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A Little Lighter: New Glass Alternatives Lower Shipping Costs, Carbon Footprints

“We’ve done enough carbon dating, now may be the time to break up.” —Randall Grahm By Laura Ness   Glass is heavy, resource intensive to produce and...

Wine Industry Champion Christopher Goblet: Taking the Long View to Benefit...

“My job is to see what others cannot — to believe in our potential and inspire the rest of the industry to live up...

Wine Industry Champion Moya Dolsby: Bringing Idaho Wines and Cider into...

Idaho Wine Commission: Spreading the word that Idaho grows more than just potatoes By Laura Ness  For Moya Dolsby, executive director of the Idaho Wine Commission...

Wine Industry Champion Michael Kaiser: Fighting for the Future of America’s...

“A lot of people don’t understand how much trade associations such as WineAmerica do for you, even if you're not a member.” —Michael Kaiser By...

Wine Industry Champion: Kim Stemler Makes Monterey Wine Shine

Meet Kim Stemler, Executive Director, Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association By Laura Ness   INTRO: Wine Industry Advisor is pleased to debut a new profile series,...

2022 SF Chronicle Wine Competition Crowns Winners

By Laura Ness The medals were flowing and the wines were showing well at the 22nd annual San Francisco Chronicle Competition held at the Cloverdale...

Something Old, Something New: 42nd Annual Mendocino Wine Competition Awards

Mendocino County is a big place. And yet, it’s a very small community. Despite the tremendous increase in vines planted throughout the AVA in the last 20 years (now almost 17,500 acres, with 2500 of those being in the Anderson Valley), there have been around the same number of entries in the annual Mendocino Wine Competition...

Going Lo and No: Is This a Sustainable Trend?

Much has been written about the burgeoning trend towards “better for you” beverages in the wine space. It’s definitely a thing.  But, is it a sustainable thing?...

Best White Wine Winner at Sunset 2020: Brecon Estate

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

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...

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...
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Musing on Smoke Taint from Harvest 2020

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

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 

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

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...