October 2010 Archives
As Director of all things IT here at Dry Creek Vineyard, part of my job is to keep the winery up to date technologically speaking. I attended a Wine Industry Technology Symposium a few months ago and came away with some fascinating information and a new avenue for utilizing technology here at the winery.
Some of the facts presented included:
As a business, the implications are obvious and can't be ignored. While I can handle the creation of a mobile website, the mobile device application creation is much more complex. We started the process of meeting with companies to talk about building an application for Dry Creek Vineyard.
As a family owned and operated winery, we quickly realized that there are other goals to be considered in developing our wine application that were important to us:
Having figured all that out, we were feeling pretty good about our progress, until we started trying to define what "something of value to our customers" would be! Obviously, having information quickly and readily available to our customers via their mobile device was a plus, but what could we provide our customers in an app that would make it worthy of download and continued use?
We all agreed that we needed to come up with an idea for our application that would make it valuable and useful. We talked about food pairings for our wines. Or, maybe the application would include recipes for our wines so our customer could buy wine and dinner accoutrements on the fly from the convenience of their phone. The more we talked, the less sure we were about what we could do to make our app worthy of creation.
Then, I had a brainstorm. I thought, why not ask Wilma's audience? Surely, they would have some cool ideas about what they might find useful in a wine app. So, readers of all things Wilma, now is your chance to "sound off."
Lynda Abbott, Director of IT Services
|This is by far my favorite time of year in wine country. Vineyards and wineries are abuzz with activity (seemingly around the clock) as a new vintage comes to fruition. The other morning at sunrise, myself and Nova Perrill, our Assistant Winemaker, took a ride out to Lewis Vineyard about 3 miles north of Dry Creek Vineyard. Lewis Vineyard is a 75 year-old Old Vine vineyard nestled in the Eastern hillside of the Dry Creek Valley. As I filmed and walked the vineyard, I was struck - not only by the natural beauty and surroundings - but also by how hard the vineyard crew worked. Literally running through the vineyard picking grapes, these incredible harvest workers have my full respect and admiration. I think I'd be able to keep that pace for 10 minutes before falling flat on my face!
Please enjoy this video montage we put together and join us in a toast to Harvest 2010. Another new vintage is here!
This is a blog about what it's really like to be in the wine industry...so sit back, take a sip and enjoy!
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