Best Santa Barbara County Winery Tours 2016

Welcome to the “American Riviera,” an apt designation for paradisiacal Santa Barbara, based on the Mediterranean climate, abundant beaches, lush landscape, trendy restaurants, and stunning Spanish architecture. Oh yeah – wine. Santa Barbara makes really good wine! Santa Barbara wine …

25 Best Paso Robles Winery Tours for 2016

Growing up in the wine business, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Paso Robles and the entire Central Coast wine region a myriad of times as a kid and adult. The Paso Robles wine country sprawls across valleys, ridges, and rolling …

Best Willamette Valley Oregon Winery Tours 2016

World-class wine grower Oregon offers visitors 16 American Viticultural Areas, over 600 wineries, and 900-plus vineyards growing 72 varieties of grapes. Oregon’s biggest and most beloved AVA is the Willamette Valley, aka the “anti-Napa.” Spanning 5,200 square miles of rolling farmland, …

10 Tips for Your First Trip to the California Wine Country

Undulating, emerald green hills; rolling vineyards bursting with ripe, purple fruit; blankets of wildflowers and carpets of mustard fields. The natural scenery of California’s wine country is intoxicating enough, but when you realize that there are 600 plus wineries in …

Snapchat for Inventory Management and Marketing?

Snapchat probably seems like a tool for kids, so it might surprise you to learn its user base is between the ages of 13 and 34. Of course, if you run a shop dedicated to age-restricted beverages, your user base …

Best Napa Valley Wineries & Tours for 2016

So little time, so many wineries! With over 400 and counting stellar wine producers in Napa Valley alone, how on Earth are you going to decide who gets your tasting time and your wine buck? While you’re going to want …

How Reusable Bags Can Lead to Even Greener Behavior

These days, green is where it’s at. If you want customers to take your seriously and business partners to be interested in your product, they need to know you’re not harming an already overtaxed environment. Reusable bags present a good …

How to Fundraise Without Breaking the Bank

If you’ve ever wondered how fundraising works, this guide will walk you through the whos, whats, whens, wheres and whys, all without blowing your budget. We’ll also help you learn how to host a fundraiser as well as build brand …

Guide To Biking California Wine Country

For wine lovers and devoted cyclists, California wine country makes an exquisite and entertaining backdrop to a rural ride. Along the way, you can plan stops to enjoy the fruit of the vine right where it’s produced. Given the beautiful …

How Big Wine Brands are Going Sustainable

Ok so Earth day is over but shouldn’t every day be Earth Day? Some people like to plant trees, or take their bike to work. Others plant a garden or flowers. I’m always thinking of the Earth and how I …

Lively Liquor Trivia to Stump Your Bartender

Popping the cork on some bizarre booze trivia can be a great way to keep the conversation flowing.  Whether you’re out imbibing at a local lounge or playing home mixologist with friends and family, test your bartender, and your drinking …

7 Best Ways a Reusable Bag Can Help Build Your Business

Reusable bags have taken over. It’s a rare grocery chain that doesn’t offer it’s own these days, and they’re making their way into many retail shops. If you haven’t already jumped on the reusable bag bandwagon, now’s the time. Still …

Interview: Educated Guess Winemaker, Barry Gnekow

Well known Winemaker, Barry Gnekow, joined Douglas Lober, Founder and Chief Sales Officer at WineBags.com today to discuss the business of winemaking. Barry is known for his involvement in with such brands as Educated Guess, Laurel Glen Vineyards and J. …

50 Top Cocktail Blogs of 2015

Finding the best cocktails isn’t always easy and we’re always on the hunt for a great cocktail no matter where we pony up. There are hundreds of libation ideas available, and a wide variety of places to get a drink. …

10 Best Ways to Promote a Product

You spend hours upon hours carefully hand-selecting wine bags or gift items for your wine shop, tasting room or liquor store. You carefully upload logo designs and choose the right colors for graphics and business names. You get the items …

Top 8 Most Brandable Wine Retail Promotional Products

If you run a wine shop, a tasting room or a liquor store, you probably already know the value of brandable merchandise. Instead of watching your customers walk out the door, perhaps never to return, you can offer beautiful items …

How to Order Branded Merchandise for Your Winery: A Mini-Guide

If you have a winery, tasting room, wine-centric gift shop or artisanal goods store, you’re probably interested in selling more than just bottles of booze. Although the wine and beer itself should form the backbone of your product, one of …

25 Most Beautiful French Chateau’s of the World

Beautiful, rolling hills topped with a spectacular chateau evokes the idea of fairly tales, and days gone by.  The size and detail of these marvelous structures are something to behold.  Many spectacular Chateaus still stand as they stood hundreds of …

A Guide to Raising Money for Charity with Wine

There is more than one way to raise money for a charity with wines. You could host a wine tasting fundraiser, hold an online wine auction, or have an all-out wine festival with live music, food, and entertainment. Here are …

What Does the French Paradox Mean for Your Health and Lifestyle?

In the last several decades, red has earned itself a snazzy reputation. Full of antioxidants, this mood-boosting drink has had a seat at humanity’s table for thousands of years. In fact, ancient cultures such as the Egyptians considered wine to …

Beginner’s Guide to Food & Wine Pairing

The world of food and wine pairing can be extremely intimidating to beginners. It is important to keep in mind that while there are guidelines and suggestions for making the best pairing choices, ultimately, it comes down to personal preference. …

Sommelier = Wine Expert

While some wine consumers may consider themselves experts, a true wine expert is called a sommelier. A sommelier, also known as a wine steward, is a person that has undergone training in order to become extremely knowledgeable about wine. It …

Wine & Viniculture in Roman and Medieval History

Viniculture, or the art of cultivating grapes specifically for wine, dates back to the Neolithic era. Wine has been a choice alcoholic beverage since before recorded history, and has remained a popular beverage. Humans have enjoyed a long lasting relationship …

Guide to Ancient Greek Pottery: Wine Vases and More

The ancient Greeks used their pottery for daily living, but it was also a form of artwork in their society. The Greek people would use these household vessels as canvases for mythical scenes. Pottery might also have been decorated with …

How to Grow Concord Grapes for Wine

Growing grapes in your own backyard can be an enjoyable challenge for any gardener. With healthy grape plants sending out new vines each season, you can yield a plentiful harvest of grapes suitable for making wine or other sweet treats …

Recycling Bags and other Plastic for a Greener World

Every year, people around the world produce millions of tons of waste. What we do with these waste products, and the rate at which we produce them, is intimately linked to the overall health of our planet. Recycling, the practice …

The Origins and Ancient History of Wine

Wine is a multi-billion dollar industry today, with more people drinking wine with meals, out with friends, and for celebrations. But this beverage has a long and storied history, with its beginnings tracing as far back as the Neolithic Period. …

Wine Classification Glossary

If you want to learn about wine, then you need to become familiar with wine classifications and the terms associated with the wine trade. As you learn more about wine terminology, you may find out that you knew more about …

A Look at Wine: Good For Cooking and Drinking

In the culinary world there are many useful ingredients that go into making our food. Staples such as salt and pepper help to give dishes much needed flavor. Other chefs use various ingredients that will help change the way that …

Bag and Tote Recycling for the Entire Family

Trees have been a valuable source of material that have been used in our everyday lives for generations. Trees have been used as a source of fuel for fires, as a building material and as a source of material to …

Bootlegging Wine and Beer During the Prohibition

The ability to drink wine and other alcoholic beverages is a right that most in the United States take for granted. While there are dry or partially dry communities throughout the country, it cannot compare to the alcohol ban that …

Beer & Wine the Science of Fermentation

Over thousands of years, humans have harnessed the natural functions of yeast cells to produce fermented foods and beverages. While various cultures have developed many distinct fermentation methods, one of the most widely practiced fermentation processes is alcohol fermentation. In …

6 Best Ways to Engage Your Customers with Content Marketing

With the great importance of online marketing today, it is incredibly vital to create content on your website that provides great and useful information on a regular basis. That is the way to really engage with your customers and to …

50 Seriously Awesome Reasons To Drink More Wine

#1 Reduces The Risk of Heart Attack Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health discovered that those who drank wine at a moderate level were 30% less likely to have a heart attack compared to non-drinkers. #2 Reduces Your Risk …

5 Social Media Blunders Even Big Companies Make

It is hugely important to use social media as part of your company’s marketing campaign. However, it is also essential to realize that this takes a special kind of skill and isn’t always as easy as it may seem. Indeed, …

5 Great Twitter Apps All Winery & Brewery Owners Should Know

Twitter is a fantastic social media platform that all small business owners should use. However, the Twitter website is not always very easy to use, particularly if you have multiple accounts or wish to access your feed through a mobile …

9 Awesome Sommelier’s Who Blog

Then it comes to wine knowledge, a certified Sommelier is the person who you want to get your information from. They are trained wine professionals, and are knowledgeable about every thing wine related.  They are pro’s on wine selection and …

Beginner’s Guide To Wine Storage

Whether you are a wine connoisseur or novice, learning how to store wine correctly will save you from disappointment and insure your tasting satisfaction. Wine has a very temperamental chemical make-up which can be upset by incorrect storage. The average …

The Effects of Climate Change and Drought in Growing

The life cycle for plants, trees and other objects that grow in the soil is fairly simple. In order to grow properly, starting as a seed you need water and sunlight for the plant to flourish. When you have adequate …

Beginner’s Guide To Making Wine At Home

Wine is considered one of the most treasured and revered of all of the alcoholic beverages. Whether you consider yourself a seasoned wine expert or a novice, wine is truly a luxurious liquid. With the ever-growing popularity of at-home brewing …

Wine Corks & Kegs: Beer Tasting for Beginners

When tasting a wine, a connoisseur will usually sniff the cork, to determine how well the wine was stored and to get a preliminary idea of the quality of the wine. When tasting beer, there is no cork to smell …

15 Funniest Things People Say About Wine Drinking

Nothing is funnier than making jokes about your penchant for wine. There are it’s mystical “health properties”, being a mode for relaxation, and of course the over-drinking of it. Enjoy some of our favorite wine humor – on us. And …

Five Uncommon Varietals You Should be Drinking Right Now

Many wine consumers like to stick with their favorite types of wine and producers. We all know someone who “only drinks”, say Cabernet or Chardonnay.  There is nothing wrong with either, but there is a vast world of wine out …

Wine and Your Health

For centuries, wine has been hailed as part of a healthy diet, drunk by cultures throughout grape-growing regions of the world, and beyond – thanks to global trade. While excessive drinking can cause many negative health effects, modern science is …

Glossary of Important Wine Terms You Should Know

The world of wine includes an array of terminology. The following glossary of wine terms will make it easy to understand wine. Acidity – A natural component in all wines, it is the perceived level of sharpness and is an …

From Vineyards to Tables – The History of Wine

Wine has been a part of our everyday lives for thousands of years. In fact, the earliest evidence of usage can be traced all the way back to China in 7000 B.C.  Over the course of time, the usage of …

The Adventurer’s Guide to French Wine Tasting

France enjoys a long history of wine-making. It is believed that the country has produced wine for more than 2,500 years. In fact, many French wines are named for the regions where they are produced. Areas such as Cognac, Champagne, …

Science Experiments with Wine, Water, Milk and Beer

For an entertaining introduction to chemistry, show your friends that it’s possible to transform water into wine, wine into milk, and milk into beer. While you can’t actually drink any of the substances, you will marvel at how completely the …

Underground Wine Clubs & Speakeasies During Prohibition

The prohibiting of alcohol manufacture, sale, and use in the United States occurred over a 13-year period from 1920 to 1933. This period became known as the Prohibition Era, and it had a profound impact on society. In fact, the …

Exploring The Different Types of Wine

There are many different varieties of wine, and certain regions are known for producing particular types. For someone who is new to the world of wine, learning about all of the different types can be a bit overwhelming. Not only …

Beginner’s Guide to Wine Tasting

Food and wine have long been the great equalizers of civilization; we sit down, we share a meal and a drink, and we solve the problems of the world. For those interested in learning about the art of wine-tasting and …

The History of Wine in Catholicism

The importance of wine in Catholicism centers on the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Here, members of the church celebrate the Lord’s Supper, replicating the exchange of bread and wine to symbolize Jesus’ sacrifice for the redemption of sins. The …

Food and Wine Pairings

There are few things more pleasurable than an excellent pairing of food and wine. Correctly paired food and wine can turn a regular meal into a five-star dining experience. Pairing food and wine does not have to be reserved for …

Beer & Wine the Science of Fermentation

Over thousands of years, humans have harnessed the natural functions of yeast cells to produce fermented foods and beverages. While various cultures have developed many distinct fermentation methods, one of the most widely practiced fermentation processes is alcohol fermentation. In …

Five Beer Styles You Need To Know

How many styles of beer can you name? And more importantly, what kind of beer do you like? Do you even know? The Beer Boys from Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube walk us through five styles of beer you should know …

S.B. 1714 Means Big Beer is Scared of Craft Brewing

The fate of craft brewing in Florida appears to be at risk, as a new bill recently was brought to the floor in the Florida legislature. The bill calls for new rules to regulate the craft brew business. Craft brewers …

Washington State Wine Industry Hitting Stride Globally

Back in the day, when people said they were off to Walla Walla, it was more likely for a prison sentence. But these days, many professionals are headed that way for a weekend of wine tasting. Today, people can drive …

How Good Is Red Wine For Us?

Is red wine really a cure all for everything that ails us? Well, maybe not everything, but it really does seem to have many proven health benefits, based upon clinical studies that have come out in recent years. The very …

Many More Mergers & Acquisitions in Drink Industry in 2014

Only one month into 2014, large drink companies are spending three times as much money buying their competition as they did in all of 2013. As companies start to put more of a focus on Asia, analysts are seeing more …

Top 50 Beer Influencers to Follow on Twitter – 2014

The staff here at WineBags.com, all love beer without a doubt.  We admire the brew masters for their creativity and craftsmanship, and we admire the beer aficionados, home brewers, and enthusiast alike.  Further, we dig the movement! There are many …

60-Seconds with Chateau Montelena

Anne Banfield from Chateau Montelena joins WineBags.com today to discuss why they use wine bags & totes for their branding and promotional uses. #1 You decided to go with a full color, woven polypropylene 100% custom reusable bag, I never …

7 Wine Apps for Hardcore Wine Enthusiasts

If you are a wine lover, the Internet is definitely your friend! These days, there are many excellent resources online for the hardcore wine enthusiast. Some of the most recommended iPhone apps for the wine enthusiast include these 7: #1 Snooth …


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