Winemaking and Wine Industry News

We’ve been catching up on winemaking and wine industry news lately, and here are a few of the more interesting stories we found this week. We’ve provided a synopsis below, and you can click the links to read the rest of the news stories. Hope you enjoy them!

Picking Bama’s Best Wines

All 50 states in the US have wineries, and every winemaker is trying to make the best wine possible. The fourth Annual Alabama Commercial Wine competition will be handing out awards to the best submissions from twenty-six Alabama Wineries and Breweries.

Sonoma Winery Introduces Cannabis-Infused Wine

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2018 Home Winemaking Conference in San Diego California

We were happy sponsors of the WineMaker Magazine Home Winemaking Conference again this year. The 2018 conference was held May 17 to 20 in San Diego, CA. As you may remember, we now live on the West Coast. San Diego is practically our back yard, and we spend a lot of time in the area and have met a lot of home winemakers. It was especially enjoyable not to have to travel far.

Noontime Labels at Winemaking Conference

There were hundreds of winemakers there this year from all over North America. There were even winemakers from the Philippines who made the trek to California! We all were there with a primary purpose in mind: to learn to make better wine. Continue reading

Our Trip to the 2016 Home Winemaking Conference in California

We always enjoy our trips to the WineMaker Magazine Conference. This year, with the home winemaking conference in Santa Rosa, CA, we were excited to have a chance to explore more of California’s wine country. It was our first trip to the area. (Can you believe it?) We took a few extra days and spent some time in Napa, Suisun Valley, Lodi, and Sonoma. Of course, it wasn’t long enough to fully enjoy the area, but we did our best!

Wine Tasting in California

1992 & 2012 Cabs at Clos Duval Winery

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At the 2015 Home Winemaking Conference by WineMaker Magazine, Willamette Valley, OR

We had a wonderful time this year at WineMaker Magazine’s annual 2015 home winemaking conference. This May we traveled to Portland, OR, and got to experience the wonders of Willamette Valley.

As usual, the wine was exquisite, and we learned so many things. Not the least of which was how to properly pronounce Willamette … “It’s Will-AM-it, dammit!” Continue reading

Congrats to 2014 Wine Label Contest Winners

Every November we look forward to the WineMaker Magazine Wine Label Contest winners being announced. That’s because every year we pick out some of our best labels and send them in, with our fingers crossed.

Since wine labels and graphic design are our business, we’re always excited to enter our personal favorites and to see how they fare.

But I have to tell you, we’re also a little nervous each year. After all, there are a lot of creative winemakers submitting their favorite designs, too. Will ours hold up to the competition?
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Another Great 2014 Home Winemaking Conference

We had a great time at the WineMaker Magazine’s 2014 Home Winemaking Conference in Virginia! This year we went early and spent a few days touring wine country before the conference began. There are some amazing wines coming out of Virginia. Definitely an area worth checking out!

It was great to meet so many of our customers, and to see your labels on bottles. Thanks to everyone who came up to introduce yourself and show off your wine! We loved getting to know all of you.
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