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Monday, November 3, 2014
November 3, 2014 | 10:24 AM

Wine Business Monthly's November 2014 digital edition is now available. You can view it within your web browser (no longer requires flash), or download a PDF.

Inside November 2014 you will find:

2014 Barrel Survey Report
In Pursuit of Quality: Measuring Phenolics
Winemaker Panel: Controlling Indigenous Fermentations

November 3, 2014 | 6:16 AM

“If your people are great presenters compared to your competitors you are going to stand out.”
-Lynda Spillane

From the article “Why Public Speaking is Important,” page 82 in the October 2014 issue of WBM. Click here to subscribe to WBM.

Friday, October 31, 2014
October 31, 2014 | 1:28 PM

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.

October 31, 2014 | 7:12 AM

“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.”
-Erin Guenther

From the article “Checklist: Are You Properly Insured?” page 78 in the October 2014 issue of WBM. Click here to subscribe to WBM.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
October 30, 2014 | 10:53 AM

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.

October 30, 2014 | 7:48 AM

“Late canopy management does not have nearly the benefit for pyrazine control as does earlier management.”
-Mark Greenspan

From the article “What’s New from the 2014 ASEV National Conference,” page 42 in the October 2014 issue of WBM. Click here to subscribe to WBM.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
October 29, 2014 | 1:33 PM

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

October 29, 2014 | 6:46 AM

“The goal of winemaking is to produce a wine that is at least as good as the grapes from which it was made.”
-Curtis Phillips

From the article “Managing Large Fermentations,” page 32 in the October 2014 issue of WBM. Click here to subscribe to WBM.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
October 28, 2014 | 2:23 PM

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 and completing an online nomination form by November 30, 2014.

Find more details and the full press release here.

October 28, 2014 | 7:42 AM

“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

From the article “2014 Salary Survey Report,” page 58 in the October 2014 issue of WBM. Click here to subscribe to WBM.

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