Hall Wines leaps forward with winery iPad technology

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Revel Systems winery iPad technology at Hall Wines

The next time you stop in at one of Hall Wines tasting rooms, there will be something new to ponder at the counter: iPad tablets used by customers and staff to simplify the purchase and shipping of Hall wines. Hall instituted the Revel Systems iPad point-of-sale solution two weeks ago and all appears to be working nicely. According to Revel System CEO Chris Ciabara, Hall has taken a giant leap forward, integrating all its technology systems into one easy platform that can be used on Apple’s iPad tablet. Will other wineries in the Napa Valley and other wine regions jump on this technology?

The Revel System provides the Hall winery and staff versatility for making quick sales and enabling customers to order wines on the fly. This could be in the tasting room, on a vineyard tour or at a special tasting event. The Hall staff can check inventory and other data from the field. Image yourself tasting a wine as you walk along the vineyards. You like it, you order it on the iPad, and when you get back to the tasting room your wine package is waiting. The software also has a ship-compliant component to decipher all issues at that end.

I have seen some limited use of the iPad in a few wineries that I have visited. Andrew Murray, in his Santa Barbara County winery, uses the iPad to take your order and swipe your credit card, but I think that is just about it. Kathleen Inman has something similar in Sonoma County for visitors to read tasting notes and place an order. We shall see how this works out and how many other wineries adopt iPads in the tasting room for all transactions.

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Revel Systems winery iPad Technology

BottleRock Napa Valley is a “go” for a second year

The BottleRock music concert returns to Napa in May with a new producer and a terrific lineup. Tickets are now on sale. Last year’s event was very popular with some 35,000 people attending. Here is your chance to combine wine tasting, food and music. Take a look at what is happening at BottleRock Napa Valley 2014.

Tickets are on sale now for this event being held May 30 through June 1, 2014. Single day passes are $149 per person, and can be purchased at www.bottlerocknapavalley.com or www.ticketfly.com or charge by phone at 877.4.FLY.TIX (435.9849). 3-Day ($279), VIP 3-Day ($599) and Platinum Passes are also available. Check the BottleRock Website for complete details of this extravaganza.

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The Cure performs on Friday, May 30th

Napa Valley Wine Country News

Are you traveling to the Napa Valley any time soon? Here is the latest Napa Valley wine country news and information.

Oakville Grocery starts online store
The newly-remodeled Oakville Grocery in the Napa Valley has a new sandwich menu and a new online store. If you are a new traveler to the Napa Valley, you certainly must stop in and at least browse this iconic fixture on Highway 29 in Oakville. Oakville Grocery just launched an e-commerce website, enabling anyone to purchase from the market at shop.oakvillegrocery.com. Originally opened in 1881, Oakville Grocery began as a farmers’ store and is the oldest continually-operating grocery store in California. Everything is sourced from California farmers, artisans and purveyors, with a focus on Napa and Sonoma Valleys.

Travel Tip: We always call ahead to have our deli sandwiches or salads made up in advance. The Oakville Grocery is a popular spot, so call ahead and avoid the long lines. Then head off to one of the Napa Valley’s picnic wineries and enjoy wine country at its finest.

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Oakville Grocery

RockNapa comes to Charles Krug, July 18 & 19 and August 15 & 16
The historic Charles Krug Winery’s Carriage House is the venue for each two-day festival filled with live music, fine wines, craft beers and food. The festival begins at 4:30 and ends at 10 pm. General admission for single or two-day tickets can be purchased at www.RockNapa.com/tickets/.

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