CA State Water Allocation now at Zero!

California is in the driest year on record and some scientists are claiming that this could be the driest in the past 500 years.To put this in perspective click HEREThe most impressive line says that to get back to normal, California would have to have heavy rain snowfall every other day from now till May!Climate change is here.BottleJunction Team



MacPhail Family Wines launch in Penn!

Small lot pinot noir producer James MacPhail has launched his brand into the Pennsylvania market for the first time.  MacPhail produces less than 6000 cases annually and focuses on small lot Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast.  Three wines will be carried by Capital Wines and Spirits and be sold exclusively into fine dining restaurants.  Wildcat Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009, Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 as well as his Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009 will begin shipping effective ...



The Vinter Group Expands into Georga

Virginia-based distributor/importer The Vintner Group has agreed to acquire Prestige Wine Wholesale, an Atlanta-based fine wine distributor, for an undisclosed sum. The Vintner Group will now have its first distribution operation in Georgia. The company already distributes more than 1,500 labels across its units in Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina (doing business as The Country Vintner) and Florida (doing business as Stacole ...



Featured Winery of the Month - ODANATA!

ODANATA is one of our Original Gangsters!  Denis Hoey understands how to use technology to forward his brand.  Check out the wines on BottleJunction today! About the winemaker: Denis Hoey is a native of Sacramento, born November 13, 1982 where he grew up in a family that appreciated wines and exposed him to a wide range of quality wines that helped develop his palate. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Business Management in 2004. Soon after ...



March Distributor of the Month! Riahi Selections

This month we want to recognize Riahi Selections.  Michael Riahi started his own company last year after working many years in all levels of the wine industry.  From 4 star restaurants to a supplier from Italy to being Wine Director for the largest distributor in NY, Michael understands the industry and how to sell great wines.Riahi Selections is dedicated to representing small family run wineries which express the specific terroir of where they are grown. Check Him out HERE ...



Super Smart Barcodes for the Bev industry

Ok - so how cool is this?Bev Barcode has developed a temperature sensitive barcode for the wine industry.  Basically it will tell the checkout scanner if the bottle of wine is shelf temp or cold box temp.Why should you care?  This will enable a retailer, using their existing equipment, to be able to monitor their cold box vs. shelf inventory instantly!  Super cool (pun intended)By maintaining the proper inventory at the register, a retailer can now know for certain if a bottle is ...



Direct Shipping for NJ!

From Shanken News Daily"The New Jersey state Senate voted 23-13 to approve a bill that will allow small wineries in-state and out to sell directly to retailers in New Jersey and ship small amounts of wine directly to state residents. Under the bill (S3172), only wineries producing a maximum of 250,000 gallons (105,000 cases) of wine annually will be able to sell and ship wine directly. The bill, which is widely opposed by wholesalers, comes in response to a federal court ruling last ...



BottleJunction Featured Distributor - Verity Wine Partners

As one of the first distributors here in NYC to embrace the concept of BottleJunction, Verity Wine Partners has seen an amazing surge of success over the past two years.  Verity is a great story of the small guy not only doing good, but competing with the larger distributors at a very high level.You can see the Verity Wine Partners profile HERE



Work with your Distributor

Straight forward article on working with a distributor partner by our friend Wizinwine . So often I see wineries with the perspective that once they get a Distributor that they will see immediate sales.  That the Distributor has a magic wand that will seed their wine into al the top accounts and that their brand will explode onto the marketplace.  This is a bit idealistic and the reality is that once a winery acquires a distributor partner, the work must then begin. ...



2010 the 3rd largest harvest on record!

From :Wine and Spirits Daily p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px 'Times New Roman'} "Preliminary results from the 2010 crush are much larger than the industry expected, surprising almost everybody.  In fact, it's the third largest crush in history after the 2009 crush and mother of all crushes, 2005.  The California wine industry produced 3.58 million tons of wine grapes compared to a little less than 3.7 million tons in 2009.  The total crush ...



How many days behind was your 2010 harvest?

The 2010 vintage was very late in California.  How many days behind?Check out this article we found on the Western Farm Press.




Big Apple Regional Rollout!The BottleJunction team is in New York meeting with all of the distributors to upload portfolios, write profiles and provide the information that is important to the wine industry.Check back for updates on new members and make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook!Here is to increasing distribution in 2011 and making the wine business even smaller and much more efficient!



Family Winemakers of California Annual Tasting

The Family Winemakers of California annual tasting will be held on August 22-23 in San Francisco, CA at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason. This is the most comprehensive tasting of California wines in the world -- the largest number of wineries; an enormous range of varietals; wine growing appellations from all over the state.