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“If all of the brokers and analysts are correct, we’re heading into another tough cycle for our wine industry,” predicts George Christie, President and CEO of the Healdsburg, CA based Wine Industry Network (WIN). “Tough times affect everyone. But the ones that remain the most unscathed are those trying to stay ahead of the issues and become as educated as possible.”
Challenges are looming for the wine industry on multiple fronts; overall growth is flattening, new generations have a different relationship to alcohol, climate change and wildfires complicate winemaking, while the labor market affected by immigration and cannabis is becoming increasingly competitive.
Healdsburg, CA, March 13, 2019 - Wine Industry Network (WIN) invites industry professionals and experts to submit topic ideas and proposals for the 8th...
3,000 Wine Industry Professionals Attend North Coast Wine Industry Expo Healdsburg, CA, December 7, 2018 –The Wine Industry Network (WIN) today announced that the 7th...
Again this year the North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo) will be the second largest wine industry trade show in North America with...
A former winemaker, Bertaccini is driven to experiment with wine additives and the products he presents to his clients. To this end, in 2015, he received a ton of excess Pinot Noir grapes from Lodi that winemaker George Natsis donated for a bench trial. The trial would test several different tannin additives on one base wine, a control plus four batches treated with the different tannins, and then consistently taste the five samples throughout the year after bottling.
“Mouthfeel, or how a wine feels on your cheeks and tongue when you taste it, is one of the most important sensory aspects that communicates ‘quality’ in a wine,” says Alison Crowe of Plata Wines.
“If you’ve ever had a stuck ferment, you want to avoid that in the future. In the past, I’ve battled with stuck fermentations that were mainly fructose, and they’re a bear to restart.”
In this WIN Expo staple, Turrentine Brokerage offers a recap of the 2018 harvest and provides an update of the state of the grape and bulk wine markets, as well as case good sales trends, with emphasis on the North Coast as well as California-wide. Brian Clements, Vice President and Bryan Foster, National Sales Manager will be offering their expert and data-driven insights on what changes are currently happening in this market. Providing detail relevant to all levels of grape growers, small and large wineries, they are convinced that the information provided can help inform business decisions.
It comes back to understanding who the customer is, what they want and building a relationship around that in order to maximize sales.
Good wine writers look for what appeals to their audience. Who is their reader and are they strictly looking for an examination of wine quality - or lack thereof - or are they seeking lifestyle pieces where the quirky winemaker and extravagant vintner steal the show? The wine is simply a player in the story.
What’s been happening in the North Coast wine industry? Specifically developed for wineries in Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties, this conference session will delve into topics for small, direct-to-consumer wineries as well as bigger players with national distribution.
Gone are the days when screw caps and synthetic cork wine closures automatically translated to inferior wine. Most industry professionals today agree that technological advances in how wine is sealed have not only protected the contents as well as natural cork, but also created more options for winemakers seeking innovative ways to continually improve their craft.