Sonoma County Wine Industry Leaders Collaborate to Launch Innovative Student Program for Future Wine Industry Employees

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The Family Coppola, including Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Virginia Dare Winery, join together with Sonoma County Vintners and Santa Rosa Junior College to offer a new entry-level, practical training course for students who wish to enter the Sonoma County wine industry this harvest season. The three-day experiential program includes combined classroom and practical learning to provide a unique wine industry introduction.

“It’s important we work together as a community to create innovative ideas that encourage more interest in careers in the wine industry,” says Corey Beck, The Family Coppola CEO and Winemaking Chief. “This innovative program is a win-win for students and for wineries. Students go beyond the classroom for a behind-the-scenes look into an operating winery and the chance to build relationships with its experts who are actively recruiting for current or future positions.”

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Costco’s Beverage Alcohol Sales Top $4 Billion

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With more than $4 billion in beverage alcohol sales last fiscal year, Costco has seen steady annual growth in wine, spirits, and beer, even from a huge base. New stores and new beverage alcohol departments have been added nationally and internationally on a yearly basis. Few retailers can match what Costco is doing, in both sales and scope.

In the U.S., Costco has licenses to sell beer in 458 stores and can sell wine in 448 stores. In addition, 317 stores are licensed to sell spirits. Overseas, the company has an additional 162 licenses for wine and beer retail and 141 licenses for spirits.

Beverage alcohol sales at Costco were $4.4 billion last fiscal year, marking a 6% increase over the year prior. The company is one of the largest wine retailers in the world, with winemaking up roughly half of its total beverage sales—more than $2 billion last fiscal year. Spirits and beer split the remaining half relatively equally.

“We’re committed to the beverage alcohol category,” says Annette Alvarez-Peters, assistant vice president and general merchandise manager for beverage alcohol at Costco. “We show substantial increases and comps year over year. We’re disciplined in our approach to the business. We have new warehouses opening and, as laws have changed, we’ve been able to add beverage alcohol licenses to some existing warehouses.”

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James Beard Foundation Names 20 Fellows for 2019 Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program

~ The future of food is female at annual five-day program empowering women in the culinary world

The James Beard Foundation today announced the 20 fellows participating in the 2019 Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) program, taking place October 27 to November 1 at Costanoa Lodge in Pescadero, CA. Now in its third year, the WEL program is part of the Foundation’s broader Women’s Leadership Programs, with founding support from Audi, and aims to support woman-identifying food industry entrepreneurs, restaurant owners, and chefs in order to grow their careers and scale their businesses.

“This year’s WEL fellows represent the rich diversity of our industry and are an inspiring group of future leaders,” said Clare Reichenbach, CEO of the James Beard Foundation. “These women are ready to scale their businesses and expand their impact in their communities and beyond. We’re excited to be providing them with the toolkit, resources, and network to help them deliver their vision and ambition for growth.” Continue reading

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E. & J. Gallo Winery Unveils “Women Behind the Wine” Empowerment Campaign

— Scholarship and Awareness Program Supports Advancement of Women in the Wine Industry —

E. & J. Gallo Winery, through its Wine Dialogues platform, launched the Women Behind the Wine initiative to support professional development of women in the food and beverage business. This multi-faceted campaign focuses on the advancement and achievements of women in the industry.

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Marketing. “Our field is complex, challenging, and most importantly, growing. Women Behind the Wine empowers women with meaningful educational experiences and champions a more innovative and inclusive category.”

Women Behind the Wine (#womenbehindthewine) will:

  • Advance Education through $100,000 in Scholarships – From candidates aspiring to be a Master Sommelier to college students studying enology, a $100,000 grant to Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation ( will provide women in the food, wine, spirits, viticulture and hospitality industry the ability to pursue their education ambitions.

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Women of the Vine & Spirits Launches New Benefits to Create Pathways for Supplier Diversity and Market Share for Women-Owned Businesses

– Women of the Vine & Spirits, the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry, announced today the launch of new Corporate Membership benefits that support women-owned businesses and supplier diversity programs.

Women of the Vine & Spirits is committed to raising awareness for why, where and how to buy women-owned products and services to further women’s economic growth and gender equality on a global scale. The Certified Women-Owned Logo and Database is a game-changer for buyers, wholesalers, and consumers to easily identify certified women-owned brands in the alcohol beverage industry.

In the U.S., 71 percent of wine retail purchases are currently made by women. A study conducted by Walmart, America’s largest retailer, found that 90 percent of female customers in the U.S. would go out of their way to purchase products from women. A recent study by Wine Intelligence and Women of the Vine & Spirits showed that women are more likely to purchase wines made by female winemakers when this fact is consciously pointed out to them in an explicit way.

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Experience Rosé Announces 2019 Events + Open Call for Entries

Wine Competition Devoted to All Things Rosé to be Held in May; Winning Wines Presented to Consumers at ‘The Great Rosé Infusion for Summer’ in June

Because every day pairs better with Rosé,” is the philosophy of Craig Palmer and Allen Habel, co-founders of Experience Rosé, a brand that fully celebrates the pink drink. The brand will host an array of events in 2019, kicking things off with Experience Rosé: The 2019 Competition in May, where this year, for the first time ever, they’ve opened the competition up to all rosé-infused products (both domestic and international). Wines will still be the focus of the competition, but producers of rosé-infused spirits, beers and ciders are encouraged to enter as well. Produced by Wine Competitions Management & Productions, the judging will take place at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg, Calif. on May 1, 2019. Gold-and-above winners in the Competition will be invited to showcase their wines at The Great Rosé Infusion of Summer event, to be held Saturday, June 22, also at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg. This consumer event will provide lovers of the pink with the opportunity to sample the most outstanding Rosé wines in the world alongside a selection of exceptional non-wine Rosé entries, all paired with custom-tailored gourmet accompaniments of both the savory and sweet variety.

“Our goal with the competition and consumer events is to showcase excellence in domestic and international winemaking,” says Founder and Co-Producer Craig Palmer. “We look forward to connecting lovers of all things rosé with singular adventures and curated resources that are spirited, expansive and revelatory.  That’s why we only pour gold-and-above winners from our Competition, paired in a sophisticated and tantalizing setting.”

The Experience Rosé: The 2019 Competition on May 1 will showcase the best of the best from both domestic and international producers in dry, sparkling and sweet categories, while presenting a wide range of Rosé winemaking styles. The event will be held at the Alexander Valley’s historic Soda Rock Winery. The deadline to enter the competition for winemakers is Friday, April 26, with shipments due by Monday, April 29, 2019. Experience Rosé: The 2019 Competition is currently accepting entries. Winemakers can register by visiting

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Philadelphia Outlaws Cashless Restaurants

Most stores in the city will be required to accept cash starting this July

Philadelphia just became the first large city in the nation to ban cashless businesses in the city, in part to protect people like Dwight Tindal, a construction worker who doesn’t have a bank or credit card.

Philadelphia became the first U.S. city to ban cashless stores. The Wall Street Journal reports that as of this July, most retail stores in the city will be required to accept cash — restaurants included.

The debate around cashless businesses, those that require payment by credit or debit card, has reached a fever pitch. Last fall, a New York City Council Member introduced similar legislation, while in February, New Jersey passed a bill banning cashless stores. (New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will need to sign the law for the ban to go into effect.) Since the late 1970s, the state of Massachusetts has had a law requiring stores to accept cash, but this is the first time a city has successfully enacted a ban on cash-free establishments in response to the growing number of cashless businesses. Continue reading

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Press Registration Now Open For Nutrition 2019

Experience the American Society for Nutrition’s premier scientific annual meeting in Baltimore or register for virtual newsroom access.

Reporters and bloggers are invited to attend Nutrition 2019, the flagship meeting of the American Society for Nutrition. The meeting will be held June 8-11, 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

#Nutrition2019 is your source for high-quality nutrition research and news. Register for a complimentary press pass or follow along virtually to get the latest scientific findings and explore their implications for practice, policy and industry.

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