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Ray Johnson: “Making Great Wine Is Not Enough”

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Ray Johnson has been the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute (WIB) at Sonoma State University since 2010.  In that position, he has successfully worked to raise the visibility and viability of the department and helped to generate millions of dollars in support of its students, faculty and programs.

Afternoon Brief, April 12

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A Woman's Death Sorting Grapes Exposes Italy's "Slavery" Her husband can still recall how Paola Clemente used to set two alarms to make sure she woke in the middle of the night - 1:50 a.m. - to catch the private bus that would take her and dozens of other women to the vineyards...

Afternoon Brief, August 8

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California's Next Big Wine Region: The Beckstoffers Bet on Red Hills: In the winemaking world the name Beckstoffer is synonymous with quality but it's truly insufficient to simply say "quality" about the grapes that Andy and David Beckstoffer grow - it's rather like saying "nice" about Ferrari or "good" about Krug Champagne...

Ray Johnson Promoted to Executive Director of Wine Business Institute

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Expanded Role Includes Operational Oversight of the Wine Spectator Learning Center Rohnert Park, CA – The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State...

Afternoon Brief June 9

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E. & J. Gallo Purchases Wine Brand Orin Swift Cellars: Winemaker Dave Phinney has a knack for making delicious, stylish wines with memorable labels and attractive price points but also for understanding wine's business side...

Sonoma State Fortifies Its Leadership Role in Wine Business Education

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Last year Sonoma State’s Wine Business Institute was awarded a WINnovation Award at the North Bay Business Journal's annual Wine Industry Awards, for its...

Sonoma State Wine Educators Join Third Annual Wine Business Education Summit

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In advance of the annual conference of the Academy of Wine Business Research, university leaders and researchers gathered on Friday afternoon in Geisenheim, Germany...