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What Part of Reality Are You Missing? Augmenting Smart Packaging

What Part of Reality Are You Missing? Augmenting Smart Packaging - What are customers looking for in wine packaging that most wineries are ignoring or missing at this point? Simply put, it’s the story. Says Peter Oberdorfer, founder and President of Tactic ...

Saini Farms: Where Family Roots Run Deep

Third generation grape grower, John Saini and his sons, Brian and Mike, of Saini Farms, wear their farming hearts humbly on their sleeves. There’s little doubt they spend their lives tending to 300 acres of land that has been a precious part of the family, going back to 1917...

Sonoma Wine Auction Co-Chairs Gina Gallo and Chris Jackson Spill the...

As we eagerly anticipate the 2019 Sonoma Wine Auction, to be held September 19—21, we thought it would be illuminating to learn a little more about this year’s co-chairs, Gina Gallo and Chris Jackson, who happen to be from two of the most influential, long term Sonoma wine families.  They also happen to be the two largest landowning families in terms of vineyards.

Mudita Cabernet Takes Best of Napa at NCWC 2018

By Laura Ness Mudita Wines almost didn’t enter the 2018 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge. “This win almost didn’t happen,” says Mudita owner, Carol...

All New 2019 Sunset International Wine Competition Now Accepting Entries

After a brief hiatus, the Sunset International Wine Competition—the one competition that truly reflects the unique character of The West—is back, and in very capable hands.

J. Rickards Hits Home Run with Sauvignon Blanc

Jim Rickards grew up in San Francisco, a city kid. But he always knew he had the farming gene. “When I got out of the military after Vietnam, I did three things: grew my hair, grew my mustache and got out of Dodge,” he says. “I got into the cattle business and was looking for my home ranch.

Judges Rule at 2019 North Coast Wine Challenge Competition

The North Coast Wine Challenge is the only competition where we truly focus on the Best of the Best. Only wines rating 90+ points are awarded gold medals and they are the only wines that are eligible to move on to the 'Best Of' Category.

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: The Vine Whisperer

Anybody growing grapes in the Santa Cruz Mountains has heard the name Prudy Foxx. If they have a true love of the vine and all it stands for, they’ve hired her to help them grow the best grapes possible. Foxx is a well-known, well-traveled, and well-schooled viticultural consultant, helping vineyard owners decide the best varieties to grow and how best to grow them in their particular microclimate. And here in the mountains, everything is microclimate.

Rodney Strong Comes Up Rosy at NCWC

by Laura Ness The 2018 North Coast Wine Challenge saw some head-to-head competition between some mighty fine wines in the final sweepstakes round, including the...

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: An Outspoken Voice for the Little...

Some see Tom Wark as an advocate for the wine industry, given his role as the Executive Director of National Association of Wine Retailers since 2007, but he prefers to think of himself as an outspoken voice for the “little guy.” Since 2004, he’s been unapologetically airing concerns over the three-tier distribution system and lack of consumer choice in the marketplace, lambasting what he terms “rent seeking, special interests and other self serving groups.”

Domaine Carneros Wins Best Sparkling for Third Time at North Coast...

When the results of the 2018 North Coast Wine Challenge were announced, and the 2013 Domaine Carneros Brut, Napa, was declared the Best Sparkling, it was cause for celebration at the beautiful chateau where Eileen and her colleagues make their widely lauded wine lineup.

Soda Rock Wins Best of Mendocino in Press Democrat North Coast...

Isabelle Adams of Soda Rock Winery chooses her wine competitions very carefully. The 8-year-old winery produces about 6k cases yearly, and relies on direct to consumer sales for most of the production.

Boisset Takes Best of Marin Four Years in a Row with...

Winning “Best of Marin” at the 2018 North Coast Wine Challenge with the 2015 DeLoach Marin Pinot Noir made it four years in a row that Brian Maloney, Director of Sonoma County Winemaking for Boisset Collection, claimed the honor.

The Best of Lake County: Cache Creek Cabernet

Cache Creek Vineyards, located in eastern Lake County off Hwy 20 near Clearlake Oaks, got its formal start as a winery in 2005, but first and foremost, was a vineyard known for excellent fruit. It all started with the family patriarch, Bill “Poppo” Van Pelt, father of the present-day owner, Don Van Pelt. When “Poppo” first set foot on the land in 1997, he encountered a herd of Tule elk, and vowed to make the land a preserve for them.

Late Harvest Chard Wins Best Dessert for Sonoma-Cutrer

Ask Mick Schroeter how the Late Harvest Chardonnay project came about at Sonoma-Cutrer, and the well-versed Aussie, who began his career as a red winemaker in the Barossa Valley with the iconic Penfolds brand, says simply, “Chardonnay and Pinot Noir just don’t cut it with dessert. We were doing all these wine dinners, and we’d get to the dessert course, and nothing would be quite right. So, we decided it was time to do a Late Harvest.”