Stories from Wine Business

Woman-Owned Wineries of Sonoma County is making it easier for consumers to find local wines produced by woman-owned establishments.
Below-freezing temperatures that can damage the county's grape crop before it even develops are prompting some growers to launch an unusually early campaign to protect their vineyards from frost.
Healdsburg Wine company Truett-Hurst Inc. reported last week that its net sales slightly decreased last quarter compared to the same period a year earlier.
“We knew that if we were successful, we would eventually need to align ourselves with a strategic partner who could help us grow,” says Banshee CEO Baron Ziegler.
Despite lower yields, North Coast vineyards produced a record $1.51 billion of grapes in 2017 as prices continued to spiral to new highs.
Most vineyards in Sonoma County were unscathed by the October wildfires. But growers with vineyards exposed to extreme heat are anxious to find out how the fires will affect their prized crop.
A study by the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University concluded the North Bay fires had minimal impact on the local wine industry.
'The state of the industry is strong,' said economist and wine blogger Mike Veseth, who spoke at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento on Wednesday. 'The wine market is going to get more and more competitive.'
Tickets have gone on sale for the second annual Signature Sonoma Valley event that will be held April 6 to 8.
Hugh Reimers will be in charge of day-to-day operations at the nation’s 18th largest winery, which owns 27 labels and farms 3,000 acres of vineyards.