December 8, 2014
The business of wine is in a continual state of evolution with new markets, consumer trends, challenges and solutions provided from the businesses trying to capture, shape or overcome them. The WINnovation Awards, sponsored by the Wine Industry Network (WIN), highlight those companies that have met this challenge by developing innovative products or services that contribute to the advancement of the North American wine industry.
WINnovation award-winners: Biofiltro USA, G3 Enterprises, Nomacorc, Øeno Vaults and Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute.
November 13, 2014
Fourteen winners were announced for the second Wine Industry and WINnovation awards, which recognize significant contributions to getting wine from vine to consumer.
The Business Journal editorial staff selected nine companies and professionals for Wine Industry Awards.
Also, Healdsburg-based business-to-business conduit Wine Industry Network chose five other companies for WINnovation awards.
September 4, 2014
ROHNERT PARK — Sonoma State University on Thursday said it is receiving a $250,000 gift from major West Coast wine and spirits distributor Young’s Market Co. to help fund part of the forthcoming new home for the institution’s Wine Business Institute.
July 7, 2014
ROHNERT PARK — Sonoma State University on Monday said it received a $3 million donation from Wine Spectator Editor and Publisher Marvin Shanken that puts funding for the planned Wine Business Institute building at the half-way point for construction to start as anticipated next year.
April 7, 2014
Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University is expanding its remote-classroom experience, allowing students in Southern California to take their seats electronically in Rohnert Park seminars. …
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. …
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend distributed a record-breaking $1,086,350 to 44 Sonoma County nonprofit organizations. …
Napa Valley Grapegrowers selected Mary Maher, vineyard manager of Harlan Estate, as the 2014 Napa Valley Grower of the Year. …
Hall Wines in St. Helena will serve as the host site for 2014 season of CellarPassTV series. …
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. …
January 7, 2014
ROHNERT PARK — The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University is set to get a 14,580-square-foot new home on campus, thanks to a $1 million gift from a local wine industry figure.
Up to $4 million is still needed for the project, which is set to go to bid this summer.
September 9, 2013
Kathi Metro has joined Bank of Napa as executive vice president and chief credit officer. …
United Mechanical Incorporated announced Shannon Rund has joined its team as an account manager serving the North Bay, greater San Francisco and East Bay. …
The Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County’s Board of Directors announced two new members: Santa Rosa Police Department Captain Craig Schwartz and David Garcia. …
Marin General Hospital appointed Linda Lang as chief human resources officer, replacing Theresa Gianfortune, who retired. …
The Northern California Health Care Authority, a regional joint powers agency, appointed Kurt Hahn interim executive director. …
John Lowry announced his candidacy for the California Assembly in the North Coast’s second district, a seat currently held by Wesley Chesbro. …
Joining Frank Howard Allen Realtors in Sebastopol were Geoffrey Apple, Linda Sundheim, Jeanne Woods and Teresa Clark. …
Alex Ryan of Duckhorn Wine Company, Ning Zhang of Purlieu Wines, and Erle Martin of Crimson Wine Group, joined Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute Board of Directors. …
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards added winemaker Chris Louton plus Barbara Hawkins as new tasting room operations manager, Kelley Mingram as event coordinator and Erica Petersen as senior marketing specialist. …
Dana Estates appointed Jason Heller as national sales manager and Vanessa Conlin as sales and hospitality manager. …
Benovia Winery named Jen Walsh as its new assistant winemaker. …
August 26, 2013
Touro University on Vallejo’s Mare Island opened a newly renovated library and pharmacy teaching facility to students this fall semester, the latest in a series of property improvements made to the historic, 44-acre cluster of 23 former U.S. Navy facilities since the nonprofit private university first opened a campus there in 1999.
May 6, 2013
Offered for the first time this year, the eight-course Wine Industry Finance and Accounting certificate program takes many of the financial skills taught in Sonoma State’s full-blown wine business degree programs and breaks those topics out for focused instruction to a non-student audience.
May 6, 2013
Gary Heck, owner and president of Korbel Champagne Cellars and Kenwood Vineyards, became an honorary inductee of the Sonoma State University chapter of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society last month. …
Amid the rising popularity of a for-credit “Banking and Finance Academy” program operated in partnership with Santa Rosa City Schools, Redwood Credit Union recent took part in a new “Bite of Reality” financial literacy program in San Rafael. …
Dominican University’s Venture Greenhouse incubator and accelerator program will host a “Marinnovation” showcase for innovators and entrepreneurs from Marin County on May 15, with Netflix co-founder and Mill Valley resident Mitch Lowe as keynote. …
On May 10, College of Marin will host a celebration for its recently opened Science, Math and Nursing building at the school’s Kentfield Campus, featuring a lecture by alumnus Adam Steltzner from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Mars Rover “Curiosity” expedition. …
Stephen Olson, long-time agriculture instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College and a major force behind the college’s Shone Farm programs, has been selected to receive one of the school’s highest honors for staff, the President’s Medallion of Honor. …
June 11, 2012
Also: Empire law school graduates 14; SSU undergrad wins full ride from PG&E
May 7, 2012
The Venture Greenhouse, Dominican University’s business incubator and accelerator program, has implemented a number of new initiatives since its official unveiling in October, including a pilot “Affiliate Program” that stands to broaden the incubator’s support for environmental and socially focused startups in Marin.
November 7, 2011
NAPA — The Napa Valley will play host to the first North American Wine Tourism Conference, which aims to highlight trends and issues that impact stakeholders within two sectors that are often intimately intertwined.
October 10, 2011
Dominican University’s Venture Greenhouse in San Rafael officially opened Wednesday with the goal of becoming a hub for green business in Marin County. … Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute has announced a series of fall classes for its Tasting Room Management Certificate Program. … Extracurricular activities at Santa Rosa middle and high schools will receive a financial boost after the volunteer fundraising organization Schools Plus held its second-annual “A Night Under the Lights” event on Sept. 24.
September 19, 2011
News about people on the move in among north San Francisco Bay Area businesses and organizations
April 25, 2011
Cliff Lede’s Breggo Cellars purchased Savoy Vineyard, a 52-acre pinot noir and chardonnay property in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley. Fruit for the single-vineyard Breggo brand comes from the property. … Pinot noir producer Kosta Browne is expanding in Sebastopol, moving from one former apple processing plant to another. … In the April 11 issue, the Business Journal asked panelists of the April 28 Wine Industry Conference about trends in mergers and acquisitions and in direct sales and social media. Panelist Bill Foley, founder of Foley Family Wines, now provides his insights. … The Hess Collection in Napa gave a $10,000 grant each to The Land Trust of Napa County and the Napa County Student & Landowner Education and Watershed Stewardship program (SLEWS). … The Napa Valley Vintners trade group is set to arrive in mainland China with 40 vintners from the county on a weeklong trade mission, including stops in Shanghai and Beijing to meet wine trade representatives, media, targeted consumers and political leaders. … Wine People notes
April 25, 2011
This fall Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute plans to launch a three-level online Wine Business Management Certificate series of courses.
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