Wine franchise laws are monopoly protection regulations to safeguard the distributor, and are currently in use in 22 US states. However, in the past decade or so, there have been multiple reports from wineries describing issues with distributors in wine franchise states as a result of these laws.
The Hotel Limitation Initiative calls for a limitation on the construction or expansion of hotels with more than 25 rooms until the City of Sonoma's annual hotel occupancy rate reaches 80 percent for the prior calendar year. The measure is sponsored by Preserving Sonoma, whose spokesperson is Larry Barnett, a former mayor.
Working with Corvina grapes, a team of Italian geneticists identified genes that help protect the fruit from the vagaries of the weather and could serve as a platform "for breeding new cultivars with improved adaptation to the environment," the team reports Friday in the journal Genome Biology.
Acquisition nearly doubles company's sales and significantly increases EBIT and free cash flow; Solidifies Constellation's position as the #1 multi-category supplier for beer, wine and spirits in the U.S.
Berkmann Wine Cellars managing director Rupert Berkmann was quoted by Harpers as saying that the move was prompted by the high quality of Drappier's wines and claimed the partnership was a natural fit.
A gene expression study of grapevine berries grown in different Italian vineyards has highlighted genes that help buffer the plants against environmental change and may explain the different quality performances of grapevine when grown in different "terroirs."
"I'll sell four or five $300 to $500 bottles every night," said Lorenz. "Above $500, a couple of bottles per month. For wines $1,000 and up, Americans don't order many, but some of our South American and Chinese clientele do."
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is counting on the idea that consumers want to know nearly as much about what's in their wine, beer or spirits as they do when they pick up a breakfast burrito in the grocery store.
Indulge in good conscience, knowing Wine Spectator recently ranked the Classic among the top ten wine auctions for charitable giving. Since its inception in 1985, CCWC has raised more than $2 million for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County.
The retreat by the Australian dollar since May has provided comfort to Casella Wines' bank lender, National Australia Bank, with a deal to restructure the winemakers' debt facilities expected to be signed by the end of the financial year.