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Afternoon Brief, April 22

Dave Phinney and Co. Are on a Spirited Mission to Transform Mare Island: Talk with many Napa Valley winemakers and theyll tell you that Dave Phinney has the Midas touch when it comes to making wildly popular, edgy wines ...

Navigating Smoke Taint and Other Disasters: Wine Manufacturing Strategies to Turn...

Smoke, drought, rain, and other flavor-altering events are what separate the winemakers from the wine masters.A single harvest impacted by mold, smoke, or other faults can take down a vineyard or a farm winery—if those grapes are rejected as impossibly tainted.

Afternoon Brief, April 19

Wine Executives Debate the Promise and Peril of Millennial Wine Consumers: Top wine executives on Thursday offered differing views on the promise and peril of marketing wine to millennials, who are poised to overtake baby boomers this year as the largest generation in the United States...

Pinot Noir Auction the Flywheel of Success for the Willamette Valley...

As auctioneer Fritz Hatton, pointed his finger and called “Sold!” for the last lot of Pinot Noir, the crowd at the Willamette Valley Barrel Auction responded with jubilation. The fund raising event broke the $1 million goal in a rather dramatic final act.

Turning the Tables on Joe Roberts

By Carl Giavanti, Carl Giavanti Consulting “Turning the Tables – Interviewing the Interviewers” is a Q&A series profiling Wine Writers. We hope you’ll discover more about the...

The Making of the Perfect Ageing Tool

The oak barrel is the benchmark tool for premium winemaking with its slow addition of oxygen and gentle extraction of oak components that enhance...

2018 California Crush Report by the Numbers

The 2018 California crush report was released today, and as expected the report reveals a bountiful 2018 winegrape harvest up 6.6% in volume from...

Is Gallo Saving the Wine Industry?

Betting on high-margin and high-growth sounds like a winning strategy, and Constellation’s stock rose on the morning after the announcement. But if Constellation was so eager to get rid of these brands, and consumer trends point toward premiumization, why would Gallo want to buy them?

Groundbreaking Vineyard Tracking Tool Provides Critical Data to Winemakers

Just in time for budbreak, InnoVint, one of the wine industry’s top winery management software companies, has released a tool that will revolutionize the...

Menthol Is Not Mint: Decoding Freshness in Wine

Ninety or so people gathered at the Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa, CA on Wednesday, April 3rd to hear world–renown flavor expert Alexandre Schmitt speak on the topic of “Decoding Aroma Molecules in Wine & Cork” hosted by M.A. Silva USA.

Mystery Shoppers Visit Quintessa

Quintessa Winery is discreetly tucked into a hillside on the Silverado Trail just north of Rutherford Cross Road. The 280-acre site is planted...

Alpha Omega Toasts Return of Winemaker Henrik Poulsen

Veteran winemaker comes back to lead the winery he helped put on the Napa Valley map RUTHERFORD, Calif. (April 2, 2019) – Alpha Omega, a...

Butternut Brand Grew from 1,500 to 100,000 Cases by Paying Close...

While there are no questions any more about Butternut Wines’ prominent spot in the marketplace and its soaring potential, Tony Leonardini admits that he and his partners had some doubts about the timing when they created the brand.

New Collective Brings Applied Research, Collaboration to Winemaking Community

Winemakers have been long been among the original experimenters; that is, those willing to employ trial and error methodologies and information gleaned from other colleagues to continually improve their vintages.

How Can Wineries Reach Millennials? Personal Experience & Shipping Convenience

The “delivery economy” has upended consumer expectations for seamless at-home consumption. Younger buyers, particularly Millennials, now anticipate that businesses will cater to their desire for on-demand delivery options – and that trend is being felt by the wine industry, too.