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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 […]

Prosecco: A Victim of Its Own Success

Prosecco: A Victim of Its Own Success

By Stefano Zanette, President, Prosecco DOC Consortium (Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Controllata Prosecco) As has been widely reported, global sales of Prosecco reached 306 million bottles last year, compared to 241.5 million bottles the previous year. Even with this documented increase, there have been reports in the media that there is a […]

By November 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Observations From a Large Custom Crush Winery: Early Harvest and Low Yields, but Outlook Is Optimistic

Observations From a Large Custom Crush Winery: Early Harvest and Low Yields, but Outlook Is Optimistic

By Penny Gadd-Coster With the sparkling winegrape harvest finished over a month ago, and the still varietals also winding down, it’s time to reflect on harvest 2015. This grape growing season and harvest was unlike any I’ve seen in my 30 years as a winemaker. It started with the unusual weather patterns. First, an unprecedented […]

5 Tips for Designing Effective Incentive Compensation Programs

5 Tips for Designing Effective Incentive Compensation Programs

By WISE Academy Often we are asked about tasting room staff incentives for wineries and best practices for a program. An Incentive Compensation Program (ICP) is a tool used to motivate and compensate a sales professional to meet goals or metrics – over a specific period of time – to help achieve business goals. When well designed, […]

By September 30, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Smoke Taint: Causes, Treatments and Myths

Smoke Taint: Causes, Treatments and Myths

By Bryan Tudhope of VA Filtration USA It’s been a fiery 2015 to date, with numerous wildfires burning very close to vineyards from Southern California to the Canadian border. This has left huge swaths of acrid smoke over many thousands of acres of land. Satellite imagery has shown just how massive these smoke plumes have […]

By September 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Is Your Brand Just in Your Bottle?

Is Your Brand Just in Your Bottle?

Imagine 1500 people coming to your winery after hours over the course of several weekends. Imagine most are there for the first time and only because someone else asked them to come. Imagine virtually every staff member they meet is not associated with your winery and has another primary agenda during the course of their […]

A Tasting Room Manager’s Guide to EMV

A Tasting Room Manager’s Guide to EMV

If you process credit cards in your winery or tasting room, you’re probably starting to hear about new payment technology and the upcoming EMV Liability shift. Also called “Chip­and­Signature,” EMV is quickly becoming the global standard for secure credit card payments as these cards contain an embedded chip that protects cardholder information from becoming vulnerable to fraud. […]

Adhesives in the Wine Labeling and Packaging Process: Best Practices

Adhesives in the Wine Labeling and Packaging Process: Best Practices

When is the last time you thought about the role that adhesives play in your winery’s labeling and packaging process? If your answer is “never” or “a long time ago,” you are not alone — but it’s worth the time to take a closer look. Ensuring that you’re using the right adhesive and adhesive system […]

Update on Grapevine Red Blotch Associated Virus

Update on Grapevine Red Blotch Associated Virus

By Judit Monis, Ph.D. Eurofins STA Laboratories Grapevine red blotch associated virus (GRBaV) is different from most other known grapevine infecting viruses in that its genetic material is DNA, rather than RNA.  The virus is associated with the presence of red, blotchy leaves and reduced sugar content in red fruited grape varieties.  Hence, the names […]

Make Your Wine Sparkle – Basics on the Three Main Methods of Sparkling Wine Production

Make Your Wine Sparkle – Basics on the Three Main Methods of Sparkling Wine Production

Find out why making sparkling wine in the méthode champenoise tradition is often preferred by winemakers. By Penny Gadd-Coster Making your wines sparkle can be accomplished by winemakers in different ways, using either centuries-old techniques or much newer technology in sparkling wine production. But the resulting bubbles are far from equal! At Rack & Riddle […]

How Millennials Are Changing the Wine Industry

How Millennials Are Changing the Wine Industry

While the precise dates governing the birth years for the biggest generation in history known as millennials vary, (somewhere between 1976 and 2004), there is no dispute that they love their wine. The first segment of this group hit legal drinking age in the early 2000s, as U.S. wine consumption surged. It has increased at a steady […]

Prepping for Your Sparkling Wine Project

Prepping for Your Sparkling Wine Project

By Penny Gadd-Coster With harvest nearly upon us, now is the perfect time to start thinking about turning some of your grapes into sparkling wine. Here at Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, it’s not uncommon for some client winemakers to start planning a sparkling wine project after harvest – sometimes it’s a last-minute decision […]

Why Counteroffers Do Not Work

Why Counteroffers Do Not Work

“Buying” an employee back when they try to resign, a counteroffer, rarely works out, even in the short run. Ninety-eight percent of the time, the employee leaves within six months to a year and a half, and often with more acrimony than the first attempt.

How to Convert Your Job Interview into a Business Meeting

How to Convert Your Job Interview into a Business Meeting

For the Job Seeker – Advice from a Recruiting Expert Do you find that the words “job interview” cause you to start sweating with nervous anticipation? Or perhaps losing sleep at night? You are not alone. The path to winning your next career opportunity can appear to be a minefield that could end your next […]