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07/09/18

Ernest J. Gallo, the son of current president and CEO Joseph Gallo and grandson of co-founder Ernest Gallo, has been appointed chief operating officer, and is scheduled to become president and CEO effective May 1, 2020

07/09/18

Industry veteran Terry Wheatley has been appointed President of Vintage Wine Estates. Previously Wheatley was Executive Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, a role she has held since the purchase of Canopy Management, the wine company she co-founded in 2008, by Vintage Wine Estates in 2014.

07/09/18

Former US president Barack Obama has used a climate change summit in Porto to urge the wine industry to work together more, and called on businesses to help shape government policy on the issue

07/09/18

On the cost side, winery owners have seen labor availability and grape costs escalate markedly in the past five years. They are finding increases difficult to pass on to new consumers who are signaling they have a lower indulgence ceiling. Those higher grape costs are all embedded in inventory waiting to sell

07/09/18

The findings come from France's anti-fraud directorate after a two-year inquiry into producers, importers, traders and distributors.

07/09/18

Napa Valley company is suing a St. Helena vintner for allegedly not paying about $132,700 worth of wine, according to court records.

07/09/18

Vinitech-Sifel will welcome 45,000 professionals from 70 countries to discover products and services from 1,200 brands - Growing Techniques, Bottling & Packaging, Cellar Equipment ... TechnoShow will allow visitors to test large-scale equipment and see it in action. The spotlight is on innovation with the Vinitech-Sifel Innovation Trophies for the most cutting-edge products and services. ... Vinitech will also host the winners of the Wilaaw wine label competition and the International Wine in Box Competition.

07/09/18

Margins squeezed for Bordeaux merchants buying wine futures

07/09/18

Firefighters have completely contained the 15,185-acre Pawnee fire in Lake County two weeks after flames that erupted in hot, dry conditions spread smoke and fear among wildfire-weary residents. But the enormous, week-old County fire in neighboring Yolo and Napa counties continued to menace rural residents north and east of Lake Berryessa

07/09/18

The deadly Klamathon Fire continued to devour acreage Sunday, crossing the Oregon-California border as it tore through 30,500 acres and threatened hundreds of homes, fire officials said

07/09/18

the areas that remain under Mandatory Evacuation for the Holiday Fire will be downgraded to an Exclusion Zone

07/09/18

A small crowd gathered under intricate shadows cast by the Temple of Remembrance, one of the winery's varied sculptures that went unscathed as the Tubbs fire ruined many of the 155-acre ranch's fixtures. The ceremony celebrating the reopening of the 3-acre sculpture garden, including the two-story-tall LOVE sign, marked a new chapter for the venerable business, opened in 1994.

07/09/18

By limiting water sent to cities and farms and keeping more for fish, the proposal by the State Water Resources Control Board's staff likely will ignite a round of lawsuits and political squabbles. Critics immediately pounced on the plan, saying it will take some of the nation's most fertile farmland out of production and harm the Central Valley economy

07/09/18

The State Water Resources Control Board wants dams such as Don Pedro to release 40 percent of natural river flows to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to address what the state calls an "ecological crisis."

07/09/18

Near normal temperatures were experienced over much of the western US wine producing regions in June, although Central to Southern California was cooler than average due to continued strong coastal upwelling that has kept coastal zones in California cooler than average. Dry conditions continued in the western US in June adding to the growing drought concerns and fueling early season fires in many states.

07/09/18

The rate of warming is also remarkable: "The changes we see today are much faster than anything encountered in Earth's history. In terms of rate of change, we are in uncharted waters," said study co-author Katrin Meissner of the University of New South Wales in Australia

07/09/18

Hanson Vodka's first splashy end-cap displays showed up at area supermarkets in 2013. After a few years of fits and starts, the Sonoma vodka brand has finally opened its tasting room and spirits education center and is offering tours at its newly expanded distillery at Burndale Road and Fremont Drive

07/09/18

National Wine and Cheese day is this month and Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits will be celebrating the occasion. Here to tell you more is Joseph Phillips

07/09/18

No price is too great - whether on education, experiences or clothes - as rich mainland parents strive to ensure their children achieve elite status in life

07/09/18

It is a winery being constructed by Rhys Vineyards of Los Gatos, which bought three acres of the former Masonite property from Factory Pipe owner Ross Liberty last year. "He is going to build a Taj Mahal," Ross Liberty said of Rhys Vineyards owner Kevin Harvey when the sale was announced last year ...

07/09/18

Flow Kana funding will help ramp up its cannabis manufacturing and processing facility in Mendocino County on the former Fetzer Vineyards property in Redwood Valley. The San Francisco-based company raised $50 million since its inception in 2015 ...

07/09/18

Lidl has opened 53 stores and has failed to achieve anything close to a viable, long-term business strategy capable of threatening any of the incumbent grocery retailers operating in the USA

07/09/18

The realities of the market now put the best Burgundy Pinot Noir beyond the reach of most wine lovers. But, argues Andy Howard MW, some great examples can still be found at relatively affordable prices. He recommends the names to look out for - and selects a dozen excellent wines to try...

07/09/18

The U.S. wine market is still tightly regulated by the so-called "Tied House," rules which have been in place since the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. They were designed to not allow any one tier of the business to have "undue," control of the wine sales business. However, their final legacy seems to be curtailing the social media market in some odd ways.

07/09/18

Retailers and sommeliers report upticks in a downward trend-and share sales strategies

07/09/18

Second tasting event features alternative wine styles, varieties and blends

07/09/18

In its list of the top 50 wines in U.S. restaurants, published in the April issue, Wine & Spirits crowned an imported winery in the top spot for the first time in the 29 years the magazine has conducted the survey. The winery, R. López de Heredia, appeared on the list last year for the first time, as No. 4. Vietti, from Italy, also broke into the top 10, while Greek producer Sigalas ranked 15th. The magazine asked restaurants to name their 10 best-selling wines from the last quarter of 2017, then ranked each wine by the number of times it was listed.