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Friday, October 19th

10/02/18

Smoke Taint or Inventory Management? ... Copper Cane's Rogue Valley suppliers are calculating their next move. Approximately 15 vineyard owners met Friday in Medford to share information. Contracts for the vineyard owners in attendance amount to 2,000 tons of fruit worth roughly $4 million ..."Our analyses from all over the Rogue Valley showed little pockets of smoke taint popping up here and there, but the numbers were super low," Sam Tannahill, co-founder of A to Z Wineworks in Newberg, said. " ... and we thought it could easily be dealt with at the winery. We didn't see any test results anywhere near the 'freak out' level."

10/02/18

Delicato Vineyards has filed a lawsuit against Treasury Wine Estates over the name of new label the Australian giant launched this summer to celebrate trailblazing women. The lawsuit alleges Treasury Wine Estates' emBRAZEN is confusingly similar to Delicato Vineyards' BRAZIN, according to the complaint filed Sept. 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Delicato Vineyards, a family owned company based in Manteca, Calif., has sold BRAZIN for more than a decade.

10/02/18

There is something changing in the business environment. You can feel it. Business is good, but it's fundamentally changing. You have examples of change in the way your business is functioning right now. The consumer is different, but what's causing the change and how will the change impact you? ...

10/02/18

Timed just as the 2018 harvest comes to a close and the industry begins to look towards the next growing season and the future, ROOTSTOCK gives the industry a chance to connect with friends and colleagues, experience new technology firsthand, gain access to the latest products and services, and raise a glass to the 2018 vintage ...

10/02/18

The Canadian government agreed in the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade accord to roll back a series of retail wine restrictions, acquiescing to American demands that were being heard at the World Trade Organization. Canadian Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland said in an undated letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that the province of British Columbia will modify by Nov. 1, 2019, its requirement that retail stores only sell imported wines through a "store within a store" rather than on the same shelves as domestic wine bottles

10/02/18

"This agreement represents real progress towards improved market access for U.S. wines in Canada. In settling the U.S. WTO case, Canada has finally acknowledged that it must live up to its WTO obligations and that blatantly discriminatory policies cannot be tolerated. We still have much work to do in other areas of market access, but this is a significant accomplishment." ... "The inclusion of the alcohol annex is also a very positive step in our long-standing efforts to remove trade barriers and grow U.S. wine exports. We thank Ambassador Lighthizer and his entire team for their tireless efforts to secure these gains."

10/02/18

"Trade is a key component to a strong economy, and the U.S. spirits industry and our consumers benefit from free and fair trade agreements," said Distilled Spirits Council Interim President & CEO Clarkson Hine. "The USMCA agreement is welcome news for American spirits exporters. We hope this creates new momentum for further discussions in North America, the EU and elsewhere that lead to the swift removal of retaliatory tariffs on American spirits exports."

10/02/18

Miles Prodan, the president and CEO of the BC Wine Institute, admits he's worried about U.S. products being sold in grocery stores on this side of the border. "Clearly, we prefer not to. The status quo makes total sense to us, but if part of this agreement is to open that up, then we need to have that discussion. We think the Americans have got lots of access to the BC market and do quite well thank you very much," Prodan says.

10/02/18

Phantom Creek Estates wants to build the eating and drinking establishment at its 72,000 sq.ft. winery on the Black Sage Bench, despite the property being on agricultural land.

10/02/18

A new study confirms what a lot of folks - locals and tourists alike - have known for years: The Michigan wine industry is big business and getting bigger.

10/02/18

Paso Robles has been named one of "The 25 coolest towns in America: 2018" by Matador Network.

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Haney has been acting as interim executive director since February and previously served as director of membership for three years. He has worked to strengthen the relationships with Sonoma County Tourism and Sonoma County Winegrowers-together known as the TRIO. A vintner himself, he has been instrumental in leading wine industry-focused government and community relations ...

10/02/18

at the end of this year after four decades. ... Paul Symington with Mungo the boxer ... A hugely influential and charismatic figure in the trade, Paul will be succeeded by his cousin, Johnny Symington

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He will be responsible for accounts within Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Hawaii.

10/02/18

Pour la deuxième année consécutive, des naturistes venus de toute l'Auvergne se sont retrouvés dans les vignes du Domaine de la Tour de Pierre au Crest (Puy-de-Dôme) ce samedi. Un rendez-vous désormais incontournable pour ces amoureux du "bien-être".

10/02/18

Co-owner Matt Shapiro, who bought the long-standing business in 2010 with Erik Cantu, said the last day will be Jan. 1. The bar and music venue's new Oakland outpost will remain open.

10/02/18

The combined companies will offer a larger product selection to manufacturers' representatives and retailers nationwide. The new, larger entity will operate from CapaBunga headquarters in Windsor, California.

10/02/18

The LaZarre Wines tasting room will be in the front area of Thomas Hill Organics, a farm-to-table restaurant located at 1313 Park St. in downtown Paso Robles. The grand opening takes place Oct. 13

10/02/18

Sustainable, organic and biodynamic farming practices are using insects and animals in innovative ways to shape their vineyards and care for the planet.

10/02/18

The total federal debt started the fiscal year at $20,244,900,016,053.51 according to the Treasury, and finished the fiscal year at $21,516,058,183,180.23.

10/02/18

A decade before the United States declared itself independent of Britain, the London auctioneer James Christie had his very first sale. The auction, held on Dec. 5, 1766, included a feather bed and pillow, 12 oblong dishes, a pair of candlesticks and a substantial section devoted to wine

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"We need a female investor-distributor because imagine what we could do with people like that making those decisions," added Lisa Mattson, director of marketing and communications at Jordan Vineyard & Winery.

10/02/18

The tradition of pueblos growing grapes for wine in New Mexico goes back a long way, and with a recent partnership between Santa Ana Pueblo in Sandoval County and a premier winery, that tradition is seeing a revival

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beating even vines planted in the foothills of the Andes in Argentina.

10/02/18

For the first time they have sold more than $1 billion in their biggest export market - and it is only going to get much, much bigger. But the Chinese are now pushing back, planning to become the world's top number winemakers and produce top-quality wines to win back their own consumers.

10/02/18

Third in series of movies about sommeliers and the wine business