From Grapes to Glass

Meeting Planning

The term “Wine Country” evokes visions of sipping wine in sunny, vineyard-draped valleys, of enjoying meals alfresco and living the good life. Following the sun, wine lovers—and meeting planners—are attuned to the seasons of the vineyard year, a growing cycle that begins in spring when sap begins to run and bare vines burst into bloom, called…

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Embrace the Small Things: Small Meetings and Executive Retreats

Food & BeverageMeeting Planning

Catalina Canyon Resort & Spa, Avalon, California Unique touches make small meetings and executive retreats even more special Colin Cowie, party-planning maestro, believes meeting experiences can help retain employees by making participants feel special while simultaneously reinforcing a company’s story. “Romance them,” Cowie says. “Everyone is looking for an experience. We’ve learned how to make…

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6 Trends Shaping Golf & Spa Resorts

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Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, Pennsylvania Unique experiences cater to business travelers You don’t have to live in California’s Silicon Valley to see the impact technology is having on leisure and networking activities, especially when it comes to golf. With computerized greens, high-tech putters and balls with wafers enhancing the modern game, today’s golfing experience is…

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Think Outside the Bottle

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Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles, California Lesser-known varietals offered in unexpected U.S. wine countries America’s wine consumers have their favorite chardonnays, cabernet sauvignons and merlots—and boy, do they love them. In fact, they’re the best-selling wines in the country. Consumers also have their favorite wine country destinations—led by California’s Napa Valley, Sonoma County and Santa…

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A Healthy Focus on Wellness

Health & WellnessMeeting Planning

From A to Z, innovative programs help planners take better care of attendees Health and wellness used to be an afterthought in the meetings industry. Events were usually staged in dark, stuffy rooms; the gym consisted of little more than a stationary bike and some weights; and food in airports, planes and sometimes even hotels…

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Green: More Than a Color for Wineries

Meeting Planning

Wine has been produced for thousands of years and by many cultures—and yet the industry still comes down to one common element: the grape. A 2003 report by archaeologists indicates a likelihood that grapes were mixed with rice to produce a fermented beverage in China in the early years of the seventh millennium B.C. The…

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Ram’s Gate Provides Wine Country Experience

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Los Carneros, the very popular American Viticultural Area (AVA) just outside San Francisco, is Spanish for ram, so it’s apropos that the first winery you come to when you cross into Sonoma County off Highway 37 is Ram’s Gate. Perched atop a hillside across from Sonoma Raceway, Ram’s Gate makes quite the impression when visitors…

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Power Play

Meeting Planning

When Eddie Osterland was studying for his diploma at the University of Bordeaux’s famed Institute of Wine, he recalls that wine tasting was always done at 11:30 a.m.—when one’s palate is sharpest—and ended at noon. He has known ever since that making an impact is best done early and quickly. “People care about food and…

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Wine Not

Meeting Planning

Before talking about wineries and vineyards across the country as event destinations, it’s worth first asking why they should be considered. There are no doubt more convenient, cheaper alternatives—and just about every single one of them will offer wine if requested. Even people who work at wineries and vineyards know there are plenty of other…

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Replace Boardrooms With Barrel Rooms

Meeting Planning

During the past few decades, as wine-growing regions have steadily increased and developed throughout North America, many of these areas have become widely known for specific cultural features, such as sustainable practices, outdoor activities, lake cruises and art galleries. To help meeting planners, we decided to focus on one particular prevalent feature in eight different…

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