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Making Big Data Work for Wine

Making Big Data Work for Wine

“Data doesn’t always tell the truth,” said Paul Mabray, CEO of Emetry in his opening remarks of the Wine Industry Data Summit, setting the tone for an inspirational series of talks about the challenges and opportunities the wine industry faces for using data to better understand and engage wine consumers in an effective and purposeful way.

By October 30, 2018 1 Comments Read More →
Opening New Doors at Kosta Browne

Opening New Doors at Kosta Browne

This summer, the iconic Pinot Noir producer, Kosta Browne winery, is opening two new doors, one with their recent acquisition by Duckhorn Wine Company, and the other a literal door to their new tasting gallery in Sebastopol.

By July 24, 2018 1 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 →
Domestic Rosé Gaining Market Share from French

Domestic Rosé Gaining Market Share from French

The rosé trend still shows no sign of slowing with its third consecutive year with over fifty percent growth. According to Nielsen retail outlet data the rosé category grew 64% over the last twelve months, but unlike a year ago domestic rosé is now outpacing imports growing at 112% compared to 42.8% growth for French rosés. This marks a significant turnaround from a year ago when domestic producers were trailing overall category growth. However, French rosés continue to hold the dominant market share with 60% of the rosé category measured by dollar value.

By May 21, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Malene Wines Shows How Rosé Rolls

Malene Wines Shows How Rosé Rolls

More than most wine styles or varieties, rosé has an associate lifestyle connotation of highly Instagramable moments. If you’re not sure what that looks like, try searching the hashtag #RoseAllDay or other rosé related hashtags and see what shows up. The sheer volume lends some plausibility to the claims that the social media habits of […]

By April 4, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
CK Mondavi Finds Growth Opportunities Without Chasing Trends

CK Mondavi Finds Growth Opportunities Without Chasing Trends

The fourth generation of the Mondavi family, internally referred to as the G4, is stepping up to play a larger role in the family business. They each bring with them unique experiences from outside the family business including entrepreneurial ventures like the Mondavi sisters’ Dark Matter Wines. However, there’s no indication that this changing of […]

By March 29, 2018 2 Comments Read More →
Shaping a New, Authentic Brand Identity for Napa Cellars

Shaping a New, Authentic Brand Identity for Napa Cellars

New packaging for Napa Cellars’ latest Classic Collection release reveals a dramatic transformation from its previous use of whimsical imagery. The brand now projects a clean, fresh, yet classic, “Napa” sense of place. While this transformation makes perfect sense given the brand’s namesake location, established equities and 40-year heritage, the brand design overhaul required serious […]

By March 5, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
The Unique and the Truly Rare Wines at Premiere Napa Valley

The Unique and the Truly Rare Wines at Premiere Napa Valley

This week the 22nd annual Premiere Napa Valley auction brings retail and restaurant wine buyers from across the country and beyond to Napa Valley. They are attracted by the 230 small lots of unique, high quality wines that are up for auction; it’s a chance to own and offer something truly special exclusively for their customers.

By February 21, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Six New and Interesting Products from the Unified Trade Show

Six New and Interesting Products from the Unified Trade Show

Even if you went to the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium and spent two days visiting the nearly 700 booths on its massive trade show floor, you probably didn’t have a chance to visit every exhibit, and you may have missed some of these interesting finds. G Ink Reflection G3 Enterprises continues to enhanced the […]

By January 31, 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 →
New Company Rapidly Changing How 3-Tier Alcohol Distribution Happens

New Company Rapidly Changing How 3-Tier Alcohol Distribution Happens

The vast majority of wineries in the US produce less than 5,000 cases, and they’ve been essentially blocked from three-tier distribution because distributor giants focus on the big brands and won’t take on small ones. Cheryl Durzy, Founder and CEO of Liberation Distribution (LibDib) experienced that first-hand from her years managing wholesales for her family’s […]

By December 7, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
A Qualitative Sort That Looks Deeper Than Grape Skins

A Qualitative Sort That Looks Deeper Than Grape Skins

Premium winemakers take great care to call harvest at the ripe time, when the most grapes are at the optimal maturity for the style and variety, but ripeness can be uneven and invisible on the skin. Addressing this issue, Amos Industrie has developed the ingenious Tribaie mechanical grapesorter that separates grapes based on brix level, […]

By December 5, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Ingenuity and Technology Making Advances for the Wine Industry

Ingenuity and Technology Making Advances for the Wine Industry

Five wine businesses awarded WINnovation Awards Whether solving a problem or seizing an opportunity, these five wine industry suppliers used ingenuity and technology to develop innovative products and solutions for vineyards and wineries. They represent the vanguard of product and service innovation that is essential for the advancement and prosperity of the wine industry. Wine […]

By November 7, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
California’s Wine Associations Step Up to Help in the Face of Wildfires

California’s Wine Associations Step Up to Help in the Face of Wildfires

The devastating wildfires that hit the North Coast at the tail end of harvest not only burned thousands of homes, but also damaged wineries and sent many more scrambling to secure their facilities and crops while fires advanced and power and roads shut down. California’s mutual aid system was activated with Governor Brown’s declaration of […]

By October 25, 2017 0 Comments Read More →