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A Little Family Called Benziger

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A Little Family Called Benziger

The beautiful Benziger Family Winery was founded over 30 years ago when members of the family introduced a new light into the world of wine, making green farming mainstream. They value three things: family, wonderful wine, and a healthy vineyard. You cannot visit the winery without indulging in all those values. From their warming staff, to memorable wines and beautiful landscape, Benziger tops the charts when it comes to Sonoma Valley destinations. 

Working with people who cherish the same things we do is a blessing, that is why we love having Benziger as one of our Clients. They make the job feel less like work and more like a fun and rewarding hobby. We have had the honor of working closely with their marketing and design departments on product and on location photography, wine club newsletters, and even their annual holiday catalog.

Designing newsletters has always been a secret favorite of ours because we get to step away from some of our normal projects and bring a little more creativeness to the Design. Whether that be experimenting with different colors, layouts, shapes and fonts; do not get me wrong we do that with other projects as well, but newsletters always bring a little extra fun and challenge to us. This spring we even got to dive into designing newsletters for the sister winery, Imagery. The Design for Imagery took a more modern approach which was refreshing. See the finished product below! 

Not only did we design the newsletters for Imagery and Benziger this spring, we also got the chance to do the Photography for the annual Annual Holiday Catalog as well, which expanded on the newsletter design elements and provided something special for members to enjoy when they open their delicious box of wines

Of course you cannot have Design without Photography! We are lucky to have Benziger utilize us for Photography as well. We love visiting the winery itself and it is way more fun doing a photoshoot on location than in the studio. The last two years we shot on location for their holiday catalogs and even for a Food & Wine Magazine. Every chance we get we love going out to the winery because the people are great, the wines are spectacular and the landscape is breathtaking. 

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Case Study: St. Francis Winery

Transforming your Wine Club Newsletter
into a Custom Magazine Your Clients will Love

Struggling to develop NEW content for your wine club newsletters and shipment inserts? Wine Country Lifestyle magazine was developed by Left Coast Marketing to help wineries promote their brand story, products, recipes, and events to their customers and wine club members. Each issue is personalized with regional lifestyle articles and a fully customized cover and center spread for the winery. Read below to hear more about how one of our clients transformed their wine club shipment materials with Wine Country Lifestyle magazine.

When St. Francis Winery signed on as a partner with Wine Country Lifestyle magazine, their goal was not only to minimize the amount of loose literature that was being shipped in club member shipments but to also provide members a more robust visual piece that represents their brand.

“We didn’t really have a newsletter.  What we use to do with our shipments is put a letter in the box that talked about the wines they were receiving, including tech information – and then we also had tech cards and a recipe for each wine. It was a lot of paper and we were looking for something different to spruce it up and give our members something more cohesive,” said Erica Gomez, Senior Marketing Specialist. 
“What we had originally also didn’t really say anything visually about who we are and what we do,” she added. 

St Francis Winery was able to work with Wine Country Lifestyle staff to personalize the magazine to fit their winery brand and pair feature articles on regionally specific lifestyle content developed for the wine enthusiast. This quarterly publication helped them to combine several marketing solutions: a quarterly newsletter, a wine catalog, and a club member gift that members can enjoy until their next shipment.

“There were a lot of pieces that weren’t as much as a problem in-house as it was for the shipping and making sure the right pieces landed in the right boxes. The magazine allows us to streamline that process,” said Erica.

Although the magazine is still new to some staff and club members, St Francis Winery has received positive feedback on the change. 

“We have received some good feedback from people,” said Wine Club Manager Leyburn Skonberg, “I also try to get the staff to show it to visitors in the tasting room that are interested in being club members, to let them know that they receive this nice collateral with their shipment.” 

Not only does Wine Country Lifestyle magazine offer a personalized magazine for wine club shipments, the magazine can also be digitally distributed to a winery’s entire mailing list. 

For more information on how to boost club member retention and wine club reorders through Wine Country Lifestyle magazine, visit www.leftcoastmarketing.com.

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