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The Best Cloud-Based Platforms for Craft Beverage Alcohol Producers to Grow...

Knowing which tools to carry is the bigger challenge, and a few cloud-based software platforms stand above the rest...

Leveraging Technology to Survive and Thrive (Webinar)

Winemaking is steeped in tradition, with knowledge passed through generations with oral instructions or handwritten notes. But as the world becomes faster moving and more complicated, you need to find ways to keep up.

Afternoon Brief, July 10

Wine Labeling Controversy Triggers Class Action Lawsuit: A Napa Valley winery is accused of misleading consumers about the origins of its Oregon-labeled wines in a proposed class action lawsuit filed June 18...

Afternoon Brief, July 8

Trump’s Tariffs on European Wine Backfire on US Wine Industry: Last year the Trump administration placed a 25% tariff on a broad section of European wines as part of the WTO judgement against the European Union (EU) in the Airbus subsidy dispute, which the US argued unfairly disadvantaged US based Boeing...

The Secret to Building a Successful Wine Club

The Secret to Building a Successful Wine Club: Whether your wine business features a brick-and-mortar tasting room, a direct-to-consumer model, or both, having a robust wine club is essential to your success...

Afternoon Brief, September 26

How Cameron Hughes Plays the Allocation Shuffle with California's Wine Glut - The last time I interviewed Cameron Hughes, CEO of the giant wine distributor under his name, he told me about how some of most illustrious cult wines of California, whose bottlings win 95-point ratings from the wine media and sell for hundreds of dollars ...

Afternoon Brief, September 19

Napa Planning Commission Asks for More Time to Study Bremer Winery Compliance: Bremer Family Winery, which has been a focus of thorny county code and permit controversies, ran into a delay as it works to come into compliance. The winery recently settled with Napa County over a lawsuit in which the county alleged a variety of illegalities, which the Bremers contested...

Modernizing Your Wine Club

Today’s customers expect personalization, especially when it comes to subscription services. Buyers are savvy. They know that they are sharing their data, they know why you and other companies want their data, and they expect that in return for the information they provide, their lives and experiences with retailers are going to be simpler and more predictive.

Afternoon Brief, July 31

Sonoma Wine Auction Co-Chairs Gina Gallo and Chris Jackson Spill the Beans: As we eagerly anticipate the 2019 Sonoma Wine Auction, to be held September 1921, we thought it would be illuminating to learn a little more about this year’s co-chairs, Gina Gallo and Chris Jackson, who happen to be from two of the most influential, long term Sonoma wine families ...

Kent Nowlin Joins VineSpring as General Manager

The wine business technology veteran brings his decade of experience to the company July 31, 2019: VineSpring, a subscription-based eCommerce platform for wineries and breweries,...

Afternoon Brief, May 30

Napa County Vineyard Company Fined $38,000 After Field Worker Killed in Grape-Picking Accident: The U.S. Department of Labor says De Coninck Vineyards in American Canyon should be fined $38,000 in violations after the death of a Napa field worker in October...

Afternoon Brief, April 18

Bordeaux Fire Destroys $13 Million Worth of Wine in France: Fans of Bordeaux have plenty of reason to whine this week. A blaze at a warehouse in the vaunted wine-making region in South West France incinerated $12.9 million worth of vino on Tuesday afternoon...

Afternoon Brief, March 25

Vineyard Lawsuit a Test for Napa: What is To Kalon? Is it a vineyard, or a fanciful name like The Prisoner? A 2003 lawsuit settlement led to an equivocal decision: it's both.

Turning Technical Mountains into Molehills

Here are five tips to help you successfully undertake your winery’s next technical project and turn that mountain into a molehill.

Afternoon Brief, January 3

2019 U.S. Alcohol Consumption to Increase While Population Growth Stagnates: In an abstract titled, Alcohol Consumption in the United States: Past, Present, and Future Trends published in the Journal of Wine Economics Volume 13, Number 2, James Fogerty and Derby Voon examined ...