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2ND ANNUAL NORTH COAST WINE & WEED SYMPOSIUM

Thursday, August 2, 2018 Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country, Santa Rosa, CA

Wine Industry Network (WIN) successfully hosted nearly 500 people at the first North Coast Wine & Weed Symposium in Santa Rosa, CA. The focus of this business conference was to help the wine industry better understand the cannabis industry and to examine what impact the legalization of recreational cannabis use in California might have on the wine industry.

The 2018 North Coast Wine & Weed Symposium, featuring experts from both industries, will be largely focused on updating attendees on new rules and regulations and discussing the potential impact of canna-tourism on wine. The interactive conference will also be highlighting collaborative opportunities that exist between the two industries and look specifically at wine & cannabis events and what participating wineries experienced as a result. In addition, this year will feature dedicated sessions for cannabis industry attendees to learn from their wine counterparts, specifically on direct to consumer marketing as well as distribution strategies and distributor management.

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Speaker Line-up Confirmed for 2nd Annual North Coast Wine & Weed Symposium

Leading Wine & Cannabis Industry Professionals on Hand to Present

Wine Industry Network (WIN) today announced the full line-up of industry experts who will be presenting at the 2018 North Coast Wine & Weed Symposium, to be held on August 2nd at the Hyatt Regency, Sonoma Wine Country, in Santa Rosa, CA. 

“No one knows what the ultimate impact of cannabis legalization will be on wine, but we do know that the two  industries are sharing the same neighborhood and to a degree, many of the same consumers. It’s just smart business for wineries to better understand what’s happening and we’ve assembled an incredible group of experts to help with that,” says George Christie, Founder & CEO of Wine Industry Network. 

Keynote speaker, Bill Silver, CEO of CannaCraft and former Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State, where he assisted in the establishment of the Wine Business Institute as the global leader for wine business education and research will be opening up the conference. He will be sharing his transition story from wine to cannabis, discussing comparisons he sees between the two industries, how they can work together, where they might see conflict as well as make predictions about what the future may hold for the wine & cannabis industries.

 

A few of the featured speakers include:

Jessica Lukas, VP, Consumer Insights / BDS Analytics, Inc.the leader in data, market research, analytics, and consumer insights for the cannabis industry will be addressing the million dollar question, what is the overlap between cannabis and wine consumers? 

Erin Gore, Founder, CEO / Garden Society a boutique cannabis confections company that is taking dispensary shelves by storm and catching the attention of every ‘Wine Mom’ in California & beyond, will be taking part in a panel that is geared to cannabis industry attendees ‘Distribution Program’s That Work’. 

Pamela Hadfield, Co-Founder / HelloMD the largest, most active most active, online community of health and wellness cannabis consumers will be presenting on the emerging trends in the cannabis industry and where they are taking us.  

Tammy Boatright, President / VingDirect, a wine industry marketing and branding expert will be sharing her winery DTC marketing and branding expertise with cannabis industry attendees and address common questions about how small wine producers compete and succeed in such a competitive environment?

Brian Applegarth, Founder of Emerald County Tours and California Cannabis Tourism Association will be speaking on a topic the wine industry had been paying close to attention to, cannabis tourism and potential impact on wine. 

For the full lineup of speakers, more information on sessions, or to register for the event please visit wine-weed.com or email info@wine-weed.com


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Registration Opens for 2nd Annual North Coast Wine & Weed Symposium
22 May, 2018

Conversation Between Wine and Cannabis Gains Momentum, Underscoring Collaborative Opportunities for Both Industries

Wine & Weed Symposium LogoHealdsburg, CA, May 22, 2018 – The Wine Industry Network (WIN), producer of the Wine & Weed Symposium hosted it’s second sold out event, the Central Coast Wine & Weed Symposium in San Luis Obispo on May 10th. Wine and Cannabis professionals from the region attended educational sessions focused on county regulations and the impact legalization will have in Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

Last August, WIN hosted nearly 500 wine and cannabis professionals at the sold-out inaugural North Coast Wine & Weed Symposium in Santa Rosa. “If you’re in the wine industry, it’s imperative that you understand your new neighbor,” said George Christie, President of WIN. “Our symposiums provide information about new cannabis legislation, regulation issues and possible opportunities.”  A Napa Valley winery representative that attended the inaugural show said, “The level of instruction that the expert speakers provided and the information that was discussed throughout the day far exceeded my expectations.”

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Registration is opening on Tuesday, May 22nd for the second annual North Coast Wine & Weed Symposium, to be held on August 2nd, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa, CA. The conference will be largely focused on updating attendees on new rules and regulations, discussing the potential impact of canna-tourism on wine as well as highlighting collaborative opportunities between the two industries, like wine and cannabis events. In addition, this year will feature dedicated sessions for cannabis industry attendees to learn from their wine counterparts, specifically on direct to consumer marketing as well as distribution strategies and distributor management. “The first year our educational sessions were geared exclusively towards wine industry attendees, but we had so much support from the cannabis industry that we felt the need to include session content for those attendees as well,” added Christie.

The conference will feature industry experts from both industries along with 40 tabletop exhibitors and will include breakfast, a beautiful outdoor lunch buffet specially prepared by the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country Chef and attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a special end-of-day networking social featuring local wines. To view the full program of session topics and descriptions, please visit www.wine-weed.com.

Registration for the event is now open and seating is limited. **The first one hundred people to register will receive a special “early-bird” discount of 15%.** Table-top exhibits and sponsorships are also limited and expected to sell out early.

For more information about the topics and speakers, becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, and to register for the event, please visit www.wine-weed.com or send an email to info@wine-weed.com.


Registration Opens for Central Coast Wine & Weed Symposium
10 January, 2018

Wine Industry Network announces sessions geared toward informing wine industry

Healdsburg, CA, January 10th, 2018 – The Wine Industry Network (WIN) opened registration today for the Wine & Weed Symposium, Central Coast, to be held on May 10th from 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in San Luis Obispo, CA. This one-day business conference is structured for the wine industry professional who is interested in examining the impact that the legalization of recreational cannabis use in California might have on the wine industry.

Wine & Weed, Central Coast will feature experts from both industries to provide an overview of the cannabis industry as well cover topics ranging from what is legal to regulations surrounding licensing, hospitality, growing and other topics of interest specific to Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties.. For a full list of topics and descriptions go to Wine & Weed Symposium – Central Coast.

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend educational sessions throughout the day and visit the exhibiting wine and cannabis companies who will be displaying their products and services. The Embassy Suites by Hilton chef will prepare a beautiful lunch buffet that will be served in the Atrium and the event will close with an end-of-day networking social featuring local wines.

“We’re all still trying to understand how the legalization of cannabis is going to unfold and how that might impact neighboring industries,” said George Christie, President of Wine Industry Network. “We started this conversation to try to dispel some of the rumors and open a dialog between these two industries and I’m of the mindset that it’s always better to understand potential competition and identify possible opportunities”

Registration for the event is now open and seating is limited. The first one hundred people to register will receive a special “early-bird” discount. Table top exhibits and sponsorships are also limited. For more information about the topics and speakers, becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, and to register for the event, please visit Wine & Weed Symposium-Central Coast or email info@wine-weed.com.


2018 Wine & Weed Symposium Dates Announced
05 December, 2017

New Central Coast event planned for May and North Coast event held again in August

Healdsburg, CA, December 5, 2017 –The Wine Industry Network (WIN) today announced the 2018 dates for the Wine & Weed Symposium along with an additional conference and location. The Wine & Weed Symposium, North Coast will once again take place in Santa Rosa on August 2nd, 2018.

The newly added, Wine & Weed Symposium Central Coast will take place in San Luis Obispo on May 10th, 2018 and will specifically look at the potential impact cannabis will have on the Central Coast wine industry.

Both conferences will be intensive one-day educational sessions featuring cannabis and wine industry experts who will discuss the legalization of cannabis in California and the expected impact and opportunity that this presents to the wine industry in each region. These experts, representing both the north and central coast, will speak to current regulations, licensing requirements, hospitality, tourism, farming, and other topics of interest that are unique to each region. Each conference will provide information relevant to everyone in the wine industry, from owners, winemakers and vineyard managers, to hospitality and sales managers.

“After the first Wine & Weed Symposium, two things were very clear. There remain a lot more questions than answers and this is a very regional conversation. What pertains to Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and the rest of the North Coast wine industry doesn’t necessarily mean the same in Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. There are different rules and to a degree, a different culture, but just as many questions. By adding Wine & Weed Symposium, Central Coast, we can work with regional experts to ensure that the most relevant information is delivered to our wine industry attendees and maintain the same high-level program that we’ve established in the North Coast.”

Tickets for the Wine & Weed Symposium, Central Coast will go on sale in January 2018 and the Wine & Weed Symposium, North Coast ticket sales will start in April 2018. Each symposium will feature very limited space for a small, select number of exhibitors showcasing products and services specifically relevant to wineries and grape growers who are interested in expanding into this explosive market. For more information about attending, speaking or exhibiting, please visit wine-weed.com or email info@wine-weed.com.


First Wine & Weed Symposium Major Success
04 August, 2017

Wine Industry Network hosts meaningful dialogue between Cannabis & Wine Industry

Healdsburg, CA, August 7th, 2017 – The Wine Industry Network (WIN) hosted nearly 500 people to the first Wine & Weed Symposium on August 3rd at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa, CA. The one-day business focused conference was intended to create a dialogue between the wine and cannabis industries and examine the impact that the legalization of recreational cannabis use in California will have on the wine industry.  

Of the day’s registered attendees, 45% were wine industry professionals, 26% were cannabis industry professionals, 18% have ties to both industries, and the remaining people in attendance were from other industries altogether. Polling the audience during the show, 77% of attendees predicted more collaboration than competition between the two industries.

Featuring experts from both categories, the day began with opening remarks from California Senator Mike McGuire who provided an overview of two of the state’s major agricultural crops, cannabis and wine, and how these industries will coexist. He also discussed the work that our leaders are doing to quickly provide legislation as the prohibition on cannabis ends.

In addition to the Senator, other notable cannabis leaders Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association, Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, and Tawnie Logan, chairwoman of the Sonoma County Growers Alliance and California Growers Association weighed in on a wide range of topics including regulations around licensing, hospitality, and mixed-use farming.

Attendees were also introduced to new economic opportunities not only from the varied line up of speakers, but also from the 40+ exhibiting companies from the wine and cannabis industries who displayed their products and services.   

“Our goals were to educate the wine industry on the current state of legalization of cannabis and to establish a dialogue between the two industries,” said George Christie, President of Wine Industry Network. “We were successful on both fronts. Our wine industry attendees left with a greater understanding of the emerging cannabis industry and everyone that attended saw the opportunities that collaboration could mean to both.”


Lineup of Speakers Announced for Wine & Weed Symposium
23 May, 2017

Leading Cannabis Industry Experts to Share Insights

Healdsburg, CA, May 23rd, 2017 – Wine Industry Network (WIN) today announced the lineup of topics and speakers featured at the first ever Wine & Weed Symposium, to be held on August 3rd from 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa, CA. The conference will address key questions about the impact, opportunities and threats that the legalization of adult-use cannabis in California will have on the wine industry.

F. Aaron Smith, Co-Founder & Executive Director of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and Hezekiah Allen, Executive Director of the California Growers Association will begin the day with “Cannabis 101”, an overview of the industry and the latest updates from Sacramento and Washington, D.C. They’ll address the basic questions around how legislation has evolved and provide insights on how things are expected to unfold over the next year.

Amber Morris, CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Branch Chief for the California Department of Food & Agriculture, will break down what’s permitted in “Cannabis Cultivation in California: What You Can and Can’t Do”, along with licensing, reporting requirements and costs. “The Business of Cannabis: Farming for Profit & Beyond”, will be discussed by key players in the wine and cannabis industries who will explore the opportunities and challenges a vineyard owner might expect if considering adding commercial cannabis to their farming operations.

From Wine to Weed”, will start the afternoon with a panel of wine industry professionals discussing their careers in the wine industry, how they evolved to include cannabis, and the similarities found in both industries. The final topic of the day, “Why Wine and Weed Make Great Business Partners”, will feature Tawnie Logan, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Growers and other cannabis industry leaders presenting their opinion on why the passing of Proposition 64 is beneficial to the wine industry and address fears around competition for labor and water. For a full list of topics, descriptions, and speakers go to wine-weed.com

“No one really knows what the impact of legalization will be on wine, but like it or not, the wine and cannabis industries are already sharing the same neighborhood and to a degree, many of the same consumers. That doesn’t seem to be going away, it’s ramping up and it’s just smart business for wineries to better understand what’s happening and start a dialogue with this emerging industry. This event is where we’re going to kick off that conversation”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Registration for the event is now open and seating is limited. For more information about the sessions, becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, and to register for the event, please visit wine-weed.com or email info@wine-weed.com


Registration Opens for First Wine & Weed Symposium
03 May, 2017

Wine Industry Network announces session topics for cannabis and wine conversation

Healdsburg, CA, May 3rd, 2017 – The Wine Industry Network (WIN) today announced that registration is open for the inaugural Wine & Weed Symposium, to be held on August 3rd from 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa, CA. This one-day business focused conference is tailored for the wine industry professional who is interested in examining the impact that the legalization of recreational cannabis use in California will have on the wine industry.  

The symposium will feature experts from both categories who will provide an overview of the cannabis industry as well as cover topics ranging from what is legal and new cannabis products, to regulations around licensing, hospitality, mixed-use farming, and other topics of interest. For a full list of topics and descriptions go to www.wine-weed.com.

In addition to the educational sessions, attendees will see exhibiting companies from the wine and cannabis industries who will showcase their products and services,  enjoy a beautiful outdoor lunch buffet specially prepared by the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Chef and have the opportunity to attend a special end-of-day networking social featuring local wines.

“There are a lot of “experts” out there trying to predict what the impact of legalization will be on the wine industry, but the truth is, none of them really know…and neither do I,” said George Christie, President of Wine Industry Network. “However, one thing I do know is that it never hurts to learn more about a neighboring industry, especially one with the financial upside that the cannabis industry has. The Wine & Weed Symposium is where we hope to get that conversation started.”

Registration for the event is now open and seating is limited. The first one hundred people to register will receive a special “early-bird” discount of 15%. Table top exhibits and sponsorships are also limited. For more information about the topics and speakers, becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, and to register for the event, please visit wine-weed.comor email info@wine-weed.com.


Wine & Weed Symposium Announced
12 January, 2017

Wine Industry Network produces first full-day conference dedicated to the legalization of cannabis and its impact on the wine industry

Healdsburg, CA, January 12, 2017 – The Wine Industry Network (WIN) today announced the launch of the Wine & Weed Symposium, a one-day intensive educational conference that will focus on the legalization of cannabis in California and the expected impact and opportunities that this presents to the wine industry.  The symposium will be held on August 3rd from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa, CA.

The conference will feature Executive Director of the Sonoma County Growers Alliance, Tawnie Logan, who will discuss and clarify the newly implemented law, along with experts from both the wine and cannabis industries on regulations, licensing requirements, hospitality, tourism, farming, and other topics of interest.

Speakers will also present on the commonalities that the cannabis and wine Industry share such as agricultural focus, emphasis on quality, place of origin and to a degree, a common consumer. Like the wine industry, cannabis will be heavily regulated and will experience overlap with wine in regards to legal, financial, compliance and distribution regulations.

“We touched the surface of this subject at the WIN Expo last December and were overwhelmed with the outpouring of interest that the session received,” said George Christie, President of Wine Industry Network. “The take-aways were that people want and need more information about how things are changing and one hour just wasn’t enough time. We’re hoping to address those concerns with this day-long conference.”

The Wine & Weed Symposium will provide information that is relevant to everyone in the wine industry, whether an owner, winemaker, salesperson, hospitality manager, or grower, regardless of whether there are specific plans to work in or with the cannabis industry.

“People have been questioning the impact that this is going to have on the wine industry for a long time,” Christie stated. “This is an opportunity to learn from the experts, the cost of entry and what is and is not allowed. We plan to provide a better understanding of the inevitable competition for consumer attention and how best to prepare for what’s coming and what new opportunities might exist.”

The symposium will also feature space for a small, select number of exhibitors showcasing products and services specifically relevant to wineries and grape growers who are interested in expanding into this explosive market. For more information about attending, speaking or exhibiting, please visit wine-weed.com or email info@wine-weed.com .

About Wine Industry Network (WIN):

Wine Industry Network (WIN) (wineindustrynetwork.com), is based in Healdsburg, CA and is THE business resource for the wine industry. WIN also produces two annual trade shows & conferences, the North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo) (wineindustryexpo.com), and the U.S. Wine & Beverage Expo (USBevX) (usbevx.com); the online daily news publication, Wine Industry Advisor (wineindustryadvisor.com); an online employment resource, WIN Jobs (wineindustry.jobs); and the largest and most accurate set of winery data points and contacts for the North American wine industry, Wine Industry Database (WIN Data) (wineindustrydata.com).