In another potentially historic case, McLane Company Inc., which has sold food products in Texas sine since the 1980s through the AmeriServ and McLane Foodserice trademarks, has called into question Texas' "One Share Rule," by filing a complaint with the Texas Alcohol Control Board (TACB) in Austin. Its parent company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., owns a two-percent share in Walmart and doesn't believe that this is a justifiable reason for McLane not to be able to distribute alcoholic beverage in Texas.
The sale will close a chapter in Sonoma County winemaking circles. Hambrecht in 2011 teamed up with vintner Phil Hurst and winemaker Paul Dolan to form Truett-Hurst Inc., which became a publicly traded company designed to manufacture private and custom labels to large retailers
While V2 Wine Group has a California-geared portfolio, president Dan Leese sees ample room for expansion in Oregon, Washington and the import segment. In the second part of this interview, Leese looks at those opportunities, as well as the changes wrought by the twin waves of wholesale and retail consolidation across the U.S. wine market
Bay Area Development Co. announced it has completed financial funding for Wine Country Cases in Napa. The financing allowed the custom wine box fabricator to create 50 new, local jobs and to purchase a 78,612-square-foot building located at 612 Airpark Road in Napa
Canada turns 150 next year and the Vancouver International Wine Festival (VIWF) has invited the wine world to the party. And the wine world has responded: the 2017 festival will feature more than 100 international wineries and about 75 Canadian wineries at Canada's premier wine show. The Canadian lineup includes wineries from British Columbia, Ontario and, for the first time, Nova Scotia. The 39th annual VIWF takes place February 11 to 17 and features a projected 1,600 wines from 16 countries; the theme is The Wine World Celebrates Canada. The winery lineup will be announced in the fall.
Casa Agricola Alexandre Relvas, the family-owned Portuguese producer with two highly-rated wine estates, has entered into an agreement with family owned-and-operated fine wine import, marketing and sales company Quintessential, to represent their wines in the US.
The Wahluke Slope is an 81,000-acre region surrounded on three sides by the Columbia River. Annually, it can be counted on as one of the warmest agricultural areas in Washington. Today, about 9,000 acres of wine grapes are grown on the Wahluke Slope.
TeSóAria owner/winemaker John Olson now prefers a vegan lifestyle, and since he owns the Portland winery, he's in a position to put some of his money where his mouth is. Last month, Olson began offering a tapas-style vegan menu each Thursday night at his tasting room in the Boise neighborhood of northeast Portland. It's a delicious touch of irony for a winemaker whose best-known wine is called Bull's Blood.
Their description of Paso Robles reads, "Despite its size-32,000 acres of grapes, and 11 AVAs growing 40 varietals that can be sampled in more than 200 tasting rooms, most of which are family owned-the vibe is nothing if not laid-back. The historic town square is circled by shops and chef-owned restaurants. Highway 46 is a bucolic drive with more than a dozen wineries that pour in barns, cafes, underground caves, and cattle ranches."
Saralee's Vineyard, 200 acres the couple planted in 1989, grew to offer some of the best grapes in the Russian River Valley. Jackson Family Wines, having sourced its pinot noir and chardonnay grapes from the Kundes, bought the Windsor property in 2012. Now the Santa Rosa-based company plans to open the property and the refurbished barn to visitors as the La Crema Estate at Saralee's Vineyard. The estate is the latest example of how longtime wineries are feeling pressure to up their game for a better and more customized visitor experience.
Though not as dire as the West Coast drought of five-years running, the dry, hot weather has stressed farms and gardens, prompted water restrictions and bans in many towns and threatened to bring more wildfires than usual.
Takeaways from Napa Valley's 10th annual organic grapegrowing conference last week. Napa Valley Grapegrowers says it's the only annual conference of its type in the country, where growers can explain to each other how to give up the Roundup
Australia's wine sector recorded increases in the average purchase price of winegrapes and its overall crush this year, according to the Vintage Report 2016 released yesterday at the 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference