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Wednesday, October 7, 2015
October 7, 2015 | 11:11 AM

The Force is strong at Jordan Winery in Sonoma. Our grape growers have it. Our winemakers have it. Our family has it. And soon, our harvest interns will have that power, too. View all our Star Wars videos here.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
October 6, 2015 | 10:48 AM

Wine Business Monthly's October 2015 digital edition is now available. You can view within your web browser, or download a PDF. Click here to view the October issue.

Inside October 2015 you will find:

The 2015 Salary Survey Report

How the WBM 30 Make Wine

-Exclusive Look at Trinchero’s New Bottling Facility

-What it Takes to Handle Massive Lab Analyses


Vineyard Appraiser Tony Correia on the Booming Vineyard Market

Thursday, October 1, 2015
October 1, 2015 | 3:18 PM
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
September 30, 2015 | 2:31 PM

Across the newsdesk this week from the Provence Wine Council:

Provence rosé continues its 11th consecutive year of double-digit market growth, winning the hearts and palates of American wine drinkers, dominating wine lists and proving that the region has become what consumers consider the gold standard for rosé wine.

Continuing a long-standing upward trend, Provence rosé exports to the U.S. have grown 53% on volume and 70% on value from July 2014 through June 2015, according to the French customs agency and the Provence Wine Council (CIVP).

This increasing tide is seen across the dry rose category with a continued upswing – particularly the premium imported rosé section of wines priced $12 or more – with a reported increase of 41.1% on value and 34.3% on volume, the Nielsen research firm recently announced.

Industry experts attribute this growth to an ever-growing number of savvy consumers.

“We’ve definitely seen an increase in consumers requesting Provence rosé specifically,” said Advanced Sommelier David Keck of Camerata at Paulie’s in Houston. “In response, we have increased our offerings by about 200% – and as a result have seen a generous increase in sales.”

“Rosé wasn’t as popular five years ago,” said Hakan Aktas, Advanced Sommelier of NYC’s The Quarter. “People were more into white wines and bubblies. But over the past couple years, rosé took over the stage and it doesn’t look like it will be stepping down anytime soon.”

As the American public becomes generally more knowledgeable about wine, the dialogue between sommelier and guest continues to change.

“Five years ago we were still working really hard to change the conversation about rosés in general,” Keck said. “Since we are now seeing rapid growth across the board (with rosé), it is much easier to see an increase in a specific category. It’s nice to have fewer conversations about whether a guest should drink rosé at all, and focus rather upon which rosé they would most enjoy.”

But it is the quality and style of Provence that ultimately wins over its fans. “Provence rosé is certainly the standard by which I find guests comparing other rosé to,” said Master Sommelier Andy Myers of the Think Food Group.

“The delicate, food-friendly nature (of Provence rosé) and the relatively lower alcohol are all features that attract guests.”

Bringing together great taste, along with educating American wine drinkers about Provence’s uniqueness to the market has been a winning combination for the region.

“There has been a misconception on rosé in general,” said Aktas. “People always thought rosés are sweet. (After) the right education of staff and informing our guests that Provence rosé is always dry, (now) customers are mostly looking for rosé that is easy to consume. They like rosés that are dry and light in color – Provence rosé falls into this category.”

Which is why, as Master Sommelier Chris Tanghe of Vinum Wine Importing said, “In 2015 people are much more open to drinking rosé throughout the year and are ordering more by the bottle and having it with their meal.”

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
September 29, 2015 | 4:30 PM

Selected Recent Sales of Grapes & Wines in Bulk for September 29, 2015 courtesy of Turrentine Brokerage:

Bulk Wine

Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 wine, Mendocino County, 2,200 gallons at $17.00 per gallon

Chardonnay 2014 wine, Russian River, 10,000 gallons at $11.00 per gallon

Merlot 2014 wine, Sonoma County, 6,000 gallons at $13.00 per gallon

Pinot Noir 2014 wine, Mendocino County, 12,200 gallons at $13.00 per gallon

Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 wine, Lodi, 12,800 gallons at $6.50 per gallon

Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 wine, California, 44,800 gallons at $5.75 per gallon



Syrah 2015 grapes, Mendocino County, 16 tons at $1,800.00 per ton

Chardonnay 2015 grapes, Sonoma Valley, 20 tons at $2,000.00 per ton

Cabernet Franc 2015 grapes, Paso Robles, 45 tons at $950.00 per ton

Merlot 2015 grapes, Sonoma Valley, 66 tons at $1,250.00 per ton

September 29, 2015 | 11:19 AM

The Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon is taking place this year on Halloween. This end of  harvest and Halloween-themed race runs through the Alexander and Dry Creek valleys, and this week, Destination Races is doing a giveaway. Here are the details:

#‎HBwinehalf? Giveaway
Register for the October 31st Healdsburg Wine Half and be entered to win! Winner will receive a reserved spot at the Kendal Jackson Winery pre-race dinner on Oct. 30th and a RED FOX Wireless headset.

There are 2 ways to be entered to win:
1. Register for the October 31st Healdsburg Wine Country Half race between 9/24 - 10/3.
2. Tell us below your best running tip for race weekend!

Must be 21 to win and present at the post race wine and music festival to receive your prize. Register here:

Some events happening at wineries during race weekend include:

  • Welcome Reception @ Truett Hurst Winery
  • Pre-Race Dinner at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens
  • Finisher’s Celebration at Trentadue Winery: At Trentadue there will be a Wine & Music Festival with more than over 20 wineries and local breweries pouring, including: Carol Shelton Wines, Comstock Wines, Martorana Family Winery, Sbragia Family Vineyards, SIMI Winery, Thumbprint Cellars and Trentadue Winery. A Finishers celebration later in the day will be held at Trione.

See all events for the weekend here. Other winery partners for the weekend include:

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
September 8, 2015 | 11:14 AM

Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards said this about harvest:

"We brought in the last grapes yesterday. It feels strange to be finished on September 7, which is often around when we start picking most years. The yields this year are painfully low, about 65% below average. The quality could be extraordinary - the wines will be high in acid, with intense fruit and great concentration. But there will be very little of them."


Thursday, September 3, 2015
September 3, 2015 | 4:15 PM

Cold, beautiful morning. Hands are freezing after the night pick. Great to see the sunrise. —Hirsch Vineyards.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
September 2, 2015 | 7:04 AM

Sovos Compliance, parent company of ShipCompliant, announced today that it has acquired WineDirect’s wine shipping compliance software from Wine Direct and will be integrating WineDirect Compliance into the ShipCompliant platform. The companies additionally have agreed to bundle each other’s products.

WineDirect has roughly 1200 customers on it's Vin65 ecommerce platform, while ShipCompliant has about 2,000, including not only wineries, but breweries, distilleries and importers. With the acquisition, the companies now have roughly 300 customers in common: 180 of those customers were already using ShipCompliant.

Wine Direct President & COO Andrew Kamphuis said the deal works and the time was right, particularly given ShipCompliant’s recent acquisition by Sovos Compliance. “Sovos has a massive legal team, and a massive tax attorney team: It makes sense to go with somebody who has the best of all the tax and compliance world and to bundle that together,” Kamphuis told

“Vin65 has the leading ecommerce platform – WineDirect is the leader in fulfillment, and ShipCompliant is the leader in compliance,” Kamphuis said. “Why compete with them on the compliance piece? This five-year partnership and bundle is going to offer wineries the best of all solutions, as opposed to having great e-commerce and a second place compliance team.”

ShipCompliant vice president of Compliance Jeff Carroll said there will be improvements to the integration between Vin65 and ShipCompliant - ensuring the most advanced features of Wine Direct’s Vin65 ecommerce platform are available to ShipCompliant users. Vin65 will also include a ShipCompliant account bundled into the package.

Carroll said the 180 customers who were already on both platforms will be “psyched” by improvements that were made to the integration between Vin65 and ShipCompliant that they’re not yet aware of. “They’re gong to get a much better experience, effective immediately,” he said.

Read more on ShipCompliant's blog post here.

Monday, August 31, 2015
August 31, 2015 | 11:22 AM

As harvest season kicks into high gear in Sonoma County's wine country, see how the winemaking team at Francis Ford Coppola Winery keeps it all together during their busiest time of year.

Click here to see the video.

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