We Should Start a Vineyard…

We Should Start a Vineyard…
“We should start a vineyard. My family in Italy did it so it can’t be that hard,” said Brian Cadamatre to his girlfriend, Nova, when they were college students. The seed was planted. After marrying in 2005 and working in various roles in the wine industry involving a few bi-coastal ...

Vinoshipper: Spade & Sparrows successfully uses direct to consumer (DTC) sales as on-ramp to the 3-tier system

Vinoshipper: Spade & Sparrows successfully uses direct to consumer (DTC) sales as on-ramp to the 3-tier system
At Vinoshipper, we have long stated that DTC sales can serve as an on-ramp to 3-tier distribution. An excellent example of this comes from wine brand, Spade & Sparrows Wine by Kaitlyn Bristowe. Spade & Sparrows launched May 2019 with the goal of becoming the go-to wine brand for female ...

Pride Mountain Vineyards: A Thoughtful Approach to High Elevation Grape Growing on Spring Mountain

Pride Mountain Vineyards:  A Thoughtful Approach to High Elevation Grape Growing on Spring Mountain
In 1989, Jim and Carolyn Pride purchased the Historic Summit Ranch situated right on the Napa -Sonoma county line atop Spring Mountain establishing Pride Mountain Vineyards. As retirement was upon them, the Prides initially wanted to buy a vineyard from which they could sell grapes locally. They quickly realized growing ...

Winners of Wine Writing Contest Announced

Winners of Wine Writing Contest Announced
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 ...

Q and A with Elizabeth Smith by Carl Giavanti

Q and A with Elizabeth Smith by Carl Giavanti
“Turning the Tables – Interviewing the Interviewers” is a Q&A series profiling Wine Writers. We hope you’ll discover more about the wine writers you know, and learn about many others. The objective of this project is to understand and develop working relationships with journalists. After all, they are the ones ...

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

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

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

Lula Cellars – The Deep End’s Hidden Gem Comes of Age
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. Lula’s tasting room is the last one before entering Navarro River Redwoods ...

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

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

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

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

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

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