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Wine Intolerance

Wine Intolerance

You may know it as wine allergy, wine intolerance, wine sensitivity, red wine headache, white wine headache, asian flush – what is the origin of this problem? There are a lot of opinions, and there is some controversy about the issue. Sulfite comes up frequently, but very few people are sulfite sensitive enough for this to be an issue. Tannins and histamine have been blamed. Biogenic amines, too. Who is right? What are the triggers for this problem of wine intolerance?

Economic and Sustainable Winery Events Management with a View toward Changing Rules

Economic and Sustainable Winery Events Management with a View toward Changing Rules

First let’s make sure if you are planning on hosting an event at your site, it is in your economic best interest to do so.

Identify Personalities to Increase Sales

Identify Personalities to Increase Sales

I came across an interesting article by Mikita Mikado the co-founder and CEO of PandaDoc on the ways people think, and how you can get them to buy by paying attention to their actions to discern the way they think. Mr. Mikado suggests that one method to understand what motivates buyers is to apply a […]

By July 20, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Riesling Vines in High Demand

Riesling Vines in High Demand

By Randy Agness – Times Wine Columnist You can call, email or visit the two largest producers of Vinifera Riesling grapevines in the Finger Lakes, but the response will be exactly the same: “We are completely Sold-Out!” Higher demand for Finger Lakes Riesling wines both locally and nationally has resulted in the need by many […]

By July 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
National Storage Tank CEO Envisions Wine Industry “Hub of Suppliers” for Sonoma County

National Storage Tank CEO Envisions Wine Industry “Hub of Suppliers” for Sonoma County

When most people enthuse about a passion for wine, images of sparkling beverages in a glass or acres of vineyards covering a rolling hillside come to mind – not an industrial site filled with all shapes and sizes of polyethylene and steel core tanks.

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Don’t Forget the Wine

Don’t Forget the Wine

One of the things I say most often in my seminars for wineries and wine associations is, “It’s not all about the wine.” So today’s blog is a little different, in that I have noticed when I go to winery events that the wine seems to get lost in the mix of the food, entertainment […]

By July 13, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

News Releases

Rutherford Dust Honors Royalty of Rutherford at the 16th Annual Day in the Dust Media & Trade Event

Rutherford Dust Honors Royalty of Rutherford at the 16th Annual Day in the Dust Media & Trade Event

RUTHERFORD, CA – Rutherford Dust Society hosted its 16th annual “Day in the Dust” trade and media event on Wednesday, July 13th at the historic Inglenook. An exclusive, invitation-only Media Seminar included an in-depth tasting and discussion of stunning 2013 vintage Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignons led by Master Sommelier Chris Sawyer, iconic Rutherford grower Andy Beckstoffer […]

Laurie Sutton, Advanced Sommelier at Malibu Beach Inn, Wins Coveted Wine Spectator 2016 “Award of Excellence”

Laurie Sutton, Advanced Sommelier at Malibu Beach Inn, Wins Coveted Wine Spectator 2016 “Award of Excellence”

Los Angeles, CA – July 22, 2016 –  Laurie Sutton, Wine Director and Advanced Sommelier at Carbon Beach Club Restaurant at the Malibu Beach Inn has won the prestigious Wine Spectator 2016 “Award of Excellence”. This is the first Wine Spectator award for Malibu Beach Inn and for Sutton. Sutton joined the team in Malibu […]

#MySofiaSummer Sweepstakes Presented by Francis Ford Coppola Winery

#MySofiaSummer Sweepstakes Presented by Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Enter for Your Chance to Win a Vacation to Belize at Mysofiasummer.com  Sweepstakes to Launch with Sofia-Themed ‘Swimming Under the Stars’ Event TONIGHT at Francis Ford Coppola Winery Francis Ford Coppola Winery invites you to toast to fun in the sun this summer with a bottle (or can!) of the ultimate warm weather beverage, Sofia Blanc […]

Don Sebastiani & Sons Adds Depth and Breadth to Its Regional Wine Team and Recruits Industry Specialists to Launch Water and Natural Snacks Products

Don Sebastiani & Sons Adds Depth and Breadth to Its Regional Wine Team and Recruits Industry Specialists to Launch Water and Natural Snacks Products

Sonoma, California – July 19, 2016 – Fourth Generation Vintner, Donny Sebastiani announced today that the company had made an investment in key personnel to help build the foundation for the next generation of the family’s business. Company veteran Andrew Meyer was named Vice President of the West Region. Andrew’s expanded role includes overseeing of both of the […]

Nichola Hall of Scott Labs Confirmed as ASEV President

Nichola Hall of Scott Labs Confirmed as ASEV President

DAVIS, CALIF., July 18, 2016… Nichola Hall of Scott Laboratories has been confirmed as the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) 2016-2017 president. She succeeds Mark Greenspan of Advanced Viticulture, Inc. to lead ASEV’s 11-member board. Nichola currently serves as a technical consultant for all areas of enology with a particular focus on fermentation […]

National Grape & Wine Initiative Recognized by USDA Agencies

National Grape & Wine Initiative Recognized by USDA Agencies

Role as supporter and collaborator on Farm Bill programs recognized Sacramento, CA, July 20, 2016 – The National Grape & Wine Initiative (NGWI) is pleased to have been recognized by officials from 2 important program sectors of the United States Department of Agriculture: The Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program (PPQ) and […]

Spotlights

International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show Exhibitor Registration Opens

International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show Exhibitor Registration Opens

IBWSS exhibitors are wineries and distilleries looking to sell bulk wine and spirits, producers and negociants who offer contract manufacturing or private label programs, and wineries, distilleries and importers who have one-time excess stock to clear. WHY EXHIBIT? IBWSS exhibitors are wineries and distilleries looking to sell bulk wine and spirits, producers and negociants who […]

RX altona Made for the Winemaker of Today and the Future

RX altona Made for the Winemaker of Today and the Future

The new RX altona was built to fit the needs of winemakers in small to medium sized wineries. “After speaking to many of them we took into consideration the complete process, identified their individual and common needs, and created a semi-automated analyser that is extremely easy to use and highly accurate,” says Krista Kelly, Randox […]

Environmentally Conscientious BPSGLASS Brings Glass Expertise to California Wine Market

Environmentally Conscientious BPSGLASS Brings Glass Expertise to California Wine Market

BPSGLASS, a second-generation family business, is poised to launch operations in California, bringing with it fifty-eight years of expertise and dominance in the South American alcohol beverage marketplace, plus all the knowledge on the Chilean Wine Industry. BPSGLASS began by manufacturing Spirits bottles in Chile and distributing in the region, creating a Partnership with CRISTORO […]

Relationship Building/Sponsorship Opportunities Highlighted at 9th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi

Relationship Building/Sponsorship Opportunities Highlighted at 9th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi

You have exactly five minutes to tell a table of influential wine writers why your brand is the hottest thing to hit the market since Instagram. Your message must be clear, concise and captivating because you know it will end up online, representing you and your winery to the world, within minutes. How did you […]

Maverick: Raising the Bar on Capsule Production for the Beverage Industry Since 1992

Maverick: Raising the Bar on Capsule Production for the Beverage Industry Since 1992

In 1992, Maverick Enterprises, Inc. was founded with the goal to domestically produce capsules for the wine industry in the United States with nothing, but the best quality on the market. Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, had banned the use of lead in all capsule products, so the wine industry […]

Concrete NuBarrel™ – Superior Quality, Control and Durability for Contemporary Winemaking in a Competitive World

Concrete NuBarrel™ – Superior Quality, Control and Durability for Contemporary Winemaking in a Competitive World

Steve Rosenblatt, CEO of Sonoma Cast Stone, the manufacturers of Concrete NuBarrel™, is on a mission to demonstrate the superiority of his product over oak barrels in an industry steeped in tradition. He appears to be succeeding. “Concrete has become the darling of high-end wines everywhere,” In Europe Rosenblatt attests, upwards of 80 percent of […]

Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, July 22

Afternoon Brief, July 22

The Wine Industry May Not Be at the Conventions, but It’s Watching: Presidential candidates used to be able to win their party’s nomination by courting bigwigs over drinks at the bar outside the convention hall…

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Afternoon Brief, July 21

Afternoon Brief, July 21

California Crop Forecast: 4 Million Tons: Speaking at the 64th annual meeting of the Allied Grape Growers last week, Nat DiBuduo told the audience that the 2016 crop “seems to be getting smaller”…

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Afternoon Brief, July 20

Afternoon Brief, July 20

Thieves Take $55,000 in Wine from California Store: The South Bay’s oldest wine seller is reeling after thieves broke in and made off $55,000 worth its priciest vintages…

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Afternoon Brief, July 19

Afternoon Brief, July 19

Barolo Burglars Steal Thousands of Bottles of Wines: Two of Barolo’s wineries have been robbed of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of wine in less than three weeks, and the evidence suggests the same thieves are behind both crimes…

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Afternoon Brief, July 18

Afternoon Brief, July 18

Fire Threatens Washington Winery, Vineyard Near Red Mountain: A 4,000-acre wildfire near Red Mountain threatened one winery and smoked a handful of Chardonnay vines before being brought under control early this morning…

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Afternoon Brief, July 15

Afternoon Brief, July 15

Owner Speaks Out on Controversial Barolo Sale: Earlier this week, Italian newspaper and American wine publications broke the news that the Vietti winery of Castiglione Falletto, in the heart of the Barolo production zone had been sold…

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