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The Wine Industry Advisor welcomes articles from industry experts; however, we ask that your article follow these simple editorial guidelines. Expert Editorials are intended as a means for you to share your expertise with the Wine Industry Advisor community and not as an advertising piece. This doesn’t mean that you cannot mention your company name or product in the article, but that the bulk of the article should be focused on sharing original, valuable wine industry specific information with the readers. The suggested length is 500 to 700 words, and we encourage you to include any images you have the rights to use.

You will be credited as the article’s author with name and company logo as well as a link to your website or Wine Industry Network profile. If you are interested in writing an Expert Editorial for the Wine Industry Advisor, please contact editor@wineindustryadvisor.com with a brief summary of your article. All submissions are subject to review by the Wine Industry Advisor, which retains editorial privilege.

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Tasting Room Trends: 2017 Review and 2018 Forecasts

Tasting Room Trends: 2017 Review and 2018 Forecasts

At VingDirect, we exist to help family wineries achieve their direct to consumer goals. Whether your focus is to grow sales and wine club members, to train and educate your staff, to polish up your brand, or to take a look at your overall DTC business, we can help. We take time to learn about your […]

Changing Our Thinking for the Digital Age

Changing Our Thinking for the Digital Age

By Susan DeMatei Wineries, as their true selves, are an agricultural business. Sagacious written advice for agriculture success has been around a long time – arguably since 800 BC when the Greeks wrote poetry now regarded as the first “farmer’s almanac.” But nothing in the past 2800 years has prepared us for the digital age. […]

How Tax Reform Could Impact the Wine, Beer, and Spirits Industries

How Tax Reform Could Impact the Wine, Beer, and Spirits Industries

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) into law. Within the legislation, which became effective January 1, 2018, under Part IX, Subpart A, is the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform (CBMTR). The CBMTR section of the new law is effective until it’s scheduled to sunset on December […]

Why Single-Serve Wine Is a Popular Option

Why Single-Serve Wine Is a Popular Option

Single-serve wine has become increasingly popular in the past year with convenience and portability being a growing trend. As a result, more companies are offering single-serve wine packaging options, which allow customers to take wine on the go at a picnic or BYOB functions.

Flooring Sanitation Concerns for Wineries

Flooring Sanitation Concerns for Wineries

By Sophia Daukus Winery operators face many challenges unique to the industry – not the least of which is staying in full compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) sanitation standards. Especially in light of the FDA’s recent unannounced winery inspections, ensuring that the basics of sanitary facility design are in place can make […]

The Sweet Taste of Succession Planning

The Sweet Taste of Succession Planning

By Claudio Cipollina, Business Banking Market Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch In order to properly manage your winery, you likely wear many hats to ensure the business runs smoothly. This includes planning new promotions, tours and shipping deadlines across the country. With all of these stressors, it can be hard to look beyond the […]

Top 10 Challenges that Keep Wine Executives Up at Night

Top 10 Challenges that Keep Wine Executives Up at Night

The rewards and challenges of growing, making, and selling wine can be numerous for grape growers, winery owners, and executives.

Creative Solutions to Drive Small Winery Marketing

Creative Solutions to Drive Small Winery Marketing

By Kristie Sheppard Marketing your small winery can seem overwhelming and challenging, especially for those of us with small shops with just one, or maybe a few employees. During harvest, there is never enough time to even think about marketing. Then by the time you get everything else done, from bottling to distribution, it’s almost […]

By September 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Proper Use of Aerial Diagnostic Maps to Improve Vineyard Performance

Proper Use of Aerial Diagnostic Maps to Improve Vineyard Performance

You’ve probably heard of NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) or EVI (Enhanced Vegetation Index) maps, which are helpful in understanding the relative health of grapevines. Typically generated from multispectral imagery gathered by satellites, airplanes or drones, these maps are based on the principle that healthy plants reflect less red visible light than unhealthy plants because healthy plants absorb more of it as they are engaged in higher rates of photosynthesis.

By September 18, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Over-Exposed – Vineyard Volatility Amid a Changing Climate

Over-Exposed – Vineyard Volatility Amid a Changing Climate

Climate disruptions are increasing in volatility throughout the world, impacting many sectors and industries. Among one of the hardest hit is agribusiness – specifically wineries – which depend on stable soils and climatological consistency to deliver a viable product. How will raging wildfires, searing temperatures and flooding rains change the business? And how can insurers assist worried vintners and their customers?

Does Social Media Help Me Sell Wine?

Does Social Media Help Me Sell Wine?

Engaging in social media is like having your own PR department. I like to call it Consumer PR. You are initiating a conversation about your winery and presenting your brand to the public. For small wineries this can be a little scary due to perceived loss of control. Traditional media approaches like press releases, media […]

Crush in Compliance with California’s Wage Laws

Crush in Compliance with California’s Wage Laws

Crush season is an exciting and important time of year for any winery, but for modern agricultural enterprises doing business in California, the state’s complex web of wage and hour employment laws presents a trap for the unwary at this already hectic time.

Your Website Visitors Are Telling You Everything You Need to Know – Are You Listening?

Your Website Visitors Are Telling You Everything You Need to Know – Are You Listening?

Making sense of the data you get from your website. Consumer website behavior provides much of the information you need to make better marketing investments. Website analysis can help you improve content engagement, boost sales, and drive traffic into your tasting room. And most importantly, it can help you build a better experience for your […]

Selling Wine Through Facebook Requires the Tenacity for Testing of a Sadistic High School Geometry Teacher Giving Surprise Quizzes

Selling Wine Through Facebook Requires the Tenacity for Testing of a Sadistic High School Geometry Teacher Giving Surprise Quizzes

Remember that teacher in high school who relentlessly surprised the class with random, mid-week quizzes? The secret to success of selling wine through Facebook comes down to channeling that bit of her personality that loved testing. But unlike finally acing that class, Facebook advertising is a constantly moving target with a bunch of ‘gotchas’. Although […]

Tasting Room Trends: 2016 Review & 2017 Forecasts

Tasting Room Trends: 2016 Review & 2017 Forecasts

At VingDirect, we exist to help family wineries grow their direct to consumer sales. Our winery clients receive education and training, customized consulting, and our Performance Tracker (PT) software, which provides actionable tasting room data. Ours is the only benchmarking tool in the wine industry and we’re happy to share 2016 learnings and insight to what we think […]