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A Pathway to Success in the Three-Tier System for Small and Medium Brands

A Pathway to Success in the Three-Tier System for Small and Medium Brands

Rosen said, “through data and boots on the ground we support the independent brand, because frankly the distributor doesn’t have the time nor inclination.”

By November 27, 2018 1 Comments Read More →
Preventing Stuck Fermentations While Preserving Wine Quality

Preventing Stuck Fermentations While Preserving Wine Quality

“If you’ve ever had a stuck ferment, you want to avoid that in the future. In the past, I’ve battled with stuck fermentations that were mainly fructose, and they’re a bear to restart.”

By November 1, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Grape Shortage Exacerbated as Growing Demand Collides with Bad Weather and Pests in the Mid-Atlantic

Grape Shortage Exacerbated as Growing Demand Collides with Bad Weather and Pests in the Mid-Atlantic

Kevin Atticks, the longtime executive director of the Maryland Wineries Association, has seen a rapid growth of wineries in his state and others around it the last 10 years. It’s a business model that continues to outpace vineyards, which cover 800 acres across Maryland with another 100 new acres not yet producing.

By August 29, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
How the Pennsylvania Wine Industry Is Rising to the Top

How the Pennsylvania Wine Industry Is Rising to the Top

For years, Pennsylvania’s wine industry was growing in numbers and scope but stagnant in legislative and financial support, especially when compared to neighboring states such as New York and Virginia.

By July 6, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Adaptation and Innovation Keep Oldest Mid-Atlantic Wineries Thriving

Adaptation and Innovation Keep Oldest Mid-Atlantic Wineries Thriving

How long has Jerry Forest been in the wine business? So long, in fact, that he can remember when his three wines were called Red, White and Rosé. So long, indeed, that there were only a handful of wineries operating across Pennsylvania, from Bucks County near Philadelphia where he was located, across to Lake Erie.

By May 17, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Louder and More Unified Voice for Wine Needed in Washington D.C.

Louder and More Unified Voice for Wine Needed in Washington D.C.

Coming off the announcement a few days before Christmas that federal excise taxes on wine, beer, and spirits were being reduced as part of President Donald Trump’s tax reform bill, WineAmerica president Jim Trezise has something substantive that he can build his hour-long workshop around. Scheduled for 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 21, the program entitled “Washington D.C.: Politics, Policy and Your Bottom Line” will wrap up the first day of the third annual conference.

By February 12, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Developing a Research Cooperative for Winemakers to Experiment

Developing a Research Cooperative for Winemakers to Experiment

By Paul Vigna For years, Matthieu Finot was explaining in a phone conversation, a number of winemakers connected to the Monticello Wine Trail were experimenting with everything from styles to techniques. But there was a problem. Finot, the head winemaker at King Family Vineyards near Charlottesville, and his colleagues were trying things, he said, “but […]

By February 6, 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 […]

By January 11, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Trends in Eastern Winemaking

Trends in Eastern Winemaking

Sean Comninos, as much as anyone, symbolizes the lofty potential of East Coast winemaking. He’s young, having graduated with highest honors from the Wine School of Philadelphia in 2008. His background is diverse, having studied Marine Biology at the University of the Virgin Islands before traveling throughout Europe.

By December 11, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
First Bio-Map of Wine Regions Enhance Understanding of Unique and Genuine Wines

First Bio-Map of Wine Regions Enhance Understanding of Unique and Genuine Wines

There is some kismet in that the co-founders of the San Francisco biotech company, which has done groundbreaking work in identifying the microbiome fingerprint of vineyard soil are part of families that have deep roots in wine.

By November 27, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Eastern U.S. Wineries Attract International Wine Talent

Eastern U.S. Wineries Attract International Wine Talent

Mazza Vineyards several months ago hired Ana Trigo, a winemaker from Portugal. That in itself is a story, given the track record that the winery aside Lake Erie has established going back to the early 1970s.

By November 2, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Wine Impact Study Designed to Impact Policy

Wine Impact Study Designed to Impact Policy

The $220 billion economic impact of the U.S. wine industry revealed in WineAmerica’s recent study has grabbed headlines in the media, but the target audience for the information is much narrower, it’s the lawmakers in Congress and state legislatures across the nation who preside over the arcane and fragmented regulations of the alcohol industry.

By October 4, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
New Jersey Winemaker Cooperation Results in Measurable Wine Quality Advances

New Jersey Winemaker Cooperation Results in Measurable Wine Quality Advances

Back in 2015, four New Jersey wineries decided to pool their resources and create a consortium that would push them toward improving their wines and increasing their national recognition.

By September 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Finding the Rising Superstars of the Beverage Industry: Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 Tastemakers

Finding the Rising Superstars of the Beverage Industry: Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 Tastemakers

The release, the Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 Tastemakers, is a one-day event. But the collection of rising superstars in the beverage industry that’s assembled annually encompasses months of conversation before the list is completed and announced. That alone, says executive editor Susan Krostrzewa, produces this ongoing talent search that sharpens the radar of her staff to the diversity of talent that’s bubbling up around them nationally.

By September 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →