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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 →
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.

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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 →
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 →
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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Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Defender of the Consumer Palate and Your Right to Choose

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Defender of the Consumer Palate and Your Right to Choose

Tim Hanni, one of two resident Americans to receive the title Master of Wine and well-known industry myth-buster, would like the wine industry to stop foisting untruths upon an unsuspecting public. “The whole business of wine education is sadly wrong and does no service to consumers,” he says. “It’s group think. We really don’t know anything about consumers. The industry has its head up its anatomy.”

By January 10, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Grapegrower, Innovator, and Always One Step Ahead

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Grapegrower, Innovator, and Always One Step Ahead

Those around him will say that David Parrish is not one to brag about his accomplishments, but they are the first to call David Parrish an innovator in the wine industry. “David lives to work. The industry is his passion. He is always trying to perfect something or get that one thing a little bit better,” explained long-time friend and business colleague Charlie Castro. “David always stays ahead of the curve.”

By January 9, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: A Pillar of Oregon’s Wine Tourism Industry

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: A Pillar of Oregon’s Wine Tourism Industry

Wayne Bailey, a vintner known for sustainable farming practices advises, “The best fertilizer is the farmer’s footprint.” Bailey’s footprint has far exceeded the 50 acres of his Youngberg Hill estate in Willamette Valley to play a vital role in the Oregon wine industry. But Bailey’s feet took a long circuitous career path to Youngberg Hill. Along the way Bailey left his mark and gained experiences and business acumen that prepared him to design a business model that is unique among his wine industry neighbors.

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Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018

The North American wine industry is fortunate to have many passionate and inspiring luminaries, some that grew up among the vines, and others that brought their drive and ingenuity from other industries, but they all help to advance our industry and grow the pool of wine talent for the future. The Wine Industry Advisor have […]

By January 8, 2018 2 Comments Read More →