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EFactor Presents: Just for Wine-os: The Business of Grapes

Love wine so much that you thought of having your own winery and wine label? So have others and have done it quite successfully. Learn from both big and small wine entrepreneurs on how they were able to get their business of the ground into a prosperous business. And of course, there will be a tasting!
After attending, you’ll have insights on: 
● Where to begin
● Working with distributors to market to the masses
● How to approach restaurants, bars, nightclubs, etc to sell your product 
● Sponsorship and PR opportunities to get your brand noticed
Josh Stein has been in the Napa wine business for more than a decade, and, in addition to being owner/winemaker of the Stein Family Wine Group, which produces a nationally and internationally distributed portfolio of wine brands and donates 5% of its sales to the children of wineworkers in the form of college scholarships and support funds, he regularly consults for wineries and organizations throughout the North Bay and Coast via their subsidiaries, Discrete Wine Support Services and SF-Integrated Vineyard Management.

Jef Pauly, owner of Blush! Wine Bar. Jef Pauly and Mickael Azoulay opened up Blush! Wine Bar in Spring 2009. For the past four years, they have been providing the Castro District of San Francisco an European style wine bar that focuses on unique and dynamic selections from around the globe.

John Trinidad is a wine law attorney with Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty, a Napa-based law firm. Before joining DP&F, John was a litigator at a top firm in San Francisco and, in his spare time, founded SF Wine Blog and associated Facebook and Twitter feeds. His social media contacts allowed him to meet a number of producers, and led to opportunities working harvest in both Burgundy and Healdsburg. Today, John advises wineries and other alcohol beverage related businesses on a number of legal issues, thereby combining his personal interest and professional experience.


Venue Sponsor:

Blush! Wine Bar

In the heart of the Castro, Blush! invites you to savor an experience inspired by the greatest wine bars of Europe. Amidst a cozy décor, our trained staff will guide you through a selection of some 50 wines offered by the glass, part of our extensive wine list (120 wines by the bottle).To accompany our wines, we offer a flavorful and authentic cuisine - antipasti, small plates, entrees, created according to the certified art of our Chef, Martin. Blush is also proud to be a unique home for live Music and Arts in the Castro. We feature quality live music every Tuesdays and Thursdays, French Improv Theatre once a month, and new Art is displayed on our walls every couple of months.

Enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers

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Note on Pricing:
Early Bird Special - $10 (Ends 3 weeks before event date, sign up early!)
Regular Price - $15
Price at the door - $20


The nation’s best grapes are in California, so EFactor headed to San Francisco’s Blush! Wine Bar last week to present “Just for Wine-O’s: The Business of Grapes,” a vino-centric event that featured entrepreneurs from big and small wine companies, discussing how they were able to get their businesses off the ground, into the vineyards and on the map! We were delighted to host wine experts Josh Stein, Jef Pauly and John Trinidad, who shared tips on where to get started in the business, how to work with distributors, how to sell your product to consumers and how to get your brand noticed through sponsorship and PR opportunities.

Josh Stein has been a mainstay in the Napa wine business for over 10 years, as the owner of the Stein Family Wine Group, which distributes throughout the US and all over the globe. The company is proud to donate 5% of its sales to the children of wineworkers, in the form of college scholarships and support funds, and Stein also makes time to act as a consultant for wineries and organizations throughout the North Bay and coastal California through the company’s subsidiaries, Discrete Wine Support Services and SF-Integrated Vineyard Management.

Jef Pauly is the owner of Blush! Wine Bar, a four-year-old bar that adds some European flare to the Castro District of San Francisco, focusing on eclectic and unique bottles from all over the world. At the event, Pauly shared his best marketing tip: he encouraged all aspiring wine bar owners to always provide exceptional service to their customers, no matter what. Pauly shared general wine industry tips with event attendees, including info on creating partnerships and on selling your product.

John Trinidad is a wine law attorney at Napa-based firm Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty. A former litigator at a top SF firm and founder of SF Wine Blog, Trinidad became more and more interested in the wine industry, eventually even getting the opportunity to work harvests in Europe. Working off of his growing network, Trinidad developed into a wine law attorney and today advises wineries and other alcoholic beverage-related businesses on legal matters, achieving the perfect bouquet of personal passion and professional experience. To our event attendees, Trinidad provided a detailed summary of currently legal regulations and stipulations related to the wine industry.

Our event attendees enjoyed plenty of tasting opportunities to boot, and their glasses runneth over with insider information on all things grape. We can’t thank our presenters and venue/sponsor, Blush! Wine Bar, for making the event that much sweeter. Cheers to turning passions into successful businesses!

We’d like to give a special thanks to our sponsors, Charlesbridge Publishing Company, No More To Go, and Essentiles.

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Start time 6:00pm

End Time: 8:00pm


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