With the canned wine category booming, longtime Sonoma friends Matthew Allan and Kenny Rochford have launched West + Wilder to offer high quality and accessible wines that can be enjoyed at release and on the go. Their debut collection includes a white and a rosé, as well as sparkling versions of both, with grapes sourced from California, Washington and Oregon. The elegant aluminum cans—three 8.4-ounce cans equal a traditional bottle of wine—are already being offered at high-end venues like the Pebble Beach Resort, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco and the Hollywood Bowl. A six-pack—three of two wine varieties—costs $35, a reasonable price for two bottles of wine. A case of 36 cans is $200. 

Skip the ballroom and take your meeting to sea!

 

California is one of the most abundant agricultural regions in the world, but a startling number of residents aren’t always sure where their next meal will come from. According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of food banks, one in eight Californians struggles with hunger. The situation is especially startling for children; one in five is food insecure.

Hunger is not a supply problem, it’s a logistics challenge. And the meetings and events industry is full of logistics-minded people who are in a position to chip away at it.

 

There’s gold—and a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed meeting center—in them thar hills.