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Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Striving for Quality and Uniqueness

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: Striving for Quality and Uniqueness

Roman Roth’s competitive fire was mentioned by many of his associates. It has driven Wolffer Estate to star status in a wine region that now occupies an international stage with Roth playing a leading role during that ascent. It has earned him, besides numerous accolades and critical acclaim, recognition as one of Wine’s Most Inspiring People.

By January 22, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: A Wine Communication Artist

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: A Wine Communication Artist

As one gets to know Brown and follows her unconventional life to where it has lead her now – to the top of the wine writing heap – it becomes evident that this simple belief, or really practice, has been the reason her life has been an adventure. Not an adventure of extreme sports or pushing the limits, but an adventure of exploration. She chooses a path and excels, then may choose another path and give that avenue her full attention.

By January 21, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Off Premise and On-Premise Battle Royale

Off Premise and On-Premise Battle Royale

I have seen things. I have been on the front lines, and it was horrific. The fight was between budgets and brands. The fight was between trying to catch a buyer and having said buyer sneak out the backdoor or worse ignore the meeting. The fight was between parking lots, parking meters, brand bags with […]

By January 21, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
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 →

News Releases

The WSET Honors the Most Graduates Ever and the First Female Master of Wine on Monday

The WSET Honors the Most Graduates Ever and the First Female Master of Wine on Monday

Leading US Wine Educator Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW of New York Receives Lifetime Achievement Award London, England (January 22, 2019) – Hosted by WSET Honorary President Steven Spurrier along with Chief Executive Ian Harris at London’s historic Guildhall, the 2019 Awards & Graduation Ceremony was attended to by over 500 wine and spirits professionals and industry influencers […]

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Paso Robles Wine Country Hires New Executive Director

Paso Robles Wine Country Hires New Executive Director

Joel Peterson, A Proven Leader with Roots in Paso Robles, Brings Strong Relationships and Marketing Experience Paso Robles, CA (January 22, 2019) The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance is proud to announce that Joel Peterson has joined the organization as its new Executive Director. Peterson brings nearly 15 years of marketing experience in the beverage […]

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BMI Signs DAOU Vineyards to New Wine and Song Partnership

BMI Signs DAOU Vineyards to New Wine and Song Partnership

Paso Robles, CA – DAOU Vineyards in Paso Robles, California has inked a long-term deal with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) as the organization’s exclusive wine partner. Founded on the premise that great wine should be accessible and shared with the world, DAOU Mountain is home to some of the most sought-after and top-rated wines in […]

By January 22, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Napa Valley Vintners Kicks Off 75th Anniversary Year with Joe Lacob of Golden State Warriors

Napa Valley Vintners Kicks Off 75th Anniversary Year with Joe Lacob of Golden State Warriors

A trip down memory lane and preparing for the future of Napa Valley at the NVV’s annual meeting 1/22/2019 – St Helena, CA – Excellence, leadership, teamwork and giving back were the main hallmarks of winning organizations discussed at the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) annual meeting on Thursday, January 17. Keynote speaker Joe Lacob, Owner […]

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards Appoints La Place de Bordeaux for Increased International Presence

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Appoints La Place de Bordeaux for Increased International Presence

St. Helena, California –  Joseph Phelps Vineyards is pleased to announce that its flagship wine Insignia and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will be internationally distributed outside of North America by prestigious Bordeaux négociant houses CVBG, DUCLOT and JOANNE. “We are delighted to partner with these three internationally-renowned négociants and we are confident that they will […]

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Avery Dennison Launches Three Collections and Five New Facestocks at the 2019 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

Avery Dennison Launches Three Collections and Five New Facestocks at the 2019 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

Showcasing trends in sustainability, smart labeling and security MENTOR, OHIO (January 22, 2019) – Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials is adding three new collections and five new facestocks to its Wine & Spirits Portfolio, designed to help winemakers tell their brand’s unique story in booth #614 at the 2019 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium […]

By January 22, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Spotlights

Environmental Advocates Ardagh Group: Innovations in Traditional Wine Packaging

Environmental Advocates Ardagh Group: Innovations in Traditional Wine Packaging

You may have heard about a number of alternative wine packaging solutions – helix & cork glass closures, specialty molds, canned wines, etc. – but alternative packaging still comprises a very small part of all wine packaging, and the traditional wine bottle is evolving as well. Ardagh Group is one company making big strides in […]

Exclusive New Technology from DELLA TOFFOLA Increases Effectiveness of Maceration Up to 50 Percent

Exclusive New Technology from DELLA TOFFOLA Increases Effectiveness of Maceration Up to 50 Percent

DELLA TOFFOLA, a leader in the design and manufacturing of equipment for the wine and beverage industry for North American and across the world, has developed an exciting new technology that reduces the maceration time of grapes up to 50 percent, while also enhancing the extraction of polyphenols and anthocyanins. The DELLA TOFFOLA Maceration Accelerator […]

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 […]

Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, January 22

Afternoon Brief, January 22

Supreme Court’s Wine-Regulation Case Focuses on Protectionism:

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Afternoon Brief, January 21

Afternoon Brief, January 21

US Government Shutdown Hits Wine Hard: The longest partial government shutdown in US history is a buzz-kill. And not just for the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are missing their paychecks, but for the wine industry, which depends on a network of government entities to approve labels, imports and perform lab analysis…

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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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