WINE 2.0â„¢ ANNOUNCES WINE 2.0 EXPO SAN FRANCISCO PRESENTED BY CRUSHPAD, APRIL 2ND, 2009

Event Features Cutting Edge Wine Industry Start-ups And Wineries From Around The World, Plus Over 1,000 Wine And Tech Lovers In One Exciting Event Timed To Coincide Again With O’Reilly Media’s Web 2.0™ Expo

 

San Francisco, CA (NEWSWIRE), February 19, 2009, Wine 2.0, the innovator in social networking and events in the wine industry, today announced that Wine 2.0 Expo San Francisco will be held on Thursday April 2nd at Crushpad urban winery. Crushpad will again host the 3rd annual San Francisco event which is being held during the leading Web 2.0 Expo conference. Last year Wine 2.0 Expo San Francisco hosted over 1,000 wine and technology lovers for an exciting evening of world-class wines and networking around cutting-edge Wine 2.0 start-up companies.

What: Wine 2.0 Expo San Francisco

When: Thursday April 2nd from 7 pm to 10 pm

Where: Crushpad, 2573 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Cost:   Advance Purchase Tickets are $45 per ticket or 2 tickets for $70

Day of tickets $60 per ticket, VIP tickets for $125.00

Wine 2.0 Expo San Francisco tickets can be purchased online at: www.winetwo.eventbrite.com.

“Wine 2.0 Expo San Francisco is the West Coast showcase for the emerging companies and wineries that are reinventing how wine is made, marketed or sold. These forward thinking companies, combined with new players from the web 2.0 space are the cutting edge of wine sales and promotion.” said J. Smoke Wallin, Chairman of Wine 2.0. “We are very excited to have the strong support of leading industry players like Crushpad and new early adopters like Robert Oatley Vineyards and Hahn Family Wines which both recently signed on as a Wine 2.0 Cornerstone sponsor for the 2009 season.”

Wine 2.0 represents the future of the wine industry with a consumer trade show and a networking group combining online social networking and real world components. Wine 2.0 events highlight leading edge tech companies focused on various wine categories including winery direct sales, online wine retailing, community driven wine reviews, and online winemaking. Wine 2.0 has hosted over 3,500 wine trade and consumer advocates, 250 wineries, and more than 150 wine focused technology companies at their events since inception in 2006. Currently, Wine 2.0 has registered over 20,000 members across various social media networking platforms from over 90 countries.

Wine 2.0 San Francisco will be held from 7 pm – 10 pm on Thursday April 2nd at Crushpad, 2573 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Some of the companies attending past Wine 2.0 Expo’s include:

AmericanWinery.com, Bibola.com, Binends, Bottlenotes, C. Donatiello Winery, Camacho Cigars, Cameron Hughes Wine, Charles Krug, Chateau St. Jean, City Winery New York, CNET, Compli, Corkeeper, Cornerstone Cellars, Crushpad, Cruvee.com, Cycles Galdiator, Due Vigne, Eventbrite, eWinery Solutions, Fantesca Estate, Faust, FirstMark Capital, Foster’s Wine Estates, Francis Ford Coppola Presents, Fulcrum Wines, Gary Vaynerchuk, Glasshalffull.com, GoodGrape, Grant Street Vineyards, Greatfood.com, Greenhill, Hahn Estates, Highflyer Wines, Hinman Carmichael, iSante, KRON4, Kyte, Lenndevors, Magito, Michael David, Modus Operandi Cellars, Mutineer Magazine, New Zealand Wine, Ning, Oriel Wines, Orrick Law, POSLive, RadCru.com, Raymond Vineyards, Redeye Bloody Mary, Robert Oatley Vineyards, San Francisco International Wine Competition, ShipCompliant.com, Spencer Roloson, St. Supéry, Steelpoint Capital Partners, Stormhoek, TastingMaster, The Tasting Panel Magazine, Three Thieves, Thrillist, Twisted Oak Winery, Twittertastelive, Vator.tv, Veramonte, Vinecandy.com, Vinography.com, Vinvillage.com, Web 2.0 Expo, Wine and Spirits Magazine, Wine Business Monthly, Wine Tasting Network, WineLibrary.tv, Winelog.net, WinePod, Wines and Vines Magazine, WineSnob, Winetastetv.com

About Wine 2.0â„¢ – “Blending the Line Between Wine & Technology”

Wine 2.0™ is the innovator in social networking and events in the wine industry. With a focus on the next generation wine consumer, Wine 2.0 breaks down the barriers to learning about, experiencing, and enjoying wine.   Wine 2.0 events feature a rich diversity of world class wines and the newest generation of emerging technology companies, services and communication tools that are changing the world of wine.  (Get Social at www.winetwo.net)

Wine 2.0 has a limited number of Cornerstone “Whole Season” Sponsorships available in key product and service segments.  Contact Cornelius Geary at Cornelius@winetwo.com or via phone at (415) 596-1191 for information on available sponsorship packages.

About Crushpad

Crushpad is custom winemaking service with locations in San Francisco and Napa, whose over 5,000 clients include professional winemakers, wine enthusiasts, fine wine retailers and restaurants. Crushpad specializes in small-lot, luxury wine production from California, Oregon and Washington’s most notable vineyards. The company was founded in 2004 by wine industry veterans and technology industry refugees determined to liberate winemaking from its traditional stereotypes of impossible wealth, expansive chateaus and Golden Retrievers.

For more information about Crushpad, call 415-864-4232 or visit http://www.crushpadwine.com.

ZAP (ZINFANDEL ADVOCATES & PRODUCERS) & WINE 2.0 ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION WITH TWO EVENTS AT ZAP FESTIVAL IN JANUARY “WINERY BEST PRACTICES” SESSION ON 1/30 AND “BLOGGERS’ LOUNGE” ON 1/31

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San Francisco, CA, January 8, 2009, Wine 2.0, the innovator in social networking and events in the wine industry (www.winetwo.com) and ZAP, Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (an organization of Zinfandel wineries and Zinfandel consumer enthusiasts, www.zinworld.org and www.zinfandel.org), announced today that they are partnering to offer “Winery Best Practices,” an education session on January 30, 2009 at Ft. Mason in San Francisco and the “Bloggers’ Lounge” at the tasting on January 31, also at Ft. Mason.

The seminar has three sessions:

1.       Winery eCommerce: 12:00-12:45 pm– A panel moderated by Jeff Carroll of ShipCompliant on best practices and new tools for ecommerce success in 2009.

2.       Winery Social Networking: 1:00-1:45 pm – A panel moderated by Lisa De Bruin of Hahn Family Winery with lessons on best practices for social networking in the year ahead.

3.       Building a Great Consumer Direct Organization: 2:00-2:45 pm – A presentation by Lesley Berglund of WISE Academy on best practices in direct-to-consumer programs with lessons learned from industry research covering the past 18 months.

Sessions will run for 45 minutes each (with a 15 minute break between sessions) starting at 12 noon on January 30 in the Building “D” Theater at Ft. Mason.  Up to 300 winery professionals are expected to attend.  40% of ticketing proceeds go towards ZAP’s Education Programs.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.winetwo.eventbrite.com. Space is limited and tickets will sell out quickly.

“Wine 2.0 is proud to partner with Zinfandel Advocates & Producers to bring paradigm-shifting online marketing strategies to Zinfandel wineries. We commend ZAP for its educational mission as well as its philanthropic commitment to preserving Zinfandel, America’s unique heritage wine grape varietal,” said Abdi Humphries, Director of Sales, Wine 2.0.

Rebecca Robinson, Executive Director, ZAP, explained that “Zinfandel Advocates & Producers is delighted to partner with Wine 2.0, so that together our organizations can bring new best Web-oriented communications practices to Zinfandel wineries.  ZAP is honored to be the first wine industry organization to present an extensive program of this type with Wine 2.0.”

Wine 2.0 and ZAP are also offering a “Bloggers’ Lounge” at the ZAP Tasting on January 31, in conjunction with Wine 2.0 sponsor Hahn Family Vineyards.  The Bloggers’ Lounge is a living room style Wi-Fi lounge for online writers to sample wines from the several hundred Zinfandel wineries participating at ZAP’s annual event. Bloggers will be able to create and upload real-time tasting notes for their blogging and twittering readership.  There will be two Bloggers’ Lounges, one each at the far end of the piers in the Herbst and Festival Pavilions, beginning at 10:00 am and extending through 5:00 pm.

About Wine 2.0â„¢ – “Blending the Line Between Wine & Technology”

Wine 2.0™ is the innovator in social networking and events in the wine industry. With a focus on the next generation wine consumer, Wine 2.0 breaks down the barriers to learning about, experiencing, and enjoying wine.   Wine 2.0 events feature a rich diversity of world class wines and the newest generation of emerging technology companies, services and communication tools that are changing the world of wine.  With these events, Wine 2.0 is launching a series of Winery Best Practices seminars and the Bloggers’ Lounge events. Wine 2.0 has a limited number of Cornerstone “Whole Season” Sponsorships available in key product and service segments for the 2009 event season.  Contact Abdi Humphries at Abdi@winetwo.com for information on available sponsorship packages. Get Social at www.winetwo.net.

About ZAP – The Association of Zinfandel Advocates & Producers

The Association of Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) is a non-profit, educational 501(c)(3) organization.  ZAP is dedicated to advancing public knowledge of and appreciation for American Zinfandel and its unique place in our culture and history. Winegrowers, winemakers and wine enthusiasts combine to form the membership. The common focus is the preservation and recognition of Zinfandel as America’s heritage wine. ZAP’s membership includes approximately 300 winery-members, 6,000 advocate-members and 50 associate members. Tickets for the 18th Annual Zinfandel Advocates & Producers Festival are now available through the website (www.zinfandel.org) and on the phone (530/274-4900). The Festival takes place January 28-31, 2009 in San Francisco. Details are updated regularly at www.zinfandel.org. “There’s no other place in the world a wine lover can go to experience so much about the world of Zinfandel,” explains Rebecca Robinson, ZAP’s Executive Director. “Every year we see increasing interest in America’s heritage grape, which played a key role in California’s history,” she adds.

The Festival’s events consist of Flights: A Showcase of California Zinfandels, an afternoon of seated tastings and panel discussions, January 28 (details at Zinfandel Festival – Flights!); Good Eats & Zinfandel Pairing, a ‘dine-around’ extravaganza, where Zinfandel producers team up with restaurants and purveyors to offer fine-tuned food-wine ‘marriages,’ January 29 (details at Zinfandel Festival – Good Eats & Zinfandel Pairing); Evening with the Winemakers, an elaborate tasting and dinner and auction to benefit The Heritage Vineyard Projects, January 30 (details at Zinfandel Festival – Evening with the Winemakers) and The 18th Annual Zinfandel Advocates & Producers Grand Zinfandel Tasting will take place on January 31 at Ft. Mason (more at Zinfandel Festival – Grand Zinfandel Tasting). ZAP launched a social networking platform last fall—www.ZinWorld.org. ZAP is also available in other online platforms:

Twitter: http://tiny.cc/JAGQW

Facebook: http://tiny.cc/VSo0D

MySpace:  http://tiny.cc/MGouz

Wine 2.0 Announces Launch OF 2008 Wine 2.0 Business Plan Competition with Vator.tv

 

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2007 Winner Crushpad Received $9 Million Investment, Credited Wine 2.0 Business Plan Competition With Providing Added Exposure 

To Investment Community. This Year’s Competition Expects To Partner With Investment Group To Sponsor 2008 Competition With $250K Seed Round Funding To Winning Company. 

 

  SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 03, 2008 /24-7PressRelease/ — Wine 2.0, the innovator in social networking and events in the wine industry, announces the 2nd Annual Wine 2.0 Business Plan Competition with partner Vator.tv. Last year’s winner, Crushpad, a personal winery concept received $9 million in a Series B investment and credited the Wine 2.0 Business Plan Competition with providing added exposure to the investment community.     

“The 2007 Wine 2.0 Business Plan Competition gave Crushpad a big boost of awareness within the investment community. It opened up a lot of doors for us, and ultimately we ended up with multiple investment options and were able to do the type of investment round that best suited our needs,” said Michael Brill, CEO, Crushpad.

This year’s competition is open to companies utilizing technology in the wine space and interested in raising investment capital. Presenting companies can upload a video pitch to the Vator.tv community and competition judging panel. This year’s judging panel is made up of leaders in the legal, wine, technology and investment communities and includes:

• Alan Citron, Executive, Buzznet and former GM at TMZ.com,
• Bowen Osbourn, M & A, Demand Media
• Richard Rosenblatt, CEO, Demand Media, former CEO of Myspace.com.
• Gary Vaynerchuk, star of Wine Library TV,
• Steve Venuto, Partner, Orrick,
• Heidi Roizen, Founder Skinny Songs and former partner at Mobius Venture Capital,
• J. Smoke Wallin, Chairman, Wine 2.0, CEO Taliera Holdings, Chairman/Founder eSkye, Co-Chairman Wine Industry Technology Symposium, President of the Vanderbilt Business School Alumni Board and Former Chairman of WSWA

“Given the global economic challenges we face, never has it been more important than now, for creative individuals to take entrepreneurial risks. The Wine 2.0 Business Plan Competition is a fantastic opportunity for start-ups involved in the wine industry to vet their plan, network with like-minded entrepreneurs and raise their profile with the right investors,” said J. Smoke Wallin, Chairman of Wine 2.0. “We are pleased to partner with Vator.TV and these excellent judges to create a world class competition,” continued Wallin.

“Vator.tv has new business ventures joining our network every day. The wine space is experiencing as much activity and interest among start-ups and investors as anything we have seen. We are excited to partner with Wine 2.0 for the second competition after such a great turnout last year,” said Bambi Francisco, Co-Founder and CEO of Vator.tv.

The 2008 Wine 2.0 Business Plan Competition will run through April when the winning company will be announced at Wine 2.0 San Francisco, it can be found at (www.vator.tv)

About Wine 2.0
Wine 2.0 is the innovator in social networking and events in the wine industry. Wine 2.0 focuses on the next generation wine consumer and breaks down the barriers to learning about, experiencing and enjoying wine. Wine 2.0 events feature the newest generation of emerging technology companies, services and communication tools that are changing the world of wine. (www.winetwo.com)

About Vator.tv
Vator.tv is the leading social media and networking site focused on emerging technology companies and private investment trends. Vator.tv allows startups to share their own narrative in their own voice in video and text, and enables others to follow those stories from one single dashboard. VatorNews is Vator.tv’s newsroom, where anyone can create their own channel to deliver news and information about high-tech innovation and entrepreneurship.
Vator.tv is located in San Francisco, CA. It launched in June 2007 and is funded by angel investors, including Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, Richard Rosenblatt, former Chairman of MySpace, Georges Harik, former Google executive who helped build Google’s AdSense technology and Paul Buchheit, founder of FriendFeed, and creator of the first version of Google’s Gmail.
Bambi Francisco is Vator.tv co-founder and CEO. She was a syndicated columnist and correspondent covering internet and emerging technology trends an investments across the public and private sectors for Dow Jones MarketWatch. Vator.tv is an extension of Bambi’s passion to give investors an edge by exposing opportunities at the earliest stages. This is a focus she’s had throughout her career. In 1995, Bambi created, launched and produced three shows for CNNfn, one of which was “Capital Ideas,” a show on innovation focusing on IPOs and deals.

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WINE 2.0 ANNOUNCES THE WINE TASTING NETWORK AS NEW HOST SPONSOR FOR WINE 2.0 NEW YORK EVENT

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The Wine Tasting Network, The Leading Winery Fulfillment Company Owned By 1-800-Flowers.com™, To Showcase Services And Newly Launched East Coast Distribution Facility For Wineries At September 18, 2008 Event.

New York, NY (PRNEWSWIRE) August 27, 2008 – Wine 2.0, the innovator in social networking and events in the wine industry, announces that The Wine Tasting Network (WTN) has joined as Event Host sponsor for Wine 2.0 New York, joining Web 2.0 Expo, Webster Hall Digital and Wine Library TV as major event sponsors.

Wine 2.0 New York is presented by Webster Hall Digital & The Winetasting Network and will be held on September 18th at Webster Hall on the lower East side of Manhattan, and hosted by Wine Library TV star Gary Vaynerchuk, who will be live podcasting his show to thousands. Wine 2.0 New York, timed to coincide with the pre-eminent Web conference, Web 2.0 Expo, will again host over 1,400 wine and technology lovers in an exciting evening of world-class wines and cutting-edge Wine 2.0 start-up companies.

“Wine 2.0 New York, is the perfect venue to showcase our new East Coast distribution facility” said Chris Edwards, VP and General Manager of WTN.  He continued, “WTN’s services are providing leading edge fulfillment solutions to many of the world’s great wineries.  Wine 2.0 is all about connecting the next generation consumer with these great wines.”

Wine 2.0 represents the future of the wine industry with a consumer trade show and a networking group with online and real world components. Wine 2.0 events highlight leading edge tech companies focused on various wine categories, including winery direct sales, online wine retailing, community driven wine ratings and online education and virtual wineries.  With a unique focus that blends both trade and consumer, Wine 2.0 has hosted 1,000s of wine trade and consumer advocates, and more than 150 wine focused technology companies and wineries at their first four events in San Francisco.  Online, Wine 2.0 has registered over 15,000+ wine consumer and technology enthusiasts interested in technology, wine and wine trade events from over 50 countries on their website at http://www.winetwo.com/.

J Smoke Wallin, Chairman of Wine 2.0 said, “Wine 2.0 is very pleased with our new partnership with the Wine Tasting Network and their parent, 1-800-Flowers.com.   This is a perfect example of how Wine 2.0 serves as the connector between the wine trade and the next generation of wine consumer.”

About Wine 2.0â„¢
Wine 2.0™ is the innovator in social networking and events in the wine industry. Wine 2.0 focuses on the next generation wine consumer and breaks down the barriers to learning about, experiencing and enjoying wine.   Wine 2.0 events feature the newest generation of emerging technology companies, services and communication tools that are changing the world of wine.  (http://www.winetwo.com/)About The Wine Tasting Network™

WTN Servicesâ„¢ is financially stable, pro-active, innovative and a recognized “best in class wine industry leader.” WTN Servicesâ„¢ applies its years of experience on a daily basis to ensure clients gain and maintain a competitive edge in the direct-to-consumer wine market. WTN Servicesâ„¢ provides clients with timely and reliable direct-to-consumer supply chain solutions through proactive account management, technology, key strategic partnerships and a bi-coastal warehousing network. WTN Servicesâ„¢ further partners with clients to anticipate needs and offer insight to take advantage of opportunities in an ever-changing industry. WTN works together with their clients in partnership for mutual success. Partnering to understand clients’ direct-to- consumer goals, WTN taps into over 19 years of direct-to-consumer wine sales experience, backed with years of fulfillment and logistics experience to offer economical bi-coastal fulfillment and marketing solutions.

WTN Servicesâ„¢, powered by 1800Flowersâ„¢ is the preferred fulfillment leader specializing in the winery and retail wine industry.

 

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