By Jennifer Montgomery
Archives for November 2011
The summit is an important fundraiser for the co-presenters, Free the Grapes! and Coalition for Free Trade. We have worked with these groups and other associations to increase the number of legal states for winery shipment from 17 to 38 in the last decade. Their focus on PR and litigation, respectively, has played an instrumental role, complementing industry representation in state capitols and Washington D.C.
- DTC Winery Check Up: This results of this research project, which aggregates DTC sales performance for 120+ wineries along 18 separate metrics, will be presented January 19.
- Video Contest: The Steering Committee will recognize outstanding achievement in video production by naming and promoting three winning winery promotional videos.
- January 18 Evening Social Mixer: A short presentation will be followed by a wine reception and mixer for registrants and sponsors at the Stanford Court.
November 18, 2011
Tonight WineAmerica, the Wine Institute and the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association are co-sponsoring a white wine and shellfish reception for the Congressional Wine Caucus and the Congressional Shellfish Caucus. Traditionally this has been an event that only served California wine. For the first time WineAmerica is providing wine from the East Coast for this event. Special thanks to the Virginia Wine Marketing Board, the Long Island Wine Council, Fox Run Vineyards (NY), Priam Vineyards (CT), Boordy Vineyards (MD), Black Ankle Vineyards (MD), Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard (MD) and Knob Hall Winery (MD) for donating wine for this event.
The following East Coast wines will be served with select wines from California, provided by the Wine Instutite
Priam Vineyards Chardonnay
Priam Vineyards Gewurtztraminer
Black Ankle Vineyards 2010 Viognier
Boordy Vineyards 2010 Reserve Chardonnay
Knob Hall Tryst White Blend
Knob Hall 2010 Vidal Blanc
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay
Finger Lakes, NY
Anthony Road Wine Company 2010 Pinot Gris
Anthony Road Wine Company 2009 Riesling
Fox Run Vineyards Arctic Fox White Wine
Fox Run Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay
Miles Wine Cellars 2010 Chardonnay
Miles Wine Cellars Ghost White Wine
Long Island, NY
Bedell Cellars 2008 “Taste White” White Wine
Palmer Vineyards 2009 Pinot Blanc
Scarola Vineyards 2009 “Capella” Chardonnay
Sparkling Point 2007 Brut Sparkling Wine
Waters Crest Winery 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
Wolffer Estate 2010 Classic White
Barboursville Vineyards 2009 Viognier
Breaux Vineyards 2010 Viognier
Gray Ghost 2009 Chardonnay
Jefferson Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay
By Michael Kaiser
The annual WineAmerica Fall Board of Directors and Membership meeting has come and gone once again. This year we visited the Snake River Valley in Southwest Idaho. The Snake River Valley is Idaho’s first American viticultural area and is home to the largest concentration of wineries and vineyards in the state. The meeting itself was held at Hotel 43, a boutique hotel in Downtown Boise. This year we had attendees from Maryland, Nebraska, Idaho, Michigan, Colorado, California, Washington, Missouri, Oregon, Virginia, South Dakota, New York, Tennessee, Texas and Ohio.
The WineAmerica Board of Directors discussed a wide range of new association initiatives this week, and there will be more news on those initiatives as they progress. The WineAmerica Board and the State Associations Council also held various policy discussions ranging from the reauthorization of the Farm Bill to continuing to fight the so-called CARE Act (HR 1161).
On Monday night, the Idaho Wine Commission hosted an informal welcome reception, sponsored by the Southwest Idaho Tourism Association for the meeting attendees. Six local wineries were featured at the reception: Williamson Orchards and Vineyards, Cinder Wines, Bitner Vineyards, Huston Vineyards, Woodriver Cellars and Fraser Vineyards. The group then enjoyed a dinner at Fork Restaurant in Boise featuring local ingredients and wine.
Tuesday after the Board meeting ended we visited Bitner Vineyards (owned and operated by WineAmerica Board member Ron Bitner and his wife Mary) and then went to Ste. Chappelle Winery (the largest in the state) for a catered dinner and wine pairing. An enjoyable ending to a productive day.
The dates and location have been determined for the 2012 Fall Board of Directors and Membership Meeting. The meeting will be in Sonoma County, CA from November 12 to 14, 2012. The exact location has yet to be determined.