WineAmerica and Wine Industry Network Join Forces

National Association named Presenting Sponsor for U.S. Wine & Beverage Expo 
May 31st, 2017 –  Wine Industry Network (WIN) and WineAmerica today announced that WineAmerica, the National Association of American Wineries, will be the Presenting Sponsor for Washington, D.C. based U.S. Wine & Beverage Conference and Expo (USBevX). In this role, WineAmerica will play an important part in developing conference topics, selecting speakers and leading networking opportunities. The conference and trade show will take place February 20– 22, 2018, again at the historic Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

“We’re thrilled to broaden our relationship with WineAmerica and partner with them to establish USBevX as the premiere business conference for the eastern wine industry,” said George Christie, President of WIN.  “The quality of […]

Learning from the Trailblazers

“Quality all comes down to one thing: vineyard practices,” according to Frank Morgan, moderator for the U.S. Wine & Beverage Industry Expo (USBevX) session entitled Pioneering the Commitment to Quality: A Roundtable Discussion with Winemaking Trailblazers. “This is the one factor that the pioneers in the Mid-West and East Coast winemaking industry have as the feature uniting them together. Often overlooked is the growing aspect,” says Morgan. “With regards to The Quality Revolution, the theme of USBevX 2017, there is so much emphasis on wine quality, but not much discussion on what went into that behind the scenes.” Morgan, the associate editor of Virginia Wine Lover magazine, the only print publication dedicated to that state’s wine industry, is a […]

Quality-Focused Conference Created for Rising Eastern Wine Industry

By Dawn Dolan

With the posh, power location of Washington D.C., the US Wine & Beverage Expo (USBevX) starts the conference theme “Quality Revolution” off with an air of authority. Honing the focus this year toward the burgeoning East Coast wine industry, the 2017 Expo should appeal to a broad range of wine & beverage industry principals.

“Our first conference earlier this year was too broad,” acknowledges George Christie President of Wine Industry Network, the producer of the event. “We decided going forward, to do what we do best, and that is to focus on the wine industry, their issues, as well as talk about other beverages and their impact on wine category.

“Additionally, as more wineries look to expand their offerings […]

Winery Association Leaders Converge in Washington, D.C. for Inaugural Conference

By Elizabeth Hans McCrone

“You can’t find a successful wine region that doesn’t have a strong winery association tied to it.”

So proclaims George Christie, President of the Wine Industry Network (WIN) and primary organizer of the Wine Association Leadership Conference (WALC) that’s taking place in conjunction with USBevX 2017, this coming February 22-24 in Washington, D.C.

In addition to a full conference and trade show, USBevX 2017, the second annual Wine and Beverage Expo, will host a concurrent set of six sessions within the larger conference geared specifically for winery association leaders, executive directors, board members and key staff.

“Our goal is to launch an innovative summit this year that winery association leaders can attend annually with their peers to share information […]

Injustice for All: The Blurring of Categories in Washington

What is the new normal for the alcohol beverage industry? With the massive growth we have seen across all three sectors of the industry (four if you count cider on its own) it is only natural for the lines to become blurred. This is certainly true from a marketing perspective, but is it also true from a government affairs perspective? The answer is a resounding yes. Let’s look at one specific issue and see why this is the case. Currently, there has been a renewed debate on the status of federal alcohol excise taxes. The federal alcohol excise tax structure has been in place for quite some time now. Federal alcohol excise taxes are based on the alcohol content […]

Alcohol Beverage Segments Finding Common Ground in Legislation and Marketplace

National Conference to Address New Market Realities in ‘Cross Industry Dialogue’
As millennial consumption continues to drive marketplace innovation and all sectors of the alcohol beverage industry are projected to rise, wine, beer, cider and spirits segments may be finding increasing reasons to work together for their proverbial common good.
A case in point is legislation recently introduced by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) that would amend the current federal excise tax structure for all beverage alcohol.
The bill, S. 1562, is called “The Craft Beverage Reform and Modernization Act of 2015.” Key components of the legislation include consolidating a number of provisions in existing beer, cider and distilled spirits bills into one proposal and incorporating a change in the tax credit structure […]

Washington, D.C. Beverage Industry Trade Show & Conference Announced

New Expo focused exclusively on Wine, Craft Beer, Cider & Spirits Industries
Healdsburg, Calif., May 7, 2014 – The Wine Industry Network (WIN) today announced the launch of the U.S. Beverage Industry Expo, a new trade show and conference focused exclusively on the Wine, Craft Beer, Cider and Spirits industries.

“Our objective is simple; we want to establish an annual world-class business event for Wine, Craft Beer, Cider and Spirits professionals” said George Christie, President and CEO of Wine Industry Network. “These four industries are perfectly aligned to benefit from one combined trade show. This event will feature the best suppliers showcasing their products and services and an educational conference where attendees can listen to and learn from proven winners,” adds […]

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