April 24, 2014
GUERNEVILLE — Paris-based spirits and wine producer Pernod Ricard, which owns sparkling wine house Mumm Napa, on Thursday said it entered a deal to buy the Kenwood Vineyards brand and related assets.
This would be the second time in as many years for an agreement to sell the Sonoma County-focused brand. If completed, the acquisition would be part of Pernod Ricard’s big growth plans in the U.S.
April 21, 2014
Phil Hurst is co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Healdsburg-based Truett-Hurst, Inc., a publicly owned wine producer.
Mr. Hurst is set to be part of a panel discussion at the Business Journal’s 14th annual Wine Industry Conference on April 22 on innovation in brand-building. He spoke with the Journal about the company’s novel approach.
April 21, 2014
Eugenio Jardim is a San Francisco-based wine consultant, sommelier and wine educator, with a career spanning three decades in the U.S. and Brazil.
Mr. Jardim is set to be part of a panel discussion at the Business Journal’s 14th annual Wine Industry Conference in Santa Rosa on April 22. The topic is on-premise wine consumption and other industry trends.
He spoke with the Business Journal about the direction on-premise wine programs have been going and should go.
Wine Industry Conference Q&A: Hardy Wallace, Dirty & Rowdy Family Winery: Wine consumers want brand new conversationApril 21, 2014
Hardy Wallace is winemaker and an owner of Dirty & Rowdy Family Winery of Calistoga.
Mr. Wallace is set to be part of a panel discussion at the Business Journal’s 14th annual Wine Industry Conference about on-premise wine consumption and other industry trends. He spoke with the Business Journal about new media’s impact on wine and cutting-edge branding.
Wine Industry Conference Q&A: Jordan Kivelstadt, Free Flow Wines: Tapping into thirst for freshest wineApril 21, 2014
Jordan Kivelstadt is co-founder and chief executive officer of Napa-based Free Flow Wines, which fills and manages wineries’ kegs used in on-premise by-the-glass sales.
Mr. Kivelstadt is set to be part of a panel discussion at the Business Journal’s 14th annual Wine Industry Conference on April 22 on emerging trends. He spoke with the Business Journal about some of them.
Wine Industry Conference Q&A: Matt Wood, Domaine Chandon and Newton Vineyard: Recalling history, changing preconceptionsApril 21, 2014
Matt Wood is estate director for Domaine Chandon and Newton Vineyard.
Mr. Wood is set to be part of a panel discussion at the Business Journal’s 14th annual Wine Industry Conference on brand building.
He spoke with the Business Journal about the approach to marketing four-decade-old brands Domaine Chandon and Newton Vineyard in the modern world.
Wine Industry Conference Q&A: Rick Magnuson, GI Partners, and Alex Ryan, Duckhorn Wine Co.: Investment helps Duckhorn fly higherApril 21, 2014
Rick Magnuson, founder of GI Partners, owner of Duckhorn Wine Co., is set to be the keynote speaker at the Business Journal’s 14th annual Wine Industry Conference in Santa Rosa on April 22.
Duckhorn Wine President and Chief Executive Officer Alex Ryan and he plan to talk about how Duckhorn Wine weathered the global financial crisis and came out much stronger. They spoke with the Business Journal on how their collaboration accomplished this.
April 21, 2014
Tom Bonomi is president and chief executive officer of Classic Wines, LLC, a portfolio of wine brands and supporting vineyards for TPG co-founder Bill Price.
Mr. Bonomi is set to be part of a panel discussion at the Business Journal’s 14th annual Wine Industry Conference on April 22 on brand positioning in a global marketplace. He spoke with the Business Journal about the strategy of active partnership with brand founders in building direct-to-consumer sales.
Wine Industry Conference Q&A: Erle Martin, Crimson Wine Group: Standing out amid myriad brand optionsApril 21, 2014
Erle Martin is president and chief executive officer of Napa-based Crimson Wine Group, a publicly owned producer of fine wines.
He is set to be part of a panel discussion at the Business Journal’s 14th annual wine industry conference on brand development. He spoke with the Journal about the company’s work to bolster its portfolio.
April 16, 2014
Martin Christopher Edwards, a former top executive of The Winetasting Network indicted nearly a year ago over nearly $900,000 diverted from the Napa company, has resurfaced and pleaded guilty, according to a statement from federal prosecutors Wednesday.
April 14, 2014
SANTA ROSA — Organizers for a planned 15,000-square-foot wine museum are busily reaching out to potential wine industry supporters as demolition work gets started to convert its future home downtown into a five-story office building.
April 14, 2014
PETALUMA — What estate vintners are to the wine business, Bendig-Moran Roasting, LLC, wants to be to the coffee business, and it’s moving the tree-to-mug business to Petaluma this spring to accommodate a more than sevenfold increase in production after landing a major corporate customer.
The U.S. operation launched as a combination roastery and coffee shop in Suisun City and now plans to open a production facility in Petaluma.
April 10, 2014
HEALDSBURG — Truett-Hurst, Inc. (Nasdaq: THST) on Thursday said it signed a deal with an Oakland-based maker of paper bottles to take over supplying the shelf-bound vessels for the PaperBoy wine brand after the previous United Kingdom-based supplier of the unique wine container recently encountered financial problems.
Truett-Hurst said the closer proximity of that plant will help the company manage production better and have more efficient transportation. Strong sales for PaperBoy have been key to Truett-Hurst’s reported growth, and the company recently alerted investors to the hiccup in the paper bottle supply after UK-based GreenBottle in late February filed for administration, that country’s equivalent to bankruptcy.
At the time, Truett-Hurst said it had found a new supplier.
April 7, 2014
Despite significant rains in March and February, North Coast winegrape growers are honing their skills in using less water as the threat of spring frost, summer heat and long-term drought loom in their minds.
April 3, 2014
HEALDSBURG — Truett-Hurst Inc. (Nasdaq: THST), wrapped up a wine-supply agreement with a Fullerton company that has sold millions of gift baskets in stores and online nationwide and in 30 countries.
March 31, 2014
HEALDSBURG — Bill Foley has expanded his international portfolio of wine and hospitality ventures with his first acquisition in the fast-growing Oregon wine business.
March 31, 2014
After just one season of watering vines in Shafer Vineyards’ Napa Valley estate property by a relatively new method of tracking real-time data on how much soil moisture they actually need, Director of Winemaking Elias Fernandez estimates he cut water use by as much as 100,000 gallons in just those seven- and five-acre test blocks.
March 26, 2014
What we expose in this the second of two articles is the truth behind what is really driving direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales, specifically sales made with direct customer interactions over the telephone. This time we explore the myths of closing a tasting room in the afternoon and that “free shipping” sells more wine out of state.
March 18, 2014
SANTA ROSA — Sonoma County’s economy is poised to further recover through 2015, bolstered by national growth that will spur gains in tourism and the wine industry, while additional support will come from a growing life sciences cluster and a stronger housing market, according a report on the local economy released Tuesday.
March 17, 2014
Sonoma Cider expanded distribution into Georgia, Michigan and Washington state, along with some additional agreements in California. …
Terra Fossil Wines teamed with Wine Business Institute of Sonoma State University and Oliver’s Markets to give $2 from each bottle sale in two stores to scholarships and use wine business students in a marketing campaign. …
Petaluma-based CamelBak introduced Relay, a water-filtration pitcher designed for high-speed operation. …
Zap, a Santa Rosa-based maker of electric and high-fuel-mileage gasoline vehicles, said its Chinese subsidiary Jonway Auto is launching a small electric sedan for city driving in China. …
Novato-based Radiant Logic said its RadiantOne VDS 7.0 won a Global Excellence Award. …
Napa-based Heritage Barrels is representing Paso Robles-based Vino Vessel’s complete line of concrete fermentation and storage tanks. …
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