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Napa Valley Vintners Encourage Other Groups to Join Their Fight to Relax Tied House Rules

Napa Valley Vintners Encourage Other Groups to Join Their Fight to Relax Tied House Rules

At the Napa Valley Vintners, Associate Director of Labor Relations Michelle Novi is already thinking about next steps after achieving a measurable victory over antiquated “Tied House” rules in today’s environment of social media marketing and communication.

By October 12, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Software for the Farming Industry of Tomorrow?

Software for the Farming Industry of Tomorrow?

The future of agriculture, and especially of viticulture, is being written in relative anonymity. The funds invested in the sector are increasing considerably but are still insufficient when considering the challenges of tomorrow.

How Is Your Email Response?

How Is Your Email Response?

I found an interesting article by Alexandra Braunstein in this week’s Target Marketing newsletter. The article explains three reasons why your customers may be ignoring your emails. Ms. Braunstein starts by talking about the importance of the subscriber behavior – if subscribers stop interacting with your emails (opening or taking action) the mailbox provider may […]

New Research Study Highlights Motivational Differences of Wine Consumers by Generation

New Research Study Highlights Motivational Differences of Wine Consumers by Generation

As a consumer, shopping for wine can be overwhelming. The aisles are full of wine bottles, each with a different label, color scheme, bottle shape, region, varietal, price point, and more. Your eyes scan the bottles and pause on one and then another.

Local Experts Weigh in on the State of the North Coast Wine Industry

Local Experts Weigh in on the State of the North Coast Wine Industry

What’s been happening in the North Coast wine industry?

Specifically developed for wineries in Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties, this conference session will delve into topics for small, direct-to-consumer wineries as well as bigger players with national distribution.

By October 4, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Optimizing Staff Meetings

Optimizing Staff Meetings

I have been attending lots of meetings recently. While staff and management meetings are important, often they can take more time than they should and are not always as effective as you would like. Meetings should be planned out well before they occur. Start with a clear vision of how the meeting should progress and […]

News Releases

Gloria Rivera Joins Silverado Vineyards as Northeast District Sales Manager, Based in New York

Gloria Rivera Joins Silverado Vineyards as Northeast District Sales Manager, Based in New York

NAPA VALLEY, Calif., October 8, 2018 – Silverado Vineyards has appointed Gloria Rivera as Northeast District Sales Manager.  Reporting to Pamela Ford, Sales Director, East, she will be responsible for sales management for the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. “We are very excited […]

By October 15, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Santa Lucia Highlands 2018 Wine Grape Harvest Nearly Complete

Santa Lucia Highlands 2018 Wine Grape Harvest Nearly Complete

A mild, even season is shaping up to be a blockbuster vintage, vintners say Santa Lucia Highlands, Calif., October 15, 2018— The 2018 wine grape harvest in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, which started in early September, is nearing its end with vintners waiting on the last of the grapes to wrap up an idyllic […]

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A Rare Gift Set of 17 Limited Release 2015 Cabernets from the Stags Leap District

A Rare Gift Set of 17 Limited Release 2015 Cabernets from the Stags Leap District

The Stags Leap District Appellation Collection goes on sale today and is the only luxury release of 17 different Cabernets from a single vintage WHAT:  The Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association (SLDWA) announced today that their highly-limited Appellation Collection is now on sale. This is the only collection of this type offered. This year’s Appellation […]

By October 15, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Free Flow Wines Announces 22 Winners at the 2018 KEGGY Awards

Free Flow Wines Announces 22 Winners at the 2018 KEGGY Awards

Wine on tap programs nationwide are recognized for collectively saving more than 17 million bottles from the landfill with the use of Free Flow’s reusable stainless steel kegs. Napa, CA, October 12th, 2018 – Free Flow Wines announced 22 new winners at the 5th annual KEGGY Awards honoring wineries, distributors, equipment providers and restaurant operators for their exceptional […]

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Introducing Humo Blanco Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from Lolol Valley

Introducing Humo Blanco Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from Lolol Valley

Winesellers, Ltd., a globally – recognized importer and marketer of fine wines is pleased to introduce Humo Blanco Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, produced by Hacienda Araucano winery in the historic town of Lolol, just west of Santa Cruz. After lengthy research in several regions of Chile, the winery decided to plant its vineyard on […]

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Penticton’s Time Winery Riesling Wins Top White Wine at 2018 Cornucopia, Presented by BlueShore Financial

Penticton’s Time Winery Riesling Wins Top White Wine at 2018 Cornucopia, Presented by BlueShore Financial

[Penticton, BC] – Downtown Penticton’s TIME Winery is thrilled to announce that its 2017 Riesling has won Top White Wine in the Top 20 Wines for this year’s Cornucopia presented by BlueShore Financial. Judged by a panel of 13 esteemed industry experts in a closed, blind-tasting session, this year’s competition saw an impressive number of submissions, especially […]

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Spotlights

Sommeliers Choice Awards 2019 Submission Now Open

Sommeliers Choice Awards 2019 Submission Now Open

2019 entries for the Sommeliers Choice Awards is now open. SCA is the only wine competition in United States judged entirely by sommeliers and wine directors. The competition will focus exclusively on the needs of on-premise establishments such as bars, restaurants, lounges and clubs, making this competition fundamentally different from any other wine competition within […]

Innovative Packaging Company set to make a big splash in U.S. Wine Market

Innovative Packaging Company set to make a big splash in U.S. Wine Market

Cutting-edge bottling, packaging and robotics solutions provider, with smart and exclusive automation and management software and top-of-the-line after-sales service. MASPACK Packaging USA, the American arm of Italian based MASPACK Packaging, is ready to shake up the US market, providing advanced bottling, packaging and robotics solutions to the wine and beverage industry. Experience and expertise in […]

A Study in Vineyard Bird Aversion: Paradise Ridge Winery

A Study in Vineyard Bird Aversion: Paradise Ridge Winery

One of a vineyard manager’s worst early morning sights is walking among their vineyard and finding fruit damaged by birds. To combat this force of nature, growers have traditionally tried expensive and labor-intensive methods of mitigating bird damage in their vineyard. They’ve used sound-emitting devices, introduced other large birds of prey, placed netting in the […]

Innovative Web and Mobile Software Exclusively for Wine Producers

Innovative Web and Mobile Software Exclusively for Wine Producers

When looking at the wine industry, one might get lost in the web of interactions between vineyards, people, tanks, and other necessary operations to maintain a successfully functioning winery. Other than highly skilled operators and staff, winery software has traditionally been the saving grace that keeps these interactions organized and in-check. While some software handles […]

Standing Out in the Rapidly Growing Canned Wine Segment

Standing Out in the Rapidly Growing Canned Wine Segment

Only a few years ago, the canned wine segment had a limited selection of category pioneers for consumers to choose from, but with growth rates over 50%, more and more wine brands are available in cans making it harder to stand out on the shelf. “As canned beverages become more popular, and wineries look for […]

Customized Winery Marketing: Astra Digital Marketing Services

Customized Winery Marketing: Astra Digital Marketing Services

Just a two-year-old in the wine industry, Astra Digital Marketing Services is redefining direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing and pushing wineries of all sizes to think outside the bottle. Much like their clients’ wine, Astra’s process is hand-crafted. They know that no winery is the same, and neither is the team at Astra. Taking on a client […]

Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, October 15

Afternoon Brief, October 15

Wine Supply Is Hitting a Tipping Point: I’ve been pointing out the slowdown in the growth rate of consumer demand by volume for some time now. We are still growing, but the growth rate is slowing, particularly when looking at volume…

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Afternoon Brief, October 12

Afternoon Brief, October 12

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Somm Struck Off over Tasting Leak The man responsible for the cancellation and rescheduling of the Master Sommelier tasting test has still not been officially named, but Wine-Searcher understands that the person in question … Today’s News: Napa Valley Vintners Encourage Other Groups to Join Their Fight […]

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Afternoon Brief, October 11

Afternoon Brief, October 11

Who Leaked the Somms’ Wine List? – This year’s Master Sommelier Diploma Examination taste test has been controversially struck down amid suspicions of cheating by one of the Master Sommeliers overseeing the examination

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Afternoon Brief, October 10

Afternoon Brief, October 10

New Master Sommeliers Lose Title After Tasting Exam ‘Compromised’: Detailed information on wines forming part of last months tasting exam was leaked, said the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas division …

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Afternoon Brief, October 9

Afternoon Brief, October 9

‘Smoke Taint’ Worries Rile Northern California Growers as Wine Grapes Rejected After Summer Wildfires: Major Lake County wine grape grower and vintner Clay Shannon plans to crush about 6,000 tons of grapes this year, enough to make about 360,000 standard 12-bottle cases of wine …

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Afternoon Brief, October 8

Afternoon Brief, October 8

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Top 100 2018 Congratulations to wine & spirits’ 2018 top 100 wineries … Today’s News: New Research Study Highlights Motivational Differences of Wine Consumers by Generation As a consumer, shopping for wine can be overwhelming. The aisles are full of wine bottles, each […]

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