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Are You Emotionally Intelligent?

Are You Emotionally Intelligent?

Recently I came across an article by Lindsay Kolowich on Hubspot’s blog about Emotional Intelligence that was very interesting. For those of us who make our living in sales (or in my case helping people sell) the ins and outs of how emotions affect customers’ willingness to buy has long been on my radar. Whether […]

By August 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
It’s Not Too Early to Start Holiday Planning

It’s Not Too Early to Start Holiday Planning

It’s already the middle of August and in my neck of the woods school has started, which brings to mind autumn and starts me thinking about the coming holiday season. It’s not too early to start planning for the holidays, especially as far as your business is concerned. While you are still busy with your […]

By August 18, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Tap into Your Creativity

Tap into Your Creativity

For those of you who write promotional pieces, newsletters, emails, event invitations, etc., coming up with topic ideas is not always easy. Even the most creative of us experience brain freeze sometimes. So how do you stir up your creativity? Here are a few tips. Track Ideas There are times that a great idea for […]

By August 10, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
40 Years Later Pinot Noir Joins Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in Besting French Rivals

40 Years Later Pinot Noir Joins Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in Besting French Rivals

On the 40th anniversary of the ‘Judgement of Paris,’ the United States has once again proven the best place to grow classic French varietals is not always in France. Oregon Pinot Noir has shaken expectations with the announcement that Domaine Serene’s 2012 Winery Hill Vineyard grabbed the coveted Platinum Best of Show for Pinot Noir over £15 at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). The wine from the Dundee Hills AVA in Oregon’s Willamette Valley beat out 6 grand cru and 26 premier cru Burgundian Pinot Noir.

By August 3, 2016 7 Comments Read More →
Keeping Up with Your Customers

Keeping Up with Your Customers

Times change, people change and tastes change. What people want at one stage of their lives is not necessarily what they want at others. Are you keeping up with your regular customers? The people who have been doing business with you for years, sometimes decades don’t necessarily what the same things now that they did […]

By August 3, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
The More Things Change…

The More Things Change…

We are familiar with the saying by Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr a 19th century French critic and journalist, which is loosely translated “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” In marketing while the delivery of the messages may have changed (email and text instead of letters and newspapers) the questions we need to […]

By July 27, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

News Releases

September Is “Riesling Month”: Finger Lakes Wine Alliance Celebrates Region’s Star Varietal with Tastings and Wine Events Throughout New York State

September Is “Riesling Month”: Finger Lakes Wine Alliance Celebrates Region’s Star Varietal with Tastings and Wine Events Throughout New York State

GENEVA, N.Y., Aug. 29, 2016 – With more than 200 brands hailing from the region, Riesling has put the Finger Lakes wine country on the serious oenophile’s map. To return the favor, the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance has proclaimed September “Riesling Month” to shine the spotlight on its star varietal. A month-long series of more […]

CAWG Statements on Passing of AB 1066

CAWG Statements on Passing of AB 1066

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 29, 2016 – The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) today issued the following statements on the passing of AB 1066. “The passage of AB 1066 today was incredibly disappointing,” said Lodi-area winegrape grower Brad Goehring. “Today’s vote overturns long-established law that provided overtime wages for farmworkers, which combined with escalating minimum wage […]

M. A. Silva USA Six-Time Winner of the “Best Places to Work” Award

M. A. Silva USA Six-Time Winner of the “Best Places to Work” Award

Santa Rosa, CA, August 25, 201 6 – M. A. Silva, the leading manufacturer of cork, glass and packaging, has been recognized by the North Bay Business Journal as one of the Best Places to Work in the North Bay for the sixth time. This repeated recognition underscores the company’s ongoing commitment to providing an environment where […]

Wine Women launches Finance Forum on September 8th at WALT

Wine Women launches Finance Forum on September 8th at WALT

Sonoma, California | August 29, 2016: WINE WOMEN, a new, nonprofit professional trade organization focused on advancing women’s careers in the wine industry by fostering and nurturing talent, providing networking and training opportunities, as well as advocating for better opportunities for women in this industry, will launch its Finance Forum on Thursday, September 8th, at […]

Rolando Herrera Predicts Great Harvest for 2016

Rolando Herrera Predicts Great Harvest for 2016

Mi Sueño Owner/Winemaker Cites Perfect Growing Conditions for Optimistic Outlook NAPA, California (August 29, 2016)—Rolando Herrera, owner of Mi Sueño Winery (www.misuenowinery.com)  is preparing for his 32nd professional grape harvest. Herrera produces 10,000 cases per year at his Mi Sueño Winery and  consults for a dozen different top-rated wineries. His Herrera Vineyard Management company cares for […]

Stewart Cellars Now Welcomes Guests in Yountville

Stewart Cellars Now Welcomes Guests in Yountville

The Stewart family’s new “home” offers three carefully designed spaces for relaxing and enjoying Napa Valley wines in comfort. Yountville, CA, August 29, 2016 – Stewart Cellars in Yountville is now open and ready to welcome guests. Located at the north end of town (6752 Washington Street, Yountville, CA), Stewart Cellars was created by Arcanum […]

Spotlights

Strategic Design Invigorates Brand Health

Strategic Design Invigorates Brand Health

“Clients call us when they need to revive a tired brand or bring a new brand to life, on the label and on the shelf,” says Ed Rice, Affinity Creative Group’s Director of Brand Strategy and Client Development.

Trident Enterprises Inc. Provides Global Solutions to Deer and Wildlife in Your Vineyard

Trident Enterprises Inc. Provides Global Solutions to Deer and Wildlife in Your Vineyard

It began as a group of hardworking people installing electric fencing for farmers who needed assistance with their livestock. It’s become a worldwide solution for multiple vineyards, winery owners, agencies and individuals who require protection from the deer and wildlife that threaten their investments through encroachment. “We kept getting calls asking ‘what do you have […]

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 […]

Afternoon Brief

Afternoon Brief, August 29

Afternoon Brief, August 29

Duckhorn Wine Company to Be Acquired by Private Equity Firm TSG Consumer Partners: Duckhorn Wine Company and TSG Consumer Partners, a San Francisco-based strategic equity investor in consumer brands, announced today that TSG will acquire DWC from GI Partners. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed…

By August 29, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Afternoon Brief, August 26

Afternoon Brief, August 26

French Wine Production to Fall 10% This Year After Fierce Spring Weather: Fierce storms that hit France in April will help to push wine production down by more than 10% this year, the ministry of agriculture has said…

By August 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Afternoon Brief, August 25

Afternoon Brief, August 25

How Wineries Are Getting Sold and Still Keeping Their Souls: Making wine may be one of the most romantic and evocative of all professions, but the reality is that it’s brutally difficult to earn a reliable living, and often subject to the whims of forces beyond anyone’s control…

By August 25, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Afternoon Brief, August 24

Afternoon Brief, August 24

Deeper Irrigation Method Showing Promise for Vineyards: A new subsurface irrigation system is showing promise for slashing water usage in vineyards…

By August 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Afternoon Brief, August 23

Afternoon Brief, August 23

Sonoma County Vintners Announces Community Connection Initiative: Sonoma County Vintners Executive Director Jean Arnold-Sessions today announced the organization’s “Community Connection” initiative…

By August 23, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Afternoon Brief, August 22

Afternoon Brief, August 22

Wine in Kegs: This Time, Are They Here to Stay?
: Wine in kegs is an ancient concept that has been ongoing in many parts of Europe…

By August 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
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