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Napa Storytelling: Why So Serious? A Research Study

Napa Storytelling: Why So Serious? A Research Study

We all love a good story, and the wine business has long recognized the need of good stories to sell wine. Stories differentiate wineries in the stories plot, persona, and person.

Precision Agriculture – Mapping a Path to Success

Precision Agriculture – Mapping a Path to Success

The use of PA is an essential tool in sustainable farming practices and, in some instances, a valuable tool to achieve compliance with local or regional governmental regulations. The previous editorial also discussed the importance of collecting sound, reliable data as critical elements to successfully use PA in farming management.

Don’t Believe Everything You Think?

Don’t Believe Everything You Think?

Lately as I started some new projects, I have been thinking about whether or not I believe these projects are viable because I want them to be, or if I am just deluding myself, and they don’t have the merit that I think they have. It is typical of the human brain to validate the […]

Domestic Rosé Gaining Market Share from French

Domestic Rosé Gaining Market Share from French

The rosé trend still shows no sign of slowing with its third consecutive year with over fifty percent growth. According to Nielsen retail outlet data the rosé category grew 64% over the last twelve months, but unlike a year ago domestic rosé is now outpacing imports growing at 112% compared to 42.8% growth for French rosés. This marks a significant turnaround from a year ago when domestic producers were trailing overall category growth. However, French rosés continue to hold the dominant market share with 60% of the rosé category measured by dollar value.

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Adaptation and Innovation Keep Oldest Mid-Atlantic Wineries Thriving

Adaptation and Innovation Keep Oldest Mid-Atlantic Wineries Thriving

How long has Jerry Forest been in the wine business? So long, in fact, that he can remember when his three wines were called Red, White and Rosé. So long, indeed, that there were only a handful of wineries operating across Pennsylvania, from Bucks County near Philadelphia where he was located, across to Lake Erie.

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Make Your Websites More Personal

Make Your Websites More Personal

I have lately spent some time going through winery websites. I do this every few months to catch up on what wineries in different regions are up to. I have been amazed at how many wineries have no information on their owners and staff. I know that tasting room and other staff members may change […]

News Releases

Wine Institute Commends U.S. Government’s Efforts to Improve Market Access in Canada

Wine Institute Commends U.S. Government’s Efforts to Improve Market Access in Canada

Washington D.C. — Wine Institute, the public policy advocacy association for California wineries, applauds today’s announcement that the U.S. government has requested a formal World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel against Canada to ensure that U.S. wines have equal access to British Columbia grocery store shelves. Previous WTO Consultations with the Canadian government yielded no resolution to this issue. […]

The International Sommelier Association Announces Winner of the Best Sommelier of the Americas

The International Sommelier Association Announces Winner of the Best Sommelier of the Americas

Master Sommelier Pier-Alexis Soliére from Canada Now Also Automatically Qualifies to Compete in The 2019 Best Sommelier of the World Competition in Belgium MONTREAL, 25 May 2018 — The International Sommelier Association (ASI) is pleased to announce MS Pier-Alexis Soliére as the winner of its first continental competition of the year, Best Sommelier of the […]

Super Bock Chooses petainerKeg for Export Markets

Super Bock Chooses petainerKeg for Export Markets

Super Bock, the leading Portuguese beer brand from the Super Bock Group, has chosen Petainer’s one-way PET keg for key export markets.  Super Bock is the best-selling Portuguese beer in the world and will be using petainerKeg to send its beer to New York, Hong Kong, Mozambique, and Cape Verde. Super Bock is using the […]

Fourth Annual Silicon Valley Wine Auction Raises Over $1,000,000 to Benefit Education

Fourth Annual Silicon Valley Wine Auction Raises Over $1,000,000 to Benefit Education

This Year’s Events Saw More Than 1,000 Attendees at a Live Auction Dinner and Grand Tasting APTOS, Calif.  (May 24, 2018)—The fourth annual Silicon Valley Wine Auction, hosted by Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Education Foundation (SCMWEF) on May 19 & 20, raised over $1,000,000 for education programs that serve local communities. Saturday’s dinner and Sunday’s […]

Ornellaia Presents the 10th Edition of Its Vendemmia d’Artista Project on the 30th Anniversary of the First Vintage, 1985

Ornellaia Presents the 10th Edition of Its Vendemmia d’Artista Project on the 30th Anniversary of the First Vintage, 1985

William Kentridge Interprets Ornellaia 2015 “Il Carisma” Benefit auction of Ornellaia Wines at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London  brings total of £ 123.000 (€ 140.000) Ornellaia has raised more than 2 million euros to benefit art foundations and museums across the globe through the project to date. London, 23 May 2018 – Ornellaia was in the […]

Auction Napa Valley E-Bidding Opens Sunday, May 27 at Noon PDT

Auction Napa Valley E-Bidding Opens Sunday, May 27 at Noon PDT

Click, bid and win Napa Valley wine and experiences from anywhere in the world 5/24/2018 – St. Helena, CA—Auction Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Vintners’ celebrated charity wine event, has extended its reach to the fingertips of anyone from anywhere in the world. This year’s E-Bidder Experience offers wine lovers who can’t attend Auction Napa […]

Spotlights

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 […]

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.

Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, May 24

Afternoon Brief, May 24

Napa Storytelling: Why So Serious? A Research Study
We all love a good story, and the wine business has long recognized the need of good stories to sell wine. Stories differentiate wineries in the stories plot, persona, and person. How these stories are crafted is meant to appeal to a particular audience…

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Afternoon Brief, May 23

Afternoon Brief, May 23

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Can-Do Attitude: Avoiding Pitfalls with Canned Wine Winemakers discuss tips and best practices for packaging wine in the new format… Today’s News: California Wine Sales in U.S. Market Hit $35.2 Billion in 2017 California wine shipments in the U.S. reached an estimated retail value of $35.2 billion […]

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Afternoon Brief, May 22

Afternoon Brief, May 22

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping: Zinfandel and Rosé on the Rise, While Red Blends Underperform Their Peers In January, we released the 2018 Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report, which offers an exclusive deep dive into the direct-to-consumer wine shipping channel with our partners Wines & Vines… Today’s News: Registration Opens […]

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Afternoon Brief, May 21

Afternoon Brief, May 21

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Domestic Rosé Gaining Market Share from French The rosé trend still shows no sign of slowing with its third consecutive year with over fifty percent growth… Today’s News: Future of Wine May Include Drones and Edible Bottles, Says Merchant Future wine lovers may be able to eat […]

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Afternoon Brief, May 18

Afternoon Brief, May 18

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: The World’s Most Wanted Napa Wines It’s that time of year again, when we round up the “who’s who?” of the wine world. And for this popularity contest, where else would we start but Napa?… Today’s News: TTB Extends and Expands Alternate Procedure for Claiming New Federal […]

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Afternoon Brief, May 17

Afternoon Brief, May 17

C Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Alcohol Industry Pushes Lawmakers to Uncork Excise Tax Relief The alcohol industry is pressing Congress to make permanent the excise tax relief it received under the Republican tax law… Today’s News: Adaptation and Innovation Keep Oldest Mid-Atlantic Wineries Thriving How long has Jerry Forest been in […]

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