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Sunday, November 18th

10/29/18

Lawsuits accuse wineries like Long Island's Wölffer Estate of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act?

10/29/18

Global production forecast to increase 12 percent: In the European Union, the harvest volume will be 19 percent higher than the previous year's levels ... The United States confirms position as 4th biggest global producer ...

10/29/18

Global wine production is expected to climb to 282 million hectoliters in 2018, an increase equivalent to about 4.1 billion bottles, the Paris-based International Organisation for Vine & Wine said on Friday. Output recovered for top producers Italy, France and Spain, the group said

10/29/18

Burningham, 62, worked 31 harvests for Benziger and, most recently, held the title of executive vice president of North Coast Operations.

10/29/18

Expansion adds a mix of experience and expertise to the MASPACK roster with the hiring of a new Business Development Director, Dan Bock, a new Office Manager, Rosalind Soto and Domenico Ginosa, a new Technical Director for Masspack Technical Services providing installation and after-sales service to all MASPACK USA customers. In addition to adding new team members, MASPACK Packaging USA has officially moved into their new office in Santa Rosa. MASPACK Packaging USA is the dynamic American arm of MASPACK Packaging, an Italian based company specializing in bottling, packaging and robotic solutions for the wine, spirits and beverage industries

10/29/18

Anita Oberholster, UC Davis Cooperative Extension specialist in enology, is listed among the Wine Business Monthly's 2018 list of the 50 most influential leaders in the wine business. Retired professor Linda Bisson was listed as an influential leader in the magazine's "Hall of Fame."

10/29/18

The state Attorney General's Office has decided not to oppose Napa County Assessor's request to dismiss four grand jury accusations against him of "willful or corrupt misconduct."

10/29/18

The Carneros Resort and Spa at 4048 Sonoma Highway has been trucking in water for years because of groundwater quantity and quality problems. A proposed agreement calls for the resort to work at extending a water line for a half-mile to pipe in city of Napa water

10/29/18

Vintner Hugh Davies wants the Napa County agricultural preserve to be a star in the spotlight, with signs on Silverado Trail and Highway 29 marking its borders

10/29/18

Encouraged by the growing popularity of premium French brandy, especially Cognac, powerful companies like Gallo are now entering the marketplace with the goal - and the ability - to change the reputation of California brandy from a mass-produced product to an artisanal spirit by using higher-quality fruit and distilling methods that can preserve the flavors of the grapes.

10/29/18

"With all the recent improvements in downtown Napa, the City of Napa has become a hub for wine tourists," said Vintner Robin Baggett, who oversees the Alpha Omega Collective. "Our three wineries want to be part of this wine industry expansion. And, being directly across the street from the beautiful Archer Hotel puts us right in the middle of all the action. We are very excited to be in the City of Napa."

10/29/18

The 2017 Arcturos Dry Riesling scored 98 points and beat out other Rieslings from the US, Australia, New Zealand, France and the Czech Republic. It also took home Best Dry Riesling and Best American Riesling.

10/29/18

In recent years, Chile and South Africa have started projects to rescue old vineyards, creating interesting synergies between rural areas and consumers. The new genre of wines has gained international attention among importers, traders and wine critics.

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The company doesn't plan to make any major changes to the estate. It is redecorating the tasting room and will add memorabilia from Coppola's films. But it will not build a winery on the property and will continue to produce the wines at a separate facility. Vista Hills produced nearly 7,600 cases of wine a year and sold some of its grapes to other wineries including Soter, Dobbes Family Estate and Elizabeth Chambers. Going forward the company will no longer sell the grapes, allowing the estate to expand production to 10,000 cases a year

10/29/18

Before he was a politician, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was a businessman, and over the years he became a millionaire through his holdings in wineries, bars, restaurants, hotels and liquor stores

10/29/18

CBP announced a reversal (of sorts) of its original guidance document. In the new revision, CBP clarified, "A Canadian citizen working in or facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in Canada, coming to the U.S. for reasons unrelated to the marijuana industry will generally be admissible to the U.S. however, if a traveler is found to be coming to the U.S. for reason related to the marijuana industry, they may be deemed inadmissible" (sic).

10/29/18

Speaking at an Orange Wines Masterclass for Senior Judges from the Sommelier Wine Awards, the merchant was keen to quash a few common misconceptions of a style that often arouses skepticism among sommeliers, despite its growing popularity with consumers.

10/29/18

"Natural wine today is getting bottled and sold too quickly. Where in the early days of La Dive, no winemaker there would have bottled their juice in four months from vintage, today it's common. Many are made to a style, murky, leesy and unfinished, one of the reason for the growing number of glaringly faulty wines, giving natural wine haters, like wine critic Michel Bettane, plenty of arrows for their target. Almost every conversation I have with those remember a previous vin naturel generation, no matter in which country, seems to devolve into lamentations"

10/29/18

Though Sonoma's spirits industry started small - very small - more than a decade ago, the openings of several gin, vodka, and whiskey tasting rooms from Petaluma to Healdsburg are claiming a larger share of attention for distillers in Wine Country

10/29/18

The store, called Sam's Club Now, is about a quarter the size of a regular Sam's Club warehouse and will serve as a testing ground for new technologies, including self-service returns, digital price tags, and Scan & Go, which lets shoppers check out using a smartphone

10/29/18

Chinese nationals are buying Australian vineyards and wineries at unprecedented levels, with up to 10 per cent of South Australia's iconic Barossa Valley now in Chinese hands. "If I look at the last seven transactions I have personally done … six of them have been to Chinese parties," said Stephen Strachan, director of Langley and Co, a company dealing in wine industry acquisitions

10/29/18

Some spots have been short of rain for years, but a hot, dry winter has pushed the region into crisis. Almost all of New South Wales, a state responsible for a quarter of Australia's agricultural output by value, is parched

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Italy's particularly sensitive white wine grapes have become a telltale of even gradual temperature increases - a climate slipping from ideal to nearly ideal. Vintners and farmers are noticing more disease, an accelerated ripening process and, most viscerally, a surge in the number of grapes that are singed by the intensifying summer heat. Growers say they have little choice but to try to manage. Some are experimenting with new watering systems and shade strategies. But they debate whether the treasured aromas and flavor notes of their wines are already changing - and whether they'll one day lose out to colder-climate producers whose wines once were scoffed at

10/29/18

The first half of autumn has certainly gotten off to a dry start across most of California this year. There have been a couple of local exceptions-patchy regions along the immediate coast of NorCal, where shore-hugging rainbands just made it onshore a few weeks ago, and a broader swath of coastal SoCal, where a widespread and rather spectacular thunderstorm outbreak brought widespread wetting rains earlier this month

10/29/18

At first glance, a vineyard might seem like a fairly predictable environment. But, think about all the variables in your growing area. Soil types can influence exactly how a canopy can perform, and that can impact yield

10/29/18

"It could be argued that, along with various book and record clubs, wine got into the game early ... to make their margins, such businesses have generally relied on creating their own private labels, which has proved something of a handicap: consumers like to see familiar retail brands. Today in the US, however, members of the ever growing number of winery subscription schemes, or 'clubs', receive bottles with the same brands as they see in their favorite restaurants ... The problem with the current US model is that the churn - the rate at which customers leave the programe - is high ... "

10/29/18

Delivery Solutions announced today at GroceryShop, that they will lend their SaaS logistics middleware to Total Wine & More to bring same day delivery to Total Wine & More customers within a delivery radius of all US locations. Delivery Solutions' proprietary last mile operations eliminate the challenges associated with alcohol delivery, providing Total Wine & More the ability to execute on their national delivery strategy