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WINE & WEED SYMPOSIUM

Exploring the Collaborative & Educational Opportunities that exist between Wine & Cannabis

The Wine Industry Network (WIN) hosted the 2nd Annual North Coast Wine & Weed Symposium on August 2nd at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa.  Professionals from the cannabis and wine industries came together for the second year to discuss the latest developments with legalization and challenges and opportunities that have arisen in the wine industry over the past year.   

The symposium was once again sold out hosting nearly 500 attendees from the North Coast and beyond. Of the days' attendees, 60% were from the wine industry with cannabis and other industry professionals making up the remaining 40%. 

The opening keynote was delivered by Dr. Bill Silver, CEO of CannaCraft Inc., California’s largest producer of premium cannabis brands, and former Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University. Silver shared his experiences on the front lines of the emerging cannabis industry along with those from his former position leading the Wine Business Institute program.

A talented line-up of expert speakers from both industries discussed a wide range of topics throughout the day including rules, regulations, and policy updates, the impact of cannabis tourism on the wine industry, defining the cannabis consumer and overlap with wine, and lessons learned from wine applicable to the cannabis industry.

Stay tuned for the 2019 Wine & Weed Symposium 'Save the Date' announcement!

Visit www.Wine-Weed.com 

Wine & Weed Symposium 2017
Wine & Weed Symposium 2017
The legalization of Cannabis in California will undoubtedly have an impact on the wine industry, but in what ways? The Wine & Weed symposium will explore, in depth, what the California wine industry can expect the impact to be over the next year and what opportunities, as well as threats, will exist. This one-day event features experts from both industries, providing an overview of the cannabis industry as well as topics ranging from what is legal and new cannabis products to regulations surrounding licensing, hospitality, growing and other topics of interest.
2018 Wine & Weed - Keynote Bill Silver, PHD
2018 Wine & Weed - Keynote Bill Silver, PHD
In January 2018, Bill Silver took the helm as the CEO of CannaCraft, California's largest producer of premium cannabis brands including Absolute Xtracts, Care by Design, & Satori Chocolates. For the 10 years prior, he was the Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University. During that time he helped transform SSU’s Wine Business Institute into the global leader for wine business education and research. In this session Dr. Silver will share his experiences leading CannaCraft through the first year of California's new recreational market and regulated marketplace. Exploring the challenges associated with dynamic market conditions, predatory competition, and changing regulations, and the business opportunities found in new product development, innovation, collaborations, and access to capital, Dr. Silver will offer a front line view into the 2018 California Green Rush. Sharing his unique perspective leading organizations in both industries, Dr. Silver will explore the collaborative opportunities and the competitive challenges facing wine and weed. From seed to shelf and soil to glass, the value chain is primed for disruptive innovations. Are there synergies to be found in hospitality and tourism, new product development, and agricultural technology? Can the two industries work together to address labor, land, water, regulatory, and sustainability issues? Or will they lock horns and compete over consumer dollars and market share?
2018 Wine & Weed - Rules Regulations Policy Update
2018 Wine & Weed - Rules Regulations Policy Update
The rules & regulations around cannabis continue to evolve at a rapid pace and can be drastically different from one county, or town, to the next. This session, with Hezekiah Allen, Executive Director of Cal Growers Association, Hilary Bricken, Partner, Harris Bricken, and Erin Carlstrom, Senior Counsel of Dickenson, Peatman and Fogarty, will provide an update and overview of the latest changes in regulations at the state level and local level, along with any expected changes to take place in the upcoming year.
2018 Wine & Weed - Who is the Cannabis Consumer?
2018 Wine & Weed - Who is the Cannabis Consumer?
Growing cannabis commercially can be very profitable, but beyond the licensing requirements, what other hurdles exist? As more states look to legalize the recreational use of cannabis, the conversation around what impact legalization will have on Beverage Alcohol remains controversial. Jessica Lukas, of BDS Analytics, will provide a data-rich perspective on this topic and insight into who the cannabis consumer is and what overlap exists with regard to wine purchase behavior. Jessica will discuss the current state of the cannabis market, including the changing face of the new user. She will also present where the data sees the cannabis market headed in the short-term, and where it is likely to go in the long-term.
2018 Wine & Weed - Wine & Weed Events
2018 Wine & Weed - Wine & Weed Events
The number of high-end wine and cannabis events are growing in and around the bay area, but are wineries legally allowed to participate? Who is running them and how have participating wineries benefited? What things are they allowed to do, and what things must they avoid? Who attends? These questions and more will be addressed by an expert panel experienced with wine and cannabis events, and who also have a background in the wine industry. Learn about the events they’re producing and have your questions addressed in this interactive session.
2018 Wine & Weed - Emerging Cannabis Trends
2018 Wine & Weed - Emerging Cannabis Trends
The cannabis industry landscape changes quickly and trends seem to spring out of the ground, some taking hold with others dying off almost as rapidly as they appeared. From HelloMD’s bird’s eye view in the marketplace, watching patterns as they emerge allows us to see where the industry may be headed. From cannabis going seriously mainstream and politicians going pro-cannabis, to the new star cannabinoids that are showing up as the headliners in new products, to Big Pharma and their interest in entering the market, 2018 is shaping up to be an interesting year. Let’s take a look at the top cannabis trends dawning and where they are taking us. This session features Pamela Hadfield, co-founder of HelloMD.com, the largest, most active medical cannabis community online today. Pamela will share her knowledge and experience on the evolution of cannabis as a wellness product along with current trends and consumer demographics.
The Future Impact of Cannabis Tourism on Wine
The Future Impact of Cannabis Tourism on Wine
There’s little dispute that cannabis tourism is coming to the North Coast, but the impact on the region, and the wine industry specifically, remains debatable. Will cannabis be another reason to visit wine country? Will the two industries work together to drive more visitors or just compete for the consumers we already have? A panel of tourism experts will share their thoughts and predictions on the "new normal" in wine country tourism and what we can expect the overall impact to be.
Cannabis Opportunities for the Wine Industry
Cannabis Opportunities for the Wine Industry
Cannabis Infused Wine? Distributor management and marketing talent? Winery branded cannabis products? Investment opportunities? Wineries, wine industry professionals and wine industry service providers are beginning to experience some of the business opportunities that the legalization of recreational cannabis use is presenting to the wine industry. With the consumer and regional overlap, the emerging cannabis industry is tapping into wine industry talent, sales and marketing strategies, brand strength and investment capital to further their business objectives. This session will highlight how some wineries and wine industry professionals are seizing the financial opportunities now available in the early stages of legalization. Whether it’s infusing cannabis into products, leveraging your brand and customer base, taking advantage on investment opportunities, or simply looking to transfer your skill set to another industry, these are just a few potential opportunities that cannabis is presenting to the wine industry.

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2019 Wine & Weed Symposium Date Announced
23 October, 2018

 

Save The Date - Thursday, August 8, 2019

Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country, CA

Healdsburg, CA, October 23rd, 2018 – The Wine Industry Network (WIN) today announced that the 2019 Wine & Weed Symposium will be held August 8th at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa, CA. This one-day business conference has been extremely effective in gathering wine and cannabis industry professionals and thought leaders together to learn more about the impact the emerging cannabis industry may have on wine along with collaborative opportunities that may arise as well.

WIN is opening its “Call for Topics and Speakers” for the 2019 event and is looking for industry experts with unique perspectives, innovative leaders and policy makers to share their expertise with the north coast wine and cannabis community. Interested parties are encouraged to submit proposals that will enable attendees to better understand and navigate the quickly changing business climate, update them on the latest policy changes, and equip them with the information they need to explore available opportunities.   

Submit your proposal today to lead a session, participate in a panel or provide a presentation, go to: http://wine-weed.com/submit-topics.php

For more information and details about the event, please visit wine-weed.com or email info@wine-weed.com


North Coast Wine & Weed Symposium Is Second-Year Success
07 August, 2018

Cannabis and wine come together again to discuss impacts of emerging industry

Healdsburg, CA, August 6th, 2018 – The Wine Industry Network (WIN) hosted the 2ndAnnual North Coast Wine & Weed Symposium on August 2nd at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa.  Professionals from the cannabis and wine industries came together for the second year to discuss the latest developments with legalization and challenges and opportunities that have arisen for the wine industry over the past year.   

Bill Silver at Wine and Weed Symposium

The symposium was once again sold out hosting nearly 500 attendees from the North Coast and beyond. Of the days attendees, 60% were from the wine industry with cannabis and other industry professionals making up the remaining 40%. 

The opening keynote was delivered by Dr. Bill Silver, CEO of CannaCraft Inc., California’s largest producer of premium cannabis brands, and former Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University. Silver shared his experiences on the front lines of the emerging cannabis industry along with those from his former position leading the Wine Business Institute program.

A talented line-up of expert speakers from both industries discussed a wide range of topics throughout the day including rules, regulations, and policy updates, the impact of cannabis tourism on the wine industry, defining the cannabis consumer and overlap with wine, and lessons learned from wine applicable to the cannabis industry.

More than 40 companies were on hand to showcase new products and services, and attendees had the opportunity to participate in a unique cannabis sensory experience offered by Garden Society, a cannabis confection company that specializes in low dose edibles. The interactive experience allowed people to examine whole cannabis plants, flowers, and leaves, to smell different identifiers in different strains, and taste foods that share similar terpene profiles. 

Networking opportunities were abundant throughout the day and at several extracurricular events such as the Sonoma County Experience Tour that featured a visit to CannaCraft, Solful Dispensary, a local winery & brewery, and finally a demo cannabis garden and a sophisticated farm-to-table dining experience, Terpenes and Terroir, hosted by TSO Elevated Events and The Herb Somm, that highlighted select cannabis and wine aroma pairings.

“Of all the conferences that exist for the wine industry, none display the same level of engagement or enthusiasm as the Wine & Weed Symposium. Nearly all of the large wine companies and many small wineries were represented and the consensus remains, that over time, these two industries will have much more of a collaborative relationship than a competitive one. Wine & Weed Symposium 2019 will be even better”, says George Christie, CEO Wine Industry Network.

George Christie, Wine and Weed Symposium

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About Wine Industry Network (WIN):

Wine Industry Network (WIN) (wineindustrynetwork.com), is based in Healdsburg, CA and is THE business resource for the wine industry. WIN produces two annual trade shows & conferences, the North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo) (wineindustryexpo.com), and the Wine & Weed Symposium (wine-weed.com); the online daily news publication, Wine Industry Advisor (wineindustryadvisor.com); an online employment resource, WIN Jobs (wineindustry.jobs); and THE North American Wine Industry Database, Wine Industry Data (WIN Data) (wineindustrydata.com).


Are there Cannabis Opportunities for the Wine Industry?
24 July, 2018

Cannabis infused wine? Distributor management and marketing talent? Winery branded cannabis products? Investment opportunities?

Wineries, wine industry professionals and wine industry service providers are beginning to experience some of the business opportunities that the legalization of recreational cannabis use is presenting to the wine industry.

This Wine & Weed Symposium Session will highlight how some wineries and industry professionals are seizing the financial opportunities now available in the early stages of legalization and what those opportunities look like.

Only 2 Weeks Left - Register Today!

Meet the Speakers


George Christie- Moderator
Founder, CEO / Wine Industry Network
 

Zack Crafton
CEO / Big Moon Sky

Liz Gehl
Founder, Chief Recruiter/ Gehl Search Partners
 

Marc Hauser
Partner / Gaw Van Male

Claudio Miranda
Founder / Guild Enterprises
Symposium Info & Registration 

Speaker Line-up Confirmed for 2nd Annual North Coast Wine & Weed Symposium
10 July, 2018

Leading Wine & Cannabis Industry Professionals on Hand to Present

Wine Industry Network (WIN) today announced the full line-up of industry experts who will be presenting at the 2018 North Coast Wine & Weed Symposium, to be held on August 2nd at the Hyatt Regency, Sonoma Wine Country, in Santa Rosa, CA. 

“No one knows what the ultimate impact of cannabis legalization will be on wine, but we do know that the two  industries are sharing the same neighborhood and to a degree, many of the same consumers. It’s just smart business for wineries to better understand what’s happening and we’ve assembled an incredible group of experts to help with that,” says George Christie, Founder & CEO of Wine Industry Network. 

Keynote speaker, Bill Silver, CEO of CannaCraft and former Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State, where he assisted in the establishment of the Wine Business Institute as the global leader for wine business education and research will be opening up the conference. He will be sharing his transition story from wine to cannabis, discussing comparisons he sees between the two industries, how they can work together, where they might see conflict as well as make predictions about what the future may hold for the wine & cannabis industries.

 

A few of the featured speakers include:

Jessica Lukas, VP, Consumer Insights / BDS Analytics, Inc.the leader in data, market research, analytics, and consumer insights for the cannabis industry will be addressing the million dollar question, what is the overlap between cannabis and wine consumers? 

Erin Gore, Founder, CEO / Garden Society a boutique cannabis confections company that is taking dispensary shelves by storm and catching the attention of every ‘Wine Mom’ in California & beyond, will be taking part in a panel that is geared to cannabis industry attendees ‘Distribution Program’s That Work’. 

Pamela Hadfield, Co-Founder / HelloMD the largest, most active most active, online community of health and wellness cannabis consumers will be presenting on the emerging trends in the cannabis industry and where they are taking us.  

Tammy Boatright, President / VingDirect, a wine industry marketing and branding expert will be sharing her winery DTC marketing and branding expertise with cannabis industry attendees and address common questions about how small wine producers compete and succeed in such a competitive environment?

Brian Applegarth, Founder of Emerald County Tours and California Cannabis Tourism Association will be speaking on a topic the wine industry had been paying close to attention to, cannabis tourism and potential impact on wine. 

For the full lineup of speakers, more information on sessions, or to register for the event please visit wine-weed.com or email info@wine-weed.com


Registration Opens for 2nd Annual North Coast Wine & Weed Symposium
22 May, 2018

Conversation Between Wine and Cannabis Gains Momentum, Underscoring Collaborative Opportunities for Both Industries

Wine & Weed Symposium LogoHealdsburg, CA, May 22, 2018 – The Wine Industry Network (WIN), producer of the Wine & Weed Symposium hosted it’s second sold out event, the Central Coast Wine & Weed Symposium in San Luis Obispo on May 10th. Wine and Cannabis professionals from the region attended educational sessions focused on county regulations and the impact legalization will have in Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

Last August, WIN hosted nearly 500 wine and cannabis professionals at the sold-out inaugural North Coast Wine & Weed Symposium in Santa Rosa. “If you’re in the wine industry, it’s imperative that you understand your new neighbor,” said George Christie, President of WIN. “Our symposiums provide information about new cannabis legislation, regulation issues and possible opportunities.”  A Napa Valley winery representative that attended the inaugural show said, “The level of instruction that the expert speakers provided and the information that was discussed throughout the day far exceeded my expectations.”

Wine & Weed Symposium Photos

Registration is opening on Tuesday, May 22nd for the second annual North Coast Wine & Weed Symposium, to be held on August 2nd, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa, CA. The conference will be largely focused on updating attendees on new rules and regulations, discussing the potential impact of canna-tourism on wine as well as highlighting collaborative opportunities between the two industries, like wine and cannabis events. In addition, this year will feature dedicated sessions for cannabis industry attendees to learn from their wine counterparts, specifically on direct to consumer marketing as well as distribution strategies and distributor management. “The first year our educational sessions were geared exclusively towards wine industry attendees, but we had so much support from the cannabis industry that we felt the need to include session content for those attendees as well,” added Christie.

The conference will feature industry experts from both industries along with 40 tabletop exhibitors and will include breakfast, a beautiful outdoor lunch buffet specially prepared by the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country Chef and attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a special end-of-day networking social featuring local wines. To view the full program of session topics and descriptions, please visit www.wine-weed.com.

Registration for the event is now open and seating is limited. **The first one hundred people to register will receive a special “early-bird” discount of 15%.** Table-top exhibits and sponsorships are also limited and expected to sell out early.

For more information about the topics and speakers, becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, and to register for the event, please visit www.wine-weed.com or send an email to info@wine-weed.com.


Registration Opens for Central Coast Wine & Weed Symposium
10 January, 2018

Wine Industry Network announces sessions geared toward informing wine industry

Healdsburg, CA, January 10th, 2018 – The Wine Industry Network (WIN) opened registration today for the Wine & Weed Symposium, Central Coast, to be held on May 10th from 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in San Luis Obispo, CA. This one-day business conference is structured for the wine industry professional who is interested in examining the impact that the legalization of recreational cannabis use in California might have on the wine industry.

Wine & Weed, Central Coast will feature experts from both industries to provide an overview of the cannabis industry as well cover topics ranging from what is legal to regulations surrounding licensing, hospitality, growing and other topics of interest specific to Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties.. For a full list of topics and descriptions go to Wine & Weed Symposium – Central Coast.

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend educational sessions throughout the day and visit the exhibiting wine and cannabis companies who will be displaying their products and services. The Embassy Suites by Hilton chef will prepare a beautiful lunch buffet that will be served in the Atrium and the event will close with an end-of-day networking social featuring local wines.

“We’re all still trying to understand how the legalization of cannabis is going to unfold and how that might impact neighboring industries,” said George Christie, President of Wine Industry Network. “We started this conversation to try to dispel some of the rumors and open a dialog between these two industries and I’m of the mindset that it’s always better to understand potential competition and identify possible opportunities”

Registration for the event is now open and seating is limited. The first one hundred people to register will receive a special “early-bird” discount. Table top exhibits and sponsorships are also limited. For more information about the topics and speakers, becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, and to register for the event, please visit Wine & Weed Symposium-Central Coast or email info@wine-weed.com.


2018 Wine & Weed Symposium Dates Announced
05 December, 2017

New Central Coast event planned for May and North Coast event held again in August

Healdsburg, CA, December 5, 2017 –The Wine Industry Network (WIN) today announced the 2018 dates for the Wine & Weed Symposium along with an additional conference and location. The Wine & Weed Symposium, North Coast will once again take place in Santa Rosa on August 2nd, 2018.

The newly added, Wine & Weed Symposium Central Coast will take place in San Luis Obispo on May 10th, 2018 and will specifically look at the potential impact cannabis will have on the Central Coast wine industry.

Both conferences will be intensive one-day educational sessions featuring cannabis and wine industry experts who will discuss the legalization of cannabis in California and the expected impact and opportunity that this presents to the wine industry in each region. These experts, representing both the north and central coast, will speak to current regulations, licensing requirements, hospitality, tourism, farming, and other topics of interest that are unique to each region. Each conference will provide information relevant to everyone in the wine industry, from owners, winemakers and vineyard managers, to hospitality and sales managers.

“After the first Wine & Weed Symposium, two things were very clear. There remain a lot more questions than answers and this is a very regional conversation. What pertains to Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and the rest of the North Coast wine industry doesn’t necessarily mean the same in Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. There are different rules and to a degree, a different culture, but just as many questions. By adding Wine & Weed Symposium, Central Coast, we can work with regional experts to ensure that the most relevant information is delivered to our wine industry attendees and maintain the same high-level program that we’ve established in the North Coast.”

Tickets for the Wine & Weed Symposium, Central Coast will go on sale in January 2018 and the Wine & Weed Symposium, North Coast ticket sales will start in April 2018. Each symposium will feature very limited space for a small, select number of exhibitors showcasing products and services specifically relevant to wineries and grape growers who are interested in expanding into this explosive market. For more information about attending, speaking or exhibiting, please visit wine-weed.com or email info@wine-weed.com.


First Wine & Weed Symposium Major Success
04 August, 2017

Wine Industry Network hosts meaningful dialogue between Cannabis & Wine Industry

Healdsburg, CA, August 7th, 2017 – The Wine Industry Network (WIN) hosted nearly 500 people to the first Wine & Weed Symposium on August 3rd at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa, CA. The one-day business focused conference was intended to create a dialogue between the wine and cannabis industries and examine the impact that the legalization of recreational cannabis use in California will have on the wine industry.  

Of the day’s registered attendees, 45% were wine industry professionals, 26% were cannabis industry professionals, 18% have ties to both industries, and the remaining people in attendance were from other industries altogether. Polling the audience during the show, 77% of attendees predicted more collaboration than competition between the two industries.

Featuring experts from both categories, the day began with opening remarks from California Senator Mike McGuire who provided an overview of two of the state’s major agricultural crops, cannabis and wine, and how these industries will coexist. He also discussed the work that our leaders are doing to quickly provide legislation as the prohibition on cannabis ends.

In addition to the Senator, other notable cannabis leaders Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association, Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, and Tawnie Logan, chairwoman of the Sonoma County Growers Alliance and California Growers Association weighed in on a wide range of topics including regulations around licensing, hospitality, and mixed-use farming.

Attendees were also introduced to new economic opportunities not only from the varied line up of speakers, but also from the 40+ exhibiting companies from the wine and cannabis industries who displayed their products and services.   

“Our goals were to educate the wine industry on the current state of legalization of cannabis and to establish a dialogue between the two industries,” said George Christie, President of Wine Industry Network. “We were successful on both fronts. Our wine industry attendees left with a greater understanding of the emerging cannabis industry and everyone that attended saw the opportunities that collaboration could mean to both.”


Lineup of Speakers Announced for Wine & Weed Symposium
23 May, 2017

Leading Cannabis Industry Experts to Share Insights

Healdsburg, CA, May 23rd, 2017 – Wine Industry Network (WIN) today announced the lineup of topics and speakers featured at the first ever Wine & Weed Symposium, to be held on August 3rd from 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa, CA. The conference will address key questions about the impact, opportunities and threats that the legalization of adult-use cannabis in California will have on the wine industry.

F. Aaron Smith, Co-Founder & Executive Director of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and Hezekiah Allen, Executive Director of the California Growers Association will begin the day with “Cannabis 101”, an overview of the industry and the latest updates from Sacramento and Washington, D.C. They’ll address the basic questions around how legislation has evolved and provide insights on how things are expected to unfold over the next year.

Amber Morris, CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Branch Chief for the California Department of Food & Agriculture, will break down what’s permitted in “Cannabis Cultivation in California: What You Can and Can’t Do”, along with licensing, reporting requirements and costs. “The Business of Cannabis: Farming for Profit & Beyond”, will be discussed by key players in the wine and cannabis industries who will explore the opportunities and challenges a vineyard owner might expect if considering adding commercial cannabis to their farming operations.

From Wine to Weed”, will start the afternoon with a panel of wine industry professionals discussing their careers in the wine industry, how they evolved to include cannabis, and the similarities found in both industries. The final topic of the day, “Why Wine and Weed Make Great Business Partners”, will feature Tawnie Logan, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Growers and other cannabis industry leaders presenting their opinion on why the passing of Proposition 64 is beneficial to the wine industry and address fears around competition for labor and water. For a full list of topics, descriptions, and speakers go to wine-weed.com

“No one really knows what the impact of legalization will be on wine, but like it or not, the wine and cannabis industries are already sharing the same neighborhood and to a degree, many of the same consumers. That doesn’t seem to be going away, it’s ramping up and it’s just smart business for wineries to better understand what’s happening and start a dialogue with this emerging industry. This event is where we’re going to kick off that conversation”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Registration for the event is now open and seating is limited. For more information about the sessions, becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, and to register for the event, please visit wine-weed.com or email info@wine-weed.com


Registration Opens for First Wine & Weed Symposium
03 May, 2017

Wine Industry Network announces session topics for cannabis and wine conversation

Healdsburg, CA, May 3rd, 2017 – The Wine Industry Network (WIN) today announced that registration is open for the inaugural Wine & Weed Symposium, to be held on August 3rd from 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa, CA. This one-day business focused conference is tailored for the wine industry professional who is interested in examining the impact that the legalization of recreational cannabis use in California will have on the wine industry.  

The symposium will feature experts from both categories who will provide an overview of the cannabis industry as well as cover topics ranging from what is legal and new cannabis products, to regulations around licensing, hospitality, mixed-use farming, and other topics of interest. For a full list of topics and descriptions go to www.wine-weed.com.

In addition to the educational sessions, attendees will see exhibiting companies from the wine and cannabis industries who will showcase their products and services,  enjoy a beautiful outdoor lunch buffet specially prepared by the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Chef and have the opportunity to attend a special end-of-day networking social featuring local wines.

“There are a lot of “experts” out there trying to predict what the impact of legalization will be on the wine industry, but the truth is, none of them really know…and neither do I,” said George Christie, President of Wine Industry Network. “However, one thing I do know is that it never hurts to learn more about a neighboring industry, especially one with the financial upside that the cannabis industry has. The Wine & Weed Symposium is where we hope to get that conversation started.”

Registration for the event is now open and seating is limited. The first one hundred people to register will receive a special “early-bird” discount of 15%. Table top exhibits and sponsorships are also limited. For more information about the topics and speakers, becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, and to register for the event, please visit wine-weed.comor email info@wine-weed.com.


Wine & Weed Symposium Announced
12 January, 2017

Wine Industry Network produces first full-day conference dedicated to the legalization of cannabis and its impact on the wine industry

Healdsburg, CA, January 12, 2017 – The Wine Industry Network (WIN) today announced the launch of the Wine & Weed Symposium, a one-day intensive educational conference that will focus on the legalization of cannabis in California and the expected impact and opportunities that this presents to the wine industry.  The symposium will be held on August 3rd from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa, CA.

The conference will feature Executive Director of the Sonoma County Growers Alliance, Tawnie Logan, who will discuss and clarify the newly implemented law, along with experts from both the wine and cannabis industries on regulations, licensing requirements, hospitality, tourism, farming, and other topics of interest.

Speakers will also present on the commonalities that the cannabis and wine Industry share such as agricultural focus, emphasis on quality, place of origin and to a degree, a common consumer. Like the wine industry, cannabis will be heavily regulated and will experience overlap with wine in regards to legal, financial, compliance and distribution regulations.

“We touched the surface of this subject at the WIN Expo last December and were overwhelmed with the outpouring of interest that the session received,” said George Christie, President of Wine Industry Network. “The take-aways were that people want and need more information about how things are changing and one hour just wasn’t enough time. We’re hoping to address those concerns with this day-long conference.”

The Wine & Weed Symposium will provide information that is relevant to everyone in the wine industry, whether an owner, winemaker, salesperson, hospitality manager, or grower, regardless of whether there are specific plans to work in or with the cannabis industry.

“People have been questioning the impact that this is going to have on the wine industry for a long time,” Christie stated. “This is an opportunity to learn from the experts, the cost of entry and what is and is not allowed. We plan to provide a better understanding of the inevitable competition for consumer attention and how best to prepare for what’s coming and what new opportunities might exist.”

The symposium will also feature space for a small, select number of exhibitors showcasing products and services specifically relevant to wineries and grape growers who are interested in expanding into this explosive market. For more information about attending, speaking or exhibiting, please visit wine-weed.com or email info@wine-weed.com .

About Wine Industry Network (WIN):

Wine Industry Network (WIN) (wineindustrynetwork.com), is based in Healdsburg, CA and is THE business resource for the wine industry. WIN also produces two annual trade shows & conferences, the North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo) (wineindustryexpo.com), and the U.S. Wine & Beverage Expo (USBevX) (usbevx.com); the online daily news publication, Wine Industry Advisor (wineindustryadvisor.com); an online employment resource, WIN Jobs (wineindustry.jobs); and the largest and most accurate set of winery data points and contacts for the North American wine industry, Wine Industry Database (WIN Data) (wineindustrydata.com).