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04/06/18

Labor and Water Issues Top the Agenda

04/06/18

When it comes to improving the tasting room experience, how much is enough to lift the bottom line? According to three Central Coast executives who've led their teams to increased direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales, the answer lies in implementing calculated changes, some large and some small, both internally to staff and externally to the guest

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Kevin O'Brien of Zepponi & Co., which brokered the deal, said that by case volume, the Acrobat sale to Foley was the largest brand transaction ever in Oregon wine. Foley Family Wines, with dozens of brands, is owned by billionaire Bill Foley, who made his money building big title insurance businesses and is also the majority owner of the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League.

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Spadarotto brings more than 30 years of industry experience to FNWE, having held general management and senior executive roles with Jackson Family Farms, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and, most recently, at Francis Ford Coppola Presents

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Patz & Hall, one of California's leading wineries for vineyard-designated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year with a series of events at the Sonoma House at Patz & Hall and across the country.

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Effective April 2nd, China has increased the tariff on U.S. wine imports by 15%. This action was taken in retaliation for U.S. government trade actions on steel and aluminum. This will increase the total tariff and tax paid on a bottle of U.S. wine imported into China from 48.2% to 67.7%. Chile, Georgia and New Zealand wines enter China tariff-free and only pay the 27% combined tax rate. Australian wines will be tariff free starting in 2019. For more information on the tariffs, please see the report prepared by USDA.

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The move threatens to unravel efforts by top U.S. and Chinese trade officials to lower the heat and reach an agreement that could stave off an escalating conflict

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Commodity organizations urge the Trump administration to back off unilateral tariffs and engage China in responsible trade negotiations.

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The new shop at 2358 Fillmore St., formerly the footwear boutique Gimme Shoes, will open May 12. Sommelier Eric Railsback will be the S.F. shop's director of operations

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The brightly-colored Cupcake Vineyards PopTail Shop features a rotating display of Cupcake wines and custom ice pop flavors ...

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For exceptional operational improvements in warehousing and distribution management

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"Steve has contributed to the overall success of the Napa grape growing community in many ways"

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When Napa Valley restaurants support local wineries, it helps contribute to the region's economic vitality. The Napa Valley wine industry and related businesses create 46,000 local jobs and provide an economic impact of more than $13 billion in Napa County

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The new highway funding would come through approval of Regional Measure 3 in the nine-county Bay Area, which would raise tolls on the region's state-owned bridges by $1. But it would cover only a small fraction of the estimated $1 billion to $4 billion cost of rebuilding a modern Highway 37 that could accommodate traffic and withstand the rising sea levels along the edge of San Pablo Bay. Caltrans has said conventional state and highway funding won't allow a Highway 37 project to get underway for another 70 years. Alternatives include future tolls on the highway and even turning over a stretch of the troubled route to a private operator. Meanwhile, a recent UC Davis review projects climate change could raise sea levels in San Pablo Bay to a point of regularly overtaking the roadway with water by 2050, and full submersion by 2100.

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2015 is another terrific vintage for Washington State that has yielded ripe, yet also pure and focused wines that will benefit from short-term cellaring

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Two local wineries bring "a bit of wine country" to Old Town Newhall

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This annual conference, coordinated by Minnesota District 11 Agri-Women, includes presentations on a wide variety of topics, including agriculture policy, advocacy, technology, professional development, and marketing. It has become known for its quality programming, leadership development, and networking.

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Roanoke parent company, Munich Re, has adopted proprietary technology and analytics solutions developed by eProvenance, including the eProvenance Score, which clearly indicates whether a shipment has come through in good condition or has been damaged, not just whether it has experienced problematic temperatures.

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Another extremely warm and moist atmospheric river, with a moisture transport corridor originating near the Hawaiian Islands (hence, "Pineapple Express"), is once again steaming toward California.

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Trouble could be on the horizon for small US wineries looking to export.

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Josephine County is in a prime marijuana-producing region of southern Oregon.

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Food|Waves, a nonprofit organization based in Milwaukie, Ore., strives to teach people how to grow their own healthy, nutritious and local food.

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Private-equity firm The Carlyle Group agreed to buy Australian vintner Accolade Wines Ltd. for 1 billion Australian dollars (US$772 million), gaining a portfolio of popular mass-market brands.

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Hundreds of stolen bottles of fine wine worth hundreds of thousands of euros have been returned to a top French chef, police said on Thursday

04/06/18

Merchant Grands Vins de Gironde has been found guilty of wrongly labelling significant quantities of Bordeaux appellation wine and must pay a 200,000 fine, according to reports. Reporting by Chris Mercer and Yohan Castaing

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Four companies making wines for under €3.00 a bottle have 85 percent of the business, while the EU-subsidised wineries - as many as 100, with an estimated 30,000 ha of vineyards between them - all jostle to be in the top 15 percent

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The future home of "Velvet Freeze Daiquiris" next to Smaxx on 18th and Vine is a work in progress

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Zepponi & Co. served as financial advisors to the owners of King Estate Winery in the sale of the Acrobat brand. King Estate will remain independently owned by the King family and continues to be Oregon's largest family owned estate winery.

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Robert Haas, a maverick in his own right, helped expand the store into what would become - after being sold to a rival in 1965 - Sherry-Lehmann Wine and Spirits, one of the best-known wine retailers in the United States. He also founded Vineyard Brands, a leading wine importer. And, at 62, he embarked on a high-risk, long-haul venture as a California vintner

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The Master of None actor talked about the weird and wild new wines he's making. Plus, a new docu on the comeback of an ancient wine style, and another Parks and Rec alum heads to wine country ...