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Afternoon Brief, June 22

Afternoon Brief, June 22

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Will the Rocket Ride for Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and Sonoma Pinot Noir Continue? Rather than a fad or economic bubble, consumer thirst for cabernet sauvignon wines could have firm footing for rising bottle, grape and vineyard prices, but the industry will have to adjust to rising costs […]

By June 22, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
What Do Women Want?: When Women Judge Wine for Women

What Do Women Want?: When Women Judge Wine for Women

Cindy Lauper said it best: girls just want to have fun. And women pretty much want the same thing. Women in the wine industry just want to make wine fun. Women winemakers mostly want to make wine that’s fun, and have fun doing it. Otherwise, what’s the point? And in general, we wine women are just like other women: we mostly want to drink wine that’s fun.

By June 22, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Free Flow Wines Announces Plans for a New Facility with Expanded Operations and COO Hire

Free Flow Wines Announces Plans for a New Facility with Expanded Operations and COO Hire

Free Flow Wines breaks ground on a new facility and hires a Chief Operating Officer to meet the increasing demand for sustainable alternative packaging.  Napa, CA. June 20th, 2018 – Free Flow Wines, the pioneers of premium wine on tap, announced plans to expand operations and relocate their headquarters to Sonoma, CA in January 2019. The new […]

Volcanic Wines – Magic Behind Napa’s Atlas Peak Mountain

Volcanic Wines – Magic Behind Napa’s Atlas Peak Mountain

Only three percent of the wine grapes grown in California are grown at altitudes above 1,000 feet in elevation with some of the most uniquely fascinating wines sharing a common characteristic, volcanic rocky soils.

CAWG Announces 2018 Awards of Excellence Recipients

CAWG Announces 2018 Awards of Excellence Recipients

SACRAMENTO, June 15, 2018 – The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) has selected Steve Schafer as the 2018 Grower of the Year and Karissa Kruse as the 2018 Leader the Year. The awards will be presented at the 2018 CAWG Awards of Excellence Program on July 17 in Napa. The Grower of the Year […]

By June 15, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Napa’s Measure C Now Almost Certain to Fail

Napa’s Measure C Now Almost Certain to Fail

Measure C, also known as the Napa Oak Woodlands and Watershed Protection Initiative, came out of election night with a slim 42 vote lead, but that count reflected only of about 40% of all votes cast, and Registrar of Voters John Tuteur cautioned that this was an unofficial preliminary count, and that when numbers were […]

By June 14, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Chris Indelicato of Delicato Family Vineyards Elected Wine Institute Chairman 2018-2019

Chris Indelicato of Delicato Family Vineyards Elected Wine Institute Chairman 2018-2019

San Francicsco — Chris Indelicato, President and CEO of Delicato Family Vineyards, has been elected Wine Institute Board Chairman for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The election was held at Wine Institute’s 84th Annual Meeting of Members in Santa Barbara. Other board officers elected are Hank Wetzel of Alexander Valley Vineyards in Healdsburg, first vice chairman; […]

Cannabis and Wine, Unlikely Bedfellows Fall Under Similar Scrutiny

Cannabis and Wine, Unlikely Bedfellows Fall Under Similar Scrutiny

As Sonoma County Supervisors weigh and discuss how the cannabis industry should be regulated, concern is rising that those regulations could in turn affect other agricultural industries in the county. As the cannabis industry reels from restrictions, Sonoma County is losing potential business and tax dollars while cannabis growers leave their operations to counties with fewer restrictions.

By June 11, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
The Spotlight Falls on the International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show in San Francisco

The Spotlight Falls on the International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show in San Francisco

The timing of the upcoming International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show (IBWSS) in San Francisco could not be more relevant. It takes place amidst growing dynamism in the U.S. bulk wine and spirits market. Additionally, it takes place at the same time as the global wine industry is reeling from the smallest global wine harvest […]

Technology Advances Farming and Winemaking Practices at Rombauer

Technology Advances Farming and Winemaking Practices at Rombauer

If you’ve never seen a NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) map, they look pretty much like a topography map, which shows a green color in areas denoting healthy vegetation and yellow to red colors in more difficult areas. For the science-oriented, according to the GISgeography website, NDVI quantifies vegetation by measuring the difference between near-infrared (vegetation that strongly reflects) and red light (vegetation that absorbs). Healthy vegetation (chlorophyll) reflects more near-infrared (NIR) and green light compared to other wavelengths. But it absorbs more red and blue light, which is why our eyes see vegetation as the color green.

By June 8, 2018 1 Comments Read More →
Highlights from Day 1 and 2 of the Alcohol Beverage Importers & Distributors (ABID) Conference

Highlights from Day 1 and 2 of the Alcohol Beverage Importers & Distributors (ABID) Conference

Representatives from across the wine industry met in New York City on May 15-16 to discuss issues facing importers and distributors in the U.S. market The first-ever Alcohol Beverage Importers & Distributors (ABID) conference, which kicked off on May 15 in New York City, brought together importers and distributors from around the world in order […]

5 Steps Businesses Can Take to Prepare for Wildfire Season

5 Steps Businesses Can Take to Prepare for Wildfire Season

As with any extreme weather event, wildfires have the potential to devastate businesses caught in the turmoil. But, like any other event, proper planning can mean the difference between business-as-usual and bust.

Rosé Is a Price Game, Makers Are Impatient, Gig Selling Is Real and More Musings

Rosé Is a Price Game, Makers Are Impatient, Gig Selling Is Real and More Musings

Summer is here. Officially not yet, but the weather says different. Memorial Day has come and gone and all over America the summer booze season is upon us. Typing as I am flying to our NYC office a few story lines are emerging already. Rosé is hot but not sun hot. Still popular but not […]

Abundant Generosity and Unexpected Moments Delight Guests at 38th Auction Napa Valley

Abundant Generosity and Unexpected Moments Delight Guests at 38th Auction Napa Valley

Napa Valley Vintners’ celebrated charity wine event raises more than $13.6 million for community health and children’s education nonprofits 6/3/2018 – St. Helena, CA – A weekend filled with surprises and generosity thrilled guests and prompted bidders to contribute more than $13.6 million to the Napa Valley Vintners’ (NVV) 38th annual Auction Napa Valley charity […]

Close Calls as 44 Best of Class Wines Clash in Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition Sweepstakes

Close Calls as 44 Best of Class Wines Clash in Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition Sweepstakes

As we gathered for the judging of the sweepstakes wines at the Dan Berger International Wine Competition earlier this month, the suspense was killing us. Did any of the wines we loved on our panel make it? Not that it really mattered. We trusted all the wines would be great. And we knew there would be some Berger ringers: we anticipated a Gamay Noir, as he mentioned it the night before at the judges dinner, graciously hosted by the generous Cline Family at their stunning Jacuzzi facility, where they served grass fed beef from their Meadowbrook Ranch accompanied by a panoply of produce from their Green String Farms. The meal was as memorable as the bottle of 1978 Ahlgren Zin brought by long-time judge Tom Bohr.

By May 29, 2018 0 Comments Read More →