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Afternoon Brief, April 17

CEO of Francis Ford Coppola's Wine Pursuits Talks Reading the Consumer Zeitgeist: Forward-thinking has served Francis Ford Coppola in his pursuits in film, wine, hospitality and now cannabis. At the helm of much of this business is Corey Beck...

Afternoon Brief, April 15

The Best AVA Not on the Label: If you want some great Syrah, I'm going to tell you about a place that grows it. The wines are fascinating - complex and not fruit-driven - and a true product of their unique terroir. But the region might break the American Viticultural Area system...

Afternoon Brief, April 10

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 4,016 thousand tons in 2017 to 4,282 tons in 2018...

Afternoon Brief, March 20

How the Flooding Affected Sonoma’s 2019 Vintage: Northern California wineries and vineyards continue to clean up and dry out from the unusually heavy rainfall that hit in late February and caused some of the areas' worst floods in 20 years...

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...

Afternoon Brief, December 19

3-Tier Wine Symposium Announced: The Wine Industry Network (WIN) today announced the launch of the 3-Tier Wine Symposium, a one-day intensive educational conference focused on how to best navigate the evolving and complicated world of distributor relations along with how to capitalize on the opportunities that still exist in the wholesale channel ...

2019 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge Announces New “Wine of...

Santa Rosa, Calif., (December 19, 2018) – The seventh annual North Coast Wine Challenge is officially open for entries and will now include the...

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.”

Can You Beat This? Kokomo’s 100-Point Score in the North Coast...

When winemaker Erik Miller got the call informing him that his 2015 Gopher Hill Pinot had just garnered a 100-point score, and oh, by the way, it took Best of Show at the 2018 North Coast Wine Challenge, he didn’t quite know what to expect.

Considering Value and Strategy When Entering Wine Competitions

For small and large wineries alike, entering wines in a competition is a tried and true marketing tool. Get a medal, push out an email to your direct-to-consumer base telling them about the award, and give the info to your sales reps, and let them sell the product with its new, improved standing.

Kokomo’s 2016 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Takes First 100 Point Score...

Santa Rosa, Calif. – Wine Competitions Management & Productions and The Press Democrat have concluded the sixth annual North Coast Wine Challenge, a competition...