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Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: The Alternative Wine Packaging Trailblazer

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: The Alternative Wine Packaging Trailblazer

Jordan Kivelstadt is a straight-shooter. Innovator? Check. Relationship builder? Check again. Saving the planet? Check. This young man, who just recently turned 36 years old, is one of our winners of the Most Inspiring People of 2018 series. He is an impressive forward-thinker, disrupting old theories of wine packaging as he goes forth.

By January 17, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Wine & Weed Session at the WIN Expo Garners Attention

Wine & Weed Session at the WIN Expo Garners Attention

With a panel of local experts converged, the audience had an immediate reminder that the preferred industry term is “cannabis” from moderator Heather Irwin, the Press Democrat’s dining editor and author of the Emerald Report.

By December 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
End of Year Wine and Grape Market Trends

End of Year Wine and Grape Market Trends

Globally, 2017 saw the lowest level of world-wide wine grape production in sixteen years, Glenn Proctor, Partner at Ciatti Company, told the audience in the opening minutes of the afternoon WIN Expo session Fires & Acquisition: Impact on the North Coast Grape Market. The hot summer affected overall yield, bringing in 3.85 million tons this year. Given the volatility of this agricultural product, Proctor said that “some buyers are changing strategies about how they source their crop.”

By December 7, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Visionaries in Wine Grape Irrigation Forecasting Earn WINnovation Award

Visionaries in Wine Grape Irrigation Forecasting Earn WINnovation Award

Tule Technologies’ FieldStat Water Stress Forecasts innovative approach uses collected data to forecast outcomes of theoretical water applications, and has brought precision watering to a higher plane. 

By November 20, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
WIN Expo 2017 Wine & Weed: A New Normal on the Horizon

WIN Expo 2017 Wine & Weed: A New Normal on the Horizon

When the first Wine & Weed panel discussion was introduced last year at the 2016 WIN Expo, the room was packed. Now, with the private use law upon us and taking effect in just six weeks, a “next steps” session is planned as a hot topic for this year’s Expo.

By November 8, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
A Pathway to Wholesale Success for the Small Producer

A Pathway to Wholesale Success for the Small Producer

“There is an inherent David and Goliath dynamic in three-tier distribution,” says Brian Rosen, owner of BevStrat. “It is skewed toward the top 300 brands globally, and the top five distributors focus on these brands, through which 98.4% of all wine, beer, and alcohol is sold.”

By September 25, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
New Machine Uses Density to Meet Grape Sorting Challenges

New Machine Uses Density to Meet Grape Sorting Challenges

Could the French Tribaie be the next big thing for ensuring quality of wine with its unique grape-sorting process?

By September 22, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
The Education Evolution of the North Coast Wine Industry Expo

The Education Evolution of the North Coast Wine Industry Expo

Now in its sixth year of existence, this year’s WIN North Coast Expo is rising to meet the demands for increased educational components. Hearing back from decision-makers of wineries and vineyards, Wine Industry Network is rising to meet the challenge. Last year’s attendance exceeded all expectations, with popular sessions exploding out the doors of the Sonoma County Fairgrounds halls.

By September 19, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
WIN Expo: The “Buying Show” for the Wine Industry

WIN Expo: The “Buying Show” for the Wine Industry

Harvest is over, juice is settling into secondary fermentation and vines are waiting to be pruned, so it’s time to plan out the next year’s budget.  With the North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo) right around the corner, the timing for making budgetary choices couldn’t be any easier.

By August 29, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
East Coast DTC Survey Reveal Top Performing Winery Strategies with 50% Higher Growth

East Coast DTC Survey Reveal Top Performing Winery Strategies with 50% Higher Growth

VinterActive has just released their newest data report, VinQuest 2017, which focuses on the East Coast wine industry’s direct-to-consumer practices. Bryan St. Amant, Founder & CEO of VinterActive, has a stated commitment to deliver the tools, knowledge and service needed for wineries to take full advantage of the direct-to-consumer market, the wine industry’s fastest growing sales channel.

By July 6, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
New Winery Association Leadership Conference a Success: Must-Go Say Attendees

New Winery Association Leadership Conference a Success: Must-Go Say Attendees

Stepping up to fill a much-needed niche in the beverage industry, the 2017 US Wine & Beverage Expo (USBevX), held in Washington, D.C. offered something unique; the first-ever Winery Association Leadership Conference (WALC). Built for association directors (at state, regional, and AVA levels), their board members, and key staff, this fledgling conference achieved high marks from all parties, attendees to panelists.

By April 18, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Gender Inequity Discussed at Wine Women Equal Pay Day Conference in Napa

Gender Inequity Discussed at Wine Women Equal Pay Day Conference in Napa

On April 4th a local wine industry professional group from Napa and Sonoma, Wine Women, held their first Equal Pay Day mini-expo at Napa Valley Community College.

By April 11, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Wine & Weed Symposium 2017: Strange Bedfellows or Opportunity Knocking?

Wine & Weed Symposium 2017: Strange Bedfellows or Opportunity Knocking?

Garnering attention from such disparate online news sources such as Forbes, The Emerald Report and Homeschooling Guys, Wine Industry Network’s newest conference, the Wine and Weed Symposium, announced for August, 2017 in Sonoma County, CA, will be the first such pairing of these two industries. One, a tried and true luxury item for millennia, with 170-year old historical roots in California. The other an underground, cash industry coming to the light. How will this match-up work out?

By March 1, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Leading the Commitment: Owners Investing in Quality

Leading the Commitment: Owners Investing in Quality

By Dawn Dolan With US BevX 2017 just around the corner, potentially one of the most important sessions will be, Leading the Commitment: Owners Investing in Quality. This panel assembly involves the actual decision makers; the owners who must lay down hard-earned cash to invest in quality practices, all the way from the vineyard to […]

By February 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
New Use for IDY: Increasing Phenolics as a Foliar Spray

New Use for IDY: Increasing Phenolics as a Foliar Spray

By Dawn Dolan What if your wine grapes had the brix levels of ready-to-harvest grapes, but didn’t taste or smell ripe? With warming trends across the globe, this scenario may become increasingly problematic for those in the many areas of the US that have less than idyllic weather patterns. A new product from Lallemand called […]

By February 7, 2017 0 Comments Read More →