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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...

Wine Sales Strategies Shaped and Sharpened by the Pandemic

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After a challenging year of adjusting their businesses to pandemic conditions, some wineries that flipped their sales models and tried new strategies are reporting success...

Sonoma Wineries Face Growing Permitting Burdens for Business Operations

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The ongoing struggle between wineries and Sonoma County to determine the future of permitting for winery activities and events is coming closer to conclusive guidelines...

Growing Forward: A Look to the Future for Winegrowers

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The disastrous wildfires, smoke damage and the worldwide pandemic may have been the painful medicine to bring balance back to the grape and wine market and position the industry for a healthier future with valuable lessons learned...

Sonoma County Winery Event Permit Meeting Leaves Vintners Frustrated with Process

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Last Thursday’s virtual forum organized by Sonoma County’s Permit Sonoma to ostensibly open up conversation about event permitting for wineries in Sonoma County, had over 200 stakeholders taking time out to participate, but many vintners felt it was a charade.

Lindsay Hoopes: Creating Economic Viability and Attracting the Next Generation of...

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A Napa native, Lindsay Hoopes spent her childhood walking the vineyards with her family, and in so doing, developed an unparalleled love for farming and her surrounding community...

Craig Camp: Leading the Way for Vineyard Rejuvenation from Conventional to...

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Craig Camp seems to be universally respected in the West Coast wine industry...

Coastal Winegrape Market Won’t Return to Normal Until 2023-24

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As the president of Allied Grape Growers, a cooperative of over 450 grape growers in California, Jeff Bitter has had a challenging year….like much of the wine producing community...