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03/04/19

California was once again in the spotlight last week at the Vancouver International Wine Festival, one of North America's largest consumer and trade events for the wine industry. But it did so in a vastly different economic environment than when it was event's featured region six years ago. Today, trade issues are on the rise abroad and growth at home has hit a plateau.

03/04/19

County officials sent in February an apparent code violation notice to Theorem Vineyards in the Diamond Mountain District American Viticultural Area. It did so after a local news article described offerings at the winery "such as three course lunches and service of champagne," according to notice sent to the winery on Feb. 13.

03/04/19

Spain's Familia Torres and California's Jackson Family wineries have, for over a decade now been taking very large steps to change business approaches in order to combat Climate Change. While they've been working on these projects separately to date, yesterday in Barcelona, Miguel Torres Sr. and Katie Jackson jointly announced the creation of the organisation, "International Wineries for Climate Action".

03/04/19

Gov. Kate Brown has lent her support to the collaboration of four wineries to create three wines from 2,000 tons of Rogue Valley grapes rejected by a California vintner days before harvest citing smoke taint from wildfires. Testing in October showed thus far wildfire smoke hadn't had an adverse effect on the grapes, Christine Clair, winery director of Willamette Valley Vineyards, told the AP.

03/04/19

A tiny Sonoma County producer of idiosyncratic natural wines has the trademark to "Solidarity", and - with the Oregon wines being released today - he's asking for a cut of the proceeds?

03/04/19

The Russian River has once again run roughshod over small communities in western Sonoma County, raising the question of what, if anything, is to be done to safeguard homes and businesses.

03/04/19

Can one month make a winter? The answer appears to be yes for February 2019! After a very mild first half of winter, conditions flipped dramatically in late January. It started with a shift in very cold air (the polar vortex) into the eastern US while the west was forecast to see a ridge build and stay mild.

03/04/19

Developed as part of a research programme, the new 360m2 facility will help farmers and winemakers improve their production techniques and take full advantage of the province's unique soil and growing conditions.

03/04/19

Arbor Hill, which opened in 1987, is also owned by Brahm's wife, Katie Brahm, their daughter, Sherry Brahm, and her husband, John French. John and Katie Brahm celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2014. Brahm was found dead around noon Saturday, according to a news release issued by the Ontario County Sheriff's Office on Sunday. First responders who were dispatched to his Hawks Road address in Naples found him trapped between a minivan and a garage, according to the release. The Ontario County Sheriff's Office is investigating but said it appears to be accidental.

03/04/19

The 2016 vintage of Napa Valley super star, Screaming Eagle, has been released to soaring praise and at over £2,000 a bottle, but the 2017 may not be produced due to smoke taint. The wine was released at US$3,000 (£2,325) a bottle and Liv-ex reported it was quickly being offered for £7,200 per three (so £28,800 per dozen).

03/04/19

The United States and China appear close to a deal that would roll back U.S. tariffs on at least $200 billion (£151 billion) worth of Chinese goods, as Beijing makes pledges on structural economic changes and eliminates retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods, a source briefed on negotiations said on Sunday.

03/04/19

With France slated to ban the use of glyphosate by 2021, winemakers are already making arrangements. Jean-Marie Fabre, the secretary general of the Independent Vintners of France trade association, told France Info that the transition is already under way in the country's winegrowing sector, with "41 percent of firms already certified (either as organic or as "High Environmental Value, level 3") with another 40 percent of firms on track to be certified"

03/04/19

Portocork and Trefinos USA have announced a strategic partnership allowing Portocork representation of CWINE and COMPAC Technical cork stoppers in North America. "Since establishing Trefinos USA with a permanent US presence in 2017, we've seen tremendous growth and acceptance from the market. We are very excited to be partnering with Portocork's first class sales team to continue growing our CWINE and COMPAC line of technical corks. Their newly built, state of the art processing facility in Napa will allow us to continue to grow while maintaining our high level of quality and service," Ron Angold, Trefinos Business Development Manager for North America said

03/04/19

Allison Westhoven earned her promotion after sixteen years progressing through The Family Coppola sales team while showcasing her ability to achieve profitability-driven goals. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from Cornell University, a WSET Level III, and is a Certified Specialist of Wine

03/04/19

Markus Bokisch and his wife and co-owner, Liz, focus on Spanish varietal wines, which are near and dear to Markus, who has family roots in Spain

03/04/19

Scientists haven't figured out the cause, but they say one thing is clear: This surge could imperil the Paris climate accord. That's because many scenarios for meeting its goal of keeping global warming "well below 2 degrees Celsius" assumed that methane would be falling by now, buying time to tackle the long-term challenge of reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

03/04/19

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel found that China has provided trade distorting domestic support to its grain producers well in excess of its commitments under WTO rules. China's market price support policy artificially raises Chinese prices for grains above market levels, creating incentives for increased Chinese production of agricultural products and reduced imports.

03/04/19

Larkin Wines, a boutique Napa winery which specialises in premium Cabernet and red blends retailing around £70, is set to launch a range of 'super premium' canned wines in the UK. Pitched as "the first of its kind", the initial Larkan range comprises three Napa Valley wines; White 2017 - a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Roussanne, Red 2017 - a 100% Merlot and Pink 2018 - a 100% Pinot Noir from Carneros.

03/04/19

Things change, even in stately Burgundy, and producers in the region are free to apply for a vineyard's status to be upgraded, if the quality justifies it. But what are their chances? Stephen Brook assesses the promotion prospects of the seven most likely premier cru candidates, north to south, recommending two wines from each...

03/04/19

This is the most severe flood in the area since 1995. Thousands of homes and businesses have been damaged by the water. The water cut off access to the towns of Monte Rio and Guerneville. The Sonoma County sheriff's office called Guerneville "an island", warning that residents could not "get into or out of town without a boat."

03/04/19

California is drenched and its mountains are piled high with snow amid a still-unfolding winter of storms that was unimaginable just a few months ago.

03/04/19

Eric Pateman is known as one of the world's top experts on culinary tourism and is recognized as Canada's leading ambassador of Canadian cuisine. In addition to working with countless artisan food companies, farmers, restaurateurs, fisherman, foragers and local purveyors to create culinary narratives, he also is a chef himself with a background in finance.

03/04/19

Beijing went beyond WTO limits in its support for wheat and rice producers

03/04/19

Washington State Wine is flying the #WAwine flag this March for Taste Washington Wine Month with an energizing new campaign to encourage people to proudly Taste Washington Wine. More than 500 wineries, restaurants, hotels and retailers are jumping on board with special events and promotions all month long.

03/04/19

The new edition of the travelling event "Slow Wine Tour USA 2019" - organized by the international association Slow Food which spreads and promotes the Good, Clean and Fair food culture and philosophy worldwide - is at the starting line.

03/04/19

AgShift, a Silicon Valley, California based food technology startup specializing in deep learning and machine vision announced the commercial launch of Hydra F100 BQ, world's first AI based turnkey food quality analyzer.

03/04/19

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today welcomed local officials and the public to the grand opening of a new Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection at 15 W. Germantown Pike, Norristown, Montgomery County.

03/04/19

Truett-Hurst, Inc. today announced the final results of its self tender offer to purchase up to 1,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock, including shares issued upon exchange of limited liability company interests of its subsidiary H.D.D., LLC, or such lesser number of shares of its Class A common stock as are properly tendered and not properly withdrawn, at a price of $2.40 per share of Class A common stock, to the seller in cash, less any applicable withholding taxes and without interest, which expired at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, at the end of the day on February 22, 2019.

03/04/19

Wedding Oak Winery, a premier winery in the Texas Hill Country, promoted three valued team members, and hired an operations manager. The winery, named for the centuries old Wedding Oak Tree in San Saba, Texas, is set to expand its operations in 2019.

03/04/19

California consumers lost out on at least $308 million in nickel deposits on cans and bottles in 2018, largely because it's increasingly difficult to find a place to recycle them, according to a new report made public Thursday

03/04/19

After reeling from property damage caused by recent wildfires, North Bay residents now are confronting another natural disaster in flooding - a threat that is not covered by property insurance and which could escalate as storms become more volatile in a changing climate.

03/04/19

In this case I will look at the movement of bulk wine between countries. I have compared world-wide imports and exports in an earlier post (Where does all of this wine come from and go to?), but not shown the actual flows of the volumes.

03/04/19

The CPTPP is a free trade agreement between New Zealand and 10 other countries in the Pacific region. Canada, Australia, Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Viet Nam, and New Zealand have ratified the trade agreement, with four countries (Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, and Peru) yet to do so. Goods and services exported to CPTPP countries totalled $24.4 billion, and imports totalled $25.2 billion. New Zealand is close to a trade balance with the CPTPP countries as a group.

03/04/19

Heat wave events headline a record warm summer for Australia

03/04/19

Langhorne Creek grower and agronomist Warren Burgess has taken a multifaceted approach, using sunscreen, misting fans, soil-wetting products, mushroom mulch and other plant stress management products to limit weather damage to his vines.

03/04/19

Effective March 1, 2019, Breakthru will represent O'Neill's full portfolio in Pennsylvania, which includes many top performing brands including Line 39, Robert Hall, Day Owl, Harken and Exitus. Breakthru, a leading beverage company in North America, has a well-established relationship and successful track record with O'Neill, representing their portfolio in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin.

03/04/19

Vine grafting is an essential part of the wine process, but exactly how does it work?

03/04/19

China and the U.S. are in the final stage of completing a trade deal, with Beijing offering to lower tariffs and other restrictions on American farm, chemical, auto and other products and Washington considering removing most, if not all, sanctions levied against Chinese products since last year.

03/04/19

Champagne Devaux has appointed Pascal Dubois as its new president following Laurent Gillet stepping down after more than 30 years. Dubois joins Devaux from Maison Halley, whose portfolio includes the Bordeaux Grand Crus from Maison Hebrard as well as Chateau de Meursault and Chateau de Marsannay in Burgundy.

03/04/19

The perceived quality and value for spend delivered by operators in the casual dining market is the strongest driver both of customer retention and new footfall, according to on-trade insights consultancy CGA.

03/04/19

In an exclusive interview, Martim Guedes, joint-CEO of Quinta da Aveleda, said the company had acquired the Quinta do Morgado da Torre vineyard in Alvor, with 15hc of vineyards and a further 65hc of land for planting new vines.

03/04/19

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Rosé Masters 2019 ahead of the upcoming deadline.

03/04/19

Having fled the fires, the owner of Australian winery Jinks Creek believes that his property has been destroyed after seeing footage on television, as the country experiences its hottest summer since records began.

03/04/19

The retailed told db the new 'Take my Wine Fitting' section on its website, which is still being trialed and has yet to be widely marketed to its subscribers, is part of a "joined-up" strategy for its website, email marketing and in-store merchandising.

03/04/19

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100's disappointing performance continued in the second month of the year, closing down 0.7% on its January finish but it wasn't a bad month for 2009 Bordeaux.

03/04/19

UK discounter Lidl has unveiled its latest Spring wine tour of primarily modern Mediterranean wines, as it confirms a new head of the wine department.

03/04/19

Taking place on 20 March, the sale will feature 250 lots, totalling approximately 2,000 bottles, worth an estimated £250,000. The wines span classic Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne, with vintages dating back to the early 20th century, with a particularly strong selection of Sauternes.

03/04/19

Burgundy champion Becky Wasserman-Hone joins the Decanter Hall of Fame for 2019, for her tireless work in shaping the reputation of the region over the decades.

03/04/19

Before leaving, Emmanuel Macron summarised the insight gleaned during his visit. "We're going to look closely at exporting to Europe", he promised industry representatives, who were delighted by his visit and impressed by his openness at the end of such a busy day.

03/04/19

In honor of its history as one of Napa Valley's few remaining ghost wineries, Flora Springs Winery is offering monthly paranormal ghost winery tours where guests interact with the spirits who inhabit the 19th century stone building and wine caves where the winery continues to make its wine.

03/04/19

In its newly opened 54,000-square-foot south Napa processing plant, Portocork America now will be distributing special table and sparkling wine stoppers for a Spanish producer that's among the biggest suppliers in the world.

03/04/19

Bankrupt Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. inched closer to taking responsibility for the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, saying Thursday it is "probable" that one of its transmission lines sparked the blaze last year that killed 86 people and destroyed most of the city of Paradise. The embattled utility company, which filed for bankruptcy protection in January, said it's taking a $10.5 billion charge for claims connected to the so-called Camp Fire in its fourth quarter earnings. The fire destroyed 14,000 homes in and around Paradise - a city of 27,000 people in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

03/04/19

Garrett Stephenson, representing the Joseph Branch Trail Consortium, said the application he prepared demonstrates how the trail would neither force a significant change on the surrounding land, dedicated to farm and forest practices, nor create a significant increase to the cost of farming - criteria required by state law.

03/04/19

The number of grape varieties planted in South Africa has increased from approximately 80 to 100 since the turn of this century. Some 65% of wine grape production is white-primarily Chenin Blanc, Colombard and Sauvignon Blanc-with the balance of reds dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinotage and Merlot.

03/04/19

As the Wine Director of Maple & Ash-a Chicago steakhouse recognized by Wine Spectator as having one of the best wine lists in the world-she is very selective about the wines she tastes.

03/04/19

"Eat It, Virginia!" is headed to Charleston Wine + Food! All week long, we will be posting updates about what's happening in Charleston, South Carolina. The festival runs March 6 - 10.

03/04/19

Below, four South African winemakers tell of their histories and niches within the industry. They include reviving the allure of an almost forgotten grape, mastering winemaking within a culturally and linguistically different environment, learning the benefits of biodynamic production and contributing to Africa's wildlife future.

03/04/19

California wine country flooding is the worst the region has seen since 1995 when the Napa river reached record peak levels. The rain in Northern California has turned two wine country communities into temporary islands. At the moment, they can be reached only by boat.

03/04/19

The fresh, lively cabernet franc has been gaining ground on its popular sibling since 2014.

03/04/19

Making a red blend is sort of like dressing for winter - you beat the chill by wearing layers of clothing for insulation, breathability and wind resistance. At the winery, you use different grapes to create a finished product with power, harmony, balance and style. But it's all about getting the amounts right.

03/04/19

The Shafer family is deeply saddened to announce the death of their father, longtime vintner, philanthropist and winery founder, John Shafer on March 2, 2019. John Shafer was part of a groundbreaking generation that came to Napa Valley in the late 1960s and early 1970s and transformed the region into the world-class wine producing area it is today. In 1985 Shafer organized his neighboring vintners and grapegrowers including Nathan Fay, Warren Winiarski, Dick Steltner, and Joseph Phelps to petition the government to designate their region as an official American Viticultural Area (AVA). Four years later approval was granted, making Stags Leap District Napa Valley's third AVA.