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05/22/14

"We have really made a conscious effort over the last four years to move more towards digital," Chris Fehrnstrom, chief marketing officer of the wine and spirits division at Constellation Brands. "Unlike many other CPG categories we've made a more cognizant effort to engage in mobile whether it be through advertising or partnership on an application front.

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As promised, the panel took on many of those questions in the following redacted transcript. We hope you find the Replay, Tasting Room Slide deck, and the follow up questions below helpful in developing your own club and direct programs

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Assuming the position of Board Chair is Caroline Shaw, Executive Vice President and Chief Communications and Marketing Officer of Jackson Family Wines, the family-owned company that is the parent of beloved wineries such as Kendall-Jackson, La Crema, Cambria, Stonestreet and more than two dozen others across California and around the world

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Justin R. Morris, distinguished professor emeritus of the Institute of Food Science and Engineering at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville died May 19 at age 77. Morris, who received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Arkansas, earned a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1964. He returned to the University of Arkansas and began to research the production, harvesting and processing systems for different fruits-especially wine grapes.

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Tinhorn Creek is using a California-based company called Ship at Home to provide direct-to-consumer sales of many of its wines. Everest said the company made it easy for Tinhorn Creek by handling all label and other compliance issues, importing the wine to the United States and handling all shipping and fulfillment

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If the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors had solutions to impacts from increased winery visitation and direct-to-consumer sales on the Napa Valley, they opted not to reveal their cards in a standing-room-only hearing Tuesday.

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"It is jeopardizing fruit growing in California," said Dennis Baldocchi, a biometeorologist at UC Berkeley and lead author of the study. "We're getting much lower yields."

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Energy Information Administration officials told reporters on Wednesday that they are cutting their estimate of how much oil can be drawn out of California's massive Monterey Shale formation by a whopping 96 percent.

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... given the preliminary buzz, this product won't just launch, but fly. Underwood's canned wine has already been featured everywhere from Fast Company to Fox News, from Forbes to Buzzfeed. And it hasn't even hit the market yet.

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"Given the standards of the Times, I've always presumed that Batali, despite his many obligations as a famous chef, writes his blurbs about wine and mixed drinks all by himself. ... "

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You loved that wine, but you can't remember its name. It was a white wine, but was it Sauvignon Blanc or Semillon? There was a horse on the label and it had a natural cork. That's all that you can remember though, so how are you going to find that wine again?

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The Long Island Merlot Alliance (LIMA) announced the formation of the Merliance Wine Trail to celebrate the release of its highly anticipated 2011 Merliance cooperative red blend.

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Celebrating the world's most popular grape variety, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County-based Avalon Winery has debuted a sleek new wine and package design for its 2012 California AVA designated Cabernet Sauvignon, known as CAB.

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Jean-Charles Boisset, proprietor of Boisset Family Estates, and his wife, Gina Gallo, winemaker for Gallo Signature Series Wines, were awarded the Chuck Smith Award for Global Entrepreneurship by the John F. Kennedy's University's Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership.

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The Sonoma County Winegrowers will hold its Annual Grower Seminar, Tradeshow and Barbecue on Friday, June 6, 2014, from 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Warren G. Dutton Pavilion at Shone Farm, 7450 Steve Olson Way, Forestville, CA.

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band Opens Series on June 28

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Red wine could help fight off dental cavities and tooth loss by slowing the growth of bacteria, a recent study has concluded

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a long-awaited bill to improve inland waterway infrastructure and advance efficiency of shipping agricultural goods within the U.S.

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Pesticide use by winemakers is under extra scrutiny in Bordeaux after several school children were briefly hospitalised by suspected exposure to fungicide from a nearby vineyard.

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University of Arizona agricultural meteorologist Paul Brown says current long-range weather forecasts suggest a warm weather bias this summer along with a possible above-normal monsoon precipitation followed by a potentially wet El Niño winter in the West.

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Three US college students have claimed to have invented the world's first alcoholic malt beverage capable of preventing a hangover.

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A British court has dissolved two wine investment companies that preyed on investors who had already been stung.

05/22/14

A first look at vintage quality Down Under, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

05/22/14

People who drink fine-quality beverages like craft brews and fine wine seem to prefer these beverages at cool, not cold temperatures. At such levels, the aromas and tastes are accessible and allow a slow enjoyment of the nuances to replace the rapid downing that occurs with so much commodity beer and wine. (Ever see anyone swirl a can of beer?)

05/22/14

Voters passed a county-wide ban on genetically engineered plants here May 20 by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. The ordinance says crops such as Roundup Ready alfalfa and commercial sugarbeet seed plots with GMO cultivars must be removed from Jackson County within one year.

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as it turns out, grape vines are a drought tolerant plant

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Central Valley farmers expect one-third less irrigation water in a state that leads the nation in the production of fruits, vegetables and nuts. The report estimates 6 percent of farmland in the Central Valley - or 410,000 acres - could go unplanted because of cuts in water deliveries. A more detailed report is due out this summer.

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Because of this season's early start, Sangha is expecting earlier-than-usual pressure from insects. In mid-May he applied abamectin to control mites and plans to follow up with an additional treatment, if needed, in four to six weeks.

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Morrisons is to deliver chilled wine direct to consumers' doors as part of changes being made to its online business.

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Forget the winding gravel road, the bucolic scenery and the neat rows of vines; Union Wine Co. is tucked into the back of a Tualatin industrial yard. Visitors must navigate past massive stacks of steel pilings to find any evidence of winemaking.

05/22/14

When it comes to the Minnesota wine scene, the news is all good. Not only are the state's wineries cranking out better fermented juice, especially with University of Minnesota-developed grapes, but local shelves have been augmented beautifully with new brands, thanks to intrepid wholesalers large and small.

05/22/14

For many products, the term "unfiltered" may not sound appetizing. But for wines, "unfiltered" can be a sign of quality, one born of risks. Chris Millard, the winemaker at Newton Vineyards, sees an unfiltered wine as a wine left intact.

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The grape leafhopper is a pest of grapes in the San Joaquin, Sacramento, and North Coast valleys, as well as in the warmer, interior Central Coastal valleys. The variegated leafhopper is the major pest of grapes in southern California and in the Central Valley as far north as San Joaquin County.

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Wine Searcher editor Rebecca Gibb considers the findings of new research that suggests tasters' opinions on wine are influenced by others.

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When Cynthia and David Enns started Laughing Stock Vineyards on the Naramata Bench in British Columbia's Okanagan in 2003, they were advised to start small, a strategy that worked for them in several ways. They were new to the business, still working their day jobs in the financial services sector. And they had a lot to learn about growing grapes.

05/22/14

"We're just bringing that industry back," said Doug Mabry, executive director of the Vineyard and Winery Association of West Georgia. "Wine making is the hottest thing in Georgia agribusiness right now. The University of Georgia people are behind us and the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Department of Economic Development are interested in what we're doing."

05/22/14

"It's long overdue for Montgomery County to get out of the beer, wine and spirits business," Franchot said in a prepared statement released later Wednesday. "It's an outdated, inconvenient and inefficient system of public alcohol control that severely inhibits consumer choice and causes unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles for small businesses."

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Ah, rosé. The nectar of summer. Or as the creators of the meme Yes Way Rosé like to call it: #summerwater. The idea began as an inside joke after two best friends, Erica Blumenthaland Nikki Huganir, realized that they were exclusively drinking rosé.

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Winemaker Treasury Wine Estates says 175 jobs will go as it moves to invest more heavily in marketing and promoting its brands.

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We have heard from several customers who have recently traveled to wine country about the seemingly relentless increase in tasting room fees and restrictions on who is allowed to taste. We do understand the dilemma for winery owners. As travel to wine country has become more popular and Americans embrace the wine culture, the costs to wineries continue to climb. Pouring even small tasting samples for the growing crowds is an expensive proposition, both in wine and tasting room staff.

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The U.S. Interior Department said Tuesday it doesn't want federal irrigation water being used to grow marijuana in Washington, Colorado or anywhere else. But the practical effects of the policy remain unclear: The Bureau of Reclamation said only that it would refer any violations to the Justice Department, and it seems unlikely that the Justice Department would target irrigation districts for supplying the water when it's not going after the people who are actually growing the pot.

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After water officials told the City Council Tuesday that Napa has enough water to last through at least another year of drought, several council members expressed interest in possibly selling water to American Canyon - a city that is currently struggling to meet this year's need

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With less than a couple weeks away until this year's Bottle Rock Napa 2014 Festival, we wanted to make sure you have your days planned ahead

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the luxury Sausalito hotel Casa Madrona has commissioned and launched a custom-built drone that can deliver up to three bottles of Champagne to guests staying in its most exclusive accommodation

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Wines from Bordeaux's most critically acclaimed vintages rose quickly in value during the first couple of decades after release, but wines from mediocre or poor vintages eventually caught up with the great ones, according to research published by the University of Cambridge this week

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Nearly 80% of California Chardonnay grapes come from Wente Vineyards?

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Fish when drunk become hyperactive, swim faster and exhibit aggressive behavior which elevates them to the status of leader among their sober tank mates, according to a recent study