The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University recently hosted a Global Wine Business Education Conference.
Academic leaders from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa and Spain joined SSU faculty and staff in discussions over two days.
The conference aimed to harness the collective research and curricula of wine business scholars throughout the world.
Leaders of the North Coast wine industry gathered with educators to better define research and educational priorities. Participants described seismic shifts in consumption and distribution. Per capita consumption in traditional markets such as France, Spain and Italy has dropped significantly while countries like Canada, the U.S. and China are seeing growth.
Napa Valley Vintners join oriGIn
If a wine bottle has the words “Napa Valley,” on its label, then the grapes in the bottle better be grown there, a group of Napa winemakers said.
The Napa Valley Vintners, a trade association representing 430 wineries, has joined the Organization for an International Geographical Indications Network (oriGIn). The oriGIn group, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, advocates internationally for legal protection of geographic names.
“Consumers around the world need to be assured that when it says ‘Napa Valley’ on the wine label, the wine truly comes from this extraordinary place,” said Linda Reiff, executive director of the NVV.
The NVV is currently and aggressively pursuing Geographical Indications status in many countries spanning the globe, the group said in a statement.
Nominations sought for award honoring environmental, economic leadership
Nominations are being accepted for the 2012 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.
The award recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership in conserving California’s resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, building public-private partnerships and strengthening the state’s economy.
The award program is administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency.
Interested parties should submit an application by June 22. For more information contact Nilan Watmore at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bryan Ehlers at email@example.com.
-- Compiled by Cathy Bussewitz. Submit items to firstname.lastname@example.org.