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10/18/18

Rob Sands, the CEO of Corona maker Constellation Brands, is stepping down. He will hand over the reins to the company's president and chief operating officer, Bill Newlands, in March, the company said Wednesday. Once Newlands becomes CEO, Sands will become Constellation Brands' executive chair, replacing his brother Richard Sands. Richard Sands will become executive vice chair.

10/18/18

Following the July 6, 2018 launch of the Porto Protocol by President Barack Obama, US Vice-President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore will address the wine industry and its supporters March 5-7, 2019 at Portugal's Alfandega Conference Centre in Porto of the challenges the wine world faces due to climate change during the Climate Change Leadership Porto - Solutions for the Wine Industry conference (CCL-Porto19).

10/18/18

Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, today announced Bill Newlands will assume the role of president and chief executive officer (CEO), succeeding current CEO Rob Sands, on March 1, 2019. Also effective March 1, 2019, Rob Sands will assume the role of executive chair. Richard Sands, who is currently serving in the role of executive chair, will assume the role of executive vice chair on March 1, 2019.

10/18/18

The brand The Prisoner Wine Co. has a permanent home - the renovated old Franciscan winery on Highway 29 near St. Helena.

10/18/18

The 2018 harvests in Europe are winding down and crush estimates are ratcheting up: now at 46.7 million hectolitres for France, 48-plus million hectolitres for Spain, while northern Italy's crush is also expected to be big. With Spain and Italy vying to be most competitive on generics, prices across the board are trending downward. The picture on quality is more complicated, with spring mildew, intense midsummer heat and lower than normal late season temperatures inhibiting alcohol levels and, on the reds, color.

10/18/18

In a region where tech industry titans are as common as the area's nightmarish traffic, it takes a lot for someone to stand out as truly legendary.

10/18/18

Lodi likely wouldn't have the diversity it enjoys today were it not for Richard "Rip" Ripken and his desire to learn and experiment.

10/18/18

The bestselling wine brand in California isn't from California. It's not Josh or Barefoot or Coppola, or Two-Buck Chuck.

10/18/18

New Jersey is one of only two states in the nation that prohibits certain wineries from being allowed to ship direct to consumers. The big news is that opening up this free market channel will potentially generate millions in tax and registration revenue to the state.

10/18/18

A coalition calling itself Free the Grapes is pushing legislation that would allow major wine producers to ship bottles of their alcoholic libations directly to consumers in New Jersey.

10/18/18

Soft drink giant Coca-Cola has made an embarrassing mix up in an advertisement for its popular drink.

10/18/18

Pernod Ricard's first quarter figures revealed strong growth underpinned by China and India the Asian markets.

10/18/18

Debunking myths about Californian wines and driving premiumisation of wine exports are key to retaining American wines' relevance in the Chinese market amid challenging times according to Christopher Beros, Asia director of the California Wine Institute.

10/18/18

Traditionally slow to adapt, the wine industry is embracing tech tools of augmented and virtual reality to give consumers an experience they've never had.

10/18/18

Bibendum Wine has revealed the first two candidates to come out of its Wine Minds Apprenticeship initiative.

10/18/18

Ray Nadeson is arguably Australia's most detailed and avant-garde winemaker.

10/18/18

First, an update on the sommelier scandal that dominated the wine world's news cycle last week: There is no update. Or rather, there's no big update.

10/18/18

10/18/18

Michelle Brampton is taking over as the new managing director for Treasury Wine Estates' UK and European business from November 1.

10/18/18

The other day, a 73-year-old bottle of French Burgundy wine sold at an auction for $558,000. It was expected to go for "just" $32,000.

10/18/18

Today's weather is not unusual for southern Idaho. We average more than 200 days of sunshine every year and more Idahoans are taking advantage of that free source of energy to help the environment and save money, like a soon-to-be solar-powered winery.

10/18/18

Rachel and Sami Ruddick are sisters, best friends, roommates-and they run a business together.

10/18/18

An Alternative for Germany politician is in trouble over a photo of her posing in front of wine bottles featuring Adolf Hitler. The stunt may now cost her a seat in the Berlin parliament.

10/18/18

Speaking exclusively to db on Tuesday 16 October, Rolland recorded a remarkable turnaround in the character of Malbec from Cahors over a period from 1988 to now, commenting that when he first arrived in the region, the approaches to viticulture and winemaking were Medieval.

10/18/18

10/18/18

The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Foundation and the Wente Foundation for Arts Education are pleased to announce that together they raised $325,000 for under-served East Bay children at the 24th annual Livermore Valley Wine Auction on September 29, 2018.

10/18/18

World-renowned Italian media company, Gambero Rosso, kicks off its 2019 U.S. Trade & Media Tour on February 27. The eight-city U.S. tour, open to all media professionals and current members of the wine trade, will feature wines from over 200 Italian wineries.

10/18/18

Tom Klein, Proprietor of Rodney Strong Wine Estates and a third-generation California farmer, today unveiled Rowen Wine Company, a new venture that celebrates the pioneering American West and a bold and innovative approach to winemaking.

10/18/18

King Estate Winery and Willamette Valley Vineyards have teamed up to help winegrowers whose grape contracts were abruptly cancelled by the California producer of Elouan. The two wineries have purchased as much stranded wine grapes as possible, paying the full contracted rates to help the growers.

10/18/18

The Arbor Day Foundation, CHEP and Brambles, CHEP's parent company and a global supply-chain logistics leader operating in more than 60 countries, have announced a partnership that will plant trees in the United States and France. At a recent event, Brambles and CHEP kicked off the partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation by donating $75,000 to begin the reforestation projects. As part of their commitment, Brambles and CHEP will plant 60,000 trees in the Mississippi River Valley and 5,000 trees in the Landes region of France this year.

10/18/18

Watermill winery is pleased to announce the launch of our new concept, Hallowed Stones ™. This multi stage project includes a new label with the Estate designation from the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater, a new dedicated tasting and special event facility in the heart of the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater, and additional vineyard plantings in The Rocks District scheduled for 2019 and 2020.

10/18/18

Today, WX Brands, a top 20 wine company, announces its purchase of the Reckless Love and Sunday Funday wine brands. Reckless Love and Sunday Funday wines join WX Brands' group of winning brands that include Bread & Butter, Chronic Cellars, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, Jelly Jar and Our Daily Wines.

10/18/18

The 2019 Kaiser Permanente has added a new Half Marathon and the Start Line for the Inaugural Run will be located at Conn Creek Winery on the Silverado Trail. Napa Valley Marathon Board President James Cotter said, in making the announcement, "The Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon has been exploring the addition of a half marathon for several years and we are very excited to be able to work with Conn Creek Winery to stage the half marathon at their front door. Half marathons are very popular races and it is wonderful to be able to offer one in the beautiful Napa Valley."