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2209, 2022

Wine buff shares the love with others at Third Thursdays with Chuck

By |September 22, 2022|Categories: Industry, News|Tags: |

The wine grape harvest has begun in the Yakima Valley. Washington has 20 designated wine grape-growing regions known as American Viticultural Areas, or AVAs, and the Yakima Valley AVA was the state's first, established in 1983.

1709, 2022

Ste. Michelle becomes largest wine producer in Washington and Oregon with new acquisition

By |September 17, 2022|Categories: Industry, News|Tags: |

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, the largest wine producer in Washington, recently announced it has acquired A to Z Wineworks, making it the largest wine producer in Oregon as well.

609, 2022

This Army veteran learned to love wine while stationed in Europe. Now she’s running her own tasting shop in Virginia Beach.

By |September 6, 2022|Categories: Industry, News|Tags: |

Hoggard was first introduced to wine when the Army stationed her in Belgium in 2001. She noticed that Europeans drank it often and with almost every meal.

509, 2022

Wine tech’s big problem: Algorithms may not be the answer

By |September 5, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: |

I've been thinking about this a lot during the last couple weeks while working on two very different assignments about wine tech companies — one on the brink of collapse, one thriving. The first was about the demise of Pix, which promised to make it easy for people to discover wines they'll enjoy and find out where to buy them.

509, 2022

Winners of Wine Writing Contest Announced

By |September 5, 2022|Categories: Industry, News|Tags: |

WebWineWriting contest was launched by a Hungarian wine writer, but the competition is not exclusively about Hungarian wines, the topics are broader, what is more this year a video category was added as well. The award ceremony took place last week (25 August) at Pannonhalma Archabbey Winery in Hungary, within a wine event with 20 estates.

2608, 2022

Q and A with Elizabeth Smith by Carl Giavanti

By |August 26, 2022|Categories: Industry, News|

"I love delving into the personalities and history of the people behind the wine, winery, vineyards and/or brand and learning how they became enamored with a career in the industry — whether that be winemaking, winegrowing, winery ownership or management."

2608, 2022

Southwest Washington winemakers look for boost in business, identity with AVA application

By |August 26, 2022|Categories: Industry, News, Washington|Tags: |

To Jennifer English, wine is about place. Each glass tells the story of the land and the environment in which it was grown.

2508, 2022

‘Wine tech is a graveyard of failure’: Napa startup lays off almost entire staff’

By |August 25, 2022|Categories: Industry, News|Tags: |

A year ago, a startup launched in Napa that promised to revolutionize online wine sales. It boasted an all-star staff of industry veterans and soon announced partnerships with some of the most reputable wine companies in the world.

2408, 2022

VML: Wine, Magic and Joy – Tasting With Winemaker Ross Reedy

By |August 24, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

In the heart of Dry Creek Valley, on a 23-acre biodynamic vineyard and farm, two tasting rooms sit side by side next to the creek for which the Valley, a mecca for Zinfandel, is known.  Welcome to VML and Truett-Hurst, two brands under one company. The outdoors seating here is ample and so relaxing.  Tasting pods for up to 6 guests are set in a pleasant courtyard, each with shades and fans. Wind rustles the cottonwood and Russian thistles along the creekbed, mimicking the sound of running water.

1908, 2022

Why one ordinary vineyard may threaten the future of Napa’s wine industry

By |August 19, 2022|Categories: Industry, News|Tags: |

By Napa Valley standards, Green Island Vineyard is an ordinary, under-the-radar plot for grape-growing. But the land in south Napa County is suddenly at the center of a heated political debate, with some worried that its fate could jeopardize the future of Napa's wine industry.

408, 2022

Lula Cellars – The Deep End’s Hidden Gem Comes of Age

By |August 4, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

During a rare chilly and rainy, late-spring day, a friend and I stopped to taste the highly rated wines at Lula Cellars, a small producer in the cooler and foggier “Deep End” of Anderson Valley in Mendocino County.

408, 2022

Fiano release is just a taste of what this producer of Italian wines is all about

By |August 4, 2022|Categories: Industry, News|

Maybe it’s the Italian bloodlines or maybe it’s having spent three years working three years in the sports department of The Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal.

1407, 2022

Boeger Winery: A Taste of High Elevation Italian Varieties With a Slice of History in El Dorado County

By |July 14, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

As Greg and Susan Boeger were venturing out into El Dorado County, situated in the Sierra Foothills of California, they stumbled upon an amazing property as they passed majestic pine trees and winding roads.  They came across a pear orchard that had all the intangibles for a winery.  There was already an irrigation system in place and buildings on the property that go back a century, including the remnants of a Zinfandel vineyard in the driveway.  Situated along Carson Road, the region already had 400,000 visitors a year passing by on their way to Apple Hill ranches.  This would become the core framework of Boeger Winery.

707, 2022

Vinoshipper: Why Consumers are Winning a Key Battle in the Wine Industry

By |July 7, 2022|Categories: Commentary, Industry, News|

Rhetoric is heating up about direct sales in the wine and spirits industry. As with many other industries, technology and the Internet are bringing inevitable changes that create friction for the establishment, in this case the Three Tier System that includes wholesalers and retailers, who also stand to benefit from the expansion of the market.

107, 2022

Box Wine Company: A Fusion of Surfing, Art and Viticulture Along the North Coast 

By |July 1, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

On a cold foggy day with the wind blowing like crazy along Ocean Beach in San Francisco, California, strong currents and massive waves cascading along the coast, you would have found young Wesley Box on his boogie board braving the elements and thirsting for adventure.   Back in the 1990s, surfing up and down the coast of Northern California, Wesley became interested in geology as he noticed the Marin Headlands, just north of the City known for its breathtaking ocean views, cliffs and unique rock types.

2406, 2022

Story Winery’s Storied Past, Present, and Future

By |June 24, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Story Winery in Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley has a long – and yes, storied – history. Its tasting room is a restored bunkhouse from the Gold Rush era built in 1860. The estate vineyards date back to 1894 – a .75-acre block planted with Mission – along with its Picnic Hill Vineyard, 6.75 acres planted with Zinfandel in 1896, and its Creekside Vineyard, 7.5 acres also planted with Zinfandel in 1936.

1606, 2022

U.S. Agency to Outline Program on Wine Exports

By |June 16, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|

The Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of the U.S., the nation's official export credit agency whose mission is to support American job creation, prosperity, and security through exporting, will give an hour-long presentation on ways for small and medium-sized wineries to reach international markets.   Registration is now open for the June 28 online session hosted by the Craft Wine Association.  There is no charge to attend. 

1306, 2022

Sta. Rita Hills: Unique Cool Climate Expressive Wines in the Heart of Santa Barbara County

By |June 13, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Established in 2001 within the county of Santa Barbara, California, the Sta. Rita Hills AVA is part of the larger Santa Ynez AVA, situated between the town of Lompoc and Buellton. The region has a distinct topography and microclimate.  Millions of years ago, Tectonic plate movements led to mountains rising out of the ocean, rotating clockwise, creating one of the most defined, transverse ranges on the Pacific Coast. 

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