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Trends in the US Wine Industry for 2014 – Sunny Cellars with Some Cobwebs

The numbers for 2013 are in, and most experts are more optimistic about the 2014 wine market in the US. Though there are still some areas recovering less quickly from the recession (parts of the Midwest and some on-premise wine … Continue reading

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12 Best Practices in Global Wine Tourism

(NOTE: This article was originally published in Fine Wine & Liquor Magazine, Dec. 2012 and Jan. 2013 in both English and Chinese) Wine tourism has been increasing steadily around the world for the past decade.  Tourists who are interested in … Continue reading

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Trends in the US Wine Industry in 2013 – Cautiously Optimistic

Each year in January we are blessed with multiple reports on the state of the wine industry from such esteemed research bodies as Shanken’s Impact Databank, the Wine Marketing Council, Nielson, Silicon Valley Bank, and Unified.  This year the news … Continue reading

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Statistics on the US Wine Industry – 2011

As the 4th largest wine producing country in the world, the US wine industry has steadily increased in size and revenue over the past decade.  In 2010 the US became the leading wine consuming nation at 330 million cases (Wine … Continue reading

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Ancient Wine Legends – A Brief History Note*

Modern technology and carbon-dating have helped us prove that wine from cultivated grapes was being made in what is now modern-day Georgia, in the Caucasus Mountains around 6,000 B.C. There are also reports of wine remains in Armenia, Turkey, Iraq, … Continue reading

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What is Mother Nature Trying to Tell Us?

This has been the most amazing semester in terms of the weather.  January and February brought some of the sunniest and driest weather we have seen in wine country in many years.  Then in March, when the East Coast and … Continue reading

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Winter in Wine Country

I always think that winter is a great time to be studying in a university.  The cooler weather is conducive to reading by the fire or finding a comfortable nook in the library to complete assignments.  It is a cozy … Continue reading

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Autumn in California Wine Country

Autumn has arrived in California Wine Country, and once again I am struck by how incredibly beautiful it is here at this time of year.  The air actually smells like wine as the harvest gets underway, and there is a … Continue reading

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Summer in Sonoma

Sonoma and Napa Counties are a wonderful place to spend the summer. The weather is usually in the mid 80’s during the afternoon, but fog gently covers the landscape most mornings and some evenings.  This is especially the case in Carneros and Sonoma Coast … Continue reading

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May and Senioritis Runs Rampant

May came quite fast this year, and on May 1 were we treated to the first 80 degree weather of the year in Sonoma County.  Hurray!  There are only three weeks of class left before Final’s Week.  Graduation is on … Continue reading

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