August 4th, 2012 by eileen in news
Saturday, August 4th, 2012
Vintner’s Circle Franchising (VCF) LLC held its fourth Annual Conference bringing together franchise owners and employees from the company’s growing expanse of winemaking shops throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and, most recently, Massachusetts and Arizona. The conference took place August 18 and 19 in Lambertville, New Jersey. (more…)
Sunday, July 15th, 2012
The recent “Taste the Experience” gourmet dinner and wine pairing hosted by Vintner’s Circle in Dickson City, PA was a great success. Sixty people gathered at Rossi’s Ristorante in Archbald on July 12, 2012 to enjoy a delicious five-course dinner paired with Vintner’s Circle handcrafted wines. (more…)
Monday, June 4th, 2012
Members of the Vintner’s Circle wine making family won big at the 2012 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Making Competition, sponsored by WineMaker magazine. Andover shop wine makers Deborah and Dennis Haff took prizes in several categories and the Andover wine making team of Jacquie Pellek and Gayle Lembryk also made the judges take notice. Vintner’s Circle wine makers Steve and Lorraine Polakowski won for the second year in a row. (more…)
May 17th, 2012 by jenn in news
Thursday, May 17th, 2012
Vintners Circle Franchising LLC (“VCF”) will be exhibiting at the International Franchise Expo, June 15 to 17, 2012 at the Javits Center in New York City. Located in Booth 329, the wine making franchise provide visitors with information on owning your own Vintner’s Circle franchise. (more…)
September 13th, 2011 by eileen in news
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
Vintner’s Circle (www.vintnerscircle.com), a franchise of wine making shops, announced today it has been selected as a finalist in the sales and marketing category for The New York Enterprise Report Small Business Awards 2011. (more…)
August 5th, 2010 by David in news
Thursday, August 5th, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
With more than 500,000 small businesses in the tri-state area, The New York Enterprise Report is once again honoring those who are among the most innovative. The New York Enterprise Report is proud to announce Vintners Circle Franchising LLC from Hackettstown, NJ as a finalist in the Technology category. Vintners Circle Franchising developed best practices and technology that provides operational management for their franchised winemaking shops.
Companies were chosen based on their ability to demonstrate the use of a best practice to generate competitive advantages, revenue profits and/or long-term value.
“We are proud to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of Vintners Circle Franchising,” said Robert Levin, Editor-in-Chief & Publisher of The New York Enterprise Report. “The use of their technology best practice has given them a distinct competitive advantage and we congratulate them for their initiatives and innovative thinking.”
The New York Enterprise Report Small Business Awards Gala is scheduled for Wednesday, October 6, 2010 from 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City, NY.
Vintner’s Circle franchises (www.VintnersCircle.com) are a place for family and friends to experience the joys of making and tasting fine wine. Our local shops provide a comfortable setting, professional equipment and knowledgeable staff to guide you through handcrafting your own wine in four easy steps. You can select pre-pressed juices from top vineyards around the world and create wines for every season! Add a personalized label to make it your own. Bring friends and come back often and stock your own wine cellar.
“The decision to build Vintner’s Circle as a franchise system paralleled our commitment to the development of technology and operational systems”, said David Schmeltzle, President of Vintners Circle Franchising. “We wanted our franchisees to be able to focus on winemaking and excel at customer service. Too many small businesses don’t have the technology infrastructure and best practices in place to effectively manage sales, inventory and operations. As a result, day-to-day operations consume business owners’ time and often negatively affects customer service.”
The New York Enterprise Report, in print and online (www.nyreport.com) features “how-to” articles written by experts for small and midsize businesses in the tri-state area. Each issue of The Report, which is the only media in the New York area exclusively for the leaders of smaller businesses, provides thousands of dollars of much needed expertise making it a must read for those wanting to grow their businesses.
For more information about the New York Enterprise Report, visit www.nyreport.com/awards or call 516/997-1950 or email email@example.com.
For more information about franchises and Vintners Circle Winemaking Shops, visit www.VintnersCircle.com/franchise or call 908-979-9463 or email info@VintnersCircle.com.
July 7th, 2010 by David in news
Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
Hackettstown winemaking shop donates $1,100 to Warren County chapter of Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center
HACKETTSTOWN, NJ, June 24, 2010 — Vintner’s Circle Hackettstown sponsored a fun event to raise more than $1,000 for a serious cause.
The local winemaking shop, located in Patriot’s Plaza on Route 46, was the site of its “Community with a Conscience” event, a six-hour wine-tasting celebration with live music, free food and a silent auction of goods donated from local merchants. All proceeds were donated to the Warren County chapter of Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center.
The Hackettstown winemaking shop has donated to the Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County since 2006, when the shop opened.
“Statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice show that 25 percent of women are physically assaulted or raped. More than half of those women have children under the age of 12,” said David Schmeltzle, President of Vintners Circle Franchising and owner of Vintner’s Circle Hackettstown. “We are thrilled to be part of a community dedicated to helping those in need. If this money keeps one local woman or child from suffering, it’s a success.”
The food was donated by Brian’s Market, and a live music performance by Lelica Palecco. A silent auction was held throughout the afternoon, where people could bid on items like a mountain bike, a grill, a hammock, Hungarian oak wine barrels, and a handcrafted wine rack. Skylands Bank, A&P Liquors and C’mere Cupcake also committed to helping out the important cause.
“By supporting the Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center,” says David, “we not only help the charity, but also help the community as a whole.”
June 22nd, 2010 by jolan in news
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
Come join us for an exciting event Saturday, June 26, as we celebrate the Grand Opening of Vintner’s Circle Middletown! As wine making in New Jersey continues to increase in popularity, Vintner’s Circle Middletown is proud be the first wine making shop in Monmouth County.
This Saturday afternoon the celebration will last from 12 to 5 p.m, as we welcome visitors both familiar and new. The event will feature live music from local performers Rob Dye and Melissa Chill, followed by Quincy Mumford. You will also be able to taste a variety of wines specially crafted in our shop, and learn how you can make wine of your very own! And in honor of our dedication to community support, from June 19 to June 26, ten percent of our wine making shop’s sales will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
We invite you to come and enjoy your Saturday afternoon with us, and get a few sips of possibility at our wine making shop.
DATE : Saturday, June 26th
TIME : 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION : Vintner’s Circle Middletown
1670 Route 35, Middletown NJ
June 17th, 2010 by jolan in news
Thursday, June 17th, 2010
Vintner’s Circle Andover hosted a special community ceremony yesterday evening, as Todd and Janine Billingsley, franchise owners of the wine making shop, presented Coupons for the Community with a check for $100. In attendance were Suzanne Stigers, head of Coupons for the Community, in addition to many of the organization’s volunteers. Neighbors from the area came to witness the event, celebrated amongst good company and handcrafted wine.
As part of Vintner’s Circle Andover’s Grand Opening celebration, from May 10th to May 16th the wine making shop donated five percent of its sales to Coupons for the Community. Todd and Janine also encouraged their customers to bring in any extra coupons to be passed onto the charitable organization. The check, and the presentation ceremony, represented a common effort to help assist neighbors who have fallen upon tough times.
Vintner’s Circle Andover has partnered with Coupons for the Community to show support for a common cause: commitment to community. Coupons for the Community is a program designed to bring together volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who are committed to support fellow Americans, one community at a time, so that everyone may live with dignity and hope. Volunteers at the organization help stretch limited dollars through the strategic use of coupons. Through joint efforts, local food pantries are provided with more food and non-edible essentials, like toiletries and hygiene products, for people who need them the most.
At all of our Vintner’s Circle wine making shops, we recognize the importance of working within our communities. Each of our shops works with a special charity and restaurant, to build strong partnerships and support local organizations. We also encourage artists to feature their work in different Vintner’s Circle locations, rounding out a distinctive neighborhood experience.
Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
Las cosas claras y el chocolate espeso. (Ideas should be clear and chocolate thick.) ~ Spanish proverb
I like this Spanish proverb very much, not in small part because it makes me think of wine. I’ll explain briefly: chocolate comes from cocoa beans, which originated in the Americas. Spaniards, as the main European colonizers of the region, brought back the beans to Spain, where to this day they are celebrated in a thick, rich, creamy drink. One could argue that colonial trade, in fact, made wine better — previously, wine and ale were the only real drinks that were potable and storable, thus without much competition. European trade with places like the Americas and Arabia, though, brought a world of new beverages into play, like tea, coffee, and voluptuously delicious hot chocolate. Wine making had to be stepped up, so to speak, if wine were still to be a contender for the table. (more…)