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Tips to Improve Your Online Presence

Tips to Improve Your Online Presence

These days if you are in business an online presence is essential to your success. Critical to that success is that your keep updating your online presence to keep up with the changes in online platforms and to keep your information current. By making it easy for customers to do connect with you online, find […]

The Cannabis Impact on Santa Barbara’s Wine Industry

The Cannabis Impact on Santa Barbara’s Wine Industry

The regulated cannabis industry in California has a new, highly regulated system for cultivating, processing and selling cannabis. These regulatory changes have provided new legal avenues for cannabis entrepreneurs to operate and grow their businesses, but what impact does this have on California’s wine growing regions?

By April 23, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Simple Things to De-Stress Yourself

Simple Things to De-Stress Yourself

For many people life is (or seems to be) more stressful these days. We have more to do, more to think about at work and at home. So when I came across this article by Nina Zipkin on Entrepreneur Daily, I thought it would make a helpful blog. So, sit down, relax and take five […]

Distributor Heaven: WSWA Is WYSIWYG

Distributor Heaven: WSWA Is WYSIWYG

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America is what you see is what you get Two weeks and counting! 14 days and the annual pilgrimage to Distributor Heaven will be upon us. We will descend on Vegas partially for the gaming. Perhaps for the NHL playoffs. Potentially for the legal weed or the topless pools. But, […]

Creating Good Relationships at Work

Creating Good Relationships at Work

An article publish by Mind Tools reported that Gallup published a study about the value of having good friends (or at least one good friend) at work. The poll showed that people who have a friend in the workplace are more likely to be satisfied with their job, be more positive and work harder. As humans we want […]

Anatomy of a Brand Launch

Anatomy of a Brand Launch

Our team is in Los Angeles this week to launch an Australian beer brand called 4 Pines. This is the 2nd largest brewer in Australia and was recently purchased by Anheuser Busch. Our whole team has worked on the USA strategy for months and months with this client. We have devoted hundreds of man hours […]

News Releases

Gowan’s Cider Scores in Top 1% of Prestigious California Wine Competition

Gowan’s Cider Scores in Top 1% of Prestigious California Wine Competition

(Philo, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, California)-Gowan’s 1876 Heirloom Cuvée cider scored 98 points, placing the estate cider among the top 1% of the 1,117 wines competing in California’s prestigious North Coast Wine Challenge. The competition drew the best wines from Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties, the heart of California’s wine country. Gowan’s is a […]

Breakthru Beverage Group Acquires Pennsylvania-Based Majestic Wine and Spirits

Breakthru Beverage Group Acquires Pennsylvania-Based Majestic Wine and Spirits

(April 24, 2018, New York, NY) – Breakthru Beverage Group announced today that they have reached an agreement to acquire Pennsylvania-based Majestic Wine and Spirits USA. Under this new agreement, Majestic will operate as an independent division of Breakthru Beverage Pennsylvania. “Majestic is one of Pennsylvania’s premier brokerages with a reputation for strong sales and service excellence,” said […]

Leading Sicilian Producer Tasca d’Almerita Closes the 2017 Fiscal Year with an Increase in Revenue of 4.41%

Leading Sicilian Producer Tasca d’Almerita Closes the 2017 Fiscal Year with an Increase in Revenue of 4.41%

(April 25, 2018; Sicily, IT)—Sicilian winemaking family Tasca d’Almerita is pleased to announce that they closed the 2017 fiscal year with tremendous results, noting a 4.41% increase in revenue with respect to 2016 and 53% of the company’s total revenue coming from exports. The rise in profit coincides with a new estate-wide strategy spearheaded by […]

Winesellers, Ltd. Creates Regional Chain Division with Hiring of Erin Ostrem

Winesellers, Ltd. Creates Regional Chain Division with Hiring of Erin Ostrem

Winesellers, Ltd., a family-owned and globally recognized importer and marketer of fine wines, is pleased to welcome Erin Ostrem as the new Chain Sales Manager – West region. Ostrem will be focusing on national and regional chain retail and on-premise accounts based in the Western US. This marks the first hire of a new regional […]

Celebrate National Mimosa Day with Korbel California Champagne

Celebrate National Mimosa Day with Korbel California Champagne

A simple cocktail consisting of equal parts sparkling wine and orange juice, the mimosa is an iconic classic that has been enjoyed at family gatherings, showers and weekend brunches for decades. The drink transforms the time-honored breakfast beverage of orange juice, and gives it an adult-only, bubbly flair, perfect for sipping anytime.  It’s no wonder […]

AVA Grace Vineyards Launches Rosé and Pinot Grigio in Cans, so Consumers Can Enjoy Great Wine Anytime, Anywhere

AVA Grace Vineyards Launches Rosé and Pinot Grigio in Cans, so Consumers Can Enjoy Great Wine Anytime, Anywhere

LIVERMORE, Calif.-AVA Grace® Vineyards, the number one new wine brand launched in 20171, debuted Rosé and Pinot Grigio in a new 375mL can format, furthering the brand’s lifestyle-friendly approach to producing artfully designed and beautifully crafted wines. The new cans are great for consumers seeking delicious, high-quality wine they can enjoy anytime and everywhere – the […]

Spotlights

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 […]

By April 24, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
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.

Custom Crush Winery Adds Hospitality and DTC Services for Clients

Custom Crush Winery Adds Hospitality and DTC Services for Clients

“Sugarloaf Crush offers a top-of-the-line production environment, but the added hospitality services are the clincher,” says winemaker Ted Weisser, who makes his Satyre brand at Sugarloaf and is now spearheading the new Sonoma Vintners Studio at Sugarloaf Crush.

Wine Industry Conference to Explore Impact of Cannabis in Central Coast

Wine Industry Conference to Explore Impact of Cannabis in Central Coast

When Californians voted to legalize recreational marijuana on November 8, 2016, there may have been a common assumption among many that pot smokers and wine drinkers belonged to two distinctly different social groups. But as counties and other municipalities throughout the state continue to grapple with the regulations around marijuana cultivation and sales, strong evidence […]

Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, April 25

Afternoon Brief, April 25

Worker’s Family Sues Napa Valley Winery for Alleged Wrongful Death
It’s been nearly a year since Daniel Mario Colombo went through the roof and fell to his death at Sutter Home Winery in St. Helena, but his family is still suffering from the loss, according to a lawsuit filed last week…

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Afternoon Brief, April 24

Afternoon Brief, April 24

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa County Winegrape Value Hits Record $750M with Big Cabernet Sauvignon Jump Napa County’s winegrape harvest last year hit a new record value of $750.8 million, up 2.9 percent, or $21.3 million, from the previous year, county officials reported Tuesday… Today’s News: Green Measure Makes Napa See […]

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Afternoon Brief, April 23

Afternoon Brief, April 23

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Fervent Bidding Results in a Record-Breaking Sonoma County Barrel Auction A record-setting $840,700 was raised today, up six percent over the previous year, at the Fourth Annual Sonoma County Barrel Auction at MacMurray Estate Vineyards… Today’s News: The Cannabis Impact on Santa Barbara’s Wine Industry The regulated […]

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Afternoon Brief, April 20

Afternoon Brief, April 20

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Wine Brands Must Blend Demand, Margin to Move Upscale, Says O’Neill Vintners & Distillers CEO O’Neill Vintners & Distillers started 14 years ago as a producer of wine and spirits brands and in bulk for retailers and other beverage-alcohol companies… Today’s News: Martin Brown Steps Down as […]

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Afternoon Brief, April 19

Afternoon Brief, April 19

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Buyer of Napa Valley’s Iconic Heitz Wine Cellars ‘a Breath of Fresh Air’ to Industry One of the top names in Napa Valley luxury-tier wine has changed hands to an East Coast man with major investments in farming and keeping structures comfortable to live in… Today’s News: […]

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Afternoon Brief, April 18

Afternoon Brief, April 18

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: California’s Nagging Smoke Taint Concerns Will “Californian wildfire smoke” be making it onto the tasting notes of the 2017 vintage?… Today’s News: Trinchero Family Estates CEO: Wine-Marketing Shifts Needed as Grocery Slows, Boomers Gray Trinchero Family Estates grew over its seven decades in Napa Valley to become […]

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