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Thursday, October 18th

08/02/18

As vines progress through veraison, reports remain positive about the coming 2018 harvest

08/02/18

"From what I hear, it's going to be an average-plus (crop)," said Brian Clements, vice president of Turrentine Wine Brokerage in Novato. The bullishness on the yield is based on the local chardonnay crop, which is expected to be larger than normal ... The pinot noir crop - which is Sonoma County's most expensive varietal, averaging more than $3,900 per ton - appears poised for slightly smaller yields near the Sonoma Coast, though other vineyards are reporting a more typical year ... The cabernet sauvignon crop appears to be more spotty, especially at higher elevations ...

08/02/18

The company can bottle up to 1.6 million cases on a single shift per year. Maspack Packaging designed and installed the system, housed in a 35,000-square foot facility inside a 307,000-square-foot warehouse

08/02/18

Join hundreds of winery IT, data and DTC professionals on August 21, 2018 for a review of the latest technology trends and solutions.

08/02/18

The American Vineyard Foundation (AVF) is encouraging Wine Business Monthly readers to participate in their 2018 Industry Research Priority survey. This is your opportunity to identify and rank your top research priorities to help guide AVF project funding going forward. Please take a moment to participate by clicking the following link to complete this brief (6 minute) survey:

08/02/18

"The strategic partnership will help to develop new business opportunities, strengthening our market positions in the growing global sparkling wine market."

08/02/18

"Building out our esteemed Pinot Noir and Chardonnay collection with the addition of Kosta Browne will further enhance our visibility and reach among all wine drinkers," said Alex Ryan, President and CEO of DWC. "We thank TSG for its ongoing partnership across all aspects of our business, including its insightful counsel and support on this transaction."

08/02/18

The winery will look like a medieval castle, but one far more modest than Dario Sattui's grand Castello di Amorosa

08/02/18

Last night, the Paso Robles Planning Commission approved a request by Justin Vineyard and Winery to build a new 100-thousand square foot wine storage building at their facility on Wisteria Lane. The Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend the city council allow Justin Winery to remove 13 native oak trees from their Wisteria Lane facility and expand their facility.

08/02/18

"As one of the few heritage based California wine brands, La Chertosa Wines has been mainly featuring in our historical narratives the significance of Sam's grandfather, Samuele Sebastiani ... We want to bring into focus and remember the next family patriarch, and Sam's father, August Sebastiani."

08/02/18

Oregon leads the country in more than premium wine growth; according to the Oregon Wine Board, 48 percent of Oregon vineyards are currently certified sustainable. Here's how a few are sowing the seeds for future generations.

08/02/18

The blue wine phenomenon seems to have exploded out of nowhere. Bright blue wine-based drinks are turning up everywhere, from media reports of new launches, to Instagram pictures of smiling bar patrons raising a blue glass or two. Where have all these drinks come from - and why do so many of them hail from Spain?

08/02/18

Quails' Gate Winery is pleased to announce that Ross Baker has been promoted to the position of Winemaker. Ross has been an integral part of our winemaking team since 2013 and was a protégé of former winemaker Nikki Callaway.

08/02/18

Restaurants, retailers & wineries to offer special promotions for Washington State Wine Month

08/02/18

Clos De La Tech, the celebrated producer of luxury-class Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir, has appointed American Wine & Spirits of California, the fine wine division of Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, to manage distribution of their wines throughout California. Clos de la Tech's Managing Director, Vito Gambini, will work closely with the SGWS team to ensure a seamless rollout in both the northern and southern regions of the state

08/02/18

Road 13 Vineyards toasts to the coveted title of #1 Winery in Canada to ten years of consecutive titles as a Top Ten Winery in Canada at the National Wine Awards of Canada which has been managed by Wine Align since 2013

08/02/18

Some Long Island wineries are serving up a giant buzzkill for bachelorette parties - by banning bridezillas and their minions from their premises

08/02/18

"We are always hungry for new adventures in the wine world, especially when they have such quality focused people behind them as Piero Masi, Steven Spurrier and Jean-Charles Boisset," said Liberty's managing director David Gleave, MW on the portfolio additions

08/02/18

The two wildfires that have threatened Lake County shoreline communities for nearly a week have surpassed the 100,000-acre mark, even as containment of the blazes has reached 39 percent

08/02/18

Chilean wine producers need to "go up to the mountain, hands tied with our commercial directors and have a very serious conversation", if they are to succeed in raising the premium of Chile's wine offer, believes Veramonte's winemaker Rodrigo Soto

08/02/18

The Trump administration Thursday pushed ahead with plans to unravel the federal government's most effective action to fight climate change - aggressive fuel economy standards aimed at getting the nation's cars and trucks to average more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025

08/02/18

"We are more optimistic than ever that the White Wine Emoji will become a reality, and that white wine lovers will finally have more than one digital wine icon on their smart phones"

08/02/18

Some research suggests that drinking one or two units of alcohol a day - particularly red wine - could be of benefit to brain health, but other scientists are more sceptical

08/02/18

The country's largest liquor wholesalers signal their support for national marijuana sales.

08/02/18

Marijuana companies across the globe are on pace to raise a record $8 billion by the end of 2018 as more companies go public and scale to meet growing demand, an analysis of recently released market data shows

08/02/18

The late, great Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown will come to an end, but not quite yet. CNN says that the final five episodes of the celebrated Parts Unknown will air this fall. The network's executive vice-president of talent and content Amy Entelis shared the news in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, in which she also says the show will not be continued with a different host.

08/02/18

From the outset, Randy Dunn's flagship Cabernet has been one of Napa Valley's slowest agers and most consistently outstanding wines. This retrospective going back to the inaugural 1979 vintage showed the Howell Mountain Cabernet to be a wine of great intensity and staying power but also of restraint and class.