcoming International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show (IBWSS) in San Francisco could not be more relevant. It takes place amidst growing dynamism in the U.S. bulk wine and spirits market. Additionally, it takes place at the same time as the global wine industry is reeling from the smallest global wine harvest […]

DAOU: Where Everything Is Selected to Achieve the Highest Quality

DAOU: Where Everything Is Selected to Achieve the Highest Quality

Winemaker Daniel Daou and his brother built the magnificent DAOU winery on top of DAOU Mountain in the western hills of Paso Robles, not for the sheer beauty of the place, but for its potential to achieve their vision of making world class Bordeaux style wines. “The terroir here is unique; it may be the only place […]

Industry Leader Addresses Winery Labor Shortage with Automation Options

Industry Leader Addresses Winery Labor Shortage with Automation Options

In this day of labor shortage, wineries are seeking solutions to manage this difficult situation. A-B-C Packaging helps wineries looking to reduce labor, eliminate liability and reliably feed bottles whether received in reshipper cases or bulk palletloads. For over fifty years, they have been at the forefront of providing decasing and depalletizing solutions to wineries […]

A Wine Analyzer Designed to Meet Current and Future Winemaking Needs

A Wine Analyzer Designed to Meet Current and Future Winemaking Needs

The winemaking process is an art that has been perfected over many years; quality has always been at the center of this process, but new technologies continue to help winemakers elevate their products. To ensure Excellence in Every Glass, winemakers need reliable high quality test results that show a clear picture of the status of the […]

Oak Research Continues to Yield New Precision Oenology Tools

Oak Research Continues to Yield New Precision Oenology Tools

The phenolic and aromatic compounds affecting wine profiles make up only 5-10% of untoasted oak, and those compounds can vary widely not just between oak species and forest locations, but even more between individual trees. With such a high individual variance, “it is practically impossible to create two barrels that impact a wine’s profile in […]

Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, June 22

Afternoon Brief, June 22

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Will the Rocket Ride for Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and Sonoma Pinot Noir Continue? Rather than a fad or economic bubble, consumer thirst for cabernet sauvignon wines could have firm footing for rising bottle, grape and vineyard prices, but the industry will have to adjust to rising costs […]

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Afternoon Brief, June 21

Afternoon Brief, June 21

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Is Originality Overpriced When It Comes to Wine? Replica Wine, a Colorado company, is reverse-engineering famous wines to produce less expensive bottlings… Today’s News: Winners Are Announced for the 11th Annual International Women’s Wine Competition Results are in for the 2018 International Women’s Wine Competition, a contest […]

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Afternoon Brief, June 20

Afternoon Brief, June 20

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Should Wineries Acquire Vineyards Instead of Buying Fruit on the Open Market? Should wineries acquire vineyards instead of buying fruit on the open market?… Today’s News: Despite Napa Valley’s Measure C’s Failure, Proponents Vow to Keep Fighting Despite the odds against them, nothing could stop the feeling […]

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Afternoon Brief, June 19

Afternoon Brief, June 19

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: The Devil Seeks Forgiveness from Merlot The man who single-handedly slaughtered the great grape’s reputation fronts up to growers and says sorry… Today’s News: It Was Supposed to Be an Unbiased Study of Drinking – They Wanted to Call It ‘Cheers’ Buried in a new N.I.H. report […]

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Afternoon Brief, June 18

Afternoon Brief, June 18

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Examining the Fallout from Napa’s Measure C The last few months were witness to a hard-fought battle between two competing sides, neither of which managed to get their points across very well to local Napa residents… Today’s News: Why Is It So Hard to Be a Mom […]

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Afternoon Brief, June 15

Afternoon Brief, June 15

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: The Seven Deadly Sins of Wine Sales A drinks attorney dishes the dirt on less-than-obvious legal infractions wineries face on the internet… Today’s News: CAWG Announces 2018 Awards of Excellence Recipients The California Association of Winegrape Growers has selected Steve Schafer as the 2018 Grower of the […]

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