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Afternoon Brief, January 22

Afternoon Brief, January 22

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Consumers Turning to Private Label Wine More Often, Thanks to Supermarkets Private label wine is building momentum in the U.S., thanks to national supermarket chains such as Aldi, Trader Joe’s, Costco, and Whole Foods taking on the identity as trusted wine vendors, says Brian Sharoff, president of […]

By January 22, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Q&A J. Stephen Casscles: Growing and Hybridizing Grapes

Q&A J. Stephen Casscles: Growing and Hybridizing Grapes

J. Stephen Casscles was recognized as some of Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018 and on that occasion Steve shared some of his experience with growing hybrid grapes, rediscovering old grapes varieties and creating new ones.

By January 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Grape Historian and Hybridizers

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Grape Historian and Hybridizers

J. Stephen Casscles, better known by friends as Steve Casscles, is an accomplished lawyer and winemaker. He graduated Marlboro Central High School, attended the State University of New York, Albany, and got his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. Ever the individualist, as a young man, rather than visit Europe, he traveled India and Nepal. He has been counsel to various New York state senators for more than 20 years. While his specialty is insurance and healthcare practices, he has also written or contributed to many of the liquor laws in New York state.

By January 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Q&A John Balletto: Growing Grapes and a Family Wine Business in Sonoma County

Q&A John Balletto: Growing Grapes and a Family Wine Business in Sonoma County

John and Terri Balletto were recognized as some of Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018 and on that occasion John shared some of his thoughts on growing grapes and running a family wine business in Sonoma County. What are some of the challenges you see facing grape growers and wineries today? I think a big challenge […]

By January 18, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Growing Grapes, Family, and Community in Sonoma County

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Growing Grapes, Family, and Community in Sonoma County

John and Terri Balletto planted their first vineyard in the mid-nineties on a 35 acre lot in Sebastopol (now part of the potential Sebastopol Hills AVA) where they were also building their home. Back then, they were vegetable farmers, but the hill did not have enough water to grow produce, so with the advice of family friend Warren Dutton (Dutton Ranch), they planted 20 acres of Pinot, 10 of Chardonnay, and 5 of Pinot Gris.

By January 18, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
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 →
Unified Wine & Grape Symposium Guide 2018

Unified Wine & Grape Symposium Guide 2018

The Unified Wine & Grape Symposium trade show hosts more than 700 exhibitors spread out over multiple halls and floors. To help you find what’s relevant and interesting to you the Wine Industry Advisor has put together a Featured Exhibitors Guide. We have organized select exhibitors in the categories below with a taste of what each […]

Mystery Shoppers Visit Beaulieu Vineyard

Mystery Shoppers Visit Beaulieu Vineyard

Beaulieu Vineyard was named by Fernande LaTour when she and her husband George purchased 4 acres of Ranch property in Rutherford in early 1900. Translated, it means “beautiful place.” George LaTour arrived with a vision to make Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that would rival his native France. Over the years he not only built Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) to […]

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Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Wine Business Educator and Influencer

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Wine Business Educator and Influencer

Ray Johnson’s life and career in wine has touched the lives of thousands. Here is just a snapshot of comments from a few people who have been inspired by Johnson as a teacher, mentor, colleague and friend.

By January 15, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Ray Johnson: “Making Great Wine Is Not Enough”

Ray Johnson: “Making Great Wine Is Not Enough”

Ray Johnson has been the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute (WIB) at Sonoma State University since 2010.  In that position, he has successfully worked to raise the visibility and viability of the department and helped to generate millions of dollars in support of its students, faculty and programs.

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To the Selling Year 2018

To the Selling Year 2018

The time is now! The time is now! This is not a Gary V rally cry, although perhaps it should be as he is a smart dude! This is the hard reality of the 2018 selling season for adult beverage. The front line reports are all trickling in now, and it is not pretty out […]

By January 15, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Pioneer and Champion of Hillside Grapegrowing

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Pioneer and Champion of Hillside Grapegrowing

Since purchasing his vineyard at the top of Spring Mountain in 1970, Stuart Smith has become the leading voice of the hillside grower. While Smith believed that the best grapes come from the mountains, a hypothesis had been written that vineyards on hillsides are detrimental to the land. In response, Smith began arguing in favor of hillside vineyards and land-use issues. Being the leading voice was “thrust upon me,” Smith shared. “It was not my intent. When I first got a permit to log the property from Department of Forestry, I was warned that there would be protesters once I brought out a chainsaw.”

By January 12, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Washington Winemakers Tree Branches Out from Chris Upchurch Mentorship

Washington Winemakers Tree Branches Out from Chris Upchurch Mentorship

Manage people in a profession for 25 years, as Chris Upchurch has done as the head winemaker for esteemed DeLille Cellars, and you will see some of your best apprentices find better jobs.

By January 11, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Crafting Wine and Legacy in Washington

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Crafting Wine and Legacy in Washington

By Paul Vigna Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018 Chris Upchurch is at a point in his life where the temptation is to look back, at more than 26 years as a winemaker and partner at Washington state powerhouse DeLille Cellars, at stints as a wine merchant and culinary school and as a chef in restaurant […]

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Sonoma County Winegrowers Unveil New Sustainability Label

Sonoma County Winegrowers Unveil New Sustainability Label

  Initial Shipment of More Than 24,000 Cases of Sonoma County Wines Bearing New Logo Will Soon Arrive in Stores SANTA ROSA, Calif. (January 11, 2018) – After a wild year that included torrential rain, widespread flooding, sustained heat waves and a fire season that will be remembered for generations, winegrape growers seemed relieved to gather […]

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