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Vintners Build on Success of Inaugural Sonoma County Barrel Auction

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by Laura Ness When you put on a highly successful event the first time at bat, you have momentum that drives you to keep the...

Sips & Tidbits From the Santa Lucia Highlands Trade Tasting at...

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by Laura Ness Held at Quail Lodge, the Santa Lucia Highlands Trade Tasting on March 21, united a hearty crowd of winemakers, wine brokers, sommeliers,...

A Toast to Father & Daughter Winemaking Teams

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There’s a new generation in wine. Fathers and Sons working together is nothing new and certainly not exclusive to the wine industry, but women are increasingly breaking into wine, and some of them come from within established wine families. Just in time for the holidays, we’d like to share some heartwarming stories about how fathers and daughters that are making a difference in the wine business. Let’s meet Marc Mondavi and his daughters, Alycia and Angelina from Aloft Wines, along with Chuck Wagner and his daughter Jenny (Caymus and Emmolo), Kurt Schoeneman and his daughter, Sara, her husband Guy Pacurar and their daughter, Ella (Fathers & Daughters).

El Dorado: An AVA’s Search for The Holy Grail of Identity

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by Laura Ness It seems that people have been searching for “El Dorado” ever since this continent was discovered. The literal meaning of the term,...

Craft; a Term in Controversy

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Going into the Craft Beverage Expo held last week at the Santa Clara Convention Center, my curiosity was piqued by the very use of the term, “craft”. How can it be applied to companies that have reached the size and scope of Firestone, and in the same breath be used on a tiny brand like Bootstrap Brewing in Niwot, CO? It seems this is a rather universally held curiosity: it was a lively topic during the opening remarks at the Expo during Thursday morning’s presentation featuring Paul Evers, President and Chief Creative Director of tbd agency (sic), and it resonated with everyone interviewed for this story. Controversy

10 Insights to Conclude: Consumer Choice is a Myth

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by Laura Ness Listening to the presentations at the 21st annual Central Coast Insights, I couldn’t help but come away with these observations: The majority of...

21st Annual Central Coast Insights with Experts and Troublemakers

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Held for the first time in Paso Robles, the annual conference organized by the Wine Industry Symposium Group, attracted nearly 200 attendees from all facets of the wine industry. They learned about the current state of the Central Coast from bankers, lawyers, growers, wine makers, M & A experts, market research analysts, grape brokers and troublemakers.