“If your people are great presenters compared to your competitors you are going to stand out.”
The tasting, held on the fourth floor balcony and Cityview space in the Metreon building, saw more than 800 attendees. Over the course of four hours, guests enjoyed roughly 3,500 Hog Island oysters, 3,500 passed appetizers and 9,600 prepared bites of delicious food from seven new and notable Bay Area eestaurants and 11 artisan purveyors. To round out the evening, there were more than 210 different wines poured from four U.S. states and 12 countries.
"The Top 100 has become the annual fall celebration for the Bay Area wine community," said Joshua Greene, editor and publisher of Wine & Spirits Magazine. "This may be one of the most relaxed and festive tastings you could attend, with some of the greatest wines from around the world.”
Photos by Kelly Puleio for Wine & Spirits
Guests enjoyed sparkling wines and Champagnes paired with Hog Island oysters upon arrival at Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting.
At this year’s Top 100 Tasting, more than 210 wines were poured by wineries from more than four states and twelve countries. The wineries were positioned and paired strategically next to the New and Notable Restaurants and bites.
Wine & Spirits blind tasting panels assessed more than 14,500 new wine releases this year—a record number—making the selection of our Top 100 Wineries that much more competitive.
“The underlying note from brokers and growers associations is that, if you don’t already have crop insurance, now is the time to get it.”
Turrentine Brokerage is holding its annual Crop Contest.
Enter here and make your best prediction of total tonnage (in listed varieties). According to Turrentine, "Winners will be awarded a plaque, international acclaim and a bottle of sparkling wine."
All entries must be in by December 5th to be eligible.
“Late canopy management does not have nearly the benefit for pyrazine control as does earlier management.”
Wine Institute's International Department has confirmed the date and venue of its annual California Wine Export Program seminar which will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 at the former Copia facility in Napa. It has also announced the schedule for its 2015 California Wine Fair tour across Canada. Registration and wine consolidation information will be released by late October/early November. Dates for the consumer and trade events are as follows:
Quebec City, Quebec: April 7
Montreal, Quebec: April 8
Ottawa, Ontario: April 10
Toronto, Ontario" April 13
Halifax, Nova Scotia: April 15
Edmonton, Alberta: April 22
Calgary, Alberta: April 24
Vancouver, B.C.: April 27
Winery participants must be members of the Wine Institute California Wine Export Program.
For program membership information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The goal of winemaking is to produce a wine that is at least as good as the grapes from which it was made.”
Nominations are officially open for the 2015 Oregon Wine A-List Awards. Formerly known as the Superior Cellar Awards, the rebranded Oregon Wine A-List Awards program honors restaurants and restaurant professionals that demonstrate outstanding commitment to advocating and celebrating the quality and diversity of the wines of Oregon. Anyone can nominate a restaurant or a restaurant wine professional as a candidate for an Oregon Wine A-List Award by visiting www.oregonwinealist.com and completing an online nomination form by November 30, 2014.
Find more details and the full press release here.
“There will always be a demand for top winemakers and consultants, but there’s still more talent than opportunity in general on the production side, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.”
-Tom Hill, Hill & Associate
Winejobs.com released a report detailing wine job posting trends as of September 2014. As the wine industry’s leading online job site, Winejobs.com has a unique vantage point over industry trends. The Winejobs.com index indicates that job postings increased 15 percent from September 2013. The index is up 16 percent so far this year.
The September increase in job postings was driven by hospitality and winemaking jobs. The hospitality index increased 73 percent from its level in September 2013, and is up 24 percent for the year.
The winemaking job index rose 30 percent from its level in September 2013, and is up 25 percent year-to-date.
The sales and marketing index decreased 31 percent from its level in September 2013, and is down 9 percent year-to-date.