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2704, 2023

Revolutionizing Wine through Innovation and Sustainability: Alileo Wines, From Sicily to Massachusetts

By |April 27, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Courtesy Alileo Wines It was a chance encounter in 2001 that brought Alexandra Dane and Antonio Bertone together. Some might describe them as extreme business travelers–always on the move– others might say it was just plain serendipity. […]

1604, 2023

3 Steves Winery: Friendship, Resilience, and Exquisite Wines in Livermore Valley

By |April 16, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: 3 Steves Winery The story of 3 Steves Winery is not just about exquisite wines, but also about friendship, resilience, and a deep passion for winemaking. It all started when three men named Steve – Steve Burman, Steve Melander, and Steve Ziganti – met at a shareholder meeting for another winery they had invested in. Dissatisfied with the direction of that winery, they decided to venture out on their own and start their own label. […]

1104, 2023

Pushing Boundaries: Brandlin Estate’s Focus on Innovation and the Future of Mountain Winemaking in the Napa Valley

By |April 11, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

© 2020 Marc Fiorito // Gamma Nine Photography Nestled among the rugged terrain of Mount Veeder lies Brandlin Estate, a winery with a rich history dating back to the 1870s. Once a homestead where the Brandlin family farmed orchard fruit and operated the local grain store and stagecoach, the estate eventually became a premier winery. […]

2803, 2023

Baldacci Family Vineyards: A Heartwarming Story of Family, Sustainability, and Exceptional Wines in Napa Valley

By |March 28, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

(Photo Credit: Rocco Ceselin) Family dynamics can be challenging at times, but there is something about the bonds of blood that keep people united, especially when it comes to working together towards a common goal. This is particularly true for family owned businesses, where members often wear many hats and work long hours to keep the business thriving. For the Baldacci family, this is the heart and soul of their operation. […]

1903, 2023

Kiona: From a Ten Acre Vineyard to a Thriving Operation in Red Mountain

By |March 19, 2023|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: |

Kiona Estate Vineyard. Courtesy Kiona Vineyards. Since its establishment in 1975, Kiona Vineyards has come a long way. What started as a ten acre vineyard in the desert, pioneered by John and Ann Williams and their friends Jim and Pat Holmes, has now grown into a thriving operation that contributes significantly to the development of the Red Mountain AVA.  […]

1303, 2023

Grosgrain: A Journey through the World of Rare and Interesting Grape Varieties in Walla Walla

By |March 13, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Owners Matt and Kelly Austin. Courtesy Grosgrain Vineyards. It’s a journey that began with a love for music, but ultimately led to a passion for wine. Matt Austin, co-founder of Grosgrain Vineyards, initially moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry after completing law school. But life took a different turn, and he eventually found himself practicing tax law, a profession he never grew to love. However, living in California exposed him to the world of wine, and it was here that his interest in winemaking began to grow. […]

803, 2023

Moneyball Approach to Wine: Revolutionizing the Wine Industry with Objective Quality Metrics

By |March 8, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Billy Beane, the former Oakland Athletics’ general manager, revolutionized baseball with his “Moneyball” approach, which relied on statistical analysis to evaluate players and build a winning team on a budget. This approach can also be applied to the world of wine. Just as baseball has specific metrics to evaluate player performance, such as Wins Above Replacement (WAR), a similar metric can be developed to measure a wine’s quality or value compared to other wines of the same grape variety or from the same location, among a variety of other criteria. […]

2802, 2023

Acumen Wines: Discover the Magic of Atlas Peak in Napa Valley

By |February 28, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: , , |

Acumen Wines, a renowned wine estate, established its vineyard on the slopes of Atlas Peak, drawn to the exceptional quality of Napa Valley’s high elevation vineyards.  […]

1402, 2023

Maison La Belle Vie Winery: A Colorado Love Story

By |February 14, 2023|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: |

Credit: Maison La Belle Vie Winery Nestled in the rolling hills of western Colorado, the Palisade AVA is a place where the beauty of nature converges with the bounty of the vine– the perfect backdrop for romance. Nicholas and Holly Games’ love story is intertwined with their passion for wine. […]

602, 2023

From Soil to Sip: Madroña’s 50-Year Journey in Winemaking in El Dorado County

By |February 6, 2023|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: |

For more than 50 years, the Bush family has been making wine in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The family, who originally was not into farming, moved back to Placerville, California in 1967.  Situated in El Dorado County, they purchased a property in Camino, where they were advised by local officials to grow grapes. […]

2901, 2023

Mail Road Wines: Mt. Carmel Vineyard’s Contribution to the Thriving Santa Barbara Wine Scene

By |January 29, 2023|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: |

The Santa Barbara Wine Scene is thriving, with Mail Road Wines at the forefront. The project began as a phone call between winemaker friends Matt Dees and Michael Palmer discussing the idea of making wine from Mt. Carmel Vineyard. […]

2401, 2023

Lewis Wines: A Couple of Buddies Crafting Delicious Terroir-Driven Wines in the Texas Hill Country

By |January 24, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Friendship is a powerful bond that can lead to great things, this is certainly true for the story of Lewis Wines. Founded in 2010 by two college buddies, Doug Lewis and Duncan McNabb, after they both gained experience working at a winery in Texas. The brand was born out of a shared passion for wine and a desire to work for themselves in agriculture.   […]

1601, 2023

Uncorking the Hidden Gems: A Look into Small Wine Producers in the Dundee Hills of Oregon

By |January 16, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

As the sun rises over the valley, the dew-covered vines glisten in the morning light, and the air is filled with the sweet aroma of ripening grapes.  The Dundee Hills AVA in Oregon is a renowned wine region known for producing some of the finest Burgundian style wines in the world. Situated within the larger Willamette Valley AVA, the Dundee Hills are located about 28 miles southwest of Portland and are protected from the Pacific Ocean’s climate by the Coastal Range mountains. […]

901, 2023

Ab Astris: The Dream of Winemaking Comes to Life in the Texas Hill Country

By |January 9, 2023|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: |

Ab Astris Winery, located in the Texas Hill Country, is a family-run operation that takes its name from the Latin phrase “of the stars,” a reference to a quote by Galileo about wine being “sunlight, held together by water.” The winery is owned by Erin and Tony Smith, and features Kristen and Mike Nelson (daughter and son-in-law) as co-founders and general manager and winemaker, respectively. […]

201, 2023

From Garage to Tasting Room: The Journey of Carucci Wines to Santa Barbara

By |January 2, 2023|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: |

Carucci Wines has come a long way since its humble beginnings in a San Diego garage. Founder Eric Carucci first became interested in the wine industry while working on a marketing project for a German wine importer in college. […]

2912, 2022

A Look at the Bordeaux Style Wines of Boordy Vineyards in Maryland

By |December 29, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Boordy Vineyards has a rich history dating back to 1945 when it was founded by Philip and Jocelyn Wagner as Maryland’s first winery. Philip Wagner was a newspaperman serving as an editorial writer for The Baltimore Sun for almost 35 years. […]

2012, 2022

Exploring the Rich History and Sustainable Practices of Gloria Ferrer in Sonoma

By |December 20, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Although  the winery was only established in 1982, Gloria Ferrer’s rich history dates back to the 1500’s as the family brought with them a multi-generational knowledge of grape growing and sparkling winemaking with them from Spain. […]

1512, 2022

Aridus Wine Company: Pursuing a Dream in Southeast Arizona

By |December 15, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Scott and Joan Dahmer had always dreamed of starting a vineyard and winery, and they found the perfect location in southeastern Arizona. In 2009, they purchased a 40-acre property along Turkey Creek in Pearce, which sits at an elevation of 5,200 feet. […]

712, 2022

Titus Vineyards: Crafting High-Quality Family Estate Wines in the Heart of Napa Valley

By |December 7, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Titus Vineyards, located in the heart of the Napa Valley, has been producing high-quality estate wines for over 20 years. Founded by the Titus family, they started out growing and selling grapes, but in the late 1990s, the family decided to focus on making their own wines. […]

1611, 2022

Montoliva: Family Style Italian Wines in the Heart of the North Sierra Foothills

By |November 16, 2022|Categories: Industry, News|Tags: |

For Mark Henry the journey into the wine business was twisty and turny to say the least.  After spending several years in the Army and getting a degree in Political Science, he decided to barrel-roll head first into the beer business. Why not?

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