Member Memo – May 5, 2015

Beth Costa on Jun 26, 2015
Opportunities, Dates, Deadlines ~ Cindo de Mayo 2015           


Wine Tourism – EXPLORE YOUR BACKYARD – Saturday!

Spread the word – share the links:
Info on

Tickets on Eventbrite
Event Artwork To Sharethis is a jpg that you can post on facebook


Sign and Share This Petition

Then download the form letter, which you can personalize for your winery, use your letterhead and send off to the Health Department. We really need a show of solidarity to make an impression on the Board of Supervisors, in order for them to NOT increase the Special Event Permit Fees.
Share the peittion on your facebook page so your followers understand the permitting fees you pay in order to host events. We’d love to have 500+ signatures!  HELP US HELP YOU.

PETITION for you to sign and share
LETTER for you to update and mail


Member Meet & Greet PLEASE RSVP by May 7

We encourage ALL Wine Road members to save the date for our next “meet and greet” planned for May 13th from 11:00-1:00 at Rodney Strong Vineyards. This is an opportunity for lodging members to each have their own table to display their rack cards, photos, business cards etc, and for winery members to meet the lodgings, schedule tastings and share comp tasting cards.
Rodney Strong will be hosting and providing pizza and salad for lunch and we’ve invited our lodgings to bring their favorite dessert to share. We hope to have 1-2 people from each property join us (wineries and lodgings). Please RSVP to


Ticket to the Wine Road

Similar to the “tasting pass” we sell these online as 1-day or 3-day passes. They also include lodging offers for ticket buyers.  We update this twice a year – Jan. 1st and June 1st. So now’s the time…do you want to update your offer, be added to the program or drop off? Please let Debbie know via email (not a phone call) by May 18th.
Offer must fit into the options on the spreadsheet (see link) and a two for one tasting is NOT an option as each person must have a ticket.
Wineries and their offers here
Lodgings and their offers here


A Wine &  Food Affair ~ Nov. 7-8

We’ve had a few calls from members asking about submitting a recipe and the deadlines etc. We will be sending out the sign-up details toward the end of May. You will be submitting your recipes online June 1-July 15. Now is the time to start thinking about what you’ll want to prepare and serve.


“Surviving A Family Business”

Tuesday, June 16th at Shone Farm.
It’s not about succession planning but about the problems and joys of dealing with family, learning negotiation and conflict resolution and creating a good working environment for both family and non-family employees.
Presentation Details:
Surviving A Family Business


Wine Enthusiast Presents – Wine & Film Series

We love the Smith Rafael Theater in San Rafael, I’m sure there is no better place to enjoy a movie. Seating, sound, aesthetic – all perfection! They are hosting the Wine Enthusiast’s Wine & Film Series in May. Click the link for movies, dates and times. Bottle Shock, Somm, A Year in Champagne, Corked!
Film Dates & Times – special guests at each showing!


Marketing and Social Media ~ Education

For Rebecca’s Marketing classes I have room on these dates:

LODGINGS ONLY: website, newsletter, communication ~ best practices
June 11 (time 11:00-12:30)

Writing Effective Tasting Notes – June 19
Communicating with Your Customers – July 10
These classes are at the Wine Road office, 9:00-10:30am
RSVP, limited seating.

Kerry Rego’s social media classes are all booked at this point, we’ll post more dates and topics soon!

Posted by Beth Costa