Winejobs.com released a report detailing wine job posting trends as of November 2013. 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 by wineries in November 2013 increased 51 percent from November 2012. The index is up 25 percent so far this year.
The November 2013 increase in job postings was driven by big increases in hospitality, sales, and winemaking jobs. The hospitality index increased 84 percent from its level in November 2012 and is up 46 percent for the year.
The sales and marketing index increased 69 percent from its level in November 2012. The index is up 13 percent year-to-date.
The winemaking job index rose 61 percent from its level in November 2012, and is up 21 percent year-to-date.
In an annual holiday tradition, philanthropist, manager and concert promoter Bruce Cohn distributes proceeds from his 27th Annual B.R Cohn Charity Events Fall Music Festival held in September at the B.R Cohn Winery Amphitheatre in Glen Ellen.
The 2013 event raised more than $200,000, with donations from the 501c3 charity organization that produces the event to: Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, the Redwood Empire Food Bank, the Field of Dreams, the Station Foundation (Veterans), the Guardsmen, American Legion Post 489, Valley of the Moon Aquatics, SonomaDevelopmentalCenter, Native Sons and others.
“What an incredible weekend” exclaimed Bruce Cohn. “Despite being hit hard by rain on Saturday we are very pleased with the fundraising totals which could not have been possible without the extraordinary support from all the artists who performed, the hard-working staff, the many volunteers as well as our charity and media partners.” Cohn added, “Not one person asked for a refund due to the rain; a testament to our fine team and the charity of our concert goers.”
Next year’s 2014 event is scheduled for the weekend of September 19-22nd.
Event sponsors and partners included: KFOG 104.5/99.7, 107.7 The Bone, the River 97.7, 96.9 The Eagle, KRON 4, GEV Mag, Lagunitas Brewery, the Bohemian, Fiji Water, Sonoma Index-Tribune, Stark and Co. Catering, Sonoma Chevrolet, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, GSO, The Flamingo Conference and Resort, Sonoma County Tourism, Statewide, GSO and Grapevine Party Rentals
Thanks to Joe at Sleepy Creek Vineyards for passing along this funny video from their Up the Creek "sipcom" web series.
From the website:
This is a series of shorts about a little winery in the mid-west and its dysfunctional staff. Only watch these if you enjoy innuendo and satirical humor. We love to laugh here at Sleepy Creek...and now you can laugh with and/or at us too! Is it art imitating life or the other way around?
In this infographic, SelfStorage.com identifies 10 of the best wines for $10 or less. They consulted wine experts Christian Galliani and Len Napolitano along with Consumer Reports magazine, MensHealth.com and ReverseWineSnob.com to come up with the list.
The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), the trade association representing producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the United States, issued a press release and infographic on the 80th Anniversary of Prohibition Repeal.
Here are some interesting bits with the infographic:
Eighty years after Prohibition Repeal, states across the country have greatly modernized their alcohol markets but some Prohibition legacies linger, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.
Prohibition’s Lingering Legacies
-Dry Counties. Eighty years later, there are still hundreds of dry counties across the United States today that partially or completely restrict alcohol consumption – mostly across the South and West.
-Sunday Sales. Twelve states still ban Sunday spirits sales, including: AL, IN, MN, MS, MT, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, UT, and WV. Notably, Indiana remains the only state in the country which still bans all beer, wine and spirits sales at package stores on Sundays.
-Spirits Sampling Restrictions. Six states still ban all forms of spirits sampling, including: AK, GA, MT, NC, OK, and UT.
-Neo-Prohibitionists. Neo-prohibitionists continue to promote misguided “population-based controls” as a means of restricting alcohol sales. The most popular examples of these population-based controls include tax increases which lead to higher prices; bans on advertising and marketing; and excessive restrictions on market access.
Trend of Modernization
-Since 2002, 16 states have joined the list of states that allow Sunday spirits sales for a total of 38 states, including most recently Connecticut (2012).
-In 2011, Georgia passed local option legislation allowing Sunday alcohol sales. Since then, more than 200 communities have voted in favor of Sunday alcohol sales, including major population centers such as Atlanta (82%-18%), Macon (62%-38%), and Savannah (60%-40%), among others.
-Since 2004, Texans have marched to the polls to rally for alcohol modernization. Of the 665 local wet/dry elections since 2004, nearly 80% have gone “wet.” In November, voters in Arlington, TX overwhelmingly favored alcohol sales 70%-30%.
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Washington State Wine’s The Recommendeuer iPad app was released in October.
Now, a free iPhone version of the app is available, allowing smartphone users to enjoy an in-depth, interactive regional wine immersion led by actor and comedian Greg Proops.
Proops dons a plaid suit and grabs a wine glass to play The Recommendeuer, a professional recommender and know-it-all expert on the Washington State wine industry. The app features a video series and extensive information on Washington State’s 13 wine-growing appellations, the history of the state’s wine industry, wine and grape profiles, photos, maps and more.
The app is part of a national marketing campaign targeting the wine buyers, sommeliers and journalists who help shape consumer purchasing decisions.
You can check out some of the Recommendeuer video here, via Vimeo.
This just in: The Sommelier Journal has been sold to TPM Custom Publishing, which produces The Tasting Panel magazine. Back in late October, The Sommelier Journal announced it would be suspending operations.
The rebranded SOMM Journal "will be comprised of internationally-renowned wine writers, sommeliers and authorities," with Anthony Dias Blue as Editor-in-Chief, and David Gadd as Managing Editor. Sommelier Journal Founder David Vogels, will act as Consulting Editor.
According to the announcement, the publication "will broaden to include more coverage of artisan spirits, coffee, tea and food trends." Sounds like they know where the money (advertising dollars) is.
The first issue of the refreshed publication will be distributed in Spring of 2014.
Here's a link to the press release.
The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance posted the final Paso Wine Man video of the 2013 Varietal of the Month Series, which showcases Petite Sirah for December.
Last week we put the January issue of Wine Business Monthly to bed. Editor Cyril Penn previews the issue in his Month in Review:
Getting Ready for Bottling, Unified, and the New Year
January: Time for making New Year’s resolutions and planning for the year ahead. Personally, I like this time of year because I tend to catch my breath—if only for a moment—to take a pause to get organized and prepared before tackling the work that lies ahead.
With that in mind, check out Bill Pregler’s preparing for bottling day checklist, which just might save you a lot of aggravation; and Curtis Phillips’ article on planning for your next crush. Curtis offers many sensible recommendations; one of them being to do a post mortem now that crush is over—while you are still remembering the details of how things went.
January also means its time to prepare for the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium: This issue includes a preview of what to expect at the show from our exclusive online survey, highlighting the newest products and services. The online version will be continually updated prior to the show and you can use it to create a list of booths to visit—again saving time and hassle. Our columnists additionally offer a sneak peak at what they’ll be looking for during the show.
By this time, you may have noticed bunches of Riesling grapes are pictured on this month’s cover. You may have detected the little specs on those grapes, a hint that the grapes are Riesling, or you maybe you read the huge callout across the cover that says “Riesling.” At any rate, we’ve got a Varietal Focus report on Riesling this month, with winemakers from Oregon, Washington and New York. These varietal reports are all about discovering terroir and how winemakers achieve, or try to achieve, their stylistic goals. Riesling is one of the grapes that is most expressive of terroir.
Happy New Year, Cyril Penn, editor
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This video is from the Women for WineSense - Women in Wine 2013 event, held in September at Buena Vista in Sonoma. The evening kicked off with a short discussion between Jean-Charles Boisset and his wife, Gina Gallo, before the main panel discussion with Gina, Michaela Rodeno and Claudia Schubert – moderated by Tom Wark.