In this section we have gathered some of the most popular information sources, such as trade journals, magazines, blogs, and association websites. Industry information is always changing. For the latest news, current issues and popular opinions, try following one or more of these sources. In addition, interacting with the websites that provide this information through commenting and asking questions may also provide you with more information.
Trade associations often publish free industry newsletters that are excellent sources of information for your business plan. Such newsletters often have articles that cover in-depth topics on business management, manufacturing practices, how-tos, and current industry news.
British Columbia Grapegrowers Association (BCGA) | BCGA represents British Columbian commercial grape producers on agricultural issues and concerns, including plan import regulations, farm practices, land use issues, etc. Check out the Links For Grapegrowers and Wine Makers.
British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association (BCRFA) | The BCRFA acts as a resource for information on the BC restaurant industry. Check out the Resource Centre section for helpful restaurant-related links.
British Columbia Wine Grape Council (BCWGC) | The BCWGC's goal is to help grow the wine grape industry in British Columbia. The BCWGC hosts events, provides free and low cost workshops and education resources. Check out their Resources drop-down menu.
Wine Islands Vintners Association (WIVA) | A marketing association open to all licensed wineries on Vancouver Island and surrounding islands in BC. |
Magazines & Trade Journals
Trade journals (often called magazines or trade publications) can be very useful in helping you find current articles relating to business research. Contact your local research library to determine which trade journal subscriptions they have. There are also free trade publications that you can access online.
Vines Magazine | A national consumer magazine aimed at the Canadian wine enthusiast. Published six times per year.
Wine Spectator | US-based magazine covering the essentials of wine. Published 15 times per year.
Winerist | Blog dedicated to wine, food, and travel. Blog postings include yearly wine trends, guides, and regional wine highlights.
BC Wine Trends | A blog for BC wine enthusiasts featuring industry statistics and projected trends.
Uncork BC | Lists events, updates, and stories of the BC wine regions.
Wine Making Talk Forum | A forum discussing all things related to wine making - from beginner tips to recipes to storage.
MarketWatch - Industry Analyzer
The Industries section contains current data on Dow Jones Industry Sectors. Aggregate data as well as company-specific data is available.
Vault Industry Profiles
A free source of industry information. Use the Industry Profiles to research news, company information, and industry-specific sample professions. Basic monthly membership is free and offers access to blogs, discussion forums, and job listings.
Essential online information resource for the wine industry.
As with all sources, news articles and blogs should be carefully evaluated. For information on how to evaluate your information, watch video tutorial Module Five: Using Information Responsibly.