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Afternoon Brief, February 24

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Wines You Can't Find Anywhere Else: Restaurants and bars are increasingly turning to a new method to provide unique, hyper-exclusive experiences: they're commissioning their own custom wines...

U.S. Wine & Beverage Expo

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The US Wine & Beverage Expo was first held in February of 2016. The inaugural event brought together professionals from the wine and craft...

Quality Experience = Customer for Life

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Winemaking is at once an art, a science, and a business. Every great wine tells a story, which enhances its appreciation; yet, also important is the story of the person drinking it. This is where familiarity with and interest in the customer – their story – becomes integral to a winery’s success.

Afternoon Brief, February 14

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California Wine Exports Reach Record $1.62 Billion in 2016: U.S. wine exports, 90% from California, reached $1.62 billion in winery revenues in 2016, a new record. Despite challenges from a strong dollar, winery revenues were up 1% from 2015. Volume was 412.7 million liters or 45.9 million cases…

Leading the Commitment: Owners Investing in Quality

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By Dawn Dolan With US BevX 2017 just around the corner, potentially one of the most important sessions will be, Leading the Commitment: Owners Investing...

Afternoon Brief, February 9

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'Red Blotch Like Phylloxera for California': Following a tasting in London on Tuesday this week, Bruce Cakebread discussed some of the issues facing wineries in California, in particular drought conditions and their effect on wine style, before mentioning Red Blotch as the biggest problem for growers in the region at the moment...

New Use for IDY: Increasing Phenolics as a Foliar Spray

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By Dawn Dolan What if your wine grapes had the brix levels of ready-to-harvest grapes, but didn’t taste or smell ripe? With warming trends across...

Afternoon Brief, January 30

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Is the Intelligent Vineyard the Future of Winegrape Growing?: Phil Asmundson is by no means a veteran viticulturist, but a half-dozen years ago, after watching his wife and business partner, Kim, augering soil samples, he recalls turning to her and saying, "No offense, but there's got to be a better way"...

Quality Farming in Eastern & Midwestern Winegrape Growing

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The pursuit of excellence in winegrowing throughout the Midwest and East Coast begets far greater challenges than for headline viticulture regions, such as the West Coast and Europe; yet recent years have seen the region’s winemakers fielding challenges, such as weather, choice of varietal, and the forging of a bioregional identity, with tenacity and intrepid spirit. The game is on for these pioneers to settle upon the most suitable grapes, transcend daunting climatic changes, and craft a strong identity for the world to behold.

The New Press Machine: Bloggers and their Increasing Influence in the...

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The changing role of bloggers in the world of wine marketing has infiltrated into the wine industry at last. USBevX 2017’s directed session, The New Press Machine: Bloggers and their Increasing Influence in the Industry will explore the role of this newest mechanism in getting your brand known.

Afternoon Brief, December 23

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As explained in a statement, the fusion of these two winemaking bodies brings together two regions that have been growing closer since the 1990s as producers from the Côte d'Or have increasingly invested in Beaujolais in particular...

On-Trend Quality Techniques for Winemaking

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Bringing winemaking trends directly to the winemakers themselves, Michael Attanasi, Coordinator at the Virginia Winemakers’ Research Exchange, will be presenting a two-part discussion at the wine industry’s newest technical conference and exposition, US Wine & Beverage Expo 2017 (USBevX). Shooting for the highest quality of panel topics, speakers, and vendors that are currently trending for East Coast and Mid-western wineries and winemakers, organizers of the Expo have asked Attanasi to moderate two practical-application sessions: Whole Cluster Inclusion: Exploring Quality Trends in Eastern Winemaking and The Effect of Granular Oak Additions: Exploring Quality Trends in Eastern Winemaking.

Afternoon Brief, December 9

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Wine Harvest Report 2016: A Record-Breaking Haul Has Washington Vintners in Good Spirits: Washington vintners are calling 2016 the longest harvest they can remember.The extended season allowed their grapes to ripen slowly, with early reports indicating a good vintage, especially for the state's Cabernet Sauvignon...

Quality-Focused Conference Created for Rising Eastern Wine Industry

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With the posh, power location of Washington D.C., the US Wine & Beverage Expo (USBevX) starts the conference theme “Quality Revolution” off with an air of authority. Honing the focus this year toward the burgeoning East Coast wine industry, the 2017 Expo should appeal to a broad range of wine & beverage industry principals.

Afternoon Brief, November 1

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Winery Association Leaders Converge in Washington, D.C. for Inaugural Conference: "You can't find a successful wine region that doesn't have a strong winery association tied to it." So proclaims George Christie, President of the Wine Industry Network and primary organizer of the Wine Association Leadership Conference that's taking place in conjunction with USBevX 2017, this coming February 22-24 in Washington, DC...