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Wednesday, October 17th

06/01/18

The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset manager, has completed its acquisition of Australia's largest wine company, Accolade Wines.

06/01/18

The firm is working with Evercore Partners Inc. to weigh options including a sale of a piece of its holding company to an outside investor, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren't authorized to speak publicly. No decision has been made, and GI Partners could opt to remain entirely independent, they said.

06/01/18

The Winebow Group, a leading national importer and distributor of fine wine and spirits, is pleased to announce the appointments of Dean Ferrell as the company's President and Chief Executive Officer and Ian Downey to the newly created position of Executive Vice President of Winebow Imports. These appointments position the company for continued growth and evolution in the dynamic and rapidly changing wine and spirits industry.

06/01/18

Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, located in Clermont, and San Sebastian Winery, located in St. Augustine, announced a voluntary recall after learning there may be glass shards inside wine bottles. It only applies to certain date codes of Lakeridge Winery Southern Red, Southern White, and Cabernet Sauvignon, and San Sebastian Winery Vintners Red and Vintners White.

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It continues to grow in popularity as the state's No. 3 red grape after cabernet sauvignon and merlot.

06/01/18

SB 606 and AB 1668 establish guidelines for efficient water use and a framework for the implementation and oversight of the new standards, which must be in place by 2022. The two bills strengthen the state's water resiliency in the face of future droughts with provisions that include:

06/01/18

Screaming Eagle's spiraling bid remains an enigma for those curious about California's so-called "cult cabernet" and its ability to fetch ridiculous amounts of money.

06/01/18

Central Coast city embraces winemaking and wine tasting growth, inside and outside city limits

06/01/18

As Sonoma County Winegrowers move closer to their goal of becoming the nation's first 100% sustainable wine region in 2019, it is adding an experienced sustainable veteran to its team with the hiring of Dana Cappelloni as its new Director of Sustainability and Grower Education.

06/01/18

The Fed is expected to boost interest rates for a second time this year when it meets in June.

06/01/18

A Thursday email from the Napa County Farm Bureau told members it had been informed that ICE inspections were taking place in Napa that day. Members were directed to a blog post from the Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty law firm of Napa and Santa Rosa, breaking down how employers should handle such inspections.

06/01/18

Honorary chairs of the charity food and wine classic, based at Charles Krug Winery and Meadowood Napa Valley Resort, are Alycia, Angelina, Riana and Giovanna Mondavi, great-granddaughters of Cesare and Rosa. The four sisters, in their 20s and 30s, are the youngest honorary chairs of Auction Napa Valley in its history.

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The 4,000 acres of vineyards, known for producing full bodied pinot noirs, spans from northern Marin County to southern Sonoma County and includes vineyards along Lakeville Highway and the slopes of Sonoma Mountain. This week, officials and wine makers gathered to celebrate the new AVA at one such hillside vineyard overlooking Penngrove and a flat notch in the coastal hills that allows the ocean breeze to funnel through and keep the region cool.

06/01/18

Wine Australia and Chinese multinational e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to better showcase Australian wine on the world's fastest growing e-commerce platform, Tmall. The MoU complements Wine Australia's investment in China's e-commerce sector as part of the Australian Government's $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package (the $50m Package).

06/01/18

The USDA is requesting the World Trade Organization (WTO) establish a dispute settlement panel to look into whether grocery store wine sale regulations in British Columbia unfairly favor Canadian wine over imported wine.

06/01/18

Host country China wins 68 percent more medals; 30 percent of organic and biodynamic entries won an award

06/01/18

A combined 7,100 hectares were affected by two hailstorms on 26th May, including 3,400 hectares that were 80% destroyed.

06/01/18

The Labor Department releases its latest view of the job market Friday. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expect it to show employers added 190,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate held steady at 3.9%, the lowest level since December 2000.

06/01/18

Experts say the dizzying evolution of Oregon's marijuana industry may well be a cautionary tale for California.

06/01/18

Authorities say seven wildfires in Northern California have burned about 500 acres of grass and there are reports that some large barn-like buildings in the rural area have been torched

06/01/18

Agriculture is a $557 million industry in the Klamath Basin

06/01/18

The back and forth on tariff threats with China has left U.S. agriculture in a tenuous wait-and-see position.

06/01/18

Case study that speaks to challenges that all small producers face

06/01/18

This year, Craft Beverage Expo hosts two critical events for independent producers. Craft Beverage Distribution Conference will feature education focused entirely on distribution for small and independent alcoholic producers.

06/01/18

A wine producer in Argentina is selling their entire 2018 vintage as a wine-backed crypto asset and has said it will open its books to become an 'open source' winery.

06/01/18

Speaking to the drinks business during a recent trip to Porto, Bridge said: "Port's value sales are growing but volume is declining. In the past Port has been the cheapest wine available in some markets, which is not good or sustainable.

06/01/18

The appellation is divided by the Dentelles de Montmirail, a small mountain range at 400 metres altitude that greatly influences winegrowing across the Giogondas appellation. The vines are planted on marl and limestone from the Cretaceous period and are covered in limestone scree, east of the "Col du Cayron".

06/01/18

Global drinks producer Diageo is thought to be selling off a raft of US-focused spirits brands, including Goldschlager and Myer's Rum, estimated to be worth up to US$1 billion.

06/01/18

Auction Napa Valley, an annual event staged by Napa Valley Vintners to aid educational and community health non-profits, has opened the first of its three-pronged bidding extravaganza - an "e-bidder experience" offering up more than 250 lots of wines and what NVV calls "culinary and hospitality adventures".

06/01/18

Champagne Drappier unveiled its 'Immersion' project in Hong Kong during Vinexpo this week, with Michel Drappier stating that the "perfect conditions" achieved underwater help to slow down ageing, similar to cooking meat by poaching rather than pan-frying.

06/01/18

Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck has announced the appointment of Séverine Frerson as its new cellar master, as former incumbent, Régis Camus, takes up the role of cellar master of Piper-Heidsieck's Rare Champagne.

06/01/18

Known for its flagship Pauillac-based Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) is looking to leverage the U.S. market's increasing thirst for entry-level Bordeaux with its accessibly priced Légende range.

06/01/18

With Brexit D-Day less than a year away, this year's Wine and Spirit Trade Association-hosted briefing at the London Wine Fair (LWF) promised a glimpse at how the trade is preparing for life after Brexit.

06/01/18

Brexit-related inflation is hitting drinkers of cheaper and less well-known Champagnes hardest in the UK as sales of entry-level bottles continue to fall, while bigger name brands and more expensive cuvées are faring better.

06/01/18

The highest-reviewed bottles of wine come from Coshocton, Ohio, according to an analysis of CellarTracker reviews by RewardExpert.

06/01/18

Florida company Seavin recalled some of its bottled wines after learning they "may contain small grains or bits of glass," the company recall notice states.

06/01/18

There was even more reason to celebrate this year, as Northern California emerges from the devastating wildfires that affected parts of Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties last fall. Local communities are still rebuilding. The fires also brought vintners closer together. "The sense of community has gotten stronger," said Steve Distler, winemaker at Jack winery in Napa Valley and his own label, Arnyca.

06/01/18

Fineman, who became the world's 25th female Master Sommelier last fall, and husband Gaither, who hopes to pass his Master certification this summer, are setting up a little place of their own in Dogpatch: A wine-focused restaurant and small retail shop to be called Ungrafted. The hospitality veterans - and new parents - hope to open at 2419 3rd Street in late summer or early fall.

06/01/18

Wine expert Robert Joseph points to a future where blends suited to mass consumer tastes replace vintages, glass closures replace cork and screw cap, robots pick grapes, and wine shops offer experiences like modern bookstores

06/01/18

You are a congressman whose friend has a business proposition: Invest in a Napa Valley winery that looks to be a good bet. You join more than 50 people who also invest in the business. Good wine is produced, and the winery even has a laudable fund-raising program for charity. Things are going great and the years roll by. Then something decidedly uncool happens: One of the winery's employees says she was made to pour wine for rich men out for a charity cruise on the San Francisco Bay on the company yacht. Along with them were sex workers, some of whom looked to be underage. The employee heard sex acts and witnessed drug use.

06/01/18

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced this week that the Trump administration has requested that the World Trade Organization establish a dispute settlement panel "to examine unfair regulations governing the sale of wine in grocery stores in the Canadian province of British Columbia."

06/01/18

Wine sales volumes in the USA rose 1% in 2017 on the previous year. The bump is being attributed to the success of sparkling and canned products, and it defies a broader decline in total alcohol consumption of 0.7%, and shrinking consumer numbers, with only 62% of adults saying they drank alcohol in 2017, compared to 65% in 2016.

06/01/18

"Our plan is to build a new winery and continue making wine from the vineyard, although we'll need to do the wine making off-site for at least the next few years while we rebuild," Sill said. "Fortunately we have another home in St. Helena, and we also had stored some of our wine off-site or we would have lost all our inventory. As it stands now, we lost 66 barrels of wine, which is nearly 40 percent of the vintage. But at least it wasn't everything."