Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category


The class of Jennifer Wall, winemaker for Barefoot Wines

Very uptown, that’s Ms. Jennifer Wall. And so are the companies for which she’s worked. I first met Jennifer in one of my transitions: from my working at Belvedere Winery, as Belvedere’s communications coordinator and district sales position. I was at a crossroads; did I want to continue with communications, or did I want to […]


Adega Coop de Redondo in the Alentejo Region of Portugal

If you get a chance, you’ll be doing yourself a tremendous favor, when you discover the Wines of Portugal. As my host, Enoforum Wines introduced me to winemaker Pedro Hipólito of Adega Coop de Redondo (established in 1956). Based in the town of Redondo, in Portugal’s Alentejo district, this is a municipality of the Évora […]


Smaller Producers Are Enjoying Significant Growth

I’ve wanted to blog about Jon Moramarco, who’s based in Santa Rosa, California. A long-time wine industry executive, Jon’s launched an interesting new research report for the wine, beer, and spirits business called bw166 Total Beverage Alcohol Overview. Before launching bw166 in 2014, Moramarco spent four years as president and CEO of Winebow, Inc., a […]


Robert Biale Vineyards ~ A New Generation ~ the Founding Partnership

This is Day 3 of a series for Robert Biale Vineyards commemorating 25 years of their dedication to preserving historic vineyards. It’s not just about growing wine grapes for the Biale team. It about history, people, wine grapes, terroir, and the best use for all of it. Yesterday, I attended the Robert Biale Vineyards’ Vintage […]


How to monetize your wine blog – seriously

This has been a wine bloggers question since wine blogging began. It’s a topic of conversation both in seminars and outside of them at the annual Wine Blogger Conferences. No one has yet to figure it out, but I now have, after much thought. I have no such fantasies, by the way, because my wine […]


Wine Pros are the best resource for humor

Wine pros, if you also see yourself, enjoy what you’re seeing… It’s all great fun. This was first published in Wine Business Monthly. Under the name of Road Warrior Survival Guide. It’s one of my rants, and it was born from being on the road a bit too much (I think) at the time. While […]


For National Wine Day I need 366 days in a year

Hello [Jo], Celebrate National Wine Day on Monday May 25th with ZIOBAFFA! ZIOBAFFA takes pride in authenticity with an attention to detail and quality. It will create an genuine Italian experience, making you feel like a true connoisseur while raising a glass to National Wine Day! ZIOBAFFA is an organically grown, Italian wine that is […]


Tea from wine grape skins: The Republic of Tea and Whole Vine Products

There has been a bridge crossed, from tea to wine tea… Two very innovative companies have joined forces: The Republic of Tea has a finished product, with Whole Vine Products supplying the necessary grape products to put into these unusually unique teas. A word about WholeVine Products in the mix: Sonoma Teas utilizes fine wine […]


Americans reacting to the lawsuit regarding high levels of arsenic in wine

Regarding the story that CBS reported on last week, regarding high levels of arsenic: Very high levels of arsenic” in top-selling wines With a title about high levels of arsenic, it’s enough to scare anyone… And, sustainable, organic, and biodynamic wines are looking better all of the time… unless you know the producer and its […]


Top US Wine Companies from WBM’s ~ My own Top 7 from this list

When I got into the wine business in early ’93, I knew (pretty much) nothing about wine. And so I worked it and studied it; and I expanded it, when I created the Petite Sirah wine grape advocacy group called PS I Love You. It’s through this group that I’ve learned firsthand about the following […]