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Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Washington’s Terroir Scientist and Explorer

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Washington’s Terroir Scientist and Explorer

“I was once like the Indiana Jones of Himalayan geology,” said Kevin Pogue PhD. He explains the cultural, political and topographical setting of his research sites in northwestern Pakistan would have made the famous fictional explorer feel right at home. World changes caused this Washington based geologist to turn his attentions from ancient lands across the globe to those under the vines. The vineyards of the Pacific Northwest have never been the same.

By January 18, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
From Vine to Table: The Case for Sustainability

From Vine to Table: The Case for Sustainability

We are at a critical juncture in the consumer packaged goods space. And it can’t be ignored. The combination of product integrity, recyclability, and overall environmental impact is driving shoppers’ buying decisions.

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: An Outspoken Voice for the Little Guy

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: An Outspoken Voice for the Little Guy

Some see Tom Wark as an advocate for the wine industry, given his role as the Executive Director of National Association of Wine Retailers since 2007, but he prefers to think of himself as an outspoken voice for the “little guy.” Since 2004, he’s been unapologetically airing concerns over the three-tier distribution system and lack of consumer choice in the marketplace, lambasting what he terms “rent seeking, special interests and other self serving groups.”

By January 17, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Adventurous Winemaker and Mensch

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Adventurous Winemaker and Mensch

Many know Mick Schroeter’s talents in winemaking and his path from the big reds of Penfold’s to the delicate Russian River Valley Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs of his current gig as Head of Winemaking at Sonoma-Cutrer, as well as his entry to Sonoma County wines at Geyser Peak where their Sauvignon Blanc became the standard bearer for U.S. produced wines of this variety.

By January 16, 2019 1 Comments Read More →
What Your Guests Want From You?

What Your Guests Want From You?

The title of this blog, “What Your Guests Want From You,” is somewhat disingenuous. All businesses have many different types of customers, though in wineries there are even more variables. Coming through you doors you may have everyone from people who have never been to a winery before and/or don’t drink wine, to those who […]

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Oregon’s Wine Culture Disruptor

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Oregon’s Wine Culture Disruptor

Right from the get go, it was a lively curiosity grounded in unpretentiousness that led Ryan Harms to the Oregon terroir and marked his ascent as CEO of one of the biggest brands in the state.

By January 15, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

News Releases

Songwriters In Paradise Hosts Inaugural SIP NAPA in Napa Valley this March

Songwriters In Paradise Hosts Inaugural SIP NAPA in Napa Valley this March

World-Class Songwriters, Famous Napa Valley Wineries and Host Resort Harvest Inn Join Forces for One-of-a-Kind Music Experience Songwriters In Paradise Founder, Patrick Davis, Available for Interviews NASHVILLE, TN – January 16, 2019 – Music and wine lovers unite as Songwriters In Paradise (SIP) hosts the inaugural SIP NAPA, a four-day singer-songwriter festival in the gorgeous […]

2019 Somms Under Fire™ Announces Featured Restaurants and Broadbent Selections as VIP Sponsor

2019 Somms Under Fire™ Announces Featured Restaurants and Broadbent Selections as VIP Sponsor

AUSTIN, Texas [January 17, 2019] The 2019 Somms Under Fire will test competitors ability to pair award winning wine with cuisine from some of Austin’s top restaurants including Foreign & Domestic and Salt & Time. The live sommelier competition, happening on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Zlotnik Family Ballroom in Rowling Hall at The […]

By January 18, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Biennial Wine Entrepreneurship Program Now Accepting Applications, Launching February 21

Biennial Wine Entrepreneurship Program Now Accepting Applications, Launching February 21

Seeking Wine Business Leaders and Aspiring Owners for SSU’s Wine Entrepreneurship Program Rohnert Park, CA – The Wine Business Institute (WBI) in the School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced it is accepting applications for its popular Certificate in Wine Entrepreneurship. The strategy-focused certificate program is available only on a […]

By January 18, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Presqu’ile Winery Celebrates Valentine’s Weekend in the Santa Maria Valley

Presqu’ile Winery Celebrates Valentine’s Weekend in the Santa Maria Valley

Presqu’ile Sets the Stage for Romance with Artisan Chocolates, Delectable Cheeses, Live Music and Pinot Noir from Friday, February 15th Through Sunday, February 17th WHO: PRESQU’ILE WINERY, in Santa Maria, California WHAT: Presqu’ile, the contemporary-styled minimalist estate winery poised high in the hills of Santa Maria with stunning ocean and vineyard views, is the ideal […]

By January 18, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
truvi commerce Integrates with Pack’n Ship Direct, VINGO, and ProNimbus to Provide a Complete DTC Package for Wineries

truvi commerce Integrates with Pack’n Ship Direct, VINGO, and ProNimbus to Provide a Complete DTC Package for Wineries

The integration enhances the customer experience through automated order fulfillment, expanded delivery options, and full visibility into delivery status. NAPA, CA — JANUARY 18, 2019 — truvi commerce, which provides a popular suite of services to make it easy for wineries and wine retailers to launch and grow their DTC programs, announced today that its […]

By January 18, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Barrel Associates International, LP, Announces the Hiring of Jerry DeLorenzo as the Company’s New Executive Sales Manager

Barrel Associates International, LP, Announces the Hiring of Jerry DeLorenzo as the Company’s New Executive Sales Manager

January 15th, 2019 – Long-time exclusive North American distributor for Tonnellerie Dargaud et Jaegle, Marcel Cadet, Tonnellerie Vallaurine French oak wine barrels and its eponymous Barrel Associates American oak barrel collection, Barrel Associates International, LP (BAI) announces the appointment of industry veteran Gerard (Jerry) DeLorenzo as their new in-house Executive Sales Manager. “Jerry’s 23 years of […]

By January 17, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Spotlights

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 […]

PARSEC Advances Oenology with Innovative Systems that Optimize Winemaking Process and Allows You to Manage Your Cellar from any Device

PARSEC Advances Oenology with Innovative Systems that Optimize Winemaking Process and Allows You to Manage Your Cellar from any Device

Italian based PARSEC, a leader in oenological technologies and micro-oxygenation, distributed exclusively in North America through ATPGroup, offers patented technologies that deliver centralized and automated control of the winemaking process with a high level of customization. PARSEC, specializes in the design and manufacture of integrated systems for wine production, has developed an innovative system that […]

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 […]

Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, January 18

Afternoon Brief, January 18

Amid Shift in Wine Consumer Demand, California Wine Country Cautioned to Prepare for Ample Grape Supply: The North Coast wine business on Thursday received another wake-up call about gathering storm clouds that could dampen consumer demand for premium wines and the grapes from which they’re made …

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Afternoon Brief, January 17

Afternoon Brief, January 17

Napa Is Suddenly Abuzz with Winery and Vineyard Sales: After a relatively quiet period in Napa Valley mergers and acquisitions, we are suddenly seeing a flurry of activity. The big headline: Ed and Deb Fitts have sold Brand, the very high-end estate on Napa’s Pritchard Hill that they founded in 2005, to Jim Bean and Christine O’Sullivan for an undisclosed price…

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Afternoon Brief, January 16

Afternoon Brief, January 16

Millennials Still Missing as Fine-Wine Core Consumers, Says Silicon Valley Bank Report: Sales growth for U.S. wine is expected to remain in positive territory this year – better, for premium producers – but the industry needs to revamp its appeal to the next generations of core consumers else lose share of wallet to competing beverages and imported wines, according to a closely watched industry report released Wednesday evening…

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Afternoon Brief, January 15

Afternoon Brief, January 15

Buyers of BRAND Winery and Estate Vineyards Acquire a Gem on Famed Pritchard Hill: Jim Bean and Christine OSullivan are purchasing the BRAND winery and vineyards from owners Ed and Deb Fitts. The Brand estate is located atop Pritchard Hill, one of the most sought after locales in Napa Valley …

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Afternoon Brief, January 14

Afternoon Brief, January 14

2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Winners: The 2019 Chronicle Wine Competition Winners are in. Nine wines took home medals after they were chosen as the finest from a selection of over 6,800 wines that entered …

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Afternoon Brief, January 11

Afternoon Brief, January 11

Napa County Hits The Prisoner Winery with Code Violation Notice: Napa County has told the new The Prisoner winery to stop selling art, stop selling jellies and jams and stop offering food services that the county says are comparable to those found at a restaurant or café…

By January 11, 2019 0 Comments Read More →