9th Annual Wine Industry Technology Symposiumâ„¢ – Witsâ„¢ Set To Deliver Action Packed Agenda Next Week

9th Annual Wine Industry Technology Symposiumâ„¢ – Witsâ„¢ Set To Deliver Action Packed Agenda Next Week

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone attending WITS on Monday and Tuesday at the Napa Valley Marriott!  Here is our final announcement re the event…

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9th Annual Wine Industry Technology Symposiumâ„¢ – Witsâ„¢ Set To Deliver Action Packed Agenda Next Week 

There is Still Time To Sign Up Today For 9th Annual WITS™  

Beginning Monday, July 15 and 16 @ Napa Valley Marriott 

Leading Technology Innovators Demonstrate Latest Products and Services During Sold Out Showcase 

Napa, CA— July 11, 2013— Wine Industry Technology Symposium (WITS) today announced its final agenda and speakers for the 9th annual event to be held July 15 & 16 in Napa, CA.  Keynotes bring elite leadership, social media and the transformative cloud to the wine industry.

If Technology is the making, modification, usage, and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, crafts, systems, and methods of organization, in order to solve a problem, improve a preexisting solution to a problem, achieve a goal, handle an applied input/output relation or perform a specific function, WITS mission is the creation of a safe environment to challenge assumptions in order to elevate the wine industry’s strategic use of technology to achieve superior results.

Over the years, WITS has done exactly this, by hosting the Chief Information Officer CIO Forum, providing thought provoking keynote speakers, delivering hands on break out sessions, profiling a technology showcase while fostering extensive networking opportunities for all attendees.  This 9th conference promises to be the best ever!  If you are involved in using, choosing or creating technology for your wine related business, you really don’t want to miss this once a year opportunity.

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3 Keynotes & A Tribute

  • Jonathan Good,  Senior SMR Solutions at Oracle will speak on “Developing a Social Relationship Management Strategy for Wine ” building on his experience as founder of HelloSocialMedia.com – a social media and marketing agency that focused on the creation and execution of social media programs, including blogging, community development, Internet marketing, design and web development.
  • Miles Ward, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services will speak about Big Data for Real World Businesses showing tools, techniques and clear ROI for analysis in the cloud.  Miles helped NASA live-stream the Mars Rover landing, developed the online Obama For America 2012 presidential campaign, and has helped thousands of companies make the leap to the cloud.
  • Award-winning serial entrepreneur and successful luxury hotel owner, author, speaker, and former U.S. Army Green Beret Larry Broughton shares his insights on transforming ordinary teams into extraordinary ones.

“I’m very pleased to have Larry Broughton, Jonathan Good and Miles Ward join us on our Keynote program.” said J. Smoke Wallin, founder and co-chairman of WITS.  He continued, “I have had the privileged of interacting with each of our speakers and know they will each deliver inspirational and thought provoking discussions that will deliver real take home value to all our winery attendees.”

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Attendees can register at www.wineindustrytechnologysymposium.com

About WITS: The Wine Industry Technology Symposium® (WITS) is the focal point for thought leadership in the strategic and tactical use of technology in the global wine industry.  WITS was created in 2005 by a group of wine industry and technology professionals to advance innovation and to address the unique information technology and services needs of the wine industry.  The 9th annual WITS  is July 15 & 16 in Napa, CA.  Join WITS on Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn more.

For more information, contact Waunice Orchid of the Wine Industry Symposium Group at 707-261-8716 or waunice@swgnapa.com

Napa Smith Brewery – New Website Launched www.napasmithbrewery.com

Napa Smith Brewery – New Website Launched www.napasmithbrewery.com

I’m very excited that our long overdue, updated Napa Smith Brewery website, is live!  www.napasmithbrewery.com This integrates our various social media platforms Facebook , Twitter , Youtube , among others.  You can now click on any of our beers and go right to a page with a video of master brewer Don Barkley giving you the lowdown on that beer.  We also have recently introduced QR codes into our packaging (we think we are the first craft brewer to roll this out, let me know if there are others).  You scan the QR code on the 4 pack holder and it takes you right to that brand’s page and Don’s video.  Way cool!

Check it out and let me know any suggestions as we continuously work to improve it!

Kind Regards,



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.

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