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Afternoon Brief, February 20

Afternoon Brief, February 20

An Entire California Wine Appellation Is on the Market for $3.3 Million: You may have dreamed of owning your own vineyard. Well, here’s a chance to own an entire wine appellation…

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J. Rickards Hits Home Run with Sauvignon Blanc

J. Rickards Hits Home Run with Sauvignon Blanc

Jim Rickards grew up in San Francisco, a city kid. But he always knew he had the farming gene. “When I got out of the military after Vietnam, I did three things: grew my hair, grew my mustache and got out of Dodge,” he says. “I got into the cattle business and was looking for my home ranch.

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G3 Launches Visionary Open Innovation Project with RoboBottle™ Sensing Device

G3 Launches Visionary Open Innovation Project with RoboBottle™ Sensing Device

“RoboBottle™ is the first installment in our plan to actively provide customers with vital information when, where and how they need it to make the best decisions possible for their business,” says John Cunningham, Director of Innovation at G3 Enterprises.

Turning the Tables on L.M. Archer

Turning the Tables on L.M. Archer

“Turning the Tables – Interviewing the Interviewers” is a Q&A series profiling Wine Writers. We hope you’ll discover more about the wine writers you know, and learn about many others. The objective of this project is to understand and develop working relationships with journalists.

NFC Applications for Wine and Spirits Brands

NFC Applications for Wine and Spirits Brands

By 2024, the global near field communication (NFC) market will nearly triple as adoption of the technology grows. And the latest generation of iPhones can read NFC tags without the use of a third-party app. All of this means the average smartphone-carrying consumer will not only be familiar with NFC, but will be able to tap their device to an NFC label on your bottle and access any verification or promotional material programmed into the tag.

Tasting Room Trend Review and Forecast: What Flipped and What Flopped

Tasting Room Trend Review and Forecast: What Flipped and What Flopped

Much like the wineries we work with, VingDirect is a family business. In 2009 our founder Tammy Boatright started VingDirect with the belief that if we could help family wineries grow their direct to consumer sales, the bottom line of their business would improve. To this day, we still believe that can be the difference […]

Judges Rule at 2019 North Coast Wine Challenge Competition

Judges Rule at 2019 North Coast Wine Challenge Competition

The North Coast Wine Challenge is the only competition where we truly focus on the Best of the Best. Only wines rating 90+ points are awarded gold medals and they are the only wines that are eligible to move on to the ‘Best Of’ Category.

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How to Sell Wine into Restaurants Effectively

How to Sell Wine into Restaurants Effectively

Looking to add your wine to the wine list of leading national chains? Execute this detailed strategic plan smartly and make it happen For many wine brands, especially small boutique wineries, it can seem like an impossible task to get their wines on the wine list of a national restaurant chain or sold at the […]

Pouring Profitability into a Flattening Market

Pouring Profitability into a Flattening Market

By Kyle Sawyer, President ICC NW With wine industry trends pointing to a flattening of demand, and customers resistant to increases in pricing, now is a good time for winemakers to look at ways to tune up production processes to create and maintain healthy profit margins. According to State of the Wine Industry 2018 by the Silicon […]

2018 Rich Smith Distinguished Service Award Presented to Wine Industry Legend Jerry Lohr

2018 Rich Smith Distinguished Service Award Presented to Wine Industry Legend Jerry Lohr

SACRAMENTO, CA, January 30, 2019 — The third annual Rich Smith Distinguished Service Award for major contributions to the American grape and wine industry, and to research, was given to Jerry Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines. Lohr has committed nearly 50 years of leadership and achievement to the wine industry. The award was presented […]

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Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: The Vine Whisperer

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: The Vine Whisperer

Anybody growing grapes in the Santa Cruz Mountains has heard the name Prudy Foxx. If they have a true love of the vine and all it stands for, they’ve hired her to help them grow the best grapes possible. Foxx is a well-known, well-traveled, and well-schooled viticultural consultant, helping vineyard owners decide the best varieties to grow and how best to grow them in their particular microclimate. And here in the mountains, everything is microclimate.

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Rombauer Vineyards Acquires Renwood Winery Facility In Sierra Foothills

Rombauer Vineyards Acquires Renwood Winery Facility In Sierra Foothills

Further Expansion into the Region Strengthens Vision and Passion of the Rombauer Family NAPA, CA (January 24, 2019) – Rombauer Vineyards, one of Napa Valley’s premier, family-owned wineries, today announced the purchase of the Renwood Winery facility in Amador County. The sale includes 20 acres of vineyards, the wine production facility, and the tasting room […]

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DTC Channel Is Reaching Maturity for Wine

DTC Channel Is Reaching Maturity for Wine

Larry Cormier, General Manager, ShipCompliance by Sovos, presented the topline results from their annual Direct to Consumer Wine Shipping Report based on the 8 million transactions a year filtered through ShipCompliant by Sovos at the DTC Wine Symposium Wednesday. The good news is that shipments broke the $3 billion mark in 2018 with continued growth […]

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Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: A Role Model and Advocate for Women in Leadership

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: A Role Model and Advocate for Women in Leadership

Dina Opici is President of Opici Family Distributing, a family-owned wine and spirits distribution company based in Glen Rock, New Jersey, established by her great-grandparents, Joseph and Esther Opici in 1934, then led for over 40 years by her grandparents, Hubert and Rose Opici, beginning in 1944. The company is part of The Opici Group, which also includes and the import business, Opici Wines.

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Environmental Advocates Ardagh Group: Innovations in Traditional Wine Packaging

Environmental Advocates Ardagh Group: Innovations in Traditional Wine Packaging

You may have heard about a number of alternative wine packaging solutions – helix & cork glass closures, specialty molds, canned wines, etc. – but alternative packaging still comprises a very small part of all wine packaging, and the traditional wine bottle is evolving as well. Ardagh Group is one company making big strides in […]