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Leading the Sauvignon Blanc Industry in Napa Valley with Michael Honig of Honig Vineyard & Winery

July 6, 2023
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Michael Honig of Honig Vineyard & Winery shares the fascinating story behind their iconic brand. From Michael’s early days of selling wine at the age of 21 to taking over the winery full-time, we delve into the evolution of the Honig brand and its domination in the Sauvignon Blanc industry in the heart of Napa Valley.
In today’s episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon are joined by Michael Honig, the president of Honig Vineyard & Winery. Discover how their wines and terroir have evolved over the years, the impact of wine scores and ratings, their unique marketing strategies, sustainable efforts, and exciting projects on the horizon for the fourth generation.

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Wine Experience, Process and Authenticity with Jordan Kivelstadt of Kivelstadt Cellars & WineGarten

July 5, 2023
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Jordan Kivelstadt of Kivelstadt Cellars & WineGarten delves into their unique wine garden experience, attracting visitors amidst dispersed travel destinations, the special qualities of their wines, and the distinctions between natural, minimal, and biodynamic wines. Jordan also shared insights on sourcing vineyards, scaling production, balancing direct-to-consumer and wholesale distribution, conveying his brand’s story, and his excitement for current wine offerings.
In today’s episode of the Legends Behind The Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks is joined by Jordan Kivelstadt, Owner and Wayward Son at Kivelstadt Cellars & WineGarten, to explore his core values, unique approach to winemaking, and the challenges and successes he has encountered in the industry. We dive into the world of Kivelstadt Cellars and discover how Jordan is reshaping the wine industry with innovation, sustainability, and a renewed sense of fun.

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Crafting Pinot Noir Masterpieces in Willamette Valley with Eric & Alex Fullerton of Fullerton Wines

June 20, 2023
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Eric Fullerton and Alex Fullerton of Fullerton Wines take us on a captivating journey through their founding of Fullerton Wines in the beautiful Willamette Valley. With their claim to fame being a collection of single vineyard Pinot Noir wines from each of the 11 sub-appellation, we explore the fascinating stories behind their wines. We learn about their transition from Europe to Oregon, Alex’s motivations for pursuing economics and winemaking, and their family crest’s influence on their label designs. Additionally, we delve into the landscape of the Willamette Valley, uncover the secrets of their acclaimed 2018 Lux Chardonnay, and gain valuable insights into Oregon’s unique Chardonnay production.
In today’s episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon are joined by Eric Fullerton and Alex Fullerton, owners of Fullerton Wines. Eric Fullerton is the Associate Winemaker and Alex Fullerton is the Winemaker. The discussion also covers their meticulous vineyard selection process, the evolution of the Willamette Valley over time, and the changing distribution strategies of Fullerton Wines, including their focus on direct-to-consumer sales and the opening of a new tasting room. Finally, we embark on a mouthwatering exploration of their exceptional Pinot Noir offerings, beginning with the Momtazi Vineyard from the McMinnville AVA, and conclude with a glimpse into the future as Eric and Alex share their motivation and excitement for the next 10 years. Their passion and vision for Fullerton Wines leave us inspired and eager to experience more.

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Beyond the Label: Building a Wine Brand with Authentic Stories

June 16, 2023
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There’s more to brand building than meets the eye. It’s not just about crafting a visually appealing logo or a catchy slogan—it’s about weaving a compelling narrative that connects with your audience on a deeper level.  If you’re a marketing professional or business owner in the wine and craft industry, you know that authenticity in […]

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Exploring Paso Robles: Winemaking Traditions and Innovations with Janell Dusi of J Dusi Wines

June 13, 2023
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Janell Dusi, a fourth-generation owner, and winemaker, shares her captivating journey from her great grandparents’ migration from Italy to Paso Robles, to her own winemaking process and the evolution of J Dusi Wines. Discover the diverse varietals in Paso Robles, the house style of Zinfandel, the influence of vineyards on flavor profiles, and the common denominator between their different wines.
In today’s episode of the Legends Behind The Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks is joined by Janell Dusi, Owner and Winemaker at J Dusi Wines. Explore Janell’s latest vineyard project, Paper Street Vineyard, and delve into the challenges and rewards of managing two brands. Learn about their harvests, the evolution of J Dusi wines over the years, and the delicate balance between art and science in winemaking. Janell also shares her excitement for future wine ventures and experiments, while discussing her motivation and what drives her passion. Finally, envision the changing landscape of Paso Robles over the next years and discover the cautionary advice that Janell wants to share with wine enthusiasts.

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Unlocking Winery Financial Success With QuickBooks With Jeanette Tan of QB Winery Solutions

June 8, 2023
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Jeanette shares her journey from Maui to Sonoma County and how she transitioned from her previous career to become a trusted financial advisor for wineries. We delve into common mistakes wineries make with QuickBooks, the essential components for wineries to effectively utilize QuickBooks as a vertical solution, and the tools and integrations necessary to simplify winery operations.
In today’s episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon are joined by Jeanette Tan, Founder and Consulting CFO for boutique wineries profitability using QuickBooks at QB Winery Solutions, to discuss the unique role of a fractional CFO in the wine industry. We also delve into the membership benefits QB Winery Solutions offers, her amazing team, emerging financial trends in the wine industry post-COVID, and the recommended key performance indicators for wineries. Lastly, Jeanette discusses her motivation and excitement for the industry.

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Creating a Change: Making Meaningful Conversations and Connections With Jill Osur of Teneral Cellars

June 6, 2023
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In this episode with Jill Osur, Jill shares her inspiring journey into the wine industry and how she is using her business to fight for gender and racial justice. Find out why Jill chose a dragonfly logo for Teneral Cellars.
Jill shares why it’s important to use your voice and power to create a more equitable world for all and how companies can harness their power for good to taking action on issues that matter.
In today’s episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon are joined by Jill Osur. Jill Osur is the founder and CEO of Teneral Cellars. Jill shares her marketing strategies for getting her brand out digitally by running ads, having virtual wine experiences, event marketing, corporate gifting, and worthy-case marketing.

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Brand Building And Discovering Authentic Storytelling With Spirits Network’s Nick Buzzell

June 1, 2023
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In today’s episode of the Legends Behind The Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks is joined by Nick Buzzell, Nick Buzzell is the Chairman & CEO of NBTV, Spirits Network, and Golf Nation. Nick outlines the costs that is involved in creating content for distribution on OTT streaming platforms such as Spirits Network, and provides advice on how to maximize ROI by targeting specific locations and offering limited-time offerings. He also shares his opinion on how AI content is impacting the industry, but emphasizes the need for authentic storytelling and visuals to maintain authenticity. 

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Revolutionizing The Customer Retention Marketing Process with Electriq Marketing’s Brandon Amoroso

May 30, 2023
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In today’s episode of the Legends Behind The Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks is joined by Brandon Amoroso, Brandon Amoroso is the Founder and CEO of Electriq Marketing. He explains why their agency does not focus on Facebook ads due to its algorithm complexity. As part of their acquisition by DRINKS.com, they are now working with a larger number of wineries and modernizing alcohol e-commerce. He shares how wineries can use Shopify Plus and Klaviyo to better their customer experiences. This includes integrating with legacy POS systems, using Shopify’s POS solution, unified customer review, retargeting and remarketing customers, using push notifications and direct mail, and AI personalized video messages via email or SMS to increase engagement.

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Blending for Complexity: Exploring the Art of Wine-Finished Whiskey with Mythology Distillery’s Scott Yeates & Chris Ritenour

May 25, 2023
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In today’s episode of the Legends Behind The Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon are joined by Scott Yeates and Chris Ritenour for a special tasting episode, Scott is the Founder and President of Mythology Distillery and Chris Ritenour is the Head Distiller of Mythology Distillery. They share their insights on craft distilleries that produce digestifs and apertifs, as well as a unique spirit made from sap. Tune in to this episode as Scott and Chris and learn the art of barrel-aging whiskey, including experimenting with different barrels to create high-quality spirits that capture the essence of the Rocky Mountain region!

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