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Viticulture briefs

The value of U.S. wine exports increased 6 percent to $712 million in the first six months of the year, compared to the same period in 2012, according to Global Trade Information Services.

About 90 percent of the nation’s wine exports come from California, the Wine Institute said.

Case shipments fell 1.4 percent to 214.8 million liters during the six-month period ending June 30.

Wine Institute has set a goal of reaching $2 billion in wine exports by 2020. The six-month figures are on track to break export value records for the fourth straight year, the group said.

Wine Industry Financial Symposium coming Sept. 23

The Wine Industry Financial Symposium will be held at the Napa Valley Marriott on Sept. 23 and 24.

The program features talks on successful wine clubs, marketing to women, financial due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, and how the digital revolution is changing communications in the three-tier distribution system.

It also will include results of the Moss Adams Financial Benchmarking Survey, which covers wineries and vineyards throughout California, Oregon and Washington.

For more information visit www.winesymposium.com.

North Coast Wine Industry Expo coming Dec. 5

The Wine Industry Network will hold its second annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo on Dec. 5 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

Industry leaders will discuss branding your vineyard, the North Coast 2014 financial forecast, technology trends in the cellar and how to increase tasting room traffic.

“We have nearly 300 of the industry’s best suppliers exhibiting and for this year’s educational sessions, we are assembling some of the most experienced and successful people in the region willing to share what they’ve learned with the attendees,” said George Christie, president of Wine Industry Network.

For more information, visit www.wineindustryexpo.com.

Compiled by Cathy Bussewitz. Submit items to cathy.bussewitz@pressdemocrat.com.

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