As the earliest-ripening North Coast winegrapes barely enter the home stretch for the season, the 2013 crop is expected to start coming in to wineries a few weeks earlier than normal, possibly be smaller than the record-setting 2012 crop yet seemingly welcomed with a bit more tepid though active buying activity than last year.
Free Flow Wines is quadrupling the size of its keg-filling operation in a move to southern Napa Valley to keep up with demand for providing wine to on-premise accounts in a format that allows for more sales and less waste.
A rare estate wine at a value price point, this first release is a 2012 Chardonnay made exclusively of fruit from their famed cool-climate Paragon Vineyard. It is SIP Certified Sustainably grown, and made in a full-bodied, oaky, tropical style.
An Angwin-area winery will increase its production from 5,000 gallons to 20,000 gallons annually, while a winery near Calistoga has approval to have up to 126 visitors per week. The Napa County Planning Commission approved both changes during its meeting Wednesday.
The New Hampshire Liquor Commission had its best year ever in fiscal year 2013, generating $603.5 million in total sales, an increase of $38.9 million - or 6.9 percent - over the previous fiscal year, according to figures released Monday for the year ending June 30.
Rabobank has published a new report on the global wine industry, looking specifically at the long-term positive outlook for the Brazilian wine market, despite inflationary, fiscal and market access challenges. The report also looks at issues of demand, supply and pricing in other key wine markets globally.
Wine has successfully penetrated the local market: it is now bought in 75 percent of Argentine households. That means one million more buyers choose wine over beer -which is purchased by 67 percent of households.
The UK drinks industry is fast becoming one of the hottest areas of investment, with wineries and brewers finding increasingly innovative ways to raise money. Gone are the days where the only place a drinks producer could get a loan was from the bank.
Opponents and supporters of a small Acampo winery hoping to expand in order to hold more marketing events will speak in front of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors during a meeting in Stockton this afternoon
"This is a milestone in the journey we began with our partners six years ago," said Diageo Asia Pacific president Gilbert Ghostine. "As the controlling shareholder in Shuijingfang, Diageo will continue to work with the senior Chinese management to build Shuijingfang into the leading international baijiu brand."