Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category

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Normal Winery Merger and Acquisition Market in This Last Quarter of 2019

I don’t usually report on real estate in the wine industry. I’ve just watched – for nearly 30 years – so many wineries changing hands, fading into the sunset, changing the name due to notoriety, the failings of venture capitalism, no legacy planning, etc.. It really is the game of Monopoly, with each county having […]

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2019 HARVEST AT MAISON BRUNO PAILLARD

[All images in this blog posting are the property of Bruno Paillard. Please do not copy..] If you’ve missed the latest harvest results for Champagne this year, I’m going to share it with you. Having been in France this past August, I can only imagine the struggles that they felt (extreme heat and grapes of […]

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Rebecca (Beck) Hopkins is Diaz Communications 2019 Innovator of the Year Award Recipient

During this year, I wanted to give our Diaz Communications Innovator of the Year Award to someone very deserving, which has now happened. Before I could even announce it, though, a press release came out with Rebecca Hopkins’ name as being a finalist in another Innovator of the Year Award.  Beck, as she likes to […]

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Sipping Away, 30 Years of Unique Wine Experiences

This has been a long time coming, as I got Sipping Away, 30 Years of Unique Wine Experiences, by David Klein, just before I traveled to France. I took the book with me and read in flight. I was headed to Beaujolais, and all of a sudden I was reading about it… that the winemakers […]

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Fairness in Pricing ~ Suisun Valley is Only Asking for its Fair Share

When I began working with Suisun Valley, some 14 years ago, I was taken to one section of a vineyard, where Napa Valley crosses over into Suisun Valley. I was shown the northern part of the road (Napa Valley side) and was told the grapes from the same contiguous vineyard were selling for $3,000 a […]

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Charles Krug Winery ~ An American Dynasty of the Best Kind

When I first came to California, I had solid PR credentials. With 11 years in WBLM radio broadcasting as their publicist, I knew all about radio broadcasting and not only creating, but also keeping their public file. What I didn’t have was the slightest knowledge about wine. Still, I was ready to take it on. […]

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Beaujolais 101 ~ Your Primer Through the Lens of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf

PHOTO: Taken in the Beaujolais region of France, at the Georges Duboeuf’s Chateau, in Romaneche-Thorins, France. Georges Duboeuf is the highly regarded founder of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf. These are all of my own images from my trip to Beaujolais, with the exception of Wine Folly’s map. Beaujolais 101 ~ A TOP TEN Primer Pronounced: […]

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When Dark & Delicious Returns as the Petite Masters at Copia

Who: PS I Love You What: Masters of Petite: Petite Sirah Panel, Tasting, & Walk-Around Reception When: Sunday, July 14, on Bastille Day, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Where: Copia, Napa Valley Why: Celebrating our French Love Child Petite Sirah’s Heritage While the carefree days of Dark & Delicious are now but a drifting memory, there’s […]

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Are wines really seasonal or reasonable, while an equator separates all of it

We read titles like, “Spring into Summer with Great White Wines.” We do eat differently in differing seasons, but do our wine choices really vary, very much? When it’s time to think about wine choices, I don’t know about you but I think “food,” and then I think “wine,” and vice versa – wine and […]

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He Asked, What Do You Think… Will CBD Be cutting Into Wine Sales?

I had just received an Email from the CBD Awareness project, as they’re scouring for CBD advocates. I’ve had an earlier thought about this issue on my blog. I’m on record. Then, I found myself in a discussion with a legendary winery owner, and decided to share what I think. This vintner was truly frightened, […]