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10 Factors to Consider when Selecting a Bulk Wine Supply Partner

10 Factors to Consider when Selecting a Bulk Wine Supply Partner

IBWSS (International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show) talks to Steve Dorfman, partner at the Ciatti Company about the 10 Factors That One Should Consider when Selecting a Bulk Wine Supply Partner. Steve joined the Ciatti Company in 2007 after working with the Brown-Forman Corporation, Fetzer Vineyards, Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards and Bolla Wine brands for 24 years. […]

Ready for Your Exit? Start Your Succession Planning with a Few Simple Questions

Ready for Your Exit? Start Your Succession Planning with a Few Simple Questions

by Jay Silverstein, Partner, Moss Adams LLP Succession planning continues to be a buzzword as baby boomers transition their businesses and wealth to the next generation. These questions can help you determine your exit readiness and jump-start your planning. I’m undecided about selling my winery or vineyard versus transitioning it to family members. How much […]

Wines Millennials Want: Five Stand-Out Qualities Millennials Are Looking For

Wines Millennials Want: Five Stand-Out Qualities Millennials Are Looking For

If you want a sense of the enormous influence of millennials, just take a look at the stats. Millennials, the largest generation in America, are expected to spend 200 billion dollars in 2017. They account for 11.6 million households with kids, and they are the most ethnically and racially diverse American generation. Add some context to those numbers — more wine, beer, and spirits options exist now than ever before — and you come up with a positive yet daunting outlook. Millennials are eager to spend their money on wine brands they believe in, but they’re also our most spontaneous and engaged generation.

“What Kind of Tree would You Be?” and Other Stupid Interview Questions

“What Kind of Tree would You Be?” and Other Stupid Interview Questions

By Joel A. Miller, ChateauHR Consulting I’m amazed by the number of mediocre interviews in our industry.  Many use silly questions to gauge the candidate’s intellect or creativity.  Some classics:  “If you could be any superhero, who would you be?” “If you were stuck on a deserted island, what would you bring with you?” Hiring […]

Slam the Brakes on That Spinning Hamster Wheel!

Slam the Brakes on That Spinning Hamster Wheel!

Too often people mistakenly assume high activity equals actual progress. Jennie was wiped out after a second 70+ hour week at the Tasting Room…but she was so proud of the work done as the TR manager to improve sales. She had rearranged the merchandise…added new signage – that customers could now read…scrubbed the back room floor one night to demonstrate to her team how important cleanliness is to the business. The list went on and on…

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Effective Performance Management: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

Effective Performance Management: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

By Casi Jewett, MAOD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, The Personnel Perspective One of the most challenging aspects of running any business is managing employee performance issues. Due to the busy nature of the wine industry, especially now during the harvest and tourist season, it is easy for this task to be the last item on a supervisor’s […]

Wine Intolerance

Wine Intolerance

You may know it as wine allergy, wine intolerance, wine sensitivity, red wine headache, white wine headache, asian flush – what is the origin of this problem? There are a lot of opinions, and there is some controversy about the issue. Sulfite comes up frequently, but very few people are sulfite sensitive enough for this to be an issue. Tannins and histamine have been blamed. Biogenic amines, too. Who is right? What are the triggers for this problem of wine intolerance?

Economic and Sustainable Winery Events Management with a View toward Changing Rules

Economic and Sustainable Winery Events Management with a View toward Changing Rules

First let’s make sure if you are planning on hosting an event at your site, it is in your economic best interest to do so.

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.