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1902, 2024

Benedek Pince – Third-generation winemaker Péter Benedek carries on his family’s legacy

By |February 19, 2024|Categories: Digest, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In the village of Gyöngyöstarján in Hungary’s Mátra region, third-generation winemaker Péter Benedek carries on his family’s legacy in his grandfather’s original cellar, along with the assistance of his parents, who help care for the vineyards. […]

1402, 2024

Márkvárt János – ‘I was born with 50% Kadarka in my blood.’

By |February 14, 2024|Categories: Digest, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A descendant of a Swabian family, János Márkvárt, Jr. is a self-taught, third-generation winegrower and winemaker whose family has longtime roots in Szekszárd, Hungary.

1102, 2024

Deurić Winery – A juicy taste of Serbia’s Fruška Gora region

By |February 11, 2024|Categories: Digest, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Deurić Winery – located near the village of Mala Remeta on the sunny, southern slopes of the Fruška Gora region of Serbia – has a philosophy – “From grapes we draw the best that nature has given us.”

802, 2024

Brassfield Estate Winery: A Blending of Volcanic Terroir-Influenced Wines, and the Splendid Outdoors of Lake County

By |February 8, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Brassfield Estate Winery In 1973, Central California cattle ranch owner Jerry Brassfield was captivated by the agricultural potential and serene environment of Lake County’s High Valley region. This led him to purchase a 1,600-acre property, marking the start of his wine industry journey. […]

802, 2024

Update: National Direct Shipping Bill of Rights Receives Support from More Than 60 Organizations

By |February 8, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: |

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

3101, 2024

Merlot: It’s (expletive) fine!

By |January 31, 2024|Categories: California, Commentary, Featured, Industry, Local Wine Events, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories, Washington|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"Merlot: It's (expletive) fine,” exclaimed Jonathan Cristaldi, the moderator for “Merlot Renaissance: Celebrating Two Decades Beyond Sideways,” at the annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento January 23-25.

3001, 2024

Time & Direction Winery: Back to the Future in the Walla Walla Rhone Scene

By |January 30, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Time & Direction Winery In the heart of Walla Walla, amidst tranquil vineyards, stands Time and Direction Winery, a testament to the unique journey of its owner, Steve Wells. From aspiring to be a rock star in the bustling streets of New York City to becoming a certified sommelier, Steve’s path to the world of wine was anything but ordinary.  […]

2901, 2024

U.S. wine journalist Dr. Elizabeth Smith remembers Slovakia

By |January 29, 2024|Categories: Digest, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In July 2023, wine journalist Dr. Elizabeth Smith visited Slovakia as a guest of Rastislav Demeš, owner of Tajna Winery. Across two and a half days, she visited three producers, the country’s famed grape breeder, and participated in a Riesling Vlašský and Dunaj masterclass. The editor of the Slovak wine magazine časopis Vinotéka, Ing. Juraj Mikula, interviewed Elizabeth about her visit, and published the Slovak-language article in the December 2023/January 2024 issue. With the magazine’s permission to republish, below is the English version.

2501, 2024

Press Release: Information, Research and Discussions Highlight Wine and Winegrape Industry’s Largest Gathering

By |January 25, 2024|Categories: Business and Operations, California, Digest, Featured, Industry, Local Wine Events, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

SACRAMENTO, CA, JANUARY 25, 2024 From every corner of the world, wine and winegrape professionals convened at the 30th annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium this week in Sacramento. […]

2301, 2024

National Direct Shipping Bill of Rights Receives Support from More Than 30 Organizations

By |January 23, 2024|Categories: Gated|Tags: |

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

2201, 2024

Miraflores Winery: A Thriving Vineyard in Pleasant Valley, El Dorado County

By |January 22, 2024|Categories: California, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News|Tags: |

Credit: Miraflores Winery Dr. Victor Alvarez, a successful pathologist, found himself mesmerized by the scenic beauty of Pleasant Valley, in El Dorado County,  during a detour on a business trip to Reno. This serendipitous discovery led him to purchase a property that would eventually become the flourishing Miraflores Winery.  […]

501, 2024

CWA Call to Action: Comment on CalRecycle’s Draft Regulations on Beverage Recycling Changes

By |January 5, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: |

As part of the new changes to California's recycling program, CalRecycle held an informal public workshop on December 18th to solicit feedback from the industry for draft regulatory language to implement SB 1013, which, as of this year, includes wine and distilled spirits bottles.

2012, 2023

Nicholson Vineyards Winery: Where Tradition Meets Passion in the Santa Cruz Mountains

By |December 20, 2023|Categories: Business and Operations, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News|Tags: |

Credit: Nicholson Vineyards Winery With a deep passion for winemaking steeped in a legacy of eleven generations of farming, the Nicholson family has been producing wines since 1995 on their estate vineyards in California’s Santa Cruz County. Renowned for their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, they also source grapes from around the state to create specialty wines that reflect the diverse terroir of California. […]

1312, 2023

Barboursville Vineyards: Virginia Wine, Italian Soul

By |December 13, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News|Tags: |

Credit: Barboursville Vineyards In the 1970s, Italian winemaking pioneer Gianni Zonin harbored a dream to establish a winery in the United States. While renowned regions like Napa Valley and the Finger Lakes beckoned, Zonin’s path led him to an unexpected destination: Virginia. […]

712, 2023

Ponzi Vineyards: A Legacy of Exceptional Wines in the Willamette Valley

By |December 7, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News|Tags: |

Credit: Ponzi Vineyards Ponzi Vineyards is a living testament to the transformative power of time and passion. For generations, the Ponzi family has crafted wines that embody the unique spirit of the Willamette Valley. Their story is one of unwavering dedication to sustainable practices and a deep respect for the land, propelling them to the forefront of Oregon’s winemaking scene. […]

512, 2023

Southwest Mountains Vineyards: A Newcomer Nurturing Virginia’s Terroir, One Sip at a Time

By |December 5, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Southwest Mountains Vineyards Situated amidst the picturesque foothills of Virginia’s Southwest Mountains, Southwest Mountains Vineyards is a destination for discerning wine lovers, where history blends with culture and nature. […]

3011, 2023

Vivac Winery: A High Elevation Refuge for Wine Lovers in the Heart of New Mexico

By |November 30, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Douglas Merriam For two brothers and their wives, Vivac Winery was more than just a business venture. It was a dream come true. Jesse and Chris Padberg, along with their spouses MIchele and Liliana, turned their passion for winemaking into a world-class enterprise that produces some of the most acclaimed wines in New Mexico.  Inspired by the winemaking traditions of South America and Europe, Vivac Winery is located in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  From humble beginnings in a small adobe house, to becoming certified sommeliers, and award winning winemakers, the family has made [...]

3011, 2023

Imported wines are taking over the American Market

By |November 30, 2023|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: |

Imports of wine to the United States have reached record highs. According to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), in 2022, the USA was the leading global importer of wine by both volume and value. Furthermore, it secured the second spot in bulk wine imports by volume, with an average import price of €0.82 ($0.89) per liter. The primary wine-exporting nations to the USA by volume were Spain, Italy, and France. 

3011, 2023

Imported wines are taking over the American Market

By |November 30, 2023|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: |

Imports of wine to the United States have reached record highs. According to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), in 2022, the USA was the leading global importer of wine by both volume and value. Furthermore, it secured the second spot in bulk wine imports by volume, with an average import price of €0.82 ($0.89) per liter. The primary wine-exporting nations to the USA by volume were Spain, Italy, and France. 

2111, 2023

Coombsville Dreams: The Humble Beginnings of Sciandri Family Vineyards

By |November 21, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Courtesy: Sciandri Family Vineyards Ron and Roberta Sciandri were born and raised in South San Francisco, but they always dreamed of a different life. In the late 1980s, they invested in a small motel in Napa Valley with some friends. As they renovated and managed the Wine Valley Lodge, they fell in love with the region, its beauty, and its wine culture. They decided to retire in Napa Valley and find their ideal home. […]

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