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Latest Research on Smoke Taint Revealed

—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...

Wine Industry Advisor’s Top Articles of 2021

In 2021, Wine Industry Advisor increased its focus on creating original editorial content. We've enhanced our list of contributors to include some of the...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.