Facebook  Twitter  Linked In  You Tube  GooglePlus  Pinterest

Expert Editorial

Heat Damage & Fine Wine

Heat Damage & Fine Wine

by Eric E. Vogt, CEO, eProvenance Fine wine does not take kindly to overheating or to freezing, yet fine wines are often shipped around the world with less care than cartons of lettuce. Winemakers devote great care to every step in the creation of their product in both the vineyard and in the winery, but transport […]

Top Tips to Navigating the Bulk Wine Market

Top Tips to Navigating the Bulk Wine Market

From pre-bottled shiners to recently harvested grapes, the wide range of market opportunities available in the bulk wine industry makes it one of the most complex commodities to trade in. Regardless of if you are buying or selling bulk wine, negotiating the best deal to fit your company’s needs can be the difference between a […]

Technology Trends: What’s Next for the Wine Industry?

Technology Trends: What’s Next for the Wine Industry?

The wine industry is steeped in tradition — and for a multitude of reasons, many insiders have resisted innovations that promise to change how we make, sell and drink wine. Still, progress won’t be denied, and technology is making waves in the wine world in some very interesting ways. Here’s a look at what’s next […]

Move over, Harassment!

Move over, Harassment!

Move over, Harassment! Discrimination and retaliation have officially muscled their way into anti-harassment policies. Consider them equal opportunities in the workplace now.

Packing: The Window to Your Wine’s Soul

Packing: The Window to Your Wine’s Soul

Think taste is the main determiner of repeat wine purchases? Studies consistently show that non-expert wine drinkers are far more likely to remember the design and color of a wine’s packaging than the taste of the product itself. A 2005 German study found that packaging and brand were the biggest influences on a consumer’s liking for […]

In The Vineyard: Spring

In The Vineyard: Spring

Vineyard techniques from Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services’ Director of Winemaking By Penny Gadd-Coster With the arrival of spring, we winemakers find ourselves in the midst of full-blown prep and maintenance out in the vineyards, barreling toward harvest 2016! Signifying new beginnings, spring is the perfect time to launch the first of my “In […]

Benefits of Moderate Wine Drinking

Benefits of Moderate Wine Drinking

There are numerous studies in the peer-reviewed scientific literature that conclude moderate alcohol consumption leads to increased lifespan. A recent paper from the Journal of Study on Alcohol and Drugs headed by Tim Stockwell, a psychology professor at the University of Victoria in Canada and the director of the Center for Addictions Research of BC, questions this conclusion.

What to Do in Your Winery Now

What to Do in Your Winery Now

How to assess your grape and bottling needs for OND and beyond. With the 2015 vintage tucked away, buds breaking and harvest 2016 looming, now is the ideal time to get prepped for OND, the famous acronym for October, November and December that we in the wine industry have come to recognize as our key selling opportunity. I’d like to outline some processes that small or large winemaking operations can put in place to be ready for the rush—both end-of-year and in future years to come.

Is There a Bold, Bizarre, Daring, Macabre, Weird or Wacky Wine Label Design In Your Future?

Is There a Bold, Bizarre, Daring, Macabre, Weird or Wacky Wine Label Design In Your Future?

Don White and John Lawlor – Real Picture Research March 7, 2016 In recent years, the wine business has seen an increasing number of unconventional label designs – bold, bizarre, daring, macabre, weird or wacky designs – that push the envelope. It seems some wineries have tried to out-do others to create even more daring […]

Drought and Irrigation Management

Drought and Irrigation Management

By Konrad Mathesius Our everyday lives are peppered with reminders of the drought. Bumper stickers decrying the tunnels, I-5 billboards blaming congress for post-apocalyptic scenes of desiccated orchards, the giddy excitement over the radio correlated with major rain events, are all telltale symptoms of the pressure that California’s watersheds are facing, and that I spend […]

Marketing Wine Country – What Are You Missing?

Marketing Wine Country – What Are You Missing?

By Tom Jackson Wine industry professionals know a key aspect of their success is how effectively they promote the business, yet few actually use their marketing dollars effectively. I see many companies with a great message or story who are failing because they can’t get it out into the world. You can be the best […]

They’ll Beg to Stay! Retaining Good Employees

They’ll Beg to Stay! Retaining Good Employees

Employee retention is a HOT management topic. Forward-thinking employers know that emphasizing employee retention is a key strategy, as losing excellent employees and hiring and training new employees can be very costly and time-consuming.

Trendspotting:  Wine Label Design 2016

Trendspotting: Wine Label Design 2016

by Christopher Hayes, Forthright Strategic Design As millennial wine drinkers continue to trade up in price and quality, the number of imaginative, non-heritage brands are on the rise as well. These new brands build their personalities on metaphors, sensations and just plain attitude. Personality-driven brands are no longer the sole domain of the $10 and under […]

The Perfect Wine to Bring to a Holiday Gathering: It’s All About the Food

The Perfect Wine to Bring to a Holiday Gathering: It’s All About the Food

by Paula Moulton I became infamous at Le Cordon Bleu in France (at least in my own mind) on a relatively quiet and peaceful classroom day of wine tasting. I am on stage but the theater is a dimly lit classroom in the 15th Arondissement of Paris and I am an American widow with three […]

New .wine and .vin Domains About to Launch

New .wine and .vin Domains About to Launch

In case you haven’t heard – the .wine and .vin generic top-level domains (gTLDs) will be available soon.  Beginning in late January 2016, anyone can register available domain names within the .wine and .vin gTLDs for an expected annual registration fee of $49.  The jury is still out on whether acquiring a domain within one […]