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Last Chance For Vintners To Participate In Silicon Valley Bank Wine Industry Survey

Email from Rob McMillan, EVP & Founder, Premium Wine Division, Silicon Valley Bank: “This  is the link to the last chance email on the survey: http://www.svb.com/email/email-2015-wine-survey.html” “We’re up to 333 participants. It’s the largest annual survey in the wine business and we give the results back for free and ask for nothing in return. That’s a […]

AVAs Gone Wild! TTB OKs 11 New Areas Inside Paso Robles AVA

TTB NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release October 8, 2014 Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, October 9, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will publish a final rule in Federal Register establishing 11 new American viticultural areas within the existing Paso Robles viticultural area in San Luis Obispo County, California. The 11 […]

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SVB Annual Wine Conditions Survey Needs Your Participation

Rob McMillan EVP & Founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s Premium Wine Division emailed me to say that the 2015 Wine Industry Conditions Survey will open up at 8 a.m.Wednesday, Oct. 8. “It continues to grow in industry importance,” McMillan wrote, “with 650 wineries taking the survey last year. It will be open 2 weeks.”  McMillan […]

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Robert L. Hall, Owner of Robert Hall Winery, Dies at 85

NEWS FROM THE PASO ROBLES WINE ALLIANCE The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance is deeply saddened to report that Robert L. Hall, owner of Robert Hall Winery, passed away peacefully at his home Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at the age of 85 from complications related to an extended illness. Originally from St. Paul Minnesota, Robert […]

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Harvey Posert, Wine Industry PR Innovator, Dies

NEWS RELEASE Harvey Posert, Jr.  1930 – 2014 (St. Helena, CA) – Harvey Posert, Jr., an influential leader in the California wine industry for nearly 50 years, died October 3, 2014 at the age of 84 after a brief illness, with his three sons and their mother at his side. Known in the wine business as the […]

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Volunteers Welcome & Legal At Wineries in WA and MN

Despite California’s regulatory kill-joys, volunteers can still have some hands-on fun and take home wine  in Washington State and Minnesota. Washington Volunteers head to WoodinvilleWine Camp   Minnesota

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Vintner’s Alliance Closes Doors, Says Good-Bye

Vintner’s Alliance closed today. Below is the note that founder Ahin Thomas sent to friends and supporters. It’s reproduced completely and without edits. A customer Friends- After 5 remarkable years, it’s with sadness that I write to you today and let you know that we’re shutting Vintners’ Alliance down. The accomplishments of our Team have […]

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What Message Is Your Old Blog/Site Sending?

The sale of eWinery Solutions was so NOT a surprise given the persistent coma of its website. Note April 28 as the most recent post. (Screen capture Sept. 18, 2014) Aging, derelict web sites most often mean that the owner doesn’t have the resources to keep it up to date, doesn’t care, or both. Those […]

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Offending Ads – Pages That Twitch With Animations

The number-one complaint from News Fetch readers comes from animations. We’ve been banning those for new ads and grandfathering them for ongoing advertisers. What’s more, to lower the annoyance factor, the grandfathered ads must make slower transitions and remain static longer. And they animate once and then remain still. Our eventual goal is no animations […]

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The News-less “News” Release

News releases don’t have to be nauseatingly arrogant to be worthless. All it takes is the ability to bury the news at the bottom of a textual avalanche of wandering prose. This release has the usual self-congratulatory mentions embedded in a lot of verbiage that failed to address the basic question: Why should the reader […]

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