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Best White Wine Winner at Sunset 2020: Brecon Estate

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It was a good problem to have, but one that required careful management. When Brecon Estate’s 2019 Albariño won Best of Show White at the 2020 Sunset Wine Competition, it was immediately decided that Brecon Club Members should have priority access to the small batch wine...

Best of Show Winner at Sunset 2020: Gracianna Winery

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Gracianna Winery began in 2005, and debuted their first wine in 2009, but they’ve made plenty of waves since then...

It’s in the Can: Premium Wine with a DTC Model, Celebrating...

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So, you think wine in cans is a slick joke? Think again. Maker Wine Company, co-founded by Stanford Business School classmates Sarah Hoffman and Kendra Kawala, is out to change minds, one sip at a time...

Musing on Smoke Taint from Harvest 2020

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Most of us want to forget the bitter heartbreak of harvest 2020. In fact, several winemakers approached to participate in this survey, declined, citing PTSD and the wish to move on...

Jeff O’Neill: Fostering a Culture of Teamwork, Ingenuity and Opportunity

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O’Neill, founder of the fast-growing O'Neill Vintners and Distillers (it’s the seventh largest winery in the US), didn’t really plan to go into the wine business...

Jeff Bundschu: Orchestrating a Six-Generation Wine Brand with Irreverence and Authenticity 

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GunBun, as it’s affectionately known, is the oldest continuously family owned winery in California, dating back to 1858, when Bavarian immigrant Jacob Gundlach purchased 400 acres in Sonoma which he named Rhinefarm...

Mondavi’s Judd Wallenbrock Predicts a Premium Year in 2021

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It’s apparent in speaking with Judd Wallenbrock, CEO of C. Mondavi & Family (parent company to Charles Krug), that he is highly optimistic about the future of wine in 2021...

RNDC: Winery Success in 2021 Requires Sales Channel Understanding and Flexibility

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Philana Bouvier, VP Fine Wine, Supplier Business Development at Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), a world class distributor of fine wine and spirits in North America, has some advice for 2021...

Geodesy: Mentoring the Next Generation of Women in Agriculture 

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With a simple, yet elegantly stylized letter, Judy Jordan made her indelible mark on the wine world...

Harvest Terroir Challenge 2020

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The annual Harvest Terroir Challenge is the only wine competition that judges entries entirely by AVA, taking into account the unique properties that make...

Charles Krug Winery Hosts Basecamp for PG&E to Assist Firefight

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When disaster strikes, you do what comes naturally. And when you’ve been around as a viable business since 1861, there’s some deep-rooted innate corporate wisdom that rises to the fore, ready to fight on to face another day...

Living Large: Supersizing Barrels for a Subtler Impact

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The two standard sizes for wine barrels, 225 liter/59 gallon barrels, also called a barrique bordeleaise, and its Burgundy counterpart, 228L/60 gallons, have been with us for centuries, and are not about to go out of style any time soon...

Reimagining the Legendary Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

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Reimagining The Legendary Sleepy Hollow Vineyard: When E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) of Modesto, purchased the iconic Talbott brand in 2015, a shockwave hit the Monterey wine community...

Why Wine Competitions Are More Relevant Than Ever

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Why Wine Competitions Are More Relevant Than Ever: In a world turned upside down by uncertainty, some things stand fast. Wine competitions are part and parcel of the yearly routine of the wine world, as much as tending vines, picking grapes, and making wine go on despite the havoc wreaked by nature or otherwise...

Chris Howell Reflects on 30 Years of Napa Winemaking Through the...

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A conversation with Chris Howell, winemaker for this iconic brand atop Spring Mountain since 1990, is bound to cover as much ground as a walking tour of the famed vineyard itself. You find yourself examining the dirt and weeds beneath your feet one minute, inhaling the native plants that surround the place and impart their secret influence the next, and then, you’re perched on the highest rock, taking in the 360 view of the world according to Cain. Or, more correctly, the world according to Howell through the lens of Cain.