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Inside the Mind of a Sommelier

Inside the Mind of a Sommelier

Coming up with one of those enormous mega wine lists that typify the high-end dining experience seems a daunting task. What goes through the mind of a sommelier in putting that together?

If they’re motivated by garnering an award from Wine Spectator, they know the territory they need to cover and some of the big names they need to include. But not all sommeliers and wine directors are driven by awards.

By June 30, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
A Quality Revolution and Opportunity for Domestic Rosé

A Quality Revolution and Opportunity for Domestic Rosé

Quality rosé is on the rise. For the past two consecutive years Nielsen has reported a 40-50% off-premise growth in the sale of rosé priced $8 and above. However, the vast majority of this wine is imported, mostly from France, though domestic rosés are making gains. So, is it time for a Judgement of Paris […]

By June 29, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Tell Stories to Connect with Customers

Tell Stories to Connect with Customers

I was wine tasting recently and went to several different wineries in the course of one day. The wines were good, actually very good, no complaints about the wines at all. The hard part for me was that the experience was the same at most of the wineries I visited. I was told about the […]

By June 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Is Your Story Being Told Accurately?

Is Your Story Being Told Accurately?

I always find it interesting to hear the story of a business. Who started the business, how it was started and why, as well as what happened along the way. Often times, when I am visiting the same business, I will make a point of asking a different employee about the story of the business, […]

By June 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Her Side of the Story: Notes from Women Winemakers of Napa

Her Side of the Story: Notes from Women Winemakers of Napa

Having many years in the wine industry, and settled into their high-profile work in the Napa Valley, these women comment on being a woman in the industry, and why gender isn’t the defining factor. Commenting are veterans Heidi Barrett of Barrett Wines, Calistoga, Elizabeth Vianna of Chimney Rock Winery, Stag’s Leap District, Cathy Corison of Corison Winery, St. Helena, and new mom Helen Keplinger of Keplinger Wines, Napa.

By June 15, 2016 10 Comments Read More →
Know Your Customers

Know Your Customers

There are lots of things that you have to remember as a business owner, manager or employee, though the most important thing you have to remember is information about your customers. Not only information about what they purchase from you and how much they spend, though that is part of it, you should also remember […]

By June 15, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

News Releases

Department of Justice Strikes Major Blow to ASCAP and BMI

Department of Justice Strikes Major Blow to ASCAP and BMI

WineAmerica is pleased to learn that the Department of Justice has denied performance licensing organizations (PROs) changes to the consent decree. Yesterday, the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced that, after two years of reviews, they would not alter the existing consent decree regulating Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers […]

Jason-Stephens Winery to Relocate

Jason-Stephens Winery to Relocate

Winery’s Popular Visitor Center Moving August 1 To “The Stomping Ground” Development in Gilroy.   Gilroy, CA:   Local vintners Jason and Janu Goelz of Silicon Valley’s Jason-Stephens Winery announced today that they will be relocating their popular tasting room and production facility – from its current site on Watsonville Road to their new “The Stomping Ground” development, […]

Beringer Vineyards Partners with Food Network’s Chopped Grill Masters Napa

Beringer Vineyards Partners with Food Network’s Chopped Grill Masters Napa

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian Joins Beringer as Culinary Ambassador NAPA, Calif. – (June 30, 2016) – Today Beringer Vineyards, one of the most respected and historic wineries in America, announced it is taking its annual Great Steak Challenge promotion to a new level through a partnership with Food Network’s special tournament, Chopped Grill Masters Napa, which […]

Garden State Wine Growers Association to Hold “Barrel Trail Weekend” July 16-17

Garden State Wine Growers Association to Hold “Barrel Trail Weekend” July 16-17

Barrel tastings, wine releases, tours, & more offered at NJ wineries Cream Ridge, NJ (June 30, 2016) –The Garden State Wine Growers Association will host its annual Barrel Trail Weekend on Saturday and Sunday July 16-17 at participating wineries across the state. Visitors to New Jersey wineries and vineyards will have the opportunity to sample […]

Mavrik Promotes Matt Zinkl to Product Marketing Specialist

Mavrik Promotes Matt Zinkl to Product Marketing Specialist

Santa Rosa, CA (June 23, 2016). Mavrik North America has promoted Matt Zinkl to Product Marketing Specialist. Matt first started with Mavrik in 2008 as a winery technician. With a degree from UC Davis, he caught on quickly to the winemaking and technical intricacies of Mavrik’s processes. After leaving Mavrik to join the winemaking team at a large winery, […]

Winemakers, Wines, Wineries, Special Guest and Presentations Announced for the Second Annual Oakland Wine Festival

Winemakers, Wines, Wineries, Special Guest and Presentations Announced for the Second Annual Oakland Wine Festival

Oakland, California, June 29, 2016 –The second annual Oakland Wine Festival is excited to announce our participating winemakers, wineries, special guest and presentations for July 16, 2016. The Founder and Honorary Steering Committee Members sent invitations to select vintners and winery owners asking them to join our fun showcase of fine wines for the 2nd Annual Oakland Wine Festival.  […]

Spotlights

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 […]

AMCOR Flexibles: Providing Tin Capsule Solutions to Global Wine Brands for More Than 150 Years

AMCOR Flexibles: Providing Tin Capsule Solutions to Global Wine Brands for More Than 150 Years

From the famous wine producers of Bordeaux and Burgundy to contemporary brands throughout North America, AMCOR has been the premier producer of high-quality tin capsule solutions for more than 150 years. AMCOR’s historic St. Seurin-sur-I’Isle plant in southwestern France continues to be the major site for the company’s state-of-the-art, customized, tin capsule production. AMCOR prides […]

Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, June 29

Afternoon Brief, June 29

A Quality Revolution and Opportunity for Domestic Rosé: Quality rosé is on the rise. For the past two consecutive years Nielsen has reported a 40-50% off-premise growth in the sale of rosé priced $8 and above…

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Afternoon Brief, June 28

Afternoon Brief, June 28

New Groundwater Found Deep Under Central Valley: The Central Valley is home to California’s productive farming belt, but the regions groundwater is so severely overdrafted in some places that the land has been sinking…

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Afternoon Brief, June 27

Afternoon Brief, June 27

California Winemakers Press for Stricter Label Rules: California winemakers have now enlisted lawmakers and federal regulators in their latest effort to stop the dilution of some vintage names…

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Afternoon Brief, June 24

Afternoon Brief, June 24

Jean Arnold Sessions Named Executive Director of Sonoma County Vintners: Sonoma County Vintners announces that Jean Arnold Sessions has been officially appointed the organization’s Executive Director…

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Afternoon Brief, June 23

Afternoon Brief, June 23

Millennials Weigh In on What Makes Food Brands Authentic: Today Watershed Communications released findings from two national ethnographic studies examining the media habits of millennial food and beverage consumers…

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Afternoon Brief, June 22

Afternoon Brief, June 22

Duckhorn Quashes Rumors of Sale to Constellation: Napa Valley’s Duckhorn Wine Company has sought to tamp down talk that it’s on the selling block…

By June 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
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