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Offering a well-rounded view of the wine industry, Dawn Dolan transitioned from doing administration for the University of Michigan, to spending six years as both Marketing and Wholesale Manager for the Wilson Artisan Wineries group, where she learned the ins and outs of the wine industry.  Dolan describes herself as a newbie grape grower who has also been an amateur wine maker for ten years, learning from classes at the Santa Rosa Junior College and the professional winemakers with whom she has worked.  With this multi-faceted experience in the wine world, she brings a consideration of different viewpoints to her work. Dolan started as senior editor of her high school yearbook. While studying in Provence, France, she fell in love with inexpensive Côtes du Rhone wines.  After teaching for ten years, and earning a Master’s degree, she was back at the marketing end, using her skills to help establish the newly minted National Board of Habitat for Humanity-Costa Rica. Dolan is now a private marketing consultant for family wineries, and senior consultant for VingDirect.  She has been contributing to Wine Industry Advisor since 2015.

Millennials on How Their Generation Engages with Wine

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The millennial consumer continues to rise in prominence for the wine industry, but being able to identify the important trends and mediums to connect, engage, and build loyalty with them is a challenge for traditional wine marketers.

Marijuana and Wine: Understanding New Competition to Build New Opportunities

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The legalization of marijuana in California is a topic with polarizing effects on wine grape growers. Tina Caputo, moderator for WIN Expo’s upcoming session; Marijuana and Wine: Understanding New Competition to Build New Opportunities, believes this topic is important and pertinent to the wine industry.

Dr. Mark Matthews Discusses Winegrape Quality Paradigms at Healdsburg SHED

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Winegrape Quality Paradigms: Observation and Explanation was the topic of Thursdaynight’s Luminarias talk, sponsored at SHED, Healdsburg, by the Healdsburg Literary Guild. The speaker was Professor Mark Matthews of UC Davis, who has written the idea-challenging book, “Terroir and Other Myths of Winegrowing”. Dr. Matthews is an environmental plant biologist in the UC-Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and has done extensive research concerning the traditions of grape-growing.

Competition Is Fierce, so How Does a Vineyard Stand Out in...

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According to Karissa Kruse, president of Sonoma County Winegrowers, a shift has happened in the past few years. “Consumers now care about what goes on at a farm level,” she notes. Kruse mentioned that, not that many years ago, it was unique to put the vineyard name on the bottle, but now that is a fairly standard way to give an added marketing benefit to a bottle of wine.

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

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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.

Six Exhibitors for the Small Grower at Unified

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By Dawn Dolan In the weeks leading up to the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, friends asked me if I were going. For my business,...

Will Marijuana Be the Next Great Wine Industry Disruptor?

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The biggest disruption to the American wine industry was Prohibition, which shut down some eighty percent of existing wineries in the period 1920-33. After the repeal, it took over 60 years for the number of U.S wineries to reach 1920 levels.

A Crowdfunded Winemaker’s Story

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By Dawn Dolan Katy Michaud is delighted to be the first winemaker from Washington selected to make a vintage for NakedWines.com, but just how does...