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For Immediate Release
November 26, 2013
Contact: Debra Fiorentino
Phone: 707-577-7700 x109
Email: ddelfiorentino@vwmmedia.com
                                                                                                            

Grand Harvest Awards Announces 2013 Results 

Santa Rosa, Calif. - Vineyard & Winery Management's 23rd Annual Grand Harvest Awards has revealed the results of this year's competition with 53 Best of Class awards including 139 Double Gold, 25 Gold, and 432 Silver medals. Established in 1990, the wine competition is based on terroir and the awards indicate the individuality of each of the various regions/appellations.

"This unique wine competition that was started by my family in 1990 showcases the diverse terriors from around the United States," said Robert Merletti, President and Publisher of Vineyard & Winery Management.  "We are proud to be working with the entire American wine industry and helping in the research and promotion of all its regions."

The Grand Harvest Awards are based on the concept of terroir as judges recognize this influence while tasting wines with others of the same appellation. With cross-regional competition removed, the inherent quality of wines can be seen without the influences that sometimes eclipse even a wine of very high quality. Wines are judged in the context of their viticultural region in order to accomplish two things: to recognize the complexities and nuances of regional wines, and also to measure the influence
of regional soil and weather characteristics on the taste and quality of individual wines.

With the support of some of the entering wineries, soil samples were collected for a new soil display at the competition, which enhanced terroir discussion among the judges.  Soils were represented from New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Colorado and California wine regions. 

"This year the caliber of judges increased, enhancing the level of knowledge and expertise needed to assess the wine's terroir. We had a strong set of sommeliers, buyers, winery owners, writers and winemakers, including Renata Franzia, owner of Bronco Wine Estates, Gina Gallo, chief winemaker for E&J Gallo, and Cory Lester, sommelier for Truett Hurst as well as the seasoned veterans, many of whom have been around from the competition's inception," said VWM's Director of Wine Competitions, Debra Del
Fiorentino. 

During judging, wines were grouped by AVA and varietal.  Judges were told what regions the wines were from while they were tasting.  According to GHA spokesperson, Christopher Sawyer, "On behalf of the 25 wine judges who participated at this year's event, we are thrilled that the impact of the awards handed out at the Grand Harvest Awards 2013 will build momentum for the vineyard owners growing the grapes, the winemakers who craft the wines, the sommeliers and wine buyers who follow the results of the competition and, ultimately, the consumers who get to enjoy the aromas and flavors of the finished wines produced in the famous regions of America and around the globe."

Results are posted on winecompetitions.com, a website developed by EnofileOnline for Vineyard & Winery Management to house all six of its wine competitions, and on enofileonline.com.

Official sponsors of the competition included Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, Penta Ultra-Purified Water, Graber Olives, Wine Country Shipping, Alsco, Costeaux French Bakery, and Lagunitas Brewing Company.

About Vineyard & Winery Management

Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Vineyard & Winery Management is an independently owned and operated multimedia company that produces an international wine trade publication, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. The family-owned company publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, which has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. V&WM's conferences and trade shows include Wineries + Breweries Unlimited and the Midwest Grape &Wine + Craft Brew. Its wine competitions include The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, East Meets West Wine Challenge, International Women's Wine Competition, International Wine Channel TV Awards, and U.S. National Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.

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For Immediate Release
November 6, 2013
Contact: Suzanne Webb, Marketing Director Vineyard & Winery Management 
Phone: 800.535.5670 x108
Email: swebb@vwmmedia.com

To Reach The Press Democrat 
Contact: Cindy Butner, Marketing Director The Press Democrat
Phone: 707.526.8577 
Email: cindy.butner@pressdemocrat.com

The 2014 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge is Open for Entries

Santa Rosa, Calif. - From the heart of North Coast wine country, Vineyard & Winery Management will produce the second Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, focused on wines produced in California's premier wine growing region. Entries are being accepted now through April 10, 2014.  Judging will take place April 29-30, 2014. 

"I am very excited about this challenge. We had an absolutely fantastic judging last year and look forward making it even more impressive next time. The 1,000 wines we judged in 2013 thrilled our judges, who awarded 14% gold medals or 90+ point scores. Our pool of experienced judges includes top-name retail and restaurant buyers, sommeliers, winemakers and wine writers," according to Chief Judge and spokesperson Daryl Groom. Groom is the owner and winemaker of Groom Wines, and a recipient of eight Winemaker-of-the-Year awards. He has judged in more than 100 wine competitions across the United States.

"The judging in this contest is rigorous. Only wines from select California North Coast AVAs are eligible to enter. Those that merit 90 points and higher will achieve the coveted gold medal status," said Debra Del Fiorentino, Vineyard & Winery Management Director of Wine Competitions.

Additional accolades will be given to the gold medalists that earn Best of Category and Best of County awards, and only one wine will earn the Best of the Best award. 

The award-winning wines will be publicized in The Press Democrat, its affiliates and Vineyard & Winery Management magazine - in print, online and through social media channels. Wineries will also receive a quote from the judging notes describing their award-winning wines.

Groom adds, "We make world class wines here on California's North Coast. This competition celebrates the BEST of the BEST, and I can't wait to see who will come out on top in 2014."

The Press Democrat will continue as valued media partner and naming sponsor for the competition. Robert Merletti, President and Publisher of Vineyard & Winery Management, explained that, "A key element to the success of this wine challenge is through our relationship with The Press Democrat and its influence as a major publication in wine country. Winning wineries want more consumer exposure. They'll get it through The Press Democrat."

"The level of participation that the folks at Vineyard & Winery Management brought to the table this year was impressive. After receiving an overwhelmingly positive response from the wineries who participated in 2013, we expect that even more will enter next year's competition," said Steve Falk, CEO of Sonoma Media Investments, LLC, owners of The Press Democrat. 

On June 15, 2014, The Press Democrat will host an invitational tasting for the North Coast Wine Challenge in Napa Valley. The event will feature gold medal wines scoring 90+ points, including the Best of the Best winner. "We look forward to bringing wine enthusiasts to the region to share these exceptional wines presented in an exceptional tasting experience," said Falk.  

For more information or to enter the competition, please visit www.NorthCoastWineChallenge.com.  Visit www.NorthCoastWineTasting.com for invitational tasting details.

About Vineyard & Winery Management
Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Vineyard & Winery Management is an independently owned and operated multimedia company that produces an international wine trade publication, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. The family-owned company publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, which has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. V&WM's conferences and trade shows include Wineries Unlimited and the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference. Its wine competitions include The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, International "East Meets West" Wine Challenge (International Eastern Wine Competition/West Coast Wine Competition), International Women's Wine Competition, International Wine Channel TV Awards, and U.S. National Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.

About The Press Democrat
Based in Santa Rosa, California, The Press Democrat is the North Bay's most-read provider of up-to-the-minute local news. It is a recognized leader in the development of highly effective integrated media solutions for its business clients. The Press Democrat is owned by the recently-formed Sonoma Media Investments, LLC, a multimedia company that provides world-class local news, information and entertainment to audiences throughout San Francisco's North Bay. See PDmediaSource.com and pressdemocrat.com for more information.

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Wine Competition News and PR
For Immediate Release
Date: September 10, 2013
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino
Phone: 707-577-7700 x109
Email: ddelfiorentino@vwmmedia.com

Results Are In for International Wine Channel TV Awards
N
avarro Vineyards Late Harvest Gewurztraminer Wins Best of Show

Santa Rosa, Calif. - Vineyard & Winery Management (V&WM) has announced the results of the 2013 International Wine Channel TV awards (IWC-TV), including the overall Best of Show award, which went to Navarro Vineyards for its 2012 Late Harvest Gewürztraminer.

Judging for the competition took place September 4-5 in Sonoma County, Calif.

More than 850 wines were entered in the competition. Judges awarded a total of 26 Best of Class, 16 Double Gold, 65 Gold and 230 Silver medals. They also named five wines as Best of Show in their respective categories:

Best of Show Red: Handley Cellars, 2010 Pinot Noir, RSM Vineyard, Anderson Valley, $52/bottle
Best of Show White: Burntshirt Vineyards, 2012 Sunset Sippin', North Carolina, Estate Grown, Family Owned, $14/bottle
Best of Show Rosé: Castoro Cellars, 2012 Rosato di Zinfandel, California, Paso Robles, Estate Grown and Produced, $19/bottle
Best of Show Sparkling: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, NV, Blanc de Noirs, Carneros, Methode Champenoise, $22/bottle
Best of Show Fruit: Keg Springs Winery, NV, M'Lady's Strawberry, Tennessee, $12/bottle
Best of Show Dessert: Navarro Vineyards, 2012 Gewurztraminer, Anderson Valley, Late Harvest, $29/bottle

In an effort to recognize up-and-coming young winemaking talent, winemakers under 35 were invited to submit their best wines for the first Rising Star Winemaker Award. Eric Harris of Two-EE's Winery was honored with this title, earning two Best of Class awards and thus achieving the highest collective scoring points awarded by the judges.

The face of Wine Channel TV is Jessica Altieri, professional wine judge and media personality, who served as the spokesperson and judge for the competition. Altieri's international reputation as a knowledgeable wine enthusiast helped increase entries and draw consumer attention from the under-40 crowd. "One of the unique aspects that was key to the success of the event was the creative, passionate DNA of the team of judges," said Altieri. "Highly driven and successful, the judging panels were the perfect combination of wine professionals from different backgrounds - a 'perfect storm' for wine judging."

Wine Channel TV is one of the world's fastest-growing wine lifestyle communities, connecting leading wine lifestyle brands and Millennials through its worldwide presence. Wine Channel TV Network will promote the event and award-winning wines with original video segments for its engaging Facebook community (32K fans and a friend-of-fan reach of more than 15 million), its Hotel Channel (U.S.-based hotels including Hyatt and Marriott), and in Singapore on the Sunrise Lifestyle IPTV Channel (reaching more than 50,000 subscribers and more than 2 million mobile subscribers by July 2013.)

According to V&WM President and competition owner Rob Merletti, "Our mission with our competitions is to help producers promote their award-winning wines, and one way to do this is to align with a business with consumer outreach and influence. Joining forces with Wine Channel TV has proven a tremendous success. The company's ability to reach a high-end Millennial customer base assures the wineries that their wines are being seen and promoted to this target market."

Wine Channel TV will host the world's first Live Wine Consumer Award Event, to be broadcast from The Underground in Chicago on October 17, with award-winning wines and a celebrity wine lifestyle tasting audience with fashion, music, art, and start-up technology influencers in attendance. Award-winning wines will be featured in original content programming for the all-important holiday season, November through December, on the Wine Channel TV Network. "An international audience, including consumers and winemakers, will be able to see and hear the excitement and real conversation taking place, with award-winning wines being served," commented Altieri. For more details, contact Peter Altieri, Wine Channel TV Network, petea@wctvnetwork.com, 847-224-0600.

About Wine Channel TV Network
WCTV Network LLC (www.wctvmedia.com)  is a leader in building online, cable and media marketing brands in selected vertical markets. Wine Channel TV (www.winechanneltv.com) produces and delivers original wine lifestyle content through a converged network of online, mobile and TV programming. WCTV Network works with leading wine lifestyle brands, trade associations and governments around the world. WCTV is headquartered in Chicago, Ill., and has offices in Sonoma and New York City.

About Vineyard & Winery Management
Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Vineyard & Winery Management is an independently owned and operated multimedia company that produces wine industry trade publications, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. The family-owned company publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, which has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. V&WM's conferences and trade shows include Wineries Unlimited and the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference. Its wine competitions include the International Wine Channel TV Awards, the Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, International Women's Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, and U.S. National Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.

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For Immediate Release
Date: July 11, 2013
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino
Phone: 707-577-7700 x109
Email: ddelfiorentino@vwmmedia.com

Results Are In for International Women's Wine Competition
Harris Kratka 2010 Zinfandel from Alexander Valley Wins Best of Show

Santa Rosa, CA - Vineyard & Winery Management has announced the results of the 2013 International Women's Wine Competition (IWWC), including the overall Best of Show winner - Rock Wall Wine Company's Harris Kratka 2010 Zinfandel from Alexander Valley.

More than 900 wines were entered in the competition. Judges awarded a total of 26 Double Gold medals, 100 Gold medals, 311 Silver medals, 225 Bronze medals, and a total of 37 Best of Class awards.

Judges also named five wines as Best of Show in their respective categories:

Best of Show Dessert Wine: Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery - 2011 Late Harvest Cabernet Franc - Chester County, Pennsylvania
Best of Show Fruit Wine: Galena Cellars 2012 Red Raspberry Wine
Best of Show Red Wine: ROCK WALL - AGAIN - 3 AWARDS!
Best of Show Rosé Wine: Mey Icki Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S. Kayra Vintage 2012 Blush, Turkey
Best of Show Sparkling Wine: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards - 2005 Royal Cuvee, Carneros
Best of Show White Wine: Inman Family Wines - 2011 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Best Wine By A Woman Winemaker went to Shauna Rosenblum, Rock Wall Wine Company, for the Harris Kratka 2010 Zinfandel. The panelists gave this combined comment on the wine: "Friggin' Gold! Spice, apple, perfectly picked grape."

Chief Judge Debra Del Fiorentino, Sommelier, CWP, CSW, points out that the International Women's Wine Competition is judged entirely by leading women in the wine industry. The judges recognize not only the best wines submitted, but also the wines they feel would appeal most to women wine buyers and consumers.

According to Del Fiorentino, "We had excellent, top notch judges including Liz Thach, MW, Professor of Wine Business & Management, SSU Wine Business Institute; Theo Snyder, wine buyer for Total Wine & More; Traci Dutton, Sommelier, The Culinary Institute of America; Jessica Alteri, Sommelier, CEO Wine Channel TV Network; and Shauna Rosenblum, Head Winemaker, Rock Wall Winery."

Vineyard & Winery Management welcomed its media partnership with Women for WineSense for its 2013 International Women's Wine Competition to help raise awareness and increase entries in the competition. "This media alliance is the logical fit," says Del Fiorentino. "Their goals and objectives are perfectly in sync with ours for this niche judging."

"Our organization is all about offering wine education to empower women, both in their wine careers and through the development of their palates in order to make more informed purchasing decisions," enthused Women for WineSense National President Rebecca Moore. "We were thrilled to provide our members with this opportunity."

Additional sponsors include Penta Water, Riedel Glassware, Wine Country Shipping, Alsco, Graber Olives, Sonoma Wine Country Hilton, Costeaux French Bakery, and Lagunitas Brewing Company.

The judging was held in Sonoma County, California July 9-10, 2013. Winners are now posted on www.winecompetitions.com and www.EnofileOnline.com.

About Vineyard & Winery Management
Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Vineyard & Winery Management is an independently owned and operated multimedia company that produces an international wine trade publication, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. The family-owned company publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, which has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. V&WM's conferences and trade shows include Wineries Unlimited and the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference. Its wine competitions include The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, International Women's Wine Competition, International Wine Channel TV Awards, and U.S. National Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.

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For Immediate Release 
June 5, 2013
Inquiries About Competition
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino
Vineyard & Winery Management
Phone: 707.577.7700 x109
Email: ddelfiorentino@vwmmedia.com

To Reach The Press Democrat
Contact: Cindy Butner, Marketing Director The Press Democrat
Phone: 707.526.8577
Email: cindy.butner@pressdemocrat.com

Results Are In for The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge
Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve Napa Valley 2009 Red Bordeaux Blend Takes Best of the Best

Santa Rosa, CA - From the heart of North Coast wine country, Vineyard & Winery Management magazine and The Press Democrat have concluded the first North Coast Wine Challenge, a new wine competition focused exclusively on wines produced in this prestigious region. A total of 132 wines were awarded medals from a field of nearly 1,000 entries.

In the good nature of competitive spirit and ultimate bragging rights, this challenge rated wines produced and bottled only in North Coast AVAs. The challenge was created to highlight the best of each county and ultimately, the entire region. The North Coast served as its own jury in the decision-making by including only the best North Coast sommeliers and winemakers to judge.

The Wine Challenge introduced a new approach to award designations, according to Debra Del Fiorentino, Director of Wine Competitions for V&WM. "Wines were designated the ranking of Best of Class by Category, Best of County, and ultimately the Best of the Best as top award. The competition also introduced a new Luxury Class, for wines retailing at $75 or more."

Top winners include:

BEST OF THE BEST: Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve, Napa Valley, 2009, Red Bordeaux Blend, Gold Medal, 98 points

BEST OF COUNTIES:
BEST OF NAPA COUNTY: Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve, Napa Valley, 2009 Red Bordeaux Blend, Gold Medal, 98 points
BEST OF SONOMA COUNTY: (3-way tie)
   • Sivas-Sonoma, Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma, 2011, Gold Medal, 98 points
   • Kokomo, Grenache Rosé, Pauline's Vineyard Estate, Dry Creek Valley, 2012, Gold Medal, 98 points
   • Trombetta Family Wines, Pinot Noir, Gap's Crown Vineyard, Vineyard Selection, Sonoma Coast, 2011, Gold Medal, 98 points
BEST OF MENDOCINO COUNTY: Navarro Vineyards, Gewürztraminer Late Harvest, Cluster Select, Anderson Valley, 2012, Gold Medal, 97 points
BEST OF LAKE COUNTY: Shed Horn Cellars, Red Blend, Lake County, 2010, Gold Medal, 96 points
BEST OF MARIN COUNTY: DeLoach Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Marin County, 2010, 89 points
BEST OF SOLANO COUNTY: Grape Heart Vineyards, The Beat, Proprietary Red, Estate Grown, 2010, 89 points

BEST OF THE CLASS:
BEST SPARKLING WINE: Breathless Wines, Brut, North Coast, NV, Gold Medal, 98 points
BEST WHITE WINE: Sivas-Sonoma, Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma, 2011, Gold Medal, 98 points
BEST ROSE: Kokomo, Grenache Rosé, Pauline's Vineyard Estate, Dry Creek Valley, 2012, Gold Medal, 98 points
BEST RED: Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve, Napa Valley, 2009 Red Bordeaux Blend, Gold Medal, 98 points
BEST DESSERT: Navarro Vineyards, Gewürztraminer Late Harvest, Cluster Select, Anderson Valley, 2012, Gold Medal, 97 points

Chief judge Daryl Groom led the exclusive event for its inaugural year. Daryl's expertise includes serving as wine judge in over 150 wine shows across the United States, and he has made many award-winning wines in California's North Coast and his native Australia. He was named Winemaker of the Year by eight publications including the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times. Said Groom, "We had a fantastic first event and I could not be happier with the judging and the results. I felt the expertise of our judging panels was the best any competition could possibly have. It was a grueling task to critique over 100 wines each per day, but all the judges had big smiles. Why? Where else in the world do you get to taste that many absolutely top notch wines of such diversity but on the North Coast of California? It's a credit to the winemaking talent and the great climate we have. Picking the ultimate winners was tough, but some really stunning wines shone through."

"A key element to the success of this event was in joining forces with The Press Democrat as our media partner," said Robert Merletti, CEO and President of V&WM. "We shared a similar vision about the contest and were able to ensure consumer exposure for award-winning wines through local media."

"We live and work in the heart of the leading quality wine region in the country and The Press Democrat is committed to bringing new focus and attention to our great wines," said Steve Falk, CEO of Sonoma Media Investments, owners of The Press Democrat. "Together with our partners at Vineyard and Winery Management, we expect this new North Coast Wine Challenge will grow into one of the most important events in the North Bay region." In his former role as publisher at the San Francisco Chronicle, Falk transformed the Cloverdale Citrus Festival's Wine Competition into the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Winners were exclusively announced in the June 5th edition of the Food and Wine section of The Press Democrat. The paper will host a public tasting on Sunday, July 14th featuring a selection of medal-winning wines from this event. For more details about the public tasting, contact Cindy Butner, Marketing Director for The Press Democrat (see contact information above).

Award winners are also posted at www.NorthCoastWineChallenge.com and www.EnofileOnline.com.

Judging event sponsors include Wine Industry Network, Penta Water, Wine Country Organics, Wine Country Shipping, Alsco, Graber Olives, Sonoma Wine Country Hilton, Costeaux French Bakery, Vino Chapeau, Corks Restaurant, Big River Coffee Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Sonoma Chocolatiers, Oliver's, Clover Stornetta Farms, Spring Hill Jersey Cheese, Top Nest Designs, Screamin' Mimi's, and Montgomery Village Shopping Center.

About Vineyard & Winery Management
Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Vineyard & Winery Management is an independently owned and operated multimedia company that produces an international wine trade publication, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. The family-owned company publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, which has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. V&WM's conferences and trade shows include Wineries Unlimited and the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference. Its wine competitions include The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, International Women's Wine Competition, International Wine Channel TV Awards, and U.S. National Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.

About The Press Democrat
Based in Santa Rosa, California, The Press Democrat is the North Bay's most-read provider of up-to-the-minute local news. It is a recognized leader in the development of highly effective integrated media solutions for its business clients. The Press Democrat is owned by the recently-formed Sonoma Media Investments, LLC, a multimedia company that provides world-class local news, information and entertainment to audiences throughout San Francisco's North Bay. See PDmediaSource.com and pressdemocrat.com for more information.

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For Immediate Release
Date: May 20, 2013
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino
Phone: 707-577-7700 X 109
Email: ddelfiorentino@vwmmedia.com

2013 International Women's Wine Competition Welcomes Media Partner Women for WineSense

Santa Rosa, CA - Vineyard & Winery Management announces a media partnership with Women for WineSense for its 2013 International Women's Wine Competition.

Chief Judge Debra Del Fiorentino, Sommelier, CWP, CSW, points out that the International Women's Wine Competition is judged entirely by leading women in the wine industry. The judges recognize not only the best wines submitted, but also the wines they feel would appeal most to women wine buyers and consumers.

"This media alliance is the logical fit," says Del Fiorentino. "Their goals and objectives are perfectly in sync with ours for this niche judging."

"Our organization is all about offering wine education to empower women, both in their wine careers and through the development of their palates in order to make more informed purchasing decisions," enthused Women for WineSense National President Rebecca Moore. "We are thrilled to provide our members with this opportunity."

Women for WineSense members will be offered a $5 per wine discount for every entry as a benefit to WWS members and to help drive entries.

According to Del Fiorentino, "We have excellent, top notch judges including Liz Thach, MW, Professor of Wine Business & Management, SSU Wine Business Institute; Theo Snyder, wine buyer for Total Wine & More; Traci Dutton, Sommelier, The Culinary Institute of America; Jessica Alteri, Sommelier, CEO Wine Channel TV Network; and Shauna Rosenblum, Head Winemaker, Rock Wall Winery. I invite you to go online to see a complete list of judges with their bios."

The judging will be held in Sonoma County, California July 9-10, 2013. Deadline for entries is June 20.

Entries may be made through the event website at www.winecompetitions.com or through EnofileOnline.com. See winecompetitions.com for complete details.

About Women for WineSense
Women for WineSense (WWS), soon to be in its 25th year, is a national organization with multiple chapters and over 800 members across the United States. The membership ranges from wine enthusiasts to those actively employed in, or seeking to enter, the wine industry, and boasts some of the most famous, and soon-to-be-famous, names in the wine world. With a mission focused on education, networking and the promotion of women in the wine industry, WWS is able to offer a wide array of programs and events to tempt and educate palates ranging from aficionados to professional members. For more information and to join this amazing organization, please visit womenforwinesense.org.

About Vineyard & Winery Management
Based in Santa Rosa, California, Vineyard & Winery Management is an independent family-owned and -operated multimedia company that produces a wine industry trade publication, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. It publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, which has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. V&WM's conferences and trade shows include Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine, and Winery DIY. Its wine competitions include the Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, International Wine Channel TV Awards, International Women's Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, and U.S. National Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.

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For Immediate Release
Date: March 14, 2013
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino
Phone: 707-577-7700 x109
Email: ddelfiorentino@vwmmedia.com

Announcing The First International Wine Channel TV Awards

Live Consumer Tasting Event and Award-Winning Wines to be Promoted Worldwide on Wine Channel TV

Santa Rosa, CA - Vineyard & Winery Management (VWM) has just expanded its wine competitions to include the inaugural International Wine Channel TV Awards. Judging for the competition will occur September 4-5, 2013 in Sonoma County, California.

The face of Wine Channel TV is Jessica Altieri, professional wine judge and media personality, who will step into the position as spokesperson and judge for the International Wine Channel TV Awards. Wine Channel TV (WCTV) is a visionary wine lifestyle media company that drives conversation on how people talk, drink and interact with wine.

Altieri's international reputation as a media personality and knowledgeable wine enthusiast is sure to draw consumer attention from the under-40 crowd. Wine Channel TV is one of the world's fastest-growing wine lifestyle communities, connecting leading wine lifestyle brands and millennials through its worldwide presence. Wine Channel TV Network will be promoting the event and award-winning wines with featured original content video segments on its engaging Facebook community (32K fans and a friend of fan reach of over 15 million), its Hotel Channel (US-based hotels including Hyatt and Marriott), and in Singapore on the Sunrise Lifestyle IPTV Channel (reaching over 50,000 subscribers and over 2 million mobile subscribers by July 2013).

The event will feature the world's first Live Wine Consumer Award Event, to be broadcast from Chicago in October 2013 and featuring award-winning wines and a celebrity wine lifestyle tasting audience with fashion, music, art, and start-up technology influencers in attendance. Award-winning wines will be featured in original content programming for the all-important holiday season, November through December, on the Wine Channel TV Network.

The realization of this new competition is due to the combined efforts of George Christie, CEO of Vineyard & Winery Management, and Jessica Altieri, CEO of Wine Channel TV.

"This kind of marketing presence is likely to draw a higher number of entries into competition, and the winners will receive the extra media exposure Altieri and her team can deliver," said Christie.

"An international audience, including consumers and winemakers, will be able to see and hear the excitement and real conversation taking place with award-winning wines being served," commented Jessica Altieri.

"The objective for any wine producer is to sell more wine. With six different wine competitions, we are providing many avenues to get good wine noticed through a variety of niche competitions. A medal in any of our wine judgings can put a wine a notch above the rest," according to VWM's Wine Competition Director, Debra Del Fiorentino.

The Wine Channel TV Awards is now accepting entries through event website winecompetitions.com or at EnofileOnline.com. The deadline for entry is August 15, 2013. Judging will occur September 4-5, 2013 in Sonoma County, California.

About Wine Channel TV Network
WCTV Network LLC (www.wctvmedia.com) is a leader in building online, cable and media marketing brands in selected vertical markets. Wine Channel TV (www.winechanneltv.com) produces and delivers original wine lifestyle content through a converged network of online, mobile and TV programming. WCTV Network works with leading wine lifestyle brands, trade associations and governments around the world. WCTV is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with offices in Sonoma and New York City.

About Vineyard & Winery Management
Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Vineyard & Winery Management is an independently owned and operated multimedia company that produces wine industry trade publications, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. The family-owned company publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, which has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. VWM's conferences and trade shows include Wineries Unlimited and the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference. Its wine competitions include the International Wine Channel TV Awards, the Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, International Women's Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, and U.S. National Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.

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For Immediate Release
Date: April 15, 2013
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino
Phone: 707-577-7700 x109
Email: ddelfiorentino@vwmmedia.com

Results Are In for Second U.S. National Wine Competition

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Dry Riesling Wins Best of Show

Santa Rosa, CA - Vineyard & Winery Management has announced the results of the second U.S. National Wine Competition (USNWC), including the overall Best of Show winner - Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Dry Riesling from Finger Lakes, New York.

The competition celebrates all grape varieties unique to the U.S. today (native, hybrid, and vinifera). "The U.S. National Wine Competition represents the wide range of our wine growing regions, and ties in with the diversity of the nation's ethnic food and wine pairings," said Debra Del Fiorentino, Director of Wine Competitions for Vineyard & Winery Management.

"The key to a successful competition is the caliber of wine judges," said Del Fiorentino. An outstanding panel of judges awarded a total of 9 Double Gold medals, 65 Gold medals, 226 Silver medals, 184 Bronze medals and 22 Best of Class. Judges also named four wines as Best of Show in their respective categories:

Best of Show Red: Haywood Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Los Chamizal, Sonoma, California
Best of Show Rosé: Detour Winery 2011 Meadow Breeze, Detour, Maryland
Best of Show Sparkling: Sparkling Pointe 2008 Brut Seduction, Long Island, New York
Best of Show White: Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, New York

According to Robert Merletti, President and Publisher of Vineyard & Winery Management, "Our mission is to provide the North American wine industry with the necessary tools to achieve success and sustainability through multiple pathways. One path is by awarding excellence with wine competition medals to help wineries boost sales and increase their exposure in today's competitive wine marketplace."

Full results are posted on www.EnofileOnline.com and Vineyard & Winery Management's wine competition website at winecompetitions.com.

About Vineyard & Winery Management 
Based in Santa Rosa, California, Vineyard & Winery Management is an independent family-owned and operated multimedia company that produces a wine industry trade publication, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. It publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, which has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. V&WM's conferences and trade shows include Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine, and Winery DIY. Its wine competitions include The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, International Wine Channel TV Awards, International Women's Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, and U.S. National Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.

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For Immediate Release

February 26, 2013

Inquiries About Contest Details
Contact: Suzanne Webb, Marketing Director
Vineyard & Winery Management
Phone: 800.535.5670 x108
Email: swebb@vwmmedia.com

To Reach The Press Democrat
Contact: Cindy Butner, Marketing Director
The Press Democrat
Phone: 707.526.8577
Email: cindy.butner@pressdemocrat.com

The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Santa Rosa, CA - From the heart of North Coast wine country, Vineyard & Winery Management and The Press Democrat announce the first North Coast Wine Challenge, a new wine competition focused exclusively on wines produced in this prestigious region.

"Wines produced in the North Coast are arguably the best in North America, if not the world," says Wine Industry Network and Vineyard & Winery Management CEO George Christie. "This competition is meant to highlight the best of each county and ultimately, the entire region. The event will target both established and new producers and position itself as the most competitive and challenging wine competition in North America."

The competition will open for entries on February 26, 2013, with a deadline of May 10. The judging will take place May 29-30, 2013. For more information or to enter the competition please visit NorthCoastWineChallenge.com.

In the good nature of competitive spirit and ultimate bragging rights, this challenge will rate wines produced only in North Coast AVAs. And the North Coast will be their own jury in the decision-making, by including only the best North Coast sommeliers and winemakers to judge.

"We live and work in the heart of the leading quality wine region in the country and The Press Democrat is committed to bringing new focus and attention to our great wines," said Steve Falk, CEO of Sonoma Media Investments, owners of The Press Democrat. "Going forward, the event will officially be called The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge." In his former role as publisher at the San Francisco Chronicle, Steve transformed the Cloverdale Citrus Festival's Wine Competition into the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Introducing Best of Class Wines
The Wine Challenge will be introducing a new approach to award designations, according to Debra Del Fiorentino, Director of Wine Competitions for VWM. "Wines will be designated the ranking of Best of Class by Category, Best of County, and ultimately the Best of the Best as top award." She said the competition will also introduce a new Luxury Class, for wines retailing at $75 or more.

"We wanted a new structure to simply recognize wines that stood out as exceptional, and from that group, to determine this year's Best of the Best," Del Fiorentino said.

Daryl Groom has been recruited as chief judge to lead the exclusive event for its inaugural year. Daryl comes with incredible expertise. He has judged over 150 wine shows across the United States and has made many award-winning wines

in California's North Coast and his native Australia. He has been named Winemaker of the Year by eight publications including the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times. "Daryl is not only one of the most talented and respected

winemakers in the region, he's one of the best on the planet," said Christie. "We are honored to have him as a part of the North Coast Wine Challenge."

The Press Democrat joins as Partner
Now under new local ownership, The Press Democrat has enthusiastically partnered with VWM to promote competition awareness and spotlight the winning wines. Falk said the newspaper's new ownership is committed to increasing its support and coverage of the region's wine industry. "Having The Press Democrat as a part of this is incredible," said Christie. "They're the perfect media partner and the exposure that winning wineries will experience as a result will make an impact on their business."

About Vineyard & Winery Management
Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Vineyard & Winery Management is an independently owned and operated multimedia company that produces wine industry trade publications, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. The family-owned company publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, which has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. V&WM's conferences and trade shows include Wineries Unlimited and the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference. Its wine competitions include The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, International Women's Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, and U.S. National Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.

About The Press Democrat
Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., The Press Democrat is the North Bay's most-read provider of up-to-the-minute local news. It is a recognized leader in the development of highly effective integrated media solutions for its business clients. The Press Democrat is owned by the recently-formed Sonoma Media Investments, LLC a multimedia company that provides world-class local news, information and entertainment to audiences throughout San Francisco's North Bay. See PDmediaSource.com and pressdemocrat.com for more information.

About Wine Industry Network
The Wine Industry Network (WIN) is a comprehensive Internet marketplace and resource site specifically created to help wine industry professionals more effectively and efficiently locate and connect with suppliers. WIN is dedicated to the business of wine and to providing information crucial to the success of the entire wine industry. www.WineIndustryNetwork.com.

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For Immediate Release
Date: February 21, 2013
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino
Phone: 707-577-7700 x109
Email: ddelfiorentino@vwmmedia.com
 

Results Are In for International Eastern Wine Competition & Riesling Challenge
21 Brix Winery 2011 Vidal Ice Wine Wins Best of Show

Santa Rosa, CA - The Vineyard & Winery Management Group has announced the results of the 37th Annual International Eastern Wine Competition and Riesling Championship (IEWC), including the overall Best of Show winner - 21 Brix Winery 2011 Vidal Ice Wine from Lake Erie.

More than 1,150 wines were entered in the competition. Although the spotlight is on wines from the Eastern and Midwestern regions of the United States and Eastern Canada, due to overwhelming demand from wineries outside the defined IEWC regions, this year the competition was opened to all international wine producing regions. The gold and double-gold wines were judged separately by region: Eastern US and Canada, or all other regions. Medals for each of these two separate regions were awarded for Best of Class and Best Riesling. Also, as in the past, a taste-off was held to determine the Best Riesling.

"The wines in this year's competition were simply stunning," said Debra Del Fiorentino, Director of Wine Competitions for Vineyard & Winery Management Group. "Our panel of judges, a diverse collection of wine media, educators, and vintners from both the east and west coasts, noted that the winning wines were elegant, exemplary examples of the varietals. We couldn't have been happier with the results."

Judges awarded a total of 15 Double Gold medals, 104 Gold medals, 298 Silver medals, 308 Bronze medals and 35 Best of Class. Judges also named five wines as Best of Show in their respective categories: 

Best of Show Fruit: St. James Winery NV Strawberry Wine

Best of Show Red: Sunset Hills Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Franc

Best of Show Rosé: Wollersheim Winery 2012 Prairie Blush

Best of Show Sparkling: Sparkling Point 2008 Blanc de Noirs

Best of Show White: CAB Cellars/Laurentide Winery 2011 Riesling 

The winner of the Riesling Challenge/Best Riesling was CAB Cellars/Laurentide Winery 2011 Riesling.

Full results are now posted on EnofileOnline.com or you may also visit the Vineyard & Winery Management website at vwm-online.com.

Vineyard & Winery Management

Based in Santa Rosa, California, Vineyard & Winery Management is an independently owned and operated multimedia company that produces wine industry trade publications, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. The family-owned company publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, which has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication, and the Winedex (Wine Industry Index) buyer's guide. V&WM's conferences and trade shows include Wineries Unlimited, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, and Winery DIY (formerly Wine Sales Summit). Its wine competitions include the Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, International Women's Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, and U.S. National Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.   
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For Immediate Release:
Date: June 13, 2012
Contact: Bill Traverso
Phone: 707-577-7700 x109
Email: btraverso@vwm-online.com

NextGen 2012 Wine Competition Results Announced
Competition Designed for and Judged by Millennials

Santa Rosa, CA - Vineyard & Winery Management has announced the conclusion of the 4th annual NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, held June 5-6, 2012. The competition is designed specifically with this exciting and important consumer group in mind, and is judged by qualified and knowledgeable wine industry millennials aged 21-35.

Produced by Vineyard & Winery Management, NextGen is one of the fastest growing and most exciting wine competitions in North America today. Judges included high profile NextGenners such as Jessica Altieri, "America's Social Wine Ambassador." Altieri, 27, is a leading online wine social media and video pioneer, traveling the world to spread the conversation about wine in an unpretentious way. She is the founder, CEO and Certified Sommelier for WineChannelTV and has worked with some of the world's leading wine brands, governments and trade associations.

"I would have to say that the results from our lineup of millennial judges mirror very closely what is trending in the marketplace today," said Bill Traverso, Director of Wine Competitions for Vineyard & Winery Management. "That is why a competition with millennial judges helps wineries in making plans for which variety to plant and which type of wines to make for the next wave of wine consumers."

"The 2012 NextGen Wine Competition was an incredible success," declared Chief Judge Giovanni Balistreri. "Judges were flown in from all over the country to join local industry professionals; their combined wine expertise and knowledge contributed to making this competition shine. A big thank you to our sponsors! I look forward to the 2013 NextGen Wine Competition."

Riedel glassware was used to assess all of the wines, which were judged from a field of 750 entries. Judges awarded a total of 17 Double Gold, 63 Gold, 253 Silver, and 249 Bronze medals.

Sweepstakes awards were bestowed as follows:

Best of Show
Lago di Merlo Vineyards and Winery
2009 Sangiovese Lago di Merlo Vineyard
Dry Creek Valley, California

Best of Show Dessert/Late Harvest
Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery
2010 Vidal Blanc
Chester County, Pennsylvania

Best of Show Fruit
Apple Barn Winery
2011 Apple Cranberry
Tennessee

Best of Show Rosé
Canyon Wind Cellars
2011 47-Ten Rosé
Grand Valley, Colorado

Best of Show Sparkling
E & J Gallo Winery
Barefoot Bubbly NV Moscato Spumante
California

Best of Show White
White Tie Wines
2011 Moscato
California

In a strategic move that benefits wine entrants, Vineyard & Winery Management has joined forces with EnofileOnline, an established and proven online entry program specializing in wine competitions. Complete results will be posted soon at EnofileOnline.com and vwm-online.com/nextgen. Event sponsors include Wine Industry Network (WIN), 7x7SF, Hilton Sonoma County, Penta Water, Riedel Glassware, Sonoma County Farm Bureau, and Wine Club Tours.

About Vineyard & Winery Management
Vineyard & Winery Management publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication, Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (currently with the largest circulation of any North American wine trade publication), www.vwm-online.com and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences, and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit - direct-to-consumer, Winery DIY, and Managing the Winery Laboratory), as well as six wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, International Women's Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, and U.S. National Wine Competition.)
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For Immediate Release:
Date: April 26, 2012
Contact: Bill Traverso
Phone: 707-577-7700 x109
Email: btraverso@vwm-online.com

Results Announced for U.S. National Wine Competition
Judges Pick Cream Sherry as Top Wine

Santa Rosa, CA - The Vineyard & Winery Management Group has announced the results for the inaugural U.S. National Wine Competition. An outstanding panel of judges, led by chief judge Gerald D. Boyd, tasted through over 1,100 wines on April 9 through 12 to choose the Sweepstakes Winners, Best of Class, Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners. The judges' overwhelming favorite for Best of Show was a Cream Sherry from Rancho De Philo. Located in the Cucamonga Valley appellation, Rancho De Philo's Cream Sherry is made in the traditional Spanish solera barrel aging process using Mission grapes, originally brought to California by Franciscan missionaries.

"Key to the success of a wine competition is the professional caliber of the judges," said Boyd. "As Chief Judge of the U.S. National Wine Competition, I select experienced judges from the U.S. wine industry and related professions, who understand the wide range and diversity of wines available today to the U.S. wine consumer."

Sweepstakes Winners came from a diversity of states, including Nebraska, New York, Washington and California. "The top awards given at the 2012 U.S. National Wine Competition are clear evidence that the quality of U.S. wines more than meets the demand of an increasingly sophisticated wine consumer," stated Boyd.

The competition celebrates all domestic grape varieties unique to the 50 United States today (native, hybrid, and vinifera). It also represents the wide range of our wine growing regions, and ties in with the diversity of all our nation's ethnic food and wine pairings.

A partnership with Bottlenotes®, the premier online community for wine enthusiasts, gives winners direct-to-consumer exposure. Bottlenotes has 250,000 registered users, more than 25,000 Twitter followers, and more than 65,000 Facebook fans.

For complete results please visit:
http://www.vwm-online.com/wine_competitions/us_national/results.asp

About Vineyard & Winery Management Group
Vineyard & Winery Management Group publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication, Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (www.vwm-online.com) and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences, and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit - direct-to-consumer, Winery DIY, and Managing the Winery Laboratory), as well as six wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, International Women's Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, and U.S. National Wine Competition).

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Immediate Release
April 20, 2012
Contact: Suzanne Webb, Marketing Director
Phone: 707-577-7700 x108

Final Numbers Are In for 2012 Wineries Unlimited Conference and Trade Show
Conference Sessions Focused on Topics for Today's Eastern Wine Industry

Richmond, VA - It's official: the 36th Annual Wineries Unlimited Conference and Trade Show is the largest, longest running, and most powerful wine industry event outside of the Unified Symposium in CA, with over 2,100 in attendance in 2012. More than 260 vendors offered everything from barrels, bottles, corks, chemicals, equipment, grapevines, irrigation, machinery, packaging, tasting equipment, and more.

"Vineyard & Winery Management has supported the eastern wine industry for close to four decades, through two generations of family," noted President and CEO Robert Merletti. "We remain deeply committed to the present and future success of the eastern industry, as well as all of North America."

Organized specifically for the needs of the eastern U.S. wine market, the conference and trade show was held in March at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia. Conference sessions focused on topics for today's wine industry, including enology, viticulture, and marketing issues. The intensive enology and viticulture seminars, entitled "Microbiology from Vineyard to Bottle," featured practical discussions on issues relating to the impacts of vineyard management on yeast ecology, yeast and bacterial stain impact on aroma, flavor and phenols, fruit longevity and prevention of spoilage.

"Best of the East," a formal evening held mid-show and hosted by Jim Trezise, President New York Wine & Grape Foundation, began with a medal-winning wine tasting from the 2012 International Eastern Wine Competition, followed by dinner and the keynote address, given by Alyssa Rapp, Founder and CEO of Bottlenotes. The evening ended with a live auction which, combined with a silent trade show auction, raised nearly $13,000 for ASEV/ES scholarships, bringing the total raised since the first Wineries Unlimited auction in 2007 to $89,000.

A selection of Eastern wines was poured at the Best of the East dinner, including the Wollersheim Winery Dry Riesling, from Wisconsin, winner of the Best of Show, Best White, and Riesling Champion awards at the 2012 International Eastern Wine Competition.

"It was an honor for us to be featured at the Best of the East dinner," stated Philippe Coquard, winemaker, owner, and president of Wollersheim Winery. "Winning six awards at the IEWC illustrates that when committed to quality, any region has a chance to shine and be recognized."

"We're extremely grateful for the warm welcome and support we've received from the Virginia state government, as well as the Virginia Wine Board and regional associations," said Dennis Black, COO of Vineyard & Winery Management. Next year's conference will return to Richmond March 12-14, 2013. For complete information about the program please see www.wineriesunlimited.com.

ABOUT WINERIES UNLIMITED
Wineries Unlimited is a division of Vineyard & Winery Management, the leader in wine industry professional development and North America's leading independent wine trade publication. This event proudly supports the eastern wine trade through its affiliations with ASEV/ES, WineAmerica, and other key organizations who bring strength to the eastern wine regions and the wine industry as a whole.
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For Immediate Release
Date: April 10, 2012
Contact: Suzanne Webb, Marketing Director
Phone: 707-577-7700 x108
Email: SWebb@vwm-online.com

Registration Open for Winery DIY
Early Bird Deadline is April 18th
Santa Rosa, CA - Registration for Winery DIY, a one-day seminar and supplier showcase to be held May 9th at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Napa, California is now open. Early birds can save 15% if registered by the April 18th deadline. The do-it-yourself (DIY) seminar offers wineries the tools to improve their tasting rooms, create programs, and train staff. Sessions such as Hammer Out Your Messaging, Nail Down Your Profits, and The Nuts and Bolts of Selling During Events will be led by winery owners, managers, and directors.

"Winery DIY is all about providing wine industry professionals with the tools they need to increase their direct-to-consumer sales and awareness," stated Elizabeth Slater, host of the conference. "The conference sessions include speakers from wineries large and small. These are industry insiders who have the knowledge and experience to share. Attendees should bring a big notebook or a laptop, and a wrist brace in case of writer's cramp."

The exclusive supplier showcase will feature high-level exhibitors with products that will directly relate to the seminar attendees. The showcase is only available to those attending sessions. Early bird pricing is $276 (by April 18) and $325 after that date. For more information call 707.577.7700 or visit www.vwm-online.com/diy.

About Vineyard & Winery Management Group
Vineyard & Winery Management Group publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication, Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (www.vwm-online.com) and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences, and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit - direct-to-consumer, Winery DIY, and Managing the Winery Laboratory), as well as six wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, International Women's Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, and U.S. National Wine Competition).

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For Immediate Release
Date: March 21, 2012
Contact: Bill Traverso
Phone: 707-577-7700 x109
Email: btraverso@vwm-online.com

Wollersheim Wins Big at International Eastern Wine Competition
Focus Was on Wineries from East and Midwest

Santa Rosa, CA - The Vineyard & Winery Management Group has announced the results of the 36th Annual International Eastern Wine Competition and Riesling Championship (IEWC), including the Best of Show winner - Wollersheim Winery American Dry Riesling from Wisconsin.

More than 800 wines were entered in the competition, which this year was reorganized into a truly regional event. Entries were restricted to wineries located in the Eastern and Midwestern United States and Eastern Canada, thus giving a voice to producers in the East.

"It was time for IEWC to return to its roots and concentrate on wines made in the ‘other 47' states and eastern Canada," said IEWC chief judge Linda Murphy. "The quality of wines from the East and Midwest has increased tremendously in the last decade, as has the number of wineries producing them. Under the new format, 13 states and Ontario were represented in the Sweepstakes round, which clearly shows that well-made, exciting wines come from outside California, Oregon and Washington - and consumers everywhere should know about them."

"I was very pleased with the results of IEWC in regard to its defined geographical location, which truly focused on the Eastern section of the United States," stated Bill Traverso, Director of Wine Competitions for Vineyard & Winery Management. "We provided wineries from the Eastern regions an opportunity to showcase their distinct varietals and wines, which sometimes go unnoticed in the world of wine."

After tasting the wines in Riedel glassware, judges from across the United States awarded 15 double-gold, 73 gold, 216 silver and 235 bronze medals. In addition to winning Best of Show for its Dry Riesling, Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, earned Best Rosé for its 2011 Prairie Blush, made from Marechal Foch grapes.

Magnotta Winery's 2010 Limited Edition Shiraz from Ontario was named Best Red Wine, Grand Mark from Tabor Hill Winery (Michigan) was chosen Best Sparkling Wine, Mazza Vineyards in Pennsylvania won Best Dessert Wine for its 2010 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, and Wisconsin's Door Peninsula Winery won Best Fruit Wine for its Peach bottling.

For a full list of competition results and judges, see http://www.vwm-online.com/wine_competitions/intl_eastern/index.asp.

About Vineyard & Winery Management Group
Vineyard & Winery Management Group publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication, Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (www.vwm-online.com) and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences, and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit - direct-to-consumer, Winery DIY, and Managing the Winery Laboratory), as well as six wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, International Women's Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, and U.S. National Wine Competition).


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March 24, 2012

Big time wins in California, great reviews in Wine Spectator, and New York Gold from IEWC in Sonoma (I'm off to judge at the Finger Lakes Internation Wine Competition this weekend, which almost certainly will yield even more Gold!)

Cheers!
Jim Trezise

Big Time New York Gold From California

Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Dry Riesling was named "New World Grand Champion" of all wines entered, winning Best New World White Wine, Best New World Riesling, Best of Varietal, Best of Class, and Double Gold on its way to the ultimate award at the New World International Wine Competition (NWIWC) held recently in San Bernardino, CA. Veteran winemaker Tim Miller has a long list of "Best of..., Double Gold, and Gold medals but this one is certainly right at the top of his many accomplishments.
Chateau Frank 2006 Blanc de Noirs too Best New World Sparkling Wine, Best of Varietal, best of Class, and Double Gold on its way to the top in that category..
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay rated Best New World Chardonnay--in the land of chardonnay, judged by nearly all California judges.
These were certainly the top three, but other New York wines scored high as well, including Dr. Frank 2010 Gruner Veltliner (Best of Class, and Gold); Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Vidal Ice Wine (Best of Varietal, Best of Class, Double Gold), Merritt Estate Bella Rosa (Best of Class, Gold), Sparkling Pointe 2006 Blanc de Blancs (Best of Class, Duble Gold); Swedish Hill Winery 2010 Vignoles 25th Anniversary Reserve (Best of Varietal, Best of Class, Gold) and Riesling Cuvee (Best of Class, Double Gold).
In addition, Gold medals went to Belhurst Estate Winery 2010 Chardonnay, Dr. Frank 2010 Pinot Gris (Double Gold), Dr. Frank 2011 Dry Riesling, Sparkling Pointe Cuvee Carnaval, and Swedish Hill Winery 2010 Riesling.
The NWIWC was created by the late, great Jerry Mead, the self-described "wine curmudgeon" who in his publications loved railing against bumbling bureaucracies and ridiculous regulations. He also was one who discouraged his judges from "viticultural racism" and judge the wines on their own merits.
The fact that New York wines won the very top price, and two of the best of category (White, and Sparkling) reflects his legacy.
Our "wine competitions" program helps New York wineries reduce their costs of entering major international wine competitions like this, where they often shine and case light on all New York wines.

Finger Lakes Rieslings Score in Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator recently rated 16 Finger Lakes wines, with nine of them receiving scores of 90 or above. Leading the pack with scores of 92 were Anthony Road 2009 Finger Lakes Riesling Martini-Reinhardt Selection (which concurrently received 93 in Wine & Spirits); Sheldrake Point 2010 Finger Lakes Riesling Ice Wine; Hermann J.Wiemer 2010 Finger Lakes Riesling HJW Vineyard, and its 2010 Finger Lakes Riesling Late Harvest Select.
Scores of 91 went to Standing Stone 2010 Finger Lakes Gewurztraminer and Hermann J. Wiemer 2010 Finger Lakes Riesing Magdalena Vineyard, with 90 ratings going to Standing Stone 2009 Finger Lakes Vidal Ice, Hermann J. Wiemer 2010 Finger Lakes Riesling Dry Reserve, and Hermann J. Wiemer 2010 Finger Lakes Riesling Late Harvest.
More New York Gold from the IEWC in Sonoma

The International Eastern Wine Competition held in Sonoma a couple weeks ago yielded yet more New York Gold, headed by "Best of Class" honors for Anthony Road 2009 Riesling Art Series and 2010 Gewurztraminer, along with Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay and Swedish Hill Winery Viking Red.
Double Gold medals went to Casa Larga Vineyards 2008 Vidal Ice Wine and Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Vidal Ice Wine (clearly a New York specialty).
Gold medals were also awarded to Anyela's Vineyard 2010 Riesling; Chateau Frank 2006 Blanc de Blancs; Dr. Frank 2010 Rkatsiteli and 2010 Pinot Gris; Glenora Wine Cellars 2011 Pinot Noir Rose; Heron Hill Winery 2010 Riesling; Knapp Winery 2011 Riesling; Mazza Chautauqua Cellars 2010 Icewine of Vidal Blanc; Swedish Hill 2007 Optimus and Spumante Blush; and Wagner Vineyards 2009 Dry Riesling.
Overall, New York wines took four "Best of Class" honors, two Double Golds, 15 Golds, 65 Silvers, and 50 Bronze medals--more than 130 awards total.
We also applaud our friendly competitors from other states or provinces, especially Wollesheim Winery (Wisconson) which won Best of Show of the entire competition with its nonvintage American Dry Riesling along with Best Rose with its 2011 Prairie Blush. Magnotta Winery in Ontario took Best Red Wine with its 2010 Niagara Peninsula Shiraz, and Mazza Vineyards from Pennsylvania earned Best Sweet/Late Harves Wine with its 2010 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine (Mazza Chautauqua Cellars in New York is a different winery under the same ownership.)
The IEWC is sponsored by Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine, which holds its annual Wineries Unlimited conference and trade show next week in Richmond, VA.

Free Run...

Hudson Valley wines received nice reviews and publicity this week on Snooth, with writer Gregory Dal Piaz giving scores between 85 and 91 (http://www.snooth.com/articles/new-york-state-wines-3209). The icing on the cake was a vitual tasting of regional wines from Millbrook Vineyards which included Carlo DeVito of Hudson-Chatham Winery, the head of Hudson Valley Wine Country, who was largely responsible for arranging all of this (http://www.snooth.com/virtual-tasting/video/hudson-valley-virtual-tasting).

Brooklyn Winery was rated among the five best New York City "Staycations" for spring by CBS New York. The winery, which produces wine right there as well as offering samples and sales, even offers blending sessions for people who want to make their own wine. (www.bkwinery.com).

Villa Bellangelo Winery on Seneca Lake will reopen this spring after being acquired by a California family with local ties. Winemaker Ian Barry, formerly of Keuka Lake Vineyards and Swedish Hill Vineyards, will produce about 6,000 cases of wine, including a semi-sparkling Moscato made from Valvin Muscat grapes. www.bellangelo.com.

Sustainability is a vitally important topic and movement in the grape and wine industry worldwide, and the international organization FIVS is a world leader in helping the industry move toward its achievement. This week FIVS held its 2012 Global Trade Policy Conference in Brussels, focused on the many aspects of sustainability. www.fivs.org.


For Immediate Release:

Date: March 15, 2012
Contact: Tina Caputo
Phone: 707-577-7700 x103
Email: tcaputo@vwm-online.com


Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine Thriving in Hard Times

Circulation shows significant increase despite publishing industry struggles

Santa Rosa, Calif. - Despite the recent troubles experienced by the print publishing industry, newly published circulation figures indicate that Vineyard & Winery Management magazine is showing strong growth in its readership.

According to figures reported in the U.S. Postal Service Statement of Ownership, published in November 2011, the industry trade magazine's paid circulation reached 6,088 subscribers at the end of the end of last year. The figure represents an 8% increase in paid readership during 2011, making Vineyard & Winery Management the circulation leader among U.S. wine trade magazines. (Wine Business Monthly had 6,016 paid subscribers and Wines & Vines had 3,449 paid subscribers, according to USPS Statement of Ownership figures.) Over the last three years, Vineyard & Winery Management's paid circulation has experienced double-digit growth.

"We've seen a lot of high-profile magazines fold in the last few years due to declining readership," says COO and General Manager Dennis Black. "However, our readership has shown a consistent increase due to the increasingly high standard of our magazine's editorial content and design."

First published in 1975, the bi-monthly publication is available in both print and digital formats.

About Vineyard & Winery Management Group
Vineyard & Winery Management Group publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication, Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (www.vwm-online.com) and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences, and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit - direct-to-consumer, Winery DIY, and Managing the Winery Laboratory), as well as six wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, International Women's Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, and U.S. National Wine Competition).

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For Immediate Release:

Date: March 14, 2012
Contact: Bill Traverso
Phone: 707-577-7700 x109
Email: btraverso@vwm-online.com

Entries Now Being Accepted for 2012 NextGen Wine Competition
Early Bird Discount Will Save Entrants $10 Per Wine

Santa Rosa, CA - The Vineyard & Winery Management Group has announced entries are now being accepted for the 4th annual NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers. The competition was designed specifically with this exciting and important consumer group in mind, and will be judged by qualified and knowledgeable wine industry millennials aged 21-35.

Produced by Vineyard & Winery Management, NextGen is one of the fastest growing and most exciting wine competitions in North America today. "Millennials are today's wine consumers, not tomorrow's potential customers. They are taking the nation by storm in determining new ways to communicate, interact, and determine their own distinctive taste and style," says Giovanni "Gio" Balistreri, Chief Judge. "Through social media, clubs, consumer tastings, and other social outlets, millennials are making their opinions known."

The regular entry fee is $75 per wine, with a registration deadline of May 8. With the early bird discount, wineries can save $10 per wine if they enter by April 18. All wines must be received by May 17. The competition is open to all commercial grape and fruit wines and fruit distilled spirits produced and marketed in the U.S. and abroad, and will take place June 4-6, 2012.

An official entry consists of four (4) 750 ml bottles or six (6) 375 ml bottles plus a $75.00 per wine entry fee. For complete rules, necessary forms, and a list of judges, please visit
www.vwm-online.com/nextgen.

Event sponsors include Wine Industry Network (WIN), 7x7SF, Hilton Sonoma County, Penta Water, Riedel Glassware, and Sonoma County Farm Bureau.

A partnership with Bottlenotes®, the premier online community for wine enthusiasts, will give winners direct-to-consumer exposure. Bottlenotes has 250,000 registered users, more than 25,000 Twitter followers, and more than 65,000 Facebook fans.

For online entrants only, Bottlenotes will:

• Direct 100% of revenue associated with any purchase generated by Bottlenotes back to the winery;
• Post award winners on Bottlenotes.com; and
• Place a flag icon next to all award winners on bottlenotes.com.


About Vineyard & Winery Management Group
Vineyard & Winery Management Group publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication, Vineyard & Winery Management magazine
(www.vwm-online.com) and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences, and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit - direct-to-consumer, Winery DIY, and Managing the Winery Laboratory), as well as six wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, International Women's Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, and U.S. National Wine Competition).

About Bottlenotes®
Bottlenotes® is the premier online wine community in which members learn about, discuss and rate new wines. Interactive opportunities include The Daily Sip®, an e-newsletter on all things wine, which reaches more than 140,000 subscribers daily; Around The World in 80 Sips®, public events attended by hundreds of consumers in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Denver and Miami, which bring together young professional wine enthusiasts; My Bottlenotes, an internet web platform that allows community members to post and share tasting notes and ratings; and Bottlenotes Mobile, an iPhone app that allows users to rate and/or share the impressions of a wine. Please visit www.bottlenotes.com, or write info@bottlenotes.com, for further information.

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Date: February 23, 2012

Contact: Bill Traverso

Phone: 707-577-7700 x109

Email:      btraverso@vwm-online.com

 

Deadline Extended for Inaugural U.S. National Wine Competition

Partnership with Bottlenotes® Extends Winery Benefits

 

Santa Rosa, CA – The Vineyard & Winery Management Group has announced that entries for the inaugural U.S. National Wine Competition will be accepted until March 19, 2012.

 

The competition recognizes excellence in wines produced in any U.S. state, welcoming all native, hybrid, and vinifera varietals grown. Rob Merletti, CEO, Vineyard & Winery Management Group, adds, “U.S. winemaking reflects our country’s fascinating and unique melting pot make-up. And this competition is dedicated to recognizing excellence in every area.”

 

Chief judge Gerald D. Boyd leads a panel of experienced wine professionals who come from a variety of  disciplines including winemaking, wine sales and marketing, wine journalism, and wine education. Riedel glassware is used to judge all of the wines.

 

“The history of wine in the United States is almost as old as the country itself,” stated Boyd. “As early as the 16th century, European settlers attempted to make wine from native varieties. Each year we are impressed with the quality and character of the wines we taste.”

 

A partnership with Bottlenotes®, the premier online community for wine enthusiasts, will give winners direct-to-consumer exposure. Bottlenotes has 250,000 registered users, more than 25,000 Twitter followers, and more than 65,000 Facebook fans. 

 

For online entrants only, Bottlenotes will:

 

·                     Direct 100% of revenue associated with any purchase generated by Bottlenotes back to the winery;

·                     Post award winners on Bottlenotes.com; and

·                     Place a flag icon next to all award winners on bottlenotes.com.

 

An official entry consists of four (4) 750 ml bottles or six (6) 375 ml bottles plus a $75.00 per wine entry fee. For complete rules, necessary forms, and a list of judges, please visit

http://www.vwm-online.com/wine_competitions/us_national/index.asp.

 

About Vineyard & Winery Management Group

Vineyard & Winery Management Group publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication, Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (www.vwm-online.com) and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences, and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit – direct-to-consumer, Winery DIY, and Managing the Winery Laboratory), as well as six wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, International Women’s Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, and U.S. National Wine Competition).

 

About Bottlenotes®

Bottlenotes® is the premier online wine community in which members learn about, discuss and rate new wines. Interactive opportunities include The Daily Sip®, an e-newsletter on all things wine, which reaches more than 140,000 subscribers daily; Around The World in 80 Sips®, public events attended by hundreds of consumers in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Denver and Miami, which bring together young professional wine enthusiasts; My Bottlenotes, an internet web platform that allows community members to post and share tasting notes and ratings; and Bottlenotes Mobile, an iPhone app that allows users to rate and/or share the impressions of a wine. Please visit www.bottlenotes.com, or write info@bottlenotes.com, for further information.

 

 

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Vineyard and Winery Management:
How do millennials go about deciding which wines to buy? They use different media than their parents did, but seem to respond to marketing in the same way. Young wine consumers and producers speak out in this Friday video treat. — Eric Asimov

Millennials Talk Back by Tina Caputo

 


NextGen Wine Competition Reveals More Than Winning Wines
Source: ESC Media
By Scott Carpenter and Laura Carpenter

Aug 28th, 2011

The Millennial demographic is researched possibly more than any other group to date. The Web is full of information about Millennials and how they differ from people in the same age group of twenty or even ten years ago.

To learn more about this demographic, we met with eight millennial judges following the second annual NextGen Wine Competition, held in Santa Rosa, CA, August 11th and 12th. They explained how they're designing their future to meet the demands of a changing world and why they're not like the generation before them.

They started with their approach to judging. The group said they conducted the judging in a looser and less-competitive atmosphere, which allowed them to get more things accomplished in less time. "We see ourselves as more relaxed," said Ross Reedy, co-owner of Greedy Wines in Sebastopol. "I think we were able to sweep through the wine tasting and judging with greater ease because of that; we laughed and made a good time out of it. It made the job easier."

A need to know more
The group pointed out that while flavor and quality are important when making a decision about a wine, either as a judge or consumer, they want to know a lot more about the brand. "We want a 'back-story' when it comes to wine," said Marin McElhany of U.S. Capital Partners, a venture capital firm in San Francisco.

"We really don't care about all the wine maker's notes, or ratings, as much as we want to know about the winemaker -- is he a third generation winemaker, did his grandfather come from Italy, that kind of thing, and we want to know what's going on with the brand."

"Like millions of other Millennials, our group uses smart phones and social media, including Foursquare, Facebook and Twitter, and QR Codes to get wine information," says Tyler Balliet, President of Second Glass.com. With one or two exceptions, traditional media, like newspapers or radio, are non-players for Millennials, although they will check lifestyle sections from time to time. "We use our smart phones as often as we can, but sometimes, like when we're on a commuter train, cell phones won't work, so we read the commuter papers."

Regarding Facebook, one judge said he and other millennial wine makers aren't looking to be "Liked" by someone who's a fan of 600 wineries. "We work in smaller groups. We don't join the big lists," he said. "'We'" means there is an immediate group of about 25 to 35 who, together, track what's going on." For social media, Facebook was right up there.

Millennial wine makers attract millennial buyers
"We compare wine to music," said Dom Whitney, proprietor of Dom Whitney Wines. "Just like music, we find a wine we like, share it and move on to one that someone else has found."

Almost all agreed that their parents often ask them what wines to buy. "Typically, my folks will ask me what new wines they should try, especially for guests and entertaining," said Liam McCormick, owner of Benevolo Wines in Napa. Parents, the group agreed, know that Millennials are better versed about wine because of their continual research and because they aren't stuck on brand loyalty; they experiment much more than the older demos do.

Are Millennials recognized by shop owners and management?
McCormick said he worked the late shift at a wine shop for about three years. His boss was almost always out the door by 6 p.m. - minutes before the primary after-work buying time for Millennials. Until he went over receipts with the owner of the shop, he (the owner) didn't realize that that age group, who took home one or two bottles each night, more than the once-a-year case buyer, were the consumers who "kept the lights on."

Millennials and discount-only
"We aren't bargain-hunters; we go after what we like," said Clarisse Fourmeaux Kostrzewski, CEO of The Right Blend. The general agreement was that they were not impressed with low-end, super-bargain deals on wine. Finding a good new wine is more important than finding the "deal." They'll venture into the $50 to $60 price points at least once a month, but the upper teens to $30 dollar price points are what they look for.

The NextGen Wine Competition was the second NextGen competition conducted by Gio Balistreri. It was held under new ownership, Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. A total of 769 wines were judged at the event. All twenty judges were wine professionals aged 21 to 34.

Some results from the 2011 NextGen Wine Competition include: Cougar Crest Estate Winery, 2007 Anniversary Cuvee, Best of Show; Starborough, 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Best White Wine; Niagara Landing Wine Cellars, 2008 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, Niagara Escarpment, Best Desert & Late Harvest. To see the complete list click here.

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Wineries Unlimited 2012: Discounted Super Saver Registration Now Open
Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond VA; March 27-29, 2012

Santa Rosa, California (August 19, 2011): Wineries Unlimited, the largest North American vineyard and winery trade show east of the Rockies and the second largest such event in the nation, has opened its Super Saver Registration, offering a 30% discount on the Full Conference Option, meaning the price to attendees is $410 instead of $610 (an $870 value if individually priced). This offer is good through October 31, 2011. For more details, please visit www.wineriesunlimited.com or call (866) 483-0172.

Related special lodging rates are available at hotels located directly across from the convention center, including the Hilton Garden Inn and Richmond Marriott. Eight carriers offer easy access to Richmond International Airport, which is only seven miles from the convention center, while Amtrak's Northeast Regional line offers downtown-to-downtown service with multiple departures daily.

Now in its 36th year, Wineries Unlimited features 100,000 square feet of exhibitor space. In 2011, 238 companies purchased every booth available, sending 643 representatives. Additional wine-industry attendees - 2,200 strong - came from 38 American states, five Canadian provinces, France, Ireland, Italy, and South Africa. In 2011, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and Secretary of Agriculture Todd Haymore welcomed all delegates; please visit http://vimeo.com/23368204 for other show highlights.

Wineries Unlimited 2012 will host leading industry speakers, including Elizabeth Slater, owner of In Short Direct Marketing; Keith Striegler, Ph.D., University of Missouri; Bruce Zoecklein, Ph.D., Virginia Tech; and Paul Wagner, owner of Balzac Communications and Marketing. Content includes multi-track sessions in enology, viticulture, sales, and marketing.
A variety of conference packages and price points are available, including day passes as well as group and student discounts. A 15% discount will be offered from November 1, 2011 - January 31, 2012, after which conference options will be offered at full price. In addition, free trade show tickets are available if purchased up to two weeks in advance of the event; the regular price is $15.

In 2012, Wineries Unlimited will continue its supports of wine-industry education with an auction benefitting scholarship programs of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture's Eastern Section (ASEV/ES). In addition, various sponsorship opportunities are available, for both exhibitors and non-exhibitors. Wineries Unlimited is open to persons age 21 and older.

About Vineyard & Winery Management Group
Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia Vineyard & Winery Management Group, Inc. publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (www.vwm-online.com) as well as the annual Winedex® (Wine Industry Index buyer's guide). The corporation also produces seminars, conferences, and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit - direct-to-consumer, and Managing the Winery Laboratory), as well as five wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, International Women's Wine Competition, NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, and West Coast Wine Competition).

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35th Annual International Eastern Wine Competition Announces Winners

July 15, 2011; Santa Rosa, CA: From a field of more than 1,400 entries, judges awarded 54 Double Gold, 81 Gold, 360 Silver, and 365 Bronze medals in the 35th annual International Eastern Wine Competition, under the auspices of Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc. Chairperson Linda Murphy says, "Tabor Hill, Traminette 2010 took Best White; Raymond Burr Vineyards, Cabernet Franc 2008 took Best Red; and Magnotta Winery & G. Marquis, Riesling Icewine 2009 took Best of Show as well as winning the Riesling Championship."

"The International Eastern is one of the oldest and largest wine competitions in the East," explains CEO Rob Merletti. "The Riesling Championship is an important cornerstone of this competition, and this year, the winners every Riesling category were from the East!"

The 26 judges tasted through wines from 5 countries, and 32 U.S. States. Judge Professor Patrick "Chip" Cassidy, wine buyer for Crown Wine & Spirits' 29 Florida stores, says: "This competition is committed to giving Eastern wines their due; of the 42 Best of Show through Best of Class winners, 16 were from the East Coast." Tyler Colman of New York, well known for his Dr Vino blog, adds: "I was impressed with the organization of the competition; the flights came out swiftly and at good temperatures."

Some Best of Class wines included:
• Dry Riesling (0-0.90% r.s.): Fenn Valley Vineyards, 2010, $12.00
• Semi-Dry Riesling (.91-2.0% r.s.): Keuka Spring, 2010. $13.99
• Semi-Sweet Riesling (2.1-4.0% r.s.): Lucas Vineyards, 2009, $13.99
• Viognier: Maryhill Winery, 2010, $11.99
• Pinot Blanc: Glenora Wine Cellars, 2010, $13.99
• Pinot Gris: Viansa Winery, 2010, $20.00
• Pinot Grigio: Harlow Ridge, 2009, $6.99
• Cabernet Sauvignon, over $25.00: Frank Family Vineyards, 2007, $45.00
• Malbec: Tierra Secreta, 2008, $20.00
• Petite Sirah: Bianchi Winery, 2008, $21.99
• Pinot Noir, up to $19.99: Forest Glen, 2009, $9.99
• Pinot Noir, over $20.00: Trecini, 2009, $35.00
• Barbera: Viansa Winery, 2008, $34.00
• Shiraz/Syrah, up to $19.99: Navarro Vineyards, 2009, $19.00
• Shiraz/Syrah, over $20.00: Three Coins, 2008, $28.00
• Seyval: Wollersheim Winery "Prairie Fumé," 2010, $9.00
• Chardonnay, low/no oak, up to $15: Forest Glen, 2009, $9.99
• Gewurztraminer: Carlson Vineyards, 2010, $12.99
• Vidal Blanc: Sonnet 98, 2010, $16.00
• Niagara: Highland Cellars "Liquid Wisdom," NV, $7.99
• Vignoles: Stone Hill Winery, Late Harvest Vignoles, 2010, $24.99
• Honey Wine / Mead: Montaluce, Wildflower Mead, 2010, $22.00
For a complete list winning wines, please visit:
http://www.vwm-online.com/wine_competitions/intl_eastern/results.asp

For a complete list of judges, please visit:
http://www.vwm-online.com/wine_competitions/intl_eastern/judges.asp

Interviews with Rob Merletti and Linda Murphy are available upon request.

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About Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc.
Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc. publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (www.vwm-online.com ) and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences, and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit - direct-to-consumer, and Managing the Winery Laboratory), as well as five wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, International Women's Wine Competition, NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, and West Coast Wine Competition).
 

 


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West Coast Wine Competition Announces Winners
Best of Show (and Best Red): 2008 Pinot Noir - Scheid Vineyards, Monterey, California
Best of White: 2010 Sauvignon Blanc - Bogle, California

June 8, 2011; Santa Rosa, CA: The results of the 29th annual West Coast Wine Competition, under the auspices of Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc., are in: Bogle's 2010 Sauvignon Blanc took Best White, and Scheid Vineyards' 2008 Pinot Noir took Best Red, as well as Best of Show. Of the 1,100 wines entered, 128 won gold medals, 416 won silver, and 330 won bronze. The wines were judged at the storied Villa Chanticleer, in Healdsburg, CA, overseen by Vineyard & Winery Service's seasoned back-room staff and led by the highly respected Bill Traverso, Chairman, West Coast Wine Competition.

"Vineyard & Winery Services has been running wine competitions for decades," explains CEO Rob Merletti, "and the West Coast is one of our favorites. It invites wineries on the West Coasts of Canada, the United States, Latin and South America, Australia, and New Zealand to participate." "We are also extremely proud of our back room team," continues Traverso, "as well as the caliber and experience of our judges. Expertise in both the ‘back' and ‘front' of the house ensures everything runs smoothly."

These attributes of the West Coast Wine Competition have drawn judges who have participated for over 20 years. Gerald D. Boyd, previously editor of Wine Spectator, columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, and now a regular contributor to Wine Review Online Decanter, Quarterly Review of Wine, and Winestate of Australia, and, says: "I get numerous invitations to judge and choose those competitions that I feel deliver the most meaningful outcomes for the consumer. Anyone can trust a medal from this competition." René Chazottes, the only Frenchman outside of Europe to hold their Maître Sommelier (MS) title, says: "I taste literally thousands of wines every year for my job as Director of Wine for The Pacific Club. For me, it is a great privilege to taste with the consumer in mind. We had some great entries this year!"

Other wines that took top honors include:
• Best Chardonnay Under $10: Housley's Century Oak Winery, 2009 Chardonnay
• Best Chardonnay $10.00-$20.00: Round Hill, 2010 Oak-Free Chardonnay
• Best Chardonnay Over $20.00: David Bruce Winery, 2009 Chardonnay
• Best Sauvignon Blanc Under $10: Bogle, 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
• Best Sauvignon Blanc $10.00 or more: Pedroncelli Winery, 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
• Best Pinot Noir $10.00-$20.00: Daniel Gehrs Wines, 2009 Pinot Noir
• Best Pinot Noir $20.00-$30.00: Tin House Winery, 2008 Pinot Noir
• Best Pinot Noir Over $30.00: Scheid Vineyards, 2008 Pinot Noir
• Best Cabernet Sauvignon Under $10: Turning Leaf Vineyards, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
• Best Cabernet Sauvignon $10.00-$20.00: Steeplechase, 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
• Best Cabernet Sauvignon Over $20.00: Three Coins, 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
For a complete list winning wines, please visit:
http://www.vwm-online.com/wine_competitions/west_coast/results.asp

For a complete list of judges, please visit:
http://www.vwm-online.com/wine_competitions/west_coast/judges.asp

Interviews with Rob Merletti and Bill Traverso are available upon request.

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About Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc.
Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc. publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (www.vwm-online.com) and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences, and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit - direct-to-consumer, and Managing the Winery Laboratory), as well as five wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, International Women's Wine Competition, NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, and West Coast Wine Competition).

 



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Wine Sales Summit, direct-to-consumer Offers Fresh Insight to Wineries

Santa Rosa, California (June 7, 2011) - Wine Sales Summit, direct-to-consumer was held April 19-20, 2011 at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa with a total attendance of 225 and 41 exhibiting companies. Produced by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, the wine trade event featured special guest speakers Leslie Sbrocco and Narsai David, two full days of conference sessions and trade show exhibits, and two networking luncheons.

In accord with its theme "Get ‘Em ‘n Keep ‘Em", Wine Sales Summit, direct-to-consumer analyzed all of the channels used by wineries to reach consumers (social networking, internet, retail and restaurant, wine clubs, and tasting rooms) and offered viable solutions for increasing direct sales.

"Retooling Tasting Room Profitability and Wine Club Summit into the fresh and timely Wine Sales Summit gave this event the right forum for ideas to get wine directly into the hands of the consumer," said Robert Merletti, publisher of Vineyard & Winery Management magazine.

Special Guest Speakers
Sbrocco, an award-winning wine author, consultant and television host, discussed the building of her new multi-media brand Thirsty Girl (www.thirstygirl.com) with the help of social media expert Janet Fouts. The growing Thirsty Girl network now has 100 chapters. Sbrocco also offered advice on how to build relationships with customers by offering them an authentic point of view, empowerment via education, and fun events.

Currently the food and wine editor and host of "Narsai David Food News" at KCBS All News 74, David presented an overview of the San Francisco Bay Area's colorful food and wine landscape since establishing Narsai's Restaurant in 1970. "Mr. David's sense of humor and industry-insider stories inspired the audience," said Jerry Starr, Santa Cruz Mountains wine examiner for Examiner.com.

Conference Highlights
Wine Sales Summit, direct-to-consumer presented seven sessions that were designed to help wineries reach new customers and retain their existing ones.

During the opening session, "The Unique Experience", speakers Sally Srok, vice president of Francis Ford Coppola Presents, and Rita M. Pirkl, director of sales and marketing at Peju Province, covered five reasons to use social media: listen to mentions of your business, reach out on a personal level, create a forum for people to share their interest in wine, feed that interest with sneak peeks, and say "thank you".

Conference moderator Elizabeth Slater, founder of InShort Direct Marketing, conducted the session "From Stranger to Wine Club Member". Her detailed presentation discussed how buying decisions are made per the "whole-brain marketing theory" as well as differentiation ("know what makes your wine club truly different from that of other wineries"), creating a connection ("the more you connect with visitors, the more likely they are to join the wine club"), discovery ("ask questions to discern customer preferences"), and asking visitors to join ("let them know they deserve to be in the wine club").

During the panel discussion "Using What You Have ... the PR Approach", Editor-in-Chief Tina Caputo of Vineyard & Winery Management magazine showed her tongue-in-cheek animated video "Tina and the PR Rep" (http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/11768949/tina-and-the-pr-rep). "Hundreds of wineries across the country are making ‘hand-crafted wines using only the finest grapes'," said Caputo, "so vintners need to dig deep to come up with something that truly makes them different and interesting."

Jim Caudill, director of public relations and hospitality at The Hess Collection, said public relations was as much about listening as it was about communicating since listening across a variety of media was the best way to focus and increase the effectiveness of any public relations effort. "Story-telling in all media, new school and old school, is what matters".

About Vineyard & Winery Management
Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc. publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (www.vwm-online.com) and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit - direct-to-consumer, and Managing the Winery Laboratory) as well as five wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, International Women's Wine Competition, NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, and West Coast Wine Competition).

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Wineries Unlimited Concludes with Resounding Approval
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Receives Standing Ovation

Santa Rosa, California (May 10, 2011) - Wineries Unlimited 2011, the second largest vineyard and winery trade show and conference in North America, was held March 29-April 1, 2011 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center to the delight of over 2,100 attendees, speakers and exhibitors. Produced by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine since 1976, the event featured electrifying addresses by Governor Bob McDonnell and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore, both of Virginia, and President Jim Trezise of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.

Wine-industry personnel from 38 American states (see below), five Canadian provinces, and the countries of France, Ireland, Italy and South Africa attended four days of conference sessions on viticulture, enology, and sales and marketing as well as a two-day, 100,000-square-foot trade show fielded by 643 representatives from 238 exhibiting companies.

Governor McDonnell and Secretary Haymore delivered back-to-back presentations that were received with standing ovations at the Best of the East Grand Gala on March 30.

Governor McDonnell's opening remarks underlined his resolve to support the Virginia wine industry as a means of increasing employment, tax revenue and tourism while preserving "valuable working farmland".

"We have the soil, we have the talent, we have the know-how, and we have the most beautiful countryside in the world producing world-class wines," he said. "All we need is the recognition we deserve from the larger wine community and a government that not only gets out of the way of free enterprise, but nurtures it where it can."

Secretary Haymore discussed "Virginia's Commitment to Making the Commonwealth the Wine Capital of the East Coast", a comprehensive speech that began with the history of the Virginia wine industry in 1607 and ended on a favorable report about current trade.

Along the way, he reviewed the governor's commitment to supporting Virginia food and beverage products that has already produced additional funding for wine promotions and research as well as increased wine sales (13% in FY10 vs. FY09, 10% in first half FY11 over same period in FY10). He also underlined the benefits of hosting Wineries Unlimited and the National Wine Bloggers Conference, and launching the Virginia Wine Summit.

Trezise delivered a rousing declaration at the Keynote Speaker Luncheon on March 31.

"Our industry nationwide is truly awesome when it comes to past winery growth and future potential," said Trezise, "but there are looming challenges that we need to recognize and face together if we want to continue growing. We should focus on quality; think locally; get involved in the broader community; get political; join wine organizations on local, state and national levels; be proud of what we do; and always remember: diversity is our strength, unity is our power."

"We were most impressed with the favorable response from Governor McDonnell, Secretary Haymore, the city of Richmond, and many of the attendees," said Robert Merletti, president of Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc, and the publisher of Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. "The Richmond Convention Center was a wonderful backdrop to our mix of timely conference sessions and relevant trade show exhibits."

Elizabeth Slater of InShort Marketing, the moderator of the Tasting Room Profitability and Wine Club Summit workshop, mirrored Merletti's observations and added: "As I regularly advise wineries, ‘everything you do should be the same quality as your wines.' Wineries Unlimited showed that Vineyard & Winery Management believes in quality all the way."

"This event was extremely rewarding with excellent sales and marketing seminars," said Chrisy Gallagher, director of sales at Jeff Gordon Cellars. "It was very beneficial to hear what other wineries are doing to attract and retain customers in this challenging economic climate."

A silent auction raised $8,950 to benefit scholarship programs of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture - Eastern Section. There were 50 donated items ranging in retail value from $2,400 (Nova Vine) to $10.

Wineries Unlimited 2011 was attended by representatives from AL, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI and WV as well as the Canadian provinces of AL, BC, NS, ON and QC.

About Vineyard & Winery Services
Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc. publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (www.vwm-online.com) and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit - direct-to-consumer, and Managing the Winery Laboratory) as well as five wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, International Women's Wine Competition, NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, and West Coast Wine Competition).

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Registration Opens for Two Wine Competitions:
International Eastern Wine Competition
NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers

Santa Rosa, California (April 18, 2011) - The publisher of Vineyard & Winery Management magazine announces the opening of registration for two of its five wine competitions. The entry deadline for the International Eastern Wine Competition is May 17, 2011 while the deadline for the NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers is May 24. Information and online registration for both events are available at www.vwm-online.com.

International Eastern Wine Competition (IEWC)
Now in its 35th year, the IEWC is one of the oldest and largest professional wine competitions in North America.

Chairman Linda Murphy has an esteemed career as a journalist and editor for publications including Vineyard & Winery Management, JancisRobinson.com, Decanter, WineReviewOnline.com, Food & Wine, Sommelier Journal, San Francisco Chronicle and San Diego Union, and has won two James Beard Awards. She also has international experience as a wine competition judge and public speaker.

Assisting Murphy will be an experienced group of professional wine judges including Chip Cassidy, wine director, Crown Wine & Spirits, FL; Peter Bell, winemaker, Fox Run Vineyards, NY; Jim Trezise, president, New York Wine & Grape Foundation; Philip Ward, International Riesling Foundation & Opici Wine Group, NJ; Dr. Anna Katharine Mansfield, professor, Cornell University, NY; Fred LeBrun, columnist, Albany Times Union, NY; Stephanie Johnson, wine director, City Winery, NY; Tyler Colman, publisher of Dr. Vino blog, NY; Jim Law, owner-winemaker, Linden Vineyards, VA; Lucie Morton, viticulture consultant, VA and MD; Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast magazine; and Dan Berger, national wine columnist, CA.

The IEWC is actually two wine competitions within one. All Rieslings entered in the IEWC are simultaneously entered in the Riesling Championship and placed in one of four sweetness classes: dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet and sweet. The four Best of Class winners then compete for the Riesling Champion award. The Riesling Championship is celebrating its 11th anniversary.

Complete results will be posted at www.vwm-online.com/iewc while gold-medal winners will be featured at the 2012 Best of the East Gala, the premier social event of the vineyard and winery trade show and conference, Wineries Unlimited (www.wineriesunlimited.com).

NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers
The NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers was established in 2007 to provide young wine drinkers with a public forum for declaring their tastes. The competition considers Millennial's drinking needs and ultimately, buying trends.

Chairman Giovanni Balistreri is co-owner, general manager and assistant winemaker at Russian River Vineyards in Sonoma County. He helps operate Balistreri Family Vineyard, and has judged several wine competitions including NextGen, West Coast Wine Competition, Pinot Noir Shootout, Sonoma County Harvest Fair, and North of the Gate Wine Competition.

All judges range from 21-35 years of age and include chefs, winemakers, sommeliers, wine educators, bloggers, media and other qualified wine professionals from the Millennial Generation: Ian Burrows, sommelier, Farmhouse Inn, CA; Dominic Foppoli, co-owner of Foppoli Wines, CA; Marin McElhany, wine club director, Kitchenette SF, CA; Ross Reedy, co-winemaker, Greedy Wines, CA; Lulu Roberts, blogger, Wilder Napa Valley and Lulu and Life, CA; Shauna Rosenblum, winemaker, Rock Wall Wine Company, CA; and Ryan Rugg, regional sales manager, Deerfield Ranch Winery, CA.

Complete results will be posted at www.vwm-online.com/nextgen.

About Vineyard & Winery Services
Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc. publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (www.vwm-online.com) and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit - direct-to-consumer, and Managing the Winery Laboratory) as well as five wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, International Women's Wine Competition, NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, and West Coast Wine Competition).

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Midwest Grape & Wine Conference:
Unites the Heartland Wine Industry with Record Attendance

Santa Rosa, California (March 28, 2011) - The 2011 Midwest Grape & Wine Conference was held February 4-7 at the Saint Charles Convention Center (www.stcharlesconventioncenter.com) in metropolitan St. Louis, drawing the greatest number of attendees and exhibitors in its 27-year history. Produced for the first time by the award-winning trade publication Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, the event (www.midwestgrapeandwineconference.com) is the third largest vineyard and winery trade show in North America.

"The St. Charles Convention Center and Embassy Suites offered a beautiful, professional and well-managed experience for all in attendance," said Rozanna Benz, the conference director. "The speakers out did themselves with quality presentations while the exhibitors wielded upbeat attitudes that were enjoyed by all."

The nearly 800 attendees (up from 450 in 2010) experienced a much larger show with major changes: a convenient, central location; four days of programming including the "Tasting Room Profitability" and "Wine Club Summit" workshop; several new exhibitors such as "Association-University Row"; and a greater number of high-profile speakers including Drs. Keith Streigler and Marco LiCaizi, University of Missouri; John Gillespie, Wine Colleagues and Wine Opinions; Elizabeth Slater, InShort Marketing; Danene Beedle, Missouri Grape & Wine Board; Dr. Tony Wolf, Virginia Tech; Paul Wagner, Balzac Communications & Marketing; and Dr. Christian Butzke, Purdue University.

"This was a great, well-organized conference," said speaker Paolo Sabbatini, assistant professor of viticulture at Michigan State University. "I will not miss it next year."

Attendees journeyed from 23 different states with Illinois having the second most representation behind Missouri.

The 131 exhibitor booths represented an increase of 25% over the previous year, and accommodated about 125 different exhibiting companies. Floor space has already been increased to 170 booths for the 2012 Midwest Grape & Wine Conference to be held February 9-12.

"The event was a rewarding, valuable and enjoyable experience," said speaker-exhibitor Helder Teles of the Saxco Canada Company.

"Great show!" said exhibitor Jan Siplon of Panorama Foods, Mass. "We signed up 80-plus new wineries and met some great folks in the industry."

Vineyard & Winery Management magazine has been producing Wineries Unlimited (www.wineriesunlimited.com), the nation's second largest vineyard and winery conference and trade show, since 1976.

About the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference
Established in 1985, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference (www.midwestgrapeandwineconference.com) is a wine business event that presents two days of trade show exhibits and four days of concurrent sessions on viticulture, enology and wine marketing in America's Heartland.

About Vineyard & Winery Management
Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc. publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (www.vwm-online.com) and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit - direct-to-consumer, and Managing the Winery Laboratory) as well as five wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, International Women's Wine Competition, NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, and West Coast Wine Competition).

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2011 Grand Harvest Awards:
Wine Competition Furthers Its Search for Terroir

Santa Rosa, California (March 21, 2011) - Judging for the 2011 Grand Harvest Awards, an international wine competition produced by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, completed its mission of recognizing outstanding wines from all over the world and simultaneously studying the effects of terroir on wine quality. Celebrating its 21st year, the Grand Harvest Awards was held March 1-2 at Villa Chanticleer, Healdsburg, California. Complete results are posted at www.vwm-online.com/gha while a related article will be published in the May-June issue of the magazine.

Twenty-two judges evaluated 1,346 entries and awarded a total of 947 medals including 145 gold, 401 silver and 401 bronze. Garnering medals at the Grand Harvest Awards (GHA) is difficult to achieve because of its traditional high standards of excellence.

Most entries in the GHA were grown and produced in the United States and Canada with some originating in New Zealand and Turkey.

"We had great wines from a wide variety of growing regions," said Bill Traverso, the chairman of the GHA and the director of wine competitions at Vineyard & Winery Management. "Producers in regions such as Lake Erie, the Finger Lakes, Virginia and Canada are finding out which grapes perform best under their unique growing conditions."

The Judges
Selected for their familiarity with wines from specific growing regions, the judges represent some of the most qualified experts in the industry: food and beverage media, winemakers, wine marketers, enology and viticulture professors and researchers, restaurateurs and sommeliers, hospitality and tourism consultants, and fine wine retailers. Judges included Dan Berger, Dan Berger's Vintage Experience; Tim McNally, host of "The Wine Show", WIST AM690, New Orleans; Jeanne Burgess, vice president of winemaking operations, Seavin, Inc., Clermont, Florida; Colleen May, CEO of Intervine, a global importer, wholesaler and retailer; Ellen and Ken Landis, owners of Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn, Half Moon Bay, Calif.; and Jim Lapsley, PhD, Department of Viticulture and Enology, University of California Davis.

Marketing Director Ann Miller of St. James Winery in Missouri sat on a panel that judged entries from wine regions in Virginia and Missouri. "The competition presents a very interesting and educational approach to wine judging that should be beneficial to consumers," said Miller.

Liz Thach, PhD of Sonoma State University and Winemaker/GM Joel Green of Safe Harbor Wines (Santa Rosa, Calif.) tasted through several California appellations and some dessert wines from the East. Both judges praised the Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, Arroyo Seco Pinot Noirs, and several varietals from Livermore Valley. They, along with author/instructor Bruce Cass of Bruce Cass Wine Lab, were impressed with Vidal Blanc from New York State and Vidal Blanc Ice Wine from Canada (Lake Erie North Shore and Niagara Peninsula).

Judge Jim Trezise, longtime president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, said: "The Grand Harvest Awards is more than just another wine competition, it's an educational experience."

The Search for Terroir
The Grand Harvest Awards is the only North American wine competition that presents entries to judges according to regional classification. Wines of particular appellations are arranged in flights and evaluated by judges who are unaware of the geographic origin or producer, knowing only varietal name when relevant. In contrast, other competitions group wines by varietal name and suggested retail price.

Beyond the determination of medals, the Grand Harvest Awards also recognizes entries that best exemplify the terroir of their respective viticultural areas, and acknowledges the influence of terroir on wine quality. After evaluating each flight, judges frequently discuss their impressions in order to identify the signature elements of terroir and their link to regional typicity (wine characteristics that are common to particular growing regions).

While it is has no scientific definition, terroir is considered to be the combined expression of soil, climate, elevation and topography in the aroma, flavor and tactile sensations of wine beyond clone and rootstock selection, cultural practices, and winemaking techniques.

About Vineyard & Winery Services
Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc. publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (www.vwm-online.com) and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit - direct-to-consumer, and Managing the Winery Laboratory) as well as five wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, International Women's Wine Competition, NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, and West Coast Wine Competition).

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Vineyard & Winery Management Acquires Two Additional Wine Competitions:
International Women's Wine Competition
NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers

Santa Rosa, California (February 14, 2011) - The publisher of Vineyard & Winery Management magazine has added two wine competitions, International Women's Wine Competition and NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, to its portfolio of multimedia wine business products. Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc. also produces the Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, and West Coast Wine Competition as well as wine business conferences and trade shows including Wineries Unlimited and the Midwest Grape & Wine Conference, respectively the second and third largest events of their kind in North America (see www.vwm-online.com ).

The International Women's Wine Competition will be held in November while the NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers is scheduled for June (exact dates to be determined). Both competitions are based in Sonoma County, California.

"Our company has been producing professional wine competitions since 1977," said Robert Merletti, president of Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc. and publisher of Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. "We will apply the high standards of excellence established with our three existing wine competitions to these two demographically unique events."

A survey of the Wine Institute's Wine Competition Guide (http://www.wineinstitute.org/resources/external-links/winecompetitionguide ) indicates that Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc. now produces the greatest number of wine competitions (five) in the USA.

International Women's Wine Competition
The International Women's Wine Competition (IWWC) was conceived in 2005 to create a competition judged entirely by the leading women of the wine industry. The 2007 launch of the event was a huge success, attracting nearly 1900 entries. Beginning with the 2008 competition, the IWWC accepts international wines into the Open Competition.

NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers
The NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers was established in 2007 to give young wine drinkers a public forum for declaring their tastes. All judges range from 21-35 years of age and include chefs, winemakers, sommeliers, wine educators, bloggers, media and other qualified wine professionals from the Millennial Generation.

Chairpersons
Debra Del Fiorentino, a certified sommelier, experienced wine judge, and former corporate caterer, is the chairperson of the International Women's Wine Competition and the backroom manager of the NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers. Grape grower and rancher Giovanni Balistreri will chair the NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers and manage the backroom of the International Women's Wine Competition. Both work at Russian River Vineyards: Del Fiorentino is the consumer-marketing director, events manager, and restaurant sommelier while Balistreri is the general manager and assistant winemaker.

Consultants
Bill Traverso, a veteran wine judge with over 35 years in the wine business, is consulting both events and is the newly appointed director of wine competitions for Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc. Rich Thomas, an internationally known viticulture consultant, tenured wine judge, and retired viticulture instructor/department head at Santa Rosa Junior College, is advising on backroom procedure.

About Vineyard & Winery Services
Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc. publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (www.vwm-online.com ) and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit - direct-to-consumer [formerly Tasting Room Profitability and Wine Club Summit], and Managing the Winery Laboratory) as well as five wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, International Women's Wine Competition, NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, and West Coast Wine Competition).

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Midwest Grape & Wine Conference Announces the Grand Finale Wine & Dine

Santa Rosa, California (January 31, 2011) -- The 26th Annual Midwest Grape & Wine Conference announces details to Grand Finale Wine & Dine, a gala that is open to the general public. The third largest event of its kind in North America, the Midwest Grape & Wine Conference takes place February 4-7, 2011 at the Saint Charles Convention Center (www.stcharlesconventioncenter.com) in metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri. The Grand Finale Wine & Dine begins at 6:30pm, Monday, February 7. Tickets are $95 per person, including tax and gratuity. Information on ticket packages, food and lodging, transportation, seminars, speakers, schedule, sponsors and social gatherings is available at www.midwestgrapeandwineconference.com.

While most programming for the Midwest Grape & Wine Conference is tailored to the wine trade, the Grand Finale Wine & Dine offers a five-course dinner paired with wine from 13 Heartland wineries that should appeal to just about any food and wine enthusiast.

A handful of public figures are participating in the Grand Finale Wine & Dine. Peter Hofherr, chairman of the Missouri Wine & Grape Board and CEO of St. James Winery, is the master of ceremonies while Dr. Jon Hagler, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, will discuss the successful growth of the Heartland wine industry as the special guest speaker. Dwight Hawkins (executive chef of Rozzelle Court Restaurant, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri) is collaborating with chefs Dan Welsh and Tony Wise of the St. Charles Convention Center in the kitchen.

Uniting the Heartland Wine Industry since 1985, the Midwest Grape & Wine Conference was attended by wine industry personnel from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas in 2010. Record-breaking participation is expected this year following the partnership with Vineyard & Winery Services, the producer of Wineries Unlimited (www.wineriesunlimited.com), the nation's second largest vineyard and winery conference and trade show, since 1976.

The Midwest Grape & Wine Conference presents three additional networking opportunities for wine industry insiders: Missouri Grape Growers Association Reception & Silent Auction (Saturday, February 5, 6:30-9pm), Exhibit Hall Grazing Luncheons (Saturday-Sunday, February 5-6, 12-1:30pm), and Taste of the Heartland Reception & Super Bowl Party (Sunday, February 6, 6:30-9pm).

About the Midwest Grape & Wine Conference
Established in 1985, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference (www.midwestgrapeandwineconference.com) is a wine business event that presents two days of trade show exhibits and four days of concurrent sessions on viticulture, enology and wine marketing in America's Heartland.

About the producer
Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc. publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (www.vwm-online.com) and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit - direct-to-consumer [formerly Tasting Room Profitability and Wine Club Summit], and Managing the Winery Laboratory) as well as three wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, and West Coast Wine Competition).

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Announcing the Launch of Wine Sales Summit, direct-to-consumer featuring Special Guest Speakers Leslie Sbrocco and Narsai David

Santa Rosa, California (January 31, 2011) - Vineyard & Winery Management magazine announces the launch of Wine Sales Summit, direct-to-consumer, a wine business conference and trade show to be held April 19-20, 2011 at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts (www.wellsfargocenterarts.org) in Santa Rosa. Online registration and more information are available via www.vwm-online.com/wss or 707.577.7700 x100.

Formerly split into tandem events called "Tasting Room Profitability Conference & Trade Show" and "Wine Club Summit", the redefined program analyzes all of the channels used by wineries to reach consumers (social networking, internet, retail and restaurant, wine clubs, and tasting rooms) and offers viable solutions for increasing direct sales.

"It's not just about the tasting room anymore," said Robert Merletti, president of Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc. "We've re-evaluated our niche, and broadened the scope to include anyone who sells wine direct-to-consumer."

Conference Theme
In accordance with the theme "Get ‘Em ‘n Keep ‘Em", attendees will learn proven techniques for increasing customer and wine club member acquisition including strategies that draw people to the winery, tools to effectively sell club memberships, and a better understanding of what makes visitors join clubs. They will also receive training in how to retain club members by: forging bonds that will increase member loyalty, establishing communications that activates the desire to purchase, and learning tactics that can bring members back should they resign.

The Wine Sales Summit, direct-to-consumer will feature two special guest speakers. Award-winning wine author, consultant and television host Leslie Sbrocco will discuss the building of her new multi-media brand Thirsty Girl (www.thirstygirl.com) with the help of social media expert Janet Fouts in a presentation entitled "Quench your Thirst: a Case Study".

Currently the food and wine editor as well as the host of "Narsai David Food News" at KCBS All News 74 in San Francisco, David has been a celebrity chef, restaurateur, newspaper columnist, and television and radio personality in the realm of food and wine since the 1970s.

Moderator Elizabeth Slater
Elizabeth Slater, owner of InShort Direct Marketing, is recognized within the wine industry as a seminar and workshop leader, speaker and trainer specializing in all facets of direct marketing including sales, customer service and team building. She is also co-founder of the Wine Industry Network, an online marketplace connecting wineries and growers with products and services useful in all aspects of the wine industry.

"As usual, Vineyard & Winery Management has taken the pulse of the wine industry and devised a broader solution to the challenges it now faces with the creation of the new Wine Sales Summit, direct-to-consumer," said Slater. "This conference fills the needs that wineries have for up-to-the-minute information on all facets of direct sales."

Summit Highlights
• Two full days of sessions
• Two networking luncheons
• Two-day trade show with vendor raffle
• High-profile guest speakers
• Topics, suggestions and ideas designed to move products direct-to-consumer

About Vineyard & Winery Management
Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc. publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (www.vwm-online.com) and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit - direct-to-consumer [formerly Tasting Room Profitability and Wine Club Summit], and Managing the Winery Laboratory) as well as three wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, and West Coast Wine Competition).

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2011 Grand Harvest Awards:
The Only Professional Wine Judging Based on Terroir

Santa Rosa, California (December 10, 2010) - Vineyard & Winery Management magazine announces the opening of online registration for its 21st Grand Harvest Awards wine competition. Entries may be submitted via www.vwm-online.com/gha until January 31, 2011. The judging will be held March 1-2, 2011 at Villa Chanticleer in Healdsburg, California. Phone 707.577.7700 x100 for additional information.

The Grand Harvest Awards (GHA) is the only terroir-based international wine competition in North America. While other competitions categorize entries by varietal name and suggested retail price, GHA arranges them by appellation. Thus, with cross-regional competition removed, inherent quality can be perceived without the prejudicial influences that sometimes eclipse wines of even the highest quality.

This year's competition offers participating wineries the option of receiving notes about their entries from the judges who evaluate them. The complimentary notes will provide wineries with constructive feedback from some of the most wine-savvy professionals in the business.

"The Grand Harvest Awards provide an annual appraisal of the strides taken by vintners committed to producing wines that express their individual growing region," said Robert Merletti, publisher of Vineyard & Winery Management. "Look for an article detailing those achievements in our magazine shortly after the competition.

The competition boasts some of the best professional judges in the country with careers as wine journalists, authors, marketers, publicists, researchers, retailers, restaurateurs, sommeliers and winemakers.

"We pride ourselves in inviting judges with extended experience in evaluating wines from all over the world," said GHA Chairman Bill Traverso, a veteran wine judge with over 35 years in the wine business.

This year's team includes Dan Berger, internationally known wine journalist and author; Tim McNally, host of "The Wine Show", WIST AM690, New Orleans; Jeanne Burgess, vice president of winemaking operations, Seavin, Inc., Clermont, Florida; Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation; Dennis Martin, director of winemaking, Fetzer Vineyards; Colleen May, CEO of Intervine, a global importer, wholesaler and retailer; Jim Caudill, public relations director, The Hess Collection; Pat Henderson, senior winemaker, Kenwood Vineyards; and Paul Ahvenainen, director of winemaking, F. Korbel Bros.

The competition traditionally draws entries from numerous U.S. and Canadian wine regions plus some from Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, South America and Turkey.

The Search for Terroir
Wines are judged in the context of their geographical origin to develop greater sensitivity toward the complexities and nuances of regional wine characteristics ("regional typicity"), and to measure the influence of regional growing conditions on the taste and quality of individual wines.

In addition to awarding medals, GHA is also committed to learning how terroir contributes to the excellence and distinctiveness of wines from a particular growing region. "Over its 20-year history, judges have learned to recognize when terroir is and is not a factor of wine quality," said Traverso.

While it is has no textbook definition, terroir is considered to be the combined expression of climate, soil and topography in the aroma, flavor, structure and tactile components of wine. Some experts broaden the horizon to include the human influences of cultural practices, the selection of grape variety, clone and rootstock, and winemaking techniques.

About Vineyard & Winery Management
Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc. publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (www.vwm-online.com) and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit - direct-to-consumer [formerly Tasting Room Profitability and Wine Club Summit], and Managing the Winery Laboratory) as well as three wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, and West Coast Wine Competition).

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Wineries Unlimited Announces Top Speakers:
Jim Trezise, President of New York Wine & Grape Foundation
Todd Haymore, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry

Santa Rosa, California (December 9, 2010) - Wineries Unlimited 2011, the second largest vineyard and winery trade show and conference in North America, will present several notable speakers including Jim Trezise, president of New York Wine & Grape Foundation, and Todd Haymore, Virginia secretary of Agriculture and Forestry. Produced by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (http://www.richmondcenter.com ) since 1976, the event takes place March 29-April 1, 2011 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center (www.richmondcenter.com ) in Richmond, Virginia.

Trezise will be the featured guest at the Keynote Speaker Lunch on March 31, and will discuss the current state of the US wine industry during his presentation of "American Wine Industry Growth: Opportunities and Challenges". Trezise, who has presided over his organization since its 1985 inception, framed his address as follows: "While the American economy has stalled, the American wine industry has continued to grow strongly with new wineries opening in all states. With continued growth likely, the industry's future success will depend on meeting key challenges: expanding the consumer base, increasing market access, protecting our rights and, most of all, working together."

Secretary Haymore will elaborate on Governor Bob McDonnell's vision and work to expand the domestic and global marketplaces for Virginia wines and to make Virginia the premier wine destination of the East Coast. Haymore will be the featured guest speaker following the governor's welcoming comments at Best of the East Grand Gala on March 30.

"Jim Trezise and Todd Haymore are presenting very timely subjects," said Publisher Robert Merletti of Vineyard & Winery Management, "and I expect their words to remain in the minds of attendees long after they've returned to their wineries and vineyards." (The Keynote Speaker Luncheon and Best of the East Grand Gala are ticketed events requiring advanced purchase.)

Over 2,300 winery personnel from 30 American states as well as Washington, D.C. and four Canadian provinces attended Wineries Unlimited in March 2010. Said Vineyard & Winery Management Marketing Director Suzanne Webb: "Our 2011 event is sure to be particularly exciting and well-attended as early indications show this conference will attract more participants than any previous year with registration already doubled and our Trade Show floor sold out well in advance of the show."

Registration, Lodging and Travel
• Attendees may register for a variety of packages via www.wineriesunlimited.com or obtain general information at 866.483.0172. Early Bird Registration (20% discount on the Full Conference Option) is available through Dec 31, 2010.
• Lodging for $139/night is available at preferred hotels (Hilton Garden Inn and Richmond Marriott) across from the convention center.
• Travel deals via American Airlines, Delta Airlines and Hertz Car Rental are available at www.wineriesunlimited.com/directions_lodging.

Conference: March 29-April 1, 2011
• Tuesday workshops: Industry Newcomers and Tasting Room Profitability/Wine Club Summit
• Wednesday and Thursday: multi-track sessions on viticulture, enology, and sales and marketing
• Wednesday and Thursday: two-day "buyers' trade show" for the Eastern wine industry
• Friday workshop: Public Relations Intensive: "The Biggest Bang You Can Get for Your Buck" by Paul Wagner

Networking
Wineries Unlimited offers three principal networking opportunities: Welcome Wine Reception, Keynote Speaker Luncheon, and Best of the East Grand Gala featuring gold medal winners from the 2010 Intl Eastern Wine Competition. A grazing buffet lunch takes place at carving stations throughout the trade show on March 30.

About Vineyard & Winery Management
Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc. publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (www.vwm-online.com) and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit - direct-to-consumer [formerly Tasting Room Profitability and Wine Club Summit], and Managing the Winery Laboratory) as well as three wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, and West Coast Wine Competition).

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Registration Opens for Midwest Grape & Wine Conference: Uniting the Heartland Wine Industry

Santa Rosa, California (December 8, 2010) -- Vineyard & Winery Management magazine announces the opening of registration for the Midwest Grape & Wine Conference, the third largest vineyard and winery trade show in North America. The wine business event takes place February 4-7, 2011 at the Saint Charles Convention Center (www.stcharlesconventioncenter.com ) in metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri. See www.midwestgrapeandwineconference.com for information on ticket packages, food and lodging, transportation, seminars, speakers, schedule, sponsors and social gatherings.

Longtime attendees of the Midwest Grape & Wine Conference will experience a much larger show with major changes: a more convenient, central location; four days of programming including the "Tasting Room Profitability" and "Wine Club Summit" workshop; 50% more exhibitors including "Association-University Row"; enhanced social events; and a greater number of high-profile speakers including Dr. Keith Streigler and Dr. Marco LiCaizi, University of Missouri; John Gillespie, Wine Colleagues and Wine Opinions; Elizabeth Slater, InShort Marketing; Danene Beedle, Missouri Grape & Wine Board; Dr. Tony Wolf, Virginia Tech; Paul Wagner, Balzac Communications & Marketing; and Dr. Christian Butzke, Purdue University.

"Our entire team is looking forward to meeting new exhibitors, speakers and winery association members in this first year of partnership with Vineyard & Winery Management," said Rozanna Benz, the conference director. "Vineyard & Winery Management has helped us expand the trade show and conference programming so we can reach more Heartland wine producers."

Wine business representatives have journeyed from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas to attend the Midwest Grape & Wine Conference in recent years, and more are expected in 2011.

"The response to this show has been tremendous," said Robert Merletti, president of Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc, and publisher of Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. "It has already been endorsed by winery trade associations in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Oklahoma, and of course, Missouri".

Vineyard & Winery Management magazine has been producing Wineries Unlimited (www.wineriesunlimited.com), the nation's second largest vineyard and winery conference and trade show, since 1976.

About the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference
Established in 1985, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference (www.midwestgrapeandwineconference.com) is a wine business event that presents two days of trade show exhibits and four days of concurrent sessions on viticulture, enology and wine marketing in America's Heartland.

About Vineyard & Winery Management
Vineyard & Winery Services, Inc. publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (www.vwm-online.com) and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit - direct-to-consumer [formerly Tasting Room Profitability and Wine Club Summit], and Managing the Winery Laboratory) as well as three wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, and West Coast Wine Competition).

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Excerpt from Newsletter:

Saturday, September 18, 2010

VINEYARD & WINERY MANAGEMENT, the national trade magazine which began in Watkins Glen, NY and now in Santa Rosa, CA, won accolades from the American Society of Business Publication Editors as a top-ten finalist for Magazine of the Year in the Small Publications division, and as the only gold medal winner in the West Region Organization Profile category.

VWM and its many related enterprises have been fixtures in the American wine industry for decades since the magazine's creation (Eastern Grape Grower) by Bill Moffett and Hope Merletti. Now owned by Rob and Jennifer Merletti, the company's products include the magazine, a wine industry index, the Wineries Unlimited trade show, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, several seminars, and three major wine competitions.

Congratulations to Rob and Jennifer Merletti, Editor-in-Chief Tina Caputo, and the entire staff for recognition well deserved.

2010 GRAPE HARVEST is still way early and looking great according to yesterday's "Veraison to Harvest" newsletter distributed by Cornell Cooperative Extension with funding from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. This week's edition also includes an article on fruit chemistry of the extremely cold-hardy Minnesota and Swenson varieties now grown in the Thousand Islands and Champlain regions. The regional and varietal diversity of this industry is just great.

"Wine, the most delightful of drinks, whether we owe it to Noah, who planted the vine, or to Bacchus, who pressed juice from the grape, goes back to the childhood of the world."

--Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste

A Votre Santé To Your Health

Jim Trezise
585-394-3620
585-394-3649 (fax)
JimTrezise@nywgf.org
www.newyorkwines.org
www.healthyconcordgrapes.com
www.newyorkwines.blogspot.com

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Vineyard and Winery Management Publishers

Receive ASEV Eastern Section Distinguished Service Award

 
 Painesville, Ohio (August 7, 2009) -- The American Society for Enology and Viticulture – Eastern Section presented its Distinguished Service Award to the publishers of Vineyard & Winery Management magazine at the 34th Annual ASEV-ES Conference and Symposium on July 21. The award was accepted by founding publishers Bill Moffett and Hope Merletti and current co-publisher Robert Merletti.
 
“It has been an honor to receive this recognition,” said Robert Merletti. “The eastern wine industry and ASEV-ES can continue to count on our family and Vineyard & Winery Management for our continued support.”
 
In making the presentation, ASEV-ES Chairman Tim Martinson of Cornell University cited the family's pivotal role in promoting the Eastern wine and grape industry through journalism, the Wineries Unlimited conference and trade show, and by helping to fund scholarships through the ASEV-ES over the past 30 years.
 
"Bill and Hope launched Eastern Grape Grower magazine in 1976, and ASEV-ES was started the following year," said Martinson. "Our two organizations have shared a unique and beneficial association since their inception."
 
With the establishment of the Eastern Wine Competition in 1977, Bill Moffett and Hope Merletti dedicated a portion of the proceeds to fund the first ASEV-ES scholarship. Rob and Jennifer Merletti, current publishers of Vineyard and Winery Management, continue that support at Wineries Unlimited where a silent auction on the trade show floor and a live auction at the Best of the East Grand Tasting and Gala have raised over $48,000 the past three years. Eight graduate students of viticulture and enology from five universities in the East and Midwest received scholarship awards this year.
 
Longtime ASEV-ES member, officer and board member Ellen Butz said the Distinguished Service Award recognizes ASEV-ES members or nonmembers who have demonstrated outstanding service to the wine and grape industry through teaching, research, extension, administration, industry leadership, entrepreneurship or volunteerism.
 
Bill Moffett and Hope Merletti were also instrumental in forming the American Association of Vintners in 1979, which was the predecessor of WineAmerica, the Washington, DC-based national advocacy organization representing grape growers and vintners.
 
About ASEV–ES
The American Society for Enology and Viticulture – Eastern Section was established in 1977 to provide a forum for sharing research and technology developments of specific interest to the enology and viticulture of grapes grown in the Eastern United States and Canada. Its 120 members from industry and academia meet annually in July to present research information, a themed seminar, and student and industry awards focused on eastern grape and wine production.

About the producer
Vineyard & Winery Services Inc. publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (www.vwm-online.com), the Wine Industry Index and Wineries of the Index on compact disc. Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation produces seminars, conferences and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Wine Club Summit, Wine Country Water Summit, Tasting Room Profitability, Managing the Winery Laboratory) as well as three wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, and West Coast Wine Competition).

Vineyard & Winery Management, Inc.  |  707-577-7700  |  421 E Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404  |  PO Box 14459, Santa Rosa, CA 95402-6459