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Barbara Barrielle was a longtime publicist in sports and wine before going to the other side as a wine, travel and entertainment writer. She also produces films and has a documentary "Crushed: Climate Change and the Wine Country Fires" releasing in 2021. Current publications Barbara writes for are AARP Magazine, Northwest Travel & Life, East Hampton Star, Napa Valley Register, Oregon Wine Press as well as Wine Industry Advisor. She lives in Healdsburg, travels extensively and studies wine and languages.

10 Years In: WIN Expo Celebrates Its First Decade

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The Annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo) is the largest trade show and conference focused exclusively on Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake...

Mergers and Acquisitions Aren’t Stopping. But Could They Slow Down?

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With the raising of interest rates by the Federal Reserve, one may wonder if the recent flurry of M&A can continue. By Barbara Barielle   Daily news...

Napa Changes Its Rules to Allow Microwineries

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Family farms have just been given the chance to survive and prosper in Napa County. By Barbara Barrielle On, April 5, 2022 the Napa County Board...

The Whole Package: Wine Needs to Create Memories with Each Delivery

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There’s no question the wine market has changed dramatically since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. When wineries were forced to halt in-person...

Invest in People: A Satisfied Workforce Is Sustainable

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By Barbara Barrielle I first heard the concept of “workplace” or “worker” sustainability when interviewing Paul Draper, winemaker at  Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello and Lytton...

Latest Research on Smoke Taint Revealed

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—Barbara Barrielle Tom Collins, head of the smoke research efforts at Washington State University, spoke to the industry on January 20 about his latest progress...

WIN Expo 2021—Increased Focus on Educational Content for the Wine Industry

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December’s conference kicks off with a new format to engage professionals in all sectors of wine. —Barbara Barrielle Wine Industry Network continues its tradition as...

Wine Industry Analyst Weigh-in: JUSTIN’s Acquisition of Lewis Cellars

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Wine Industry Advisor speaks to Rob McMillan, EVP of Silicon Valley Bank, about The Wonderful Company's newest Napa label. —Barbara Barrielle The Wonderful Company is involved...

Fire Watch: Caldor Fire Burns Big Doubling in Size

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In the week following our last report, Caldor has destroyed nearly 200,000 acres —Barbara Barrielle The Caldor Fire is only 16% contained as it continues its...

Sustainable Packaging for a More Wholistic Wine Business

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Eco-friendly packaging engages consumers, improves brand image, and is simply better for the environment. —Barbara Barrielle In the wine industry, packaging is vital for the conservation...

Fire Watch: Caldor Fire Blazes Through El Dorado Wine Country

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County’s wineries remain alert, but untouched; surrounding AVAs contend with smoke. —Barbara Barrielle The Caldor Fire has torched 114,166 acres of El Dorado County. As of...

Permit Sonoma Leads “Visioning” Sessions for Cannabis Regulation

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The public is greatly encouraged to be a part of the planning for the future of weed cultivation in the County over the next...

Delicato-Coppola Deal Receives Federal Approval

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The Federal Trade Commission approved the acquisition of Francis Ford Coppola Winery by Delicato, making Delicato the first winery in over a decade to...

Clare Tooley, MW Weighs-in on Wine-Weed Cohesion

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Barbara Barrielle Three years ago, at the 2019 Wine Industry Network Wine & Weed Symposium, Clare Tooley, MW, found inspiration for her Masters of Wine final...

Delicato-Coppola Collaboration: Industry Implications

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The wine world raised eyebrows when, on June 24, Francis Ford Coppola Winery announced its deal-in-progress to sell Sonoma County wine properties to Delicato Wines and take a seat on the company’s board...
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