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Thanksgiving – a Plethora of Emails

Thanksgiving – a Plethora of Emails

I received what seemed like a boatload of emails from wineries over the Thanksgiving and shopping extravaganza long weekend. Some wineries sent me up to five emails in a three or four-day period. Most were touting special pricing on their wines and/or low priced or free shipping. Offers included: 20% saving with $10 ground shipping Free […]

12 Things Not to Miss at the WIN Expo Trade Show This Thursday

12 Things Not to Miss at the WIN Expo Trade Show This Thursday

Again this year the North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo) will be the second largest wine industry trade show in North America with 300 premium wine industry suppliers at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on Thursday Dec. 6. The broad array of exhibitors will showcase everything vineyards and wineries need and some new things you […]

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Soda Rock Wins Best of Mendocino in Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge for Chardonnay From Hopland Vineyard

Soda Rock Wins Best of Mendocino in Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge for Chardonnay From Hopland Vineyard

Isabelle Adams of Soda Rock Winery chooses her wine competitions very carefully. The 8-year-old winery produces about 6k cases yearly, and relies on direct to consumer sales for most of the production.

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How the New Revenue Recognition Standard May Impact the Wine Industry

How the New Revenue Recognition Standard May Impact the Wine Industry

By: Adam Raudsep, CPA, Senior Manager In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (ASC 606). This standard, along with subsequent amendments and clarifications issued by the FASB, fundamentally changes how companies across industries will recognize, measure, present, and disclose information about revenue. […]

One Man’s Idea Becomes Leading Filtration and Remediation Solution for Wine Industry

One Man’s Idea Becomes Leading Filtration and Remediation Solution for Wine Industry

The method Tudhope developed worked so well, he started VA Filtration South Africa in 1999 to focus on vinegar removal for wineries in the Western Cape. 

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Consumer Behavior Data Now Accessible for Efficient Wine Marketing

Consumer Behavior Data Now Accessible for Efficient Wine Marketing

“The wine industry has been obfuscated by their data sources given the traditional three tier distribution system,” says Mabray. “Consumer behavior and the foundation of how consumers buy is not apparent to wineries, so we (Emetry) come in as kind of data miners, gather wells of data, clean them up, and put them in a data lake.”

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News Releases

Wine Faults Training Offered at Santa Rosa Junior College

Wine Faults Training Offered at Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, Calif. – December 7, 2018 – Santa Rosa Junior College is offering a new class as part of the Wine Studies Department for Spring 2019. Wine 123: Causation and Detection of Wine Faults is a six-week introductory wine sensory course designed to teach basic analytical wine tasting techniques and expose students to the […]

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Quinta Do Crasto Joins Folio Fine Wine Partners

Quinta Do Crasto Joins Folio Fine Wine Partners

Appointment marks importer’s expansion into the growing Portuguese category. Napa, CA— Tuesday December 11, 2018 — Douro Valley producer Quinta do Crasto has appointed Folio Fine Wine Partners as its national importer, and sales and marketing partner, effective January 1, 2019. The partnership includes representation for both the fine dry table wine and fortified portfolios. […]

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Winery Hospitality Sales Training Workshop Offered February 5th

Winery Hospitality Sales Training Workshop Offered February 5th

Napa, California | December 11, 2018: Direct-to-consumer wine hospitality professionals will learn relationship selling techniques and skills at the results-oriented “Winery Hospitality Relationship Sales Training” one-day workshop, on February 5th in Napa, California. Led by Success Strategies Inc.’s Lynda Paulson, CEO and Executive Coach, who’s been teaching sales training techniques to winery hospitality staff since […]

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Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas Welcomes 6 Master Sommeliers to Its Prestigious Ranks

Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas Welcomes 6 Master Sommeliers to Its Prestigious Ranks

NAPA, CA (December 11, 2018) – The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas ™ is proud to welcome six members to the organization: Dana Gaiser of Lauber Imports in New York, NY; Andrey Ivanov of Bliss Wine Imports in San Francisco, CA; Max Kast of Broadbent Selections in Chapel Hill, NC; Douglas Kim of Picasso at Bellagio […]

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Deerbusters Expands Product Category with Maximum Strength Extruded Deer Fence

Deerbusters Expands Product Category with Maximum Strength Extruded Deer Fence

Waynesboro, Pennsylvania: Deerbusters.com is proud to introduce a new group of fence products to add to the Trident Extruded Deer Fence collection offered on Deerbusters.com: Maximum Strength Deer Fence with a Reinforced Bottom Edge. Trident’s plastic deer fence is made from a durable plastic material that has the added benefit of a reinforced bottom edge […]

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Vinventions Fully Embraces the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Vinventions Fully Embraces the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Leading wine closure solutions provider commits to Circular Economy ZEBULON, NC, USA, and THIMISTER, Belgium (December 11, 2018) — Consistent with their intentions of significantly advancing their efforts relating to sustainability, Vinventions, the global leader in Complete Wine Closure Solutions, announces plans to accelerate environmental improvement initiatives and drive fundamental change in the manner by […]

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Spotlights

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 […]

Dry Steam Study Reveals Best Methods to Combat Beverage or Barrel Spoilage

Dry Steam Study Reveals Best Methods to Combat Beverage or Barrel Spoilage

Steamericas, the US subsidiary of SJE Corporation, has led the pressure and steam washer business for 28 years providing quality washers that save time and money while delivering outstanding sanitation. They recently released their newest steam washer, the Optima Steamer SE II, and with it came a plethora of upgrades to help your winery utilize […]

INNOVINT CEO and Founder Partners with Winemakers on Intuitive Production Management Software to Optimize Winemaking Process

INNOVINT CEO and Founder Partners with Winemakers on Intuitive Production Management Software to Optimize Winemaking Process

Winemakers, viticulturists, cellar masters and compliance officers can now say goodbye to cumbersome paper tracking and redundant data entry thanks to a revolutionary new software management tool offered by InnoVint, one of the wine industry’s top software development companies operating today. Founded by UC Davis trained and experienced winemaker Ashley DuBois Leonard, the InnoVint Platform […]

Smooth Harvest Provides Freedom for Winemakers’ Craft to Shine

Smooth Harvest Provides Freedom for Winemakers’ Craft to Shine

The 2018 grape harvest began a few weeks later than in past years on the North Coast, but with almost everything in, growers are reporting increased yields of high-quality grapes. The longer hangtimes without heat spikes or wet weather complications appear to have resulted in a very even ripening with a good balance between sugar, […]

More natural winemaking methods offer additive-free solutions for winemakers as demand for transparency on all foods and beverages continues to grow

More natural winemaking methods offer additive-free solutions for winemakers as demand for transparency on all foods and beverages continues to grow

STARS can guarantee stability and improve wine quality with zero additives and zero wine loss! A recent editorial by renowned French winemaker and researcher, Jean Luis Escudier outlined a major shift in European winemaking this year when the European Alcohol and Beverage Industry, in response to consumer demand for more transparency and following a series […]

Winery Service Connection: Systems to Keep Your Machinery Running

Winery Service Connection: Systems to Keep Your Machinery Running

Imagine a best-case scenario for your winery; all of your machinery is cared for, runs well, gets diagnostics run and repairs before they are needed, and then runs smoothly during harvest. Yes, runs smoothly during harvest. Using proprietary software developed by owner, Dave Peritore, this scenario can be a reality, as offered by Winery Service […]

Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, December 11

Afternoon Brief, December 11

Holiday Horror Stories from the Land of Retail: When trouble strikes in retail, it’s often during the holidays. The two-week period around Christmas and New Year’s Eve is the biggest time of year for wine sales in the U.S…

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Afternoon Brief, December 10

Afternoon Brief, December 10

A 31% Increase in Number of California Wineries Makes Financial Success That Much Harder: The global investment firm Rabobank November 2018 Wine Quarterly included a few important takeaways from the Wine Industry Financial Symposium held this autumn in Napa, California. In its introduction to the report, the bank got my attention with this about California: “Wineries of all sizes need to find new owners.”

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Afternoon Brief, December 7

Afternoon Brief, December 7

Gloomy Outlook for Smaller Wineries: Wine consumption in the US is leveling off, but wine prices continue to rise. Total visits to wineries dropped after California’s wildfires and that part of the tourist industry hasn’t recovered. Plus, a recession is looming …

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Afternoon Brief, December 5

Afternoon Brief, December 5

Napa County Takes First Step to Rein in Wineries That Break the Law
After years of wrangling, Napa County took a first step to better police it’s more than 500 wineries with an updated code enforcement program approved by its board of supervisors on Tuesday…

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Afternoon Brief, December 4

Afternoon Brief, December 4

US$10M Government Grape Purchase: Following a long back and forth between US and China leaders, and high import tariffs placed on a number of agricultural goods, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has completed a US$10m purchasing round designed to relieve the local table grape industry …

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Afternoon Brief, December 3

Afternoon Brief, December 3

Again this year the North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo) will be the second largest wine industry trade show in North America with 300 premium wine industry suppliers at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on Thursday Dec. 6. The broad array of exhibitors will showcase everything vineyards and wineries need and some new things you didnt even know where possible …

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