Provisions from the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act were in the Senate version of the tax bill that was accepted by House conferees and added to the tax package released Friday night that's expected to be voted on by Congress this week. It would provide a new tiered system of tax credits for wineries, offering a $1 credit per gallon for the first 30,000 gallons produced; 90 cents for the next 100,000 gallons; and then 53.5 cents for up to 750,000 gallons, the equivalent of just over 315,000 cases annually. It also applies to imports. ... It would have another major impact by allowing wines with higher alcohol levels to be taxed at the lowest rate. A winery could receive a maximum tax credit of $451,700 annually under the bill, said Bobby Koch, president and chief executive of the Wine Institute. "I have been helping the wine industry for 25 years. I think this is as big of an achievement for the industry as I have been involved with."
U.S. wineries set new benchmark for direct-to-consumer shipments ... Notwithstanding a minor adjustment to WineJobs.com numbers, demand for sales and marketing positions as well as vineyard labor demand remained exceptional, rising 78% and 33%, respectively, versus a year ago. The activity drove the Winery Jobs Index 6% higher, to 190 for the month. Other subcategories saw activity fall, with direct-to-consumer positions (including tasting room and retail) dropping 29%
If anyone can make an artistic vision a reality it's the Byck family, known for its patronage of the arts and the mecca it created for artists on its 155 acres in Santa Rosa overlooking the Russian River Valley
Bronco Wine Company has completed construction on a 150,000 square foot rail shipping facility at its winery in Cerres to support Bivio Logistics, the company's logistics, consolidation and transportation service. Bivio's new rail freight service is launching for wineries with multi-store distribution in multiple markets. The new rail service from Bivio Transport and Logistics is slated to commence February 1.
The third-largest wildfire in modern California history was burning a massive swath from Santa Barbara to Ventura, fueled by intense Santa Ana winds. On Sunday morning, the San Fernando Valley was being hit by wind gusts topping 70 mph in some mountain areas
The facility would bring 78 non-harvest jobs to the area, and an additional 100 jobs for the 2020 harvest. The EIR will look at potential effects on agricultural resources, traffic, noise and aesthetics, as well as possible environmental risks. The facility would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week during harvest season from August through mid-November and 24 hours a day, five days a week the rest of the year
This year, Chateau Ste. Michelle celebrates its 50 year anniversary in grand style. After a $7 million dollar investment, a new visitor center opened in August, doubling in size and including an 80-seat modern theater with tasting tables plus an interactive blending room where guests can create their custom bottle from the winery's estate vineyards.
A 4,461 acre ranch on the eastern shore of Lake Berryessa in Napa County will be protected from development via an agricultural easement. The property, the Monticello Ranch, is owned by the owners of Alpha Omega Winery in the county's Rutherford region and Pete Craig, whose family owns Sacrashe Vineyard, also in Rutherford
Years ago, I wrote an article, titled "A California Zinfandel Tour," that described an imaginary road trip to taste good zinfandel wines from Paso Robles, Sonoma County, Napa Valley, Lodi and Mendocino County. Today, we can take another virtual California tour at one winery, the acclaimed Turley Wine Cellars in Templeton, near Paso Robles.
My local curry club recently invited me along to one of its regular outings to the Indian restaurants of the neighbourhood. I like to think it was my wit and good company that elicited the invitation, but I'm pretty sure it was because they were after some guidance on which wines to order.
The liquor law update allowed wine sales in grocery stores and convenience stores that sell beer. The measure loosens other blue laws, for example, by allowing state-run liquor stores to stay open on holidays and allowing casinos to sell booze 24 hours a day
The Hunter Valley has lost a wine industry icon with the death of Max Drayton on Saturday, aged 86. Born and raised in Pokolbin, Mr Drayton was a fourth generation vigneron, working in the family business since leaving school in 1946
China's second biggest e-commerce company, is upping its game in a bid to capture the attention of China's wealthy online shoppers by extending its Downtown Abbey-like, white-gloved delivery service to high-end wine purchases on its website
Five years ago, there were 17 tasting rooms around the plaza, the report said, noting a 35 percent increase in them while "traditional retail" shops declined by 14 percent, from 63 to 54 spaces over the same period.