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2306, 2024

Italian Heritage, Paso Robles Terroir: The Jada Chronicles

By |June 23, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Jada Vineyard & Winery In Paso Robles, the Messina family, Italian immigrants with a love for wine, embarked on a remarkable journey. In 1999, they transformed barren fields into Jada Vineyard & Winery.  For two decades, they poured their passion into crafting world-class wines. A twist of fate brought the Riboli family from Italy into the fold, merging their traditions and creating a new chapter in Jada’s story. […]

1606, 2024

Broadley Vineyards: Couple Risks Everything for a Willamette Valley Dream

By |June 16, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Maggie Kirkland In the heart of the roaring 70s Bay Area, Craig and Claudia weren’t chasing Cabernet dreams. Instead, their hearts belonged to the bold soul of Burgundy. Fueled by the Slow Food movement and a taste for the unexpected, this ambitious couple, with zero farming experience, felt a tremor of destiny. […]

906, 2024

McGrail Vineyards: Blood, Sweat and Cabernet in Livermore Valley

By |June 9, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Angela Spiller Forget the farm and ranching – the McGrail family’s story in Livermore Valley isn’t rooted in generations of tradition, but a love for open land and a nudge from a local winemaking legend. […]

306, 2024

Bluestone Vineyard: The Embrace of Place in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

By |June 3, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Bluestone Vineyard Lee Hartman dreamt of unearthing forgotten stories, his history degree a passport to the past. But fate, it seemed, had a different vintage in mind. What began as a teenage curiosity – a small vineyard planted with his parents – would blossom into a life-altering harvest.  […]

2805, 2024

Beyond Pinot: Fullerton Wines Unconventional Take on Willamette Valley

By |May 28, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Fullerton family. Credit: Josh Chang Fullerton Wines wasn’t born overnight. It began as a shared vision, amongst Alex and Eric Fullerton for several years. It wasn’t until a successful garage experiment in 2011 that the dream ignited into a call to action. […]

1405, 2024

Somnium: From Checkered Flags to Napa Wine Country

By |May 14, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Will Bucquoy The thrill of the race had been Danica Patrick’s  life’s blood, the scream of engines and the blur of the finish line her world. Yet, in the quiet sanctuary of the Culinary Institute of America, a different kind of passion ignited. Here, Danica discovered the artistry of cuisine, a world where the ingredients alluded to secrets of lands far and wide, where every dish was an adventure. […]

1704, 2024

Sabar Wine Estate – ‘A small hill of great wines’

By |April 17, 2024|Categories: Business and Operations, Digest, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Founded in 2009 by Gábor Ádám, Sabar Wine Estate is a small producer – only 7 hectares – located on Sabar Hill (hence the name) in the Badacsony wine region, part of the Lake Balaton area. […]

1404, 2024

From Gold Rush to Grape Crush: The Remarkable Transformation of Valley View Winery in Southern Oregon

By |April 14, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Valley View Winery Eight-year-old Mark Wisnovsky wasn’t chasing fireflies in the twilight. He was knee-deep in damp soil, his small hands carefully helping his father plant the first vines on what would become Valley View Winery. His younger brother, Michael, toddled alongside, mirroring Mark’s movements with a small shovel – already captivated by the magic swirling around them. […]

1004, 2024

Németh János Pincészet

By |April 10, 2024|Categories: Digest, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

While the family’s winemaking tradition in the Iván Valley of Hungary’s Szekszárd region dates back four generations, János Németh is considered one of the area's young, up-and-coming producers.

804, 2024

CWA Recruiting Industry Professionals to Serve on New Advisory Council

By |April 8, 2024|Categories: News|

The council members will play a significant role in assisting the Association in creating and prioritizing its future policy agenda aimed at supporting small and mid-sized wineries' ability to expand direct-to-consumer sales and direct sales to trade partners.

304, 2024

TILIA Estate – House of Pinots and More

By |April 3, 2024|Categories: Business and Operations, Digest, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

TILIA Estate in Potoče, Vipava Valley – in Slovenia’s Primorska region – was founded in 1996. […]

2803, 2024

Delta Breeze Magic: How Wind Shapes Clarksburg’s Award-Winning Vintages at Fellow Wines

By |March 28, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Fellow Wines The story of Fellow Wines of Clarksburg begins with the Ogilvie family’s agricultural journey in the early 20th century. David Ogilvie’s great-grandfather, George Wilson, and a friend, James Wadsworth, bought two parcels of land in Clarksburg in 1921. […]

2703, 2024

Attention Craft Wineries! Deadline for TTB Comments on Bottle Labeling is March 29th 

By |March 27, 2024|Categories: News, Wine Policy Newsletter|

The TTB is actively seeking input from small craft wineries across the nation as part of a regulatory review process. This is a unique opportunity to influence future regulations impacting the labeling and advertising of wine and distilled spirits.

2703, 2024

Major Milestone: National Direct Shipping Bill of Rights Receives Support from More Than 100 Organizations 

By |March 27, 2024|Categories: News, Wine Policy Newsletter|

The National Direct Shipping Bill of Rights has reached a major milestone of support with more than 100 organizations, including 93 producer businesses and twelve producer associations, agreeing on the set of principles designed to help educate policymakers and modernize direct shipping regulations.

1903, 2024

Calla Lily Estate and Winery: Bloomed from a Dream in the Napa Valley

By |March 19, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Calla Lily Estate & Winery Located in the serene Pope Valley of Napa Valley, Calla Lily Estate & Winery showcases a unique origin story. Unlike the planned ventures that dot the region, Calla Lily emerged from a chance encounter. Winemaker Cary Gott stumbled upon a complete, state-of-the-art winery with established vineyards – a hidden diamond in the rough just waiting to be unearthed. […]

1703, 2024

Don Melchor – ‘One story, one terroir, one wine’

By |March 17, 2024|Categories: Business and Operations, Commentary, Digest, Featured, Industry, Local Wine Events, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As Viña Don Melchor celebrates the release of its 2021 vintage – its 35th – I had the opportunity to meet, taste with, and interview Enrique Tirado, the technical director (director of winemaking) and CEO of this iconic, singular wine for the past 27 years – at Napa’s Compline restaurant in January 2024. […]

1503, 2024

Péter Pincészet – ‘Tokaj is my region. It is home.’

By |March 15, 2024|Categories: Digest, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Located in Hungary’s Tokaj-Hegyalja region on the border between the villages of Tokaj and Tarcal, family owned and operated Péter Pincészet five hectares of vineyards, including Thurzó, Mézes-mály, Bige, Mogyorós, Mester-Völgy, Lónyai, and Kövesd.

1103, 2024

From Buffalo Blizzards to Oregon Bliss: Rob Stuart’s Winemaking Journey to Success (and Pinot Perfection!) in the Willamette Valley

By |March 11, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: R. Stuart & Co. Winery The crisp bite of a Buffalo winter couldn’t have been further from the summer sun-drenched vineyards of Oregon’s wine country. Yet, it was amidst those snowy landscapes that a young Rob Stuart first encountered a life-altering glass of wine. […]

303, 2024

How Nysa Vineyard Uses Nature’s Gifts to Create Unforgettable Wines in the Willamette Valley

By |March 3, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

What does it take to make a world-class Pinot Noir? For Michael Mega, the founder and winemaker of Nysa Vineyard, it takes a vision, a tenacity, and a love affair with wine that started in college and took him across the globe. In 1990, he planted his first vines in the Dundee Hills of Oregon, fulfilling his dream of creating his own family-owned vineyard and winery.

2502, 2024

Cliff Lede Vineyards: The Winery Where Music, Art, and Wine Collide in Napa Valley

By |February 25, 2024|Categories: Business and Operations, California, Featured, Industry, News|Tags: , |

Credit: Bob McClenahan Cliff Lede’s journey to Napa Valley winemaking began rather unexpectedly, sparked by his grandmother’s home winemaking hobby in Edmonton, Canada.  A transformative visit to Napa Valley on a business trip in the 1990s during his construction career sealed the deal. […]

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