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Top 5 Predictions for 2019

Top 5 Predictions for 2019

We are here again. Like clockwork, December comes and everyone in the adult beverage world looks backwards at their successes and failures, otherwise known as depletions, and then look forward in a hopeful way knowing that sales and marketing can always be better. For the last five years I have written a column of predictions […]

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Creating Emails Customers Want to Read

Creating Emails Customers Want to Read

Since the broad acceptance of email as the most efficient way to communicate, the medium has grown exponentially. According to an article written by Sharon Hurley Hall, more than 74 trillion emails are sent every year and the number continues to go up year after year. I remember as far back in the early 2000s […]

Thanksgiving – a Plethora of Emails

Thanksgiving – a Plethora of Emails

I received what seemed like a boatload of emails from wineries over the Thanksgiving and shopping extravaganza long weekend. Some wineries sent me up to five emails in a three or four-day period. Most were touting special pricing on their wines and/or low priced or free shipping. Offers included: 20% saving with $10 ground shipping Free […]

12 Things Not to Miss at the WIN Expo Trade Show This Thursday

12 Things Not to Miss at the WIN Expo Trade Show This Thursday

Again this year the North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo) will be the second largest wine industry trade show in North America with 300 premium wine industry suppliers at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on Thursday Dec. 6. The broad array of exhibitors will showcase everything vineyards and wineries need and some new things you […]

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Soda Rock Wins Best of Mendocino in Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge for Chardonnay From Hopland Vineyard

Soda Rock Wins Best of Mendocino in Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge for Chardonnay From Hopland Vineyard

Isabelle Adams of Soda Rock Winery chooses her wine competitions very carefully. The 8-year-old winery produces about 6k cases yearly, and relies on direct to consumer sales for most of the production.

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How the New Revenue Recognition Standard May Impact the Wine Industry

How the New Revenue Recognition Standard May Impact the Wine Industry

By: Adam Raudsep, CPA, Senior Manager In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (ASC 606). This standard, along with subsequent amendments and clarifications issued by the FASB, fundamentally changes how companies across industries will recognize, measure, present, and disclose information about revenue. […]

News Releases

Applications Open for Wine Spectator’s 2019 Restaurant Awards

Applications Open for Wine Spectator’s 2019 Restaurant Awards

Prestigious Awards Program Honors World’s Best Restaurants for Wine –‘Early-Bird’ Deadline Dec. 31; Final Deadline Feb. 1– New York, NY (December 13, 2018)—Attention, restaurateurs and sommeliers! Applications for Wine Spectator magazine’s 2019 Restaurant Awards, which recognizes the world’s best wine lists are now open, with a deadline of February 1. Developed in 1981, the Restaurant […]

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Concannon Vineyard Announces the Release of Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon, to Honor the Winery’s Trailblazing Contributions to the Wine Industry and California Cabernet

Concannon Vineyard Announces the Release of Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon, to Honor the Winery’s Trailblazing Contributions to the Wine Industry and California Cabernet

LIVERMORE, Calif.—December 13, 2018—Concannon Vineyard announced today the second installment of its Clone Series with the 2016 Concannon Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. The Clone Series from Concannon Vineyard highlights the winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon Clones, which account for an estimated 80 percent of all California Cabernet Sauvignon vines and have long been considered […]

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Napa Valley Vintners and Napa Green Awarded Statewide Honor for Environmental and Economic Leadership

Napa Valley Vintners and Napa Green Awarded Statewide Honor for Environmental and Economic Leadership

12/13/2018 – The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) and the Napa Green program were recently presented the prestigious 2018 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) in Sacramento. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing California’s environment, building public-private partnerships […]

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London Keeping Plastic Beverage Kegs Out of Landfill

London Keeping Plastic Beverage Kegs Out of Landfill

First Mile and KeyKeg kick-start a closed-loop recycling programme for plastic beer kegs Den Helder, the Netherlands, 13-12-2018 – Most plastic beverage kegs in the UK are not recycled and often end up in landfill. To overcome this problem, First Mile have teamed up with KeyKeg and OneCircle to create a circular programme which recycles […]

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Mike Holden Joins Groth Vineyards & Winery

Mike Holden Joins Groth Vineyards & Winery

Assumes role as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Oakville, Napa Valley, December 12, 2018–Effective December 3, Mike Holden joined Groth Vineyards & Winery as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, according to an announcement by President Suzanne Groth. Holden’s responsibilities will encompass leadership for all sales and marketing for Groth. Holden has an extensive background in […]

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A 75 Year Collaboration Continues at Auction Napa Valley

A 75 Year Collaboration Continues at Auction Napa Valley

May 31st Barrel Auction will be held at the historic and newly restored Louis M. Martini Winery 12/12/2018 – St. Helena, California– In 2019 the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) will be celebrating its 75th anniversary. To mark this significant milestone, 30 past board of director chairs who have provided leadership and support over the decades […]

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Spotlights

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 […]

Smooth Harvest Provides Freedom for Winemakers’ Craft to Shine

Smooth Harvest Provides Freedom for Winemakers’ Craft to Shine

The 2018 grape harvest began a few weeks later than in past years on the North Coast, but with almost everything in, growers are reporting increased yields of high-quality grapes. The longer hangtimes without heat spikes or wet weather complications appear to have resulted in a very even ripening with a good balance between sugar, […]

More natural winemaking methods offer additive-free solutions for winemakers as demand for transparency on all foods and beverages continues to grow

More natural winemaking methods offer additive-free solutions for winemakers as demand for transparency on all foods and beverages continues to grow

STARS can guarantee stability and improve wine quality with zero additives and zero wine loss! A recent editorial by renowned French winemaker and researcher, Jean Luis Escudier outlined a major shift in European winemaking this year when the European Alcohol and Beverage Industry, in response to consumer demand for more transparency and following a series […]

Winery Service Connection: Systems to Keep Your Machinery Running

Winery Service Connection: Systems to Keep Your Machinery Running

Imagine a best-case scenario for your winery; all of your machinery is cared for, runs well, gets diagnostics run and repairs before they are needed, and then runs smoothly during harvest. Yes, runs smoothly during harvest. Using proprietary software developed by owner, Dave Peritore, this scenario can be a reality, as offered by Winery Service […]

Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, December 12

Afternoon Brief, December 12

Illinois Distributor’s Massive Payout to TTB: As the Washington DC-based Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) ramps up its trade practice-enforcement investigations, more wholesalers are appearing on their radar for foul play and Tied House infractions…

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Afternoon Brief, December 11

Afternoon Brief, December 11

Holiday Horror Stories from the Land of Retail: When trouble strikes in retail, it’s often during the holidays. The two-week period around Christmas and New Year’s Eve is the biggest time of year for wine sales in the U.S…

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Afternoon Brief, December 10

Afternoon Brief, December 10

A 31% Increase in Number of California Wineries Makes Financial Success That Much Harder: The global investment firm Rabobank November 2018 Wine Quarterly included a few important takeaways from the Wine Industry Financial Symposium held this autumn in Napa, California. In its introduction to the report, the bank got my attention with this about California: “Wineries of all sizes need to find new owners.”

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Afternoon Brief, December 7

Afternoon Brief, December 7

Gloomy Outlook for Smaller Wineries: Wine consumption in the US is leveling off, but wine prices continue to rise. Total visits to wineries dropped after California’s wildfires and that part of the tourist industry hasn’t recovered. Plus, a recession is looming …

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Afternoon Brief, December 5

Afternoon Brief, December 5

Napa County Takes First Step to Rein in Wineries That Break the Law
After years of wrangling, Napa County took a first step to better police it’s more than 500 wineries with an updated code enforcement program approved by its board of supervisors on Tuesday…

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Afternoon Brief, December 4

Afternoon Brief, December 4

US$10M Government Grape Purchase: Following a long back and forth between US and China leaders, and high import tariffs placed on a number of agricultural goods, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has completed a US$10m purchasing round designed to relieve the local table grape industry …

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