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VinoVisit.com, a winery search engine, enables visitors to search, then select and winery tours and wine tasting events by location, varietal, and dozens of other attributes. Winery profiles include robust descriptions, photo galleries, video, maps, visitor reviews and ratings. Real-time reservation bookings, multi-day itinerary-building tools, turn-by-turn directions and closed-loop visitor reviews make it easy for wine lovers to plan winery visits.
Using a memorable tagline and eye-catching visuals, Armstrong Associates successfully re-launched ZORK USA’s alternative wine closure at the 2010 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium.
P&L Specialties, international manufacturer of grape reception and selection equipment, has been certified as a "Green Manufacturer" by the Bay Area Green Business Program. P&L Specialties is the second Manufacturer in Sonoma County to receive this prestigious certification.
The wine industry has a new Certified Public Accounting firm—one with more than 60 years of expertise: Brown Holder Alfaro & Co. LLP. The new St. Helena-based company has formed after a split with now Napa-based G & J Seiberlich & Co. LLP.
Okanagan Barrel Works Ltd. of Oliver, B.C., has tossed their barrel-maker’s gauntlet to a number of internationally renowned cooperages: Seguin Moreau (Napa), Demptos (Napa), Radoux (Santa Rosa) A&K Cooperage (Missouri), Canadian Oak Cooperage (Ontario) and Carriage House Cooperage (Ontario) to determine how each cooper’s barrels will impact on a given wine.
The wide spread adoption of aluminium screw caps for bottling wine has seen the emergence of a new problem for bottlers. What to do when a bottle on the production line fails the quality test and it needs to be reprocessed? The cap and collar needs to be removed before the issue can be addressed. Zecante, a New Zealand based company, have developed a patented device to remove these collars safely and quickly.
Universal Specialties Inc has announced that it has changed its name to Universal Packaging Inc.
Water usage reduction of 17% in two years makes cork wine stoppers from ACI CORK USA a closure alternative that is more environmentally friendly than any other option available in the wine industry today. Statistics recently released by ACI CORK USA show that the production facilities of parent company Àlvaro Coelho & Irmãos, S.A., in Portugal have greatly reduced water used per kilo of corks produced. (See chart below)
Is China becoming the largest producer of California wines? An alarming number of fake California wines are being sold in Asia as authentic imports. Counterfeiting does not just damage the brand owner's reputation and result in loss of revenue, but may also expose the owner to liability and the consumer to harm. What are the consequences if wine is produced without health department inspections, sanitizing safeguards, quality control tests, product purity, and proper storage? How long before these counterfeit bottles of wine appear in America, on the shelves of your local wine retailer, or in your glass at your favorite restaurant?
Tonnellerie Quintessence is proud to present Fleur de Quintessence, a new premium barrel for aging the world’s finest wines. This barrel celebrates artistry, craftsmanship, French heritage and an exceptional wood source, all of which contribute to Fleur de Quintessence’s status as the cooperage’s icon barrel.
Leonardo LoCascio, President, CEO and Founder of Winebow, Inc., announced the expansion of Winebow's distribution business into the state of Illinois. Winebow will operate as a distributor serving the market from a new Chicago distribution facility.
Schneider Packaging Equipment and Lantech introduce the Stack and Wrap Palletizing/Stretch Wrapping Cell combining two or more lines into a centralized automated palletizing stretch wrapping station. The unique stack and wrap solution actually builds the unit load on the stretch wrapper which more efficiently handles and stabilizes lightweight, unstable loads in a reduced floor space.
Máire Murphy and Walt Averill have officially launched their second venture in the wine industry. Following long, distinguished careers in wine, the couple founded Sín É Wine Company in 2001 creating and developing several negociant brands, including Solex Chardonnay. The company merged with Billington Wines in 2006, and after Billington’s demise in 2009, Máire and Walt reviewed many opportunities before deciding it was time to operate independently once again.
Longtime wine industry professional Neil Foster and internationally recognized glass industry leader David Hammond have launched Vertical Glass & Packaging (www.verticalglass.com) to manufacture and distribute a full range of imported and domestic high quality glass bottles for the North American wine industry. The Sonoma County firm ties its delivery schedule directly into a winery’s bottling program, improving quality and efficiency while lowering risk and internal costs for its customers.
After 5 years as the General Manager of Tonnellerie Radoux Norm Leighty has formed Norm Leighty, LLC, a sales representation company representing several suppliers of oak barrels, oak alternatives, tannins and used barrels.

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