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427 Mendocino Ave.
Santa Rosa
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Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

The Business Journal is a weekly business-to-business newspaper covering the north San Francisco Bay area, including Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Solano, Mendocino and Lake counties. The paper publishes on Mondays, but news is added to the Web site usually daily. 


Each issue has one or more reports on specific industries or topics, as seen in the Editorial Calendar posted on the Contact page of the Web site. 

The Business Journal also puts on a number of annual events related to major industries in the North Bay.

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local business news, people items, calendar, advertising, events, custom publications

 

 

 

Wine Industry Conference Topics Include: M&A, Labor, Imports, Strong Dollar, Cannabis Factor

This year's Wine Conference is keynoted by Antonio Galloni, who will also moderate a panel discussion with industry experts on topics ranging from mergers and acquisitions, imports, and the labor market.

The conference takes place Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Inn, Santa Rosa.

Register online: nbbj.news/wine17

The Wine Life

Tom Klein, Rodney Strong Vineyards
Emma Swain, CEO, St. Supery Estate Vineyards and Winery
Andy Beckstoffer, Beckstoffer Vineyards
Moderator: ANTONIO GALLONI

M&A

Mario Zepponi, Zepponi & Company

Labor

Matt Parker and Eric Pooler, Silverado Investment Management

Imports

Damien Wilson, Hamel Family Chair in Wine Business, Sonoma State University, Wine Business Institute

Impact of the Strong Dollar

Michael Swanson, Ph.D., Wells Fargo Chief Agricultural Economist

The Cannabis Factor

Nick Caston, vice president of public affairs and policy, CannaCraft, Inc.

Read more about the speakers.


News Archive


Wine Conference Keynoted by Antonio Galloni
16 March, 2017

This year's Wine Conference is keynoted by Antonio Galloni, who will also moderate a panel discussion with industry experts on topics ranging from mergers and acquisitions, imports, and the labor market.

The conference takes place Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Inn, Santa Rosa.

Register online: nbbj.news/wine17


Who Should Be California Winemaker of the Year 2016?
03 October, 2016

In 2015 the prestigious North Bay Business Journal winemaker award went to Jordan Winery's Rob Davis. This year's winner will be chosen from nominees entered by October 7th, along with honors for Winery CEO, CFO, CMO, CIO, Vineyard Manager, and Winery Production Manager.

The Wine Industry Awards also honor industry suppliers and innovators.

See pictures from 2015 wine industry awards reception

Make Your Nomination Today (by Oct. 17, 2016)


Call for Nominations! 4th Annual North Bay Business Journal Wine Industry Awards
12 September, 2016

The North Bay Business Journal will honor exceptional wine industry leaders and suppliers in the North Bay in a special publication and will be recognized at an awards celebration in December. In addition, Wine Industry Network will award the WINnovation Awards, recognizing the most innovative industry suppliers and service professionals.

Make a Nomination Today!


Impact Napa; a Power Packed Morning! Aug. 5 at Meritage Resort, Napa
15 July, 2016

Napa conference to include Warren Winiarski interview, discussion on Napa Valley growth (read more) and a panel on "Coping with Napa's success, and the way forward."

Register online at nbbj.news/napa16 or call Linda Perkins at 707-5212-5264


Wine Industry Conference: The Two Biggest Trends in Wine Today
23 March, 2016

A wave of mergers and acquisitions and wineries diversifying their portfolios into craft beer and spirits.

Thursday April 28, 2016. 7:30am to 11:30am at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Santa Rosa

North Bay Business Journal presents two panels: 

  1. What's Driving Mergers and Acquisitions?
  2. The Move to Diversify!

Register Today

 

 


Wine Industry Awards Ceremony to Honor 22 Industry Recipients
25 November, 2015

Twenty-two companies and executives in the wine business were named for the Business Journal’s third annual Wine Industry Awards and Wine Industry Network’s WINnovation Awards.

From nominations, the Journal selected 13 companies as notable industry suppliers including three cork suppliers selected for their individual growth and innovations. Four industry executives and managers were picked for their achievements, including an inspiring pruner-turned-proprietor and a marketer who creates “viral” messaging via social media moxie and videographic savvy. Wine Industry Network picked five innovative companies, including companies with breakthroughs in wine tank sanitation and vine water usage.

The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony Dec. 1 at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa in Santa Rosa. 

For tickets visit NorthBayBusinessJournal.com/WineAwards15reg or call 707-521-5264

WINE INDUSTRY AWARDS: SUPPLIERS

  • Capsules & Closures: Amcor Flexibles, American Canyon
  • Barrel Supplier: Barrel Builders, St. Helena
  • Grapevine Nursery: Herrick Grapevines, St. Helena
  • Vineyard Management Company: Redwood Empire Vineyard Management, Geyserville
  • Winery Equipment Supplier: Scott Laboratories, Petaluma
  • Winery Marketing Solutions: The Goode Company, Rohnert Park
  • Glass Supplier: TricorBraun WinePak, Fairfield
  • Label Printer: Unionpack, American Canyon
  • Vineyard Technology: VineView (Scientific Aerial Imaging), Angwin
  • Trucking Company: Yandell Trucking, Pleasant Hill
  • Cork Supplier: Portocork America, Napa
  • Cork Supplier: Cork Supply USA, Benicia
  • Cork Supplier: M.A. Silva USA, Santa Rosa

WINE INDUSTRY AWARDS: INDIVIDUALS

  • Winery CEO: Everado Robledo, CEO and owner, Robledo Family Winery, Sonoma
  • Winery Chief Marketing Officer: Lisa Mattson, director of marketing and communications, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Healdsburg
  • Winemaker: Rob Davis, Winemaker, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Healdsburg
  • Vineyard Manager: Mariano Navarro, vineyard manager, Jackson Family Wines, Santa Rosa

WINNOVATION AWARDS

  • BlueMorph UV, Oakland
  • Fruition Sciences, Oakland and St. Helena
  • G3 Enterprises, Napa and Modesto
  • Nomacorc, Zebulon, N.C.
  • Vintage 99 Label Mfg, Livermore

 


Wine Industry Awards Nomination Grace Period Through Oct. 25
20 October, 2015

The North Bay Business Journal will honor exceptional wine industry leaders and suppliers in the North Bay in a special publication and will be recognized at an awards celebration in December. In addition, Wine Industry Network will award the WINnovation Awards, recognizing the most innovative industry suppliers and service professionals.

Nominations Extended Through October 25, 2015


Last Call for Wine Industry Awards Nominations
14 October, 2015

Do you know someone who does a fantastic job, is a wine industry leader, goes above and beyond to support the community, is a mentor, a spokesperson, or a rising star?

Then it's time to make your nominations for the 2015 annual Wine Industry Awards.

Nominations close close Oct. 16,2015

Nominate Now


Who Should Be Winemaker of the Year?
30 September, 2015

Now is your chance to nominate your favorite Winemaker, Winery CEO, Vineyard Manager etc. for the 2015 NBBJ Wine Industry Awards. Last year's winners:

Make you nominations today


Now Accepting Nominations for 3rd Annual Wine Industry Awards
15 September, 2015

The North Bay Business Journal will honor exceptional wine industry leaders and suppliers in the North Bay in a special publication and will be recognized at an awards celebration in December. In addition, Wine Industry Network will award the WINnovation Awards, recognizing the most innovative industry suppliers and service professionals.

Nominations Open Through October 16, 2015


Wine marketers say consumer shifts call for new approaches
20 April, 2015

The North Bay Business Journal’s 15th annual Wine Industry Conference on April 24 is set to feature keynote speaker and vintner Michael Mondavi as well as two panels of experts focusing on how wine producers can get wine to market and get noticed among a swelling number of competitors.

As background for the issues related to the upcoming conference, the Business Journal interviewed the speaker and seven panelists:

Keynote speaker

Michael Mondavi

Michael Mondavi, founder of Michael Mondavi Family Estates and Folio Wine Partners, both based in Napa (Folio Wine Partners)

Wine industry should look for opportunity when roadblocks rise“: Michael Mondavi, Folio Wine Partners

Panel: How to Stand Out in a Crowded Market

Panel: Route to Market

The conference runs from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa in Santa Rosa. Preregistration runs through April 22 and costs $95 a person. To register online, go to NorthBayBusinessJournal.com or call 707-521-5270. Registration also will be available at the door.


The North Bay Business Journal announces upcoming Wine Industry Conference
01 April, 2015

The 15th annual Wine Industry Conference on April 24 in Santa Rosa will bring together some of the most prominent players and experts today focusing on the “Routes to market” and “How to get noticed in a crowded field”.

The keynote will be Michael Mondavi, Founder and Coach of Michael Mondavi Family Estate and Folio Fine Wine Partners. 

Panel 1will include:

* Joe Waechter, CEO of Wine Direct

* Jim Weinrott, Founder & CEO of WineAccess.com

* Michael Osborn, CEO of Wine.com

* Benoit Vialle, COO of Naked Wines

 

Panel 2 will be:
* Joy Sterling, Partner/CEO of Iron Horse Vineyards

* Bill Legion, President of Jamieson Ranch Vineyards

* Dan Grunbeck, EVP for Corporate Sales & Strategy of Young’s Market

 

The event will be held Friday, April 24, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. To register, call 707-521-5264 or visit www.northbaybusinessjournal.com. The deadline for registration is April 20.

Call or click today!


Wine Industry Conference set for April 24
02 March, 2015

North Bay Business Journal’s 15th annual Wine Industry Conference on April 24 is set to feature keynote speaker and vintner Michael Mondavi as well as two panels of experts focusing on how wine producers can get wine to market and get noticed among a swelling number of competitors.

Read more


2014 Wine Industry Awards nominations end Oct. 17
15 September, 2014

2014 Wine Industry Awards, a Business Journal event

The Business Journal is seeking nominations for its annual Wine Industry Awards to honor exceptional wine industry leaders and suppliers in the North Bay in a special publication and will be recognized at an awards celebration in December. Nominate an individual or company in these award categories:

Individual Awards

Given to an exceptional Winery CEO, Winery CFO, Winery CMO, Vineyard manager, Winemaker, Winery production manager, Winery CIO.

SUBMIT A NOMINATION

Supplier Awards

Given to exceptional Glass supplier, Cork supplier, Barrel supplier, label printer, Grapevine nursery, Vineyard management company, Trucking company

SUBMIT A NOMINATION


Impact Napa: Wine, August 28, 2014
30 July, 2014

The seventh annual Impact Napa with Margrit Mondavi, Robert Mondavi Winery, in a conversation with Richard Mendelson of counsel Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty.

Register online today, limited seating available. Registration Deadline August 25.


2014 Wine Industry Conference registration ends April 18
27 February, 2014

 

The 2014 Wine Industry Conference is keynoted by Rick Magnuson, Executive Managing Director of GI Partners - Duckhorn Wine Co., and with Panelists Erle Martin, President & CEO of Crimaon Wine Group, and Matt Wood, Estate Director of Domain Chandon.

Register Today


2013 Wine Industry Awards registration ends Nov. 29
18 November, 2013

Seventeen companies and professionals have been selected for North Bay Business Journal‘s first Wine Industry Awards for significant contributions in getting wine from vine to consumer.

See the winners & register for the awards.


Now Accepting Nominations for Wine Industry Awards
29 August, 2013

The North Bay Business Journal will honor exceptional wine industry leaders and suppliers in the North Bay in a special publication and will be recognized at an awards celebration in December. In addition, the Wine Industry Network will award its first-ever Winnovation Award, recognizing the most innovative industry suppliers and service professionals.

Nominations close October 4.

Submit your nominations today!


Impact Napa: Wine
20 August, 2013

The sixth annual Impact Napa will include an original study on current and future conditions in the wine industry labor markets by Dr. Robert Eyler’s Economic Forensics & Analytics A powerhouse panel including Tony Correia, ARA of Correia-Xavier Incorporated, H. William Harlan of Harlan Estate, Peter Mondavi Jr.,Co-Proprietor, C. Mondavi & Family, Bruce Phillips, Managing Partner, Phillips Family Farming LLC / VHR, Vine Hill Ranch Moderated by Richard Mendelson, Of Counsel, Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty

THIS IS A MORNING NOT TO BE MISSED!

Thursday, August 29
8:30-11 am
Napa Valley Marriott 
Hotel & Spa 
Registration: 8:30am
Program: 9-11 am

FOR SPONSORSHIP OR ADVERTISING DETAILS, CALL 707-521-5270 

Register online today! Limited seating available!

Registration deadline August 24. $55 per person • $550 for table of 10 (includes company name on table sign).

Continental Breakfast included. Sorry, no refunds.

Price includes a subscription to the North Bay Business Journal (new subscribers only).

www.NorthBayBusinessJournal.com

OR CALL LINDA PERKINS AT 707-521-5264 TO REGISTER


2013 Wine Conference registration ends April 12
14 March, 2013

The North Bay Business Journal Wine Conference features keynote by Giancarlo Bianchetti, CEO Fetzer Vineyards and two knowledgable panels that will discuss Merger & Acquisition and Pricing Strategies.

REGISTER NOW


Impact Napa to feature Napa Valley wine leaders
09 August, 2012

From a farmer of thousands of North Coast acres of winegrapes to producers of Napa Valley’s most prestigious wine brands to a broker of industry mergers and acquisitions, the speaker lineup for the Business Journal‘s Impact Napa conference later this month includes major figures in Napa County’s wine industry.

Chris Thornberg
Chris Thornberg

The Aug. 30 morning conference will include a look at the forces pushing and pulling on the finances of grape growers, vintners and consumers by Chris Thornberg of Beacon Economics, which has offices in San Rafael and Los Angeles. Following the forecast will be a panel consisting  of Bart Araujo of Araujo Estate Wines just east of Calistoga, Andy Beckstoffer of Rutherford-based Beckstoffer Vineyards, Jayson Pahlmeyer of Pahlmeyer Winery in St. Helena and Mario Zepponi of Santa Rosa-based Zepponi & Company.

“So much of Napa’s life and economy is intertwined with wine that we have decided to make it a central focus of Impact Napa,” said Brad Bollinger, Business Journal editor and associate publisher. “To that end, we have invited some of the most sought-after speakers with interesting and stimulating stories to tell about wine.”

A nationally recognized expert on the economy, Dr. Thornberg returns to Impact Napa with a localized analysis of the county’s local drivers of business activity: wine, tourism, housing and construction.

Bart Araujo
Bart Araujo

Coming from a family of California ranchers, Mr. Araujo moved from a career in homebuilding to wine crafting in 1990. That’s when he and his wife, Daphne, purchased the 38-acre Eisele Vineyard, which had supplied grapes for acclaimed vintages from Ridge Vineyards, Conn Creek and Joseph Phelps over the previous two decades. Top wine critic Robert Parker Jr. featured Araujo Estate as a “reference-point winery” for terroir-driven Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon and syrah wine in his 2005 book The World’s Greatest Wine Estates.

Andy Beckstoffer
Andy Beckstoffer

An engineer by training, Mr. Beckstoffer acquired what is now Beckstoffer Vineyards in 1973 and now is one of the 20 largest winegrape growers in California. The company farms more than 1,000 acres of grapes in Napa County, more than 1,300 in Mendocino County and a like number of acres in the Red Hills appellation of Lake County. Starting in the mid-1970s, Mr. Beckstoffer has been a leader in North Coast and California wine industry and land-use policy.

Jayson Pahlmeyer
Jayson Pahlmeyer

Since admittedly smuggling in French vine clones in his quest for the ideal Napa Valley expression of a Bordeaux blend in the early 1980s, Mr. Pahlmeyer has provided a stage for the rising star of several winemakers, including Randy Dunn, Bob Levy, Helen Turley and Erin Green. The result has been the high-scoring Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red and even determined loyalty to a high-end Merlot varietal wine.

Mario Zepponi
Mario Zepponi

Behind the scenes of a number of recent North Coast wine industry mergers and acquisitions is Zepponi & Company, started by real estate and corporate attorney Mario Zepponi. He has been instructing clients and the industry on the new faces of wine M&A.

The conference will be 7:30-10:30 a.m. at Napa Valley Marriott hotel in Napa. To register, visit NorthBayBusinessJournal.com or call 707-521-5264 by Aug. 24. Cost is $45 per person or $450 for a table of 10 including company signage.