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Central Coast Insights Dives Deep into Regional Trends and Challenges

by Wine Business Monthly
February 26, 2019

PASO ROBLES, CA (Feb. 26, 2019) -- Just two weeks remain until the Central Coast’s greatest finance and business minds converge for Central Coast Insights, a conference dedicated to the latest trends, news and challenges facing the region. The day-long educational meeting will take place March 12, 2019 at the Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, Calif.

Check out the full day’s line-up below, and click here to register early to save time at the show.

TRANSFORMING THE RETAIL SPACE INTO A CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE
Christian Navarro, president and principal, Wally’s Wine & Spirits

Wally’s Wine & Spirits has evolved from a traditional retail space into a true customer experience focused on luxury and prestige clients. As the local wine region for Southern California shoppers, the Central Coast has been a focus for Wally’s, which has been creating winemaker partnerships and using its innovative concept to shine a light on the wines from the area. Join Christian Navarro as he dives into the customer connection and how he harnesses that relationship to expand business, both in-store and online.

STATE OF THE WINE BUSINESS: WINERY CFOs PROVIDE SOLUTIONS FOR THE FUTURE
Lee Ann Pearce, vice president, sector manager, Food and Agribusiness Industry Advisors, Wells Fargo Bank – Moderator
Becky Barieau CPA, co-owner/CFO at Foxen Winery
Evan Stein, CFO, Thornhill Companies
Thomas Duhameau, CFO, Hahn Family Estates
Gregory Ahn, president & CEO, Folk Tale Winery


Which issues are top-of-mind for Central Coast winery CFOs? Join moderator Lee Ann Pearce as she takes a look at current economic indicators and then discusses solutions to those key issues, opportunistic approaches, strategies for growth and best practices to build brand equity with an expert panel of local winery financial minds.

INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO SELLING WINE
Eric Jensen, vigneron, Booker
Brice Baillie, CEO & founder, Obvious Wines
Lamar Engel, owner, The Wine Militia


As distributors consolidate and it becomes even more challenging to find placement, what are some other avenues to sell wine? Alternative methods to place wine on- and off-premise as well as directly to the consumer abound, if you know where to look. Join winery sales reps as they discuss their innovative solutions, including e-commerce, subscriptions and more.

UNDERSTANDING THE STATE OF CENTRAL COAST GRAPE SUPPLY – CABERNET SAUVIGNON AND MORE
Audra Cooper, broker, Turrentine Brokerage
William Goebel, broker, Turrentine Brokerage
Paul Clifton, director of winemaking, Hahn
PJ Alviso, vice president, Central Coast winegrowing, Duckhorn
Craig Ledbetter, vice-president and partner, Vino Farms


The Central Coast grape supply is in a state of flux: Cabernet Sauvignon has been called overplanted and underpriced, but what’s happening with other grape varieties and is there more change on the horizon? How did this happen and, most importantly, how will the industry come out the other side of it? Join William Goebel and Audra Cooper of Turrentine Brokerage as they, and a panel of Central Coast growers and wineries, dive into the real issues of the Central Coast wine grape dilemma.

HOW DO YOU MAKE BUSINESS DECISIONS IN AN UNCERTAIN REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT?
Denise Shurtleff, general manager, Cambria Winery
Marianne Strange, principal, F.F. Strange & Associates
Kim Stemler, executive director, Monterey Vintners and Growers Association

This session will look at specific Central Coast examples of new regulatory requirements, from water monitoring to ethanol emission controls, where policies may affect business decisions. How are industry leaders working with local and state government agencies (or not) to create solutions?

THE WEST COAST APPROACH TO BUYING AND SELLING PROPERTY IN THE WINE INDUSTRY
Tony Correia, owner, The Correia Company
Jenny Heinzen, owner/broker, Jenny Heinzen Real Estate


How are owners evaluating expansion opportunities across the West Coast from California’s Central Coast to Oregon and Washington? What’s attracting them to or from the Central Coast? What are we likely to see in the coming year as it relates to winery and vineyard sales?

THOUGHT LEADERS DISCUSS THE CENTRAL COAST IN FINAL LIGHTNING ROUND
Skylar Stuck, general manager, Bonny Doon Vineyard – Moderator
Chris Shackelford, owner and chef, Trelio Restaurant
Ian Brand, winemaker, Le Petit Paysan, La Marea and I. Brand and Family
RH Drexel, writer and contributor, Loam Baby, The Wine Advocate and JebDunnuck.com
Randy Heinzen, president, Vineyard Professional Services


How do wine professionals and key influencers view the Central Coast? What impressions do wine promoters have about wineries on the Central Coast? Hear viewpoints from a variety of industry professionals and learn tips to implement into your business. From wine growing to winemaking to the ever changing sales channels, capture viewpoints from the final lightning round discussion.

BOTTLE BASH CENTRAL COAST
Sponsored by – G3 Enterprises and winejobs.com

Join Wine Business Monthly for the Central Coast edition of its infamous Bottle Bash; a night of networking, collaboration and celebration. For the first time, Wine Business Monthly is bringing Bottle Bash, the party that kicks off each year’s Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, to Paso Robles as part of the Central Coast Insights and WiVi Central Coast events. Hundreds of local winemakers, growers, speakers and sponsors will gather the night of March 12, 2019 at the Allegretto Vineyard Resort, following the Central Coast Insights conference.

Bottle Bash Central Coast is an exclusive event for attendees of Central Coast Insights and WiVi Central Coast, so save the date and experience this popular event in an all-new setting.

About Central Coast Insights
Central Coast Insights is an annual educational seminar addressing the economic and financial issues, challenges and trends that affect the vintners, wineries and grape growers of the Central Coast wine industry. This year's session topics include: innovative approaches to selling wine, making business decisions in an uncertain regulatory environment, education and wine quality on the Central Coast, as well as the state of the wine business. More information can be found at www.centralcoastinsights.com.
 


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