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03/05/19

Today, The Family Coppola unveils Domaine de Broglie, Francis Ford Coppola's latest vineyard and winery acquisition set in Oregon's fabled Dundee Hills. Formerly known as Vista Hills Winery, Domaine de Broglie - A Francis Coppola Wine pays homage to the spirit of curiosity, discovery, and exploration endemic in art and science, and their intersection through wine.

03/05/19

Vintage Wine Estates acquired Alloy Wine Works, one of the first fine varietal, appellated wines available in aluminum cans. Alloy Wine Works was founded by Central Coast winemaker, grower and entrepreneur Andrew Jones, creator of Field Recording wines. Alloy Wine Works craft wines are currently available on the shelves of high-end retailers and fine wine shops nationwide.

03/05/19

Terravant Wine Company, Santa Barbara County's largest winery announced today that it has purchased Summerland Winery. Founded in 2002, Summerland Winery is located just south of Santa Barbara in the town of Summerland and has built a reputation for producing quality estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

03/05/19

Napa County has cited Castello di Amorosa for having tastings in rooms designated as storage areas, according to a citation sent to Napa Valley's Tuscan castle near Calistoga. In addition, Napa County wants the winery to remove padlocks on doors and evaluate its emergency lighting and exit signs, according to the citation letter sent to the winery on Feb. 20. The letter includes an order to correct the violations of its 2009 user permit or face penalties.

03/05/19

Register now to secure your spot for educational seminars with a regional focus on viticulture, winemaking, finance/business strategy and DTC/winery marketing addressed by today's top industry leaders.

03/05/19

The trucking industry estimates it will be short more than 170,000 long-haul drivers within the next seven years because of a wave of retirements, growing freight demand, stricter drive-time rules and recruitment challenges.

03/05/19

Ashley Mahan is resigning from her post as the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance's Chief Operating Officer. Mahan, who has served at the WWVWA since spring 2016 and as its COO since late 2017, is leaving the organization to pursue other business opportunitie

03/05/19

Professionals from all sectors of the wine industry have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the ever-changing subject of packaging and design, at the sixth annual Wines & Vines Packaging Conference on Aug. 8 at the Lincoln Theatre in Yountville. The event is slated to include expert presentations, a packed exhibitors' hall, and the chance to meet-and-greet with innovators in wine packaging and marketing.

03/05/19

John Brahm III, co-owner and winemaster of Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery, died suddenly at his home in Naples on March 2. He was 76. Brahm and his wife Katie opened Arbor Hill on the west side of Canandaigua Lake in 1987. Their daughter Sherry Brahm and her husband John French are also owners of the winery.

03/05/19

Authored by state Rep. Bill Jenkin, R-Prosser, House Bill 1563 would allow students age 18-20 to taste wine in the classroom and work in wine production areas as long as they are under strict supervision of someone over 21 years of age. The tasting would be allowed under a Liquor and Cannabis Board special permit that colleges and technical schools would be eligible to receive.

03/05/19

All 19 Crimes beers ($12.99 SRP per 6 pack) will be available in cans with labels featuring the familiar faces of John Boyle O'Reilly, Michael Harrington and Cornelius Dwyer Kane, meaning the augmented reality will also work on the cans. The beers will be tested in Ohio initially and will expand to more states in the US by the end of the year.

03/05/19

On Tuesday, March 5, the legacy publisher plans to announce a partnership with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, a vintner in Washington State, which will include a wine-recommendation tool that suggests bottles of wine to pair with certain recipes on Allrecipes. The tool, built using technology Meredith acquired four years ago, works by comparing a recipe's ingredients and attributes to metadata the winemaker has compiled on its own products.

03/05/19

In the battle to gain an edge over competitors, companies spend millions of dollars to understand consumers through focus groups, surveys, and sophisticated analytics. But too often, because most people don't really know what they want, these methods waste time and resources. There is a better way: educating consumers, rather than listening to them. To better understand how firms succeed by educating consumers, we studied the U.S. wine industry.

03/05/19

The balm of winter rain is already coaxing carpets of green to sprout in wide swaths of Northern and Southern California that were scorched by deadly wildfires just a few months ago. To most of us, the vigorous grass sprays and dazzling wildflower bloom are a welcome sight, coloring over the dark remnant of fire. But not to everyone. Many of the fast-growing plants are non-native and fire-prone, making it likely that the hills will be charred black again sooner rather than later.

03/05/19

After an increasing focus on additional events around the live auction in recent years, such as online bidding and silent auctions, one of the biggest shared themes of 2018's auctions was the success of the main live events: 13 auctions broke the $1 million mark in live-bid totals-an increase from 2017's 11-putting them on Wine Spectator's annual list of top charity wine events of the year.

03/05/19

Honoring International Women's Day (#IWD2019), this multi-course dinner will feature women chefs and winemakers. Global cuisine will be paired with American Rhone wines from renown women winemakers.

03/05/19

The Bulk Wine Industry Will Reunite in Amsterdam on the 2ns and 3rd of December 2019. The world's biggest fair for large wine quantities opens its registration period.

03/05/19

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.

03/05/19

On Saturday, February 23rd, wine professionals from around the world attended a sold-out Premiere Napa Valley, expressing their keen interest in wines made exclusively for the Premiere Napa Valley label to the melodic tune of nearly $3.7 million.

03/05/19

The Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association is pleased to announce that the 22nd annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival will take place May 17, 18 and 19, 2019.

03/05/19

Laurel Glen Vineyard, is pleased to announce it will host a very special tasting during the third annual Signature Sonoma Valley vintage retrospective, during the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance's flagship weekend event series. The iconic Sonoma winery will host the tasting at its eponymous Sonoma Mountain estate vineyard on Saturday, May 18, 2019 (from 2-4:30pm).

03/05/19

The 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) will kick off this year on March 21 with the highly anticipated inaugural celebrity cocktail competition, co-sponsored by BevMo. The featured guest judges, all of whom are spirits company owners, include multi-platinum rapper Gerald "G-Eazy" Gillum, partner & co-creative director of Stillhouse Spirits Co.; Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, founder of Bolivian liquor brand Singani 63; and Sammy Hagar, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted musician and spirits entrepreneur behind Santo Puro Mezquila and Sammy's Beach Bar Rum.

03/05/19

Chardonnay continues to be the largest selling varietal by case value and volume on the market, amongst off-premise food and wine stores, according to The Nielsen Company, which measures such things,. With an 18.7 percent market share in sales as of September 9, 2018, Chardonnay is the most sold and consumed wine in America.

03/05/19

New research out of Forge's lab is showing promising results from amending soil with compost before replanting trees and adding bark mulch immediately after planting, versus fumigation.

03/05/19

The Vancouver International Wine Festival announced the 2019 trade competition winners on Friday at Celebrating Excellence: 16th Annual Awards Lunch Featuring California Wines, presented by ContainerWorld.

03/05/19

Paso Robles is known worldwide as a premiere AVA, especially for red wine. But one local winemaker, Dave McGee, founder of Monochrome Wines, is surpassing expectations with the only Paso Robles winery that focuses exclusively on white varietals and unorthodox blends.

03/05/19

Scott Hawley, winemaker, began Torrin with a planting contract in 2002 and has been a viable presence in the Paso Robles wine scene for the last 20 years, with the Hawley family being well known throughout the community.

03/05/19

Gov. Gavin Newsom had declared a state of emergency, opening a spigot of disaster relief funds. But no one pretended there wasn't much pain ahead. Tempers occasionally flared.

03/05/19

The Post Register reports Idaho's branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the state's bridges a "D'' grade and dams and water infrastructure a "C'' grade. Idaho's roads came in at a "C-" according to the study, which was published last year.

03/05/19

Lawsuits surrounding dicamba spray drift should have farmers looking at their insurance policies. University of Missouri economist Ray Massey says farmers need to understand their third-party liability regarding herbicide applications. He recommends consulting with an insurance or legal professional experienced in agricultural matters after reviewing their policy.

03/05/19

The Bonarrigo family, owners and operators of Messina Hof Wine Cellas, Inc. with locations in Bryan, Grapevine and Fredericksburg, today announces plans for their fourth Texas location: Messina Hof Harvest Green Winery outside of Houston.

03/05/19

It never really seems to go away, does it? France continues to debate whether or not wine is simply a form of alcohol or a cultural beverage. Agnes Buzyn, the strident Minister of Health, recently said the molecule of alcohol in wine was the same as that in any other alcoholic beverage. The Minister of Agriculture Didier Guillaume riposted saying: "I don't drink molecules, I drink glasses."

03/05/19

A new report finds that the wine industry is in real danger - and that's because it's largely failed to attract new, young adult consumers. The report describes a "tipping point," and concludes that the industry had long expected millennials to take the place of baby boomer wine buyers. And that hasn't happened.

03/05/19

Loosening laws and attitudes have allowed brewers to experiment infusing beers with cannabis.

03/05/19

While companies have started popping up across the country since October 17, 2018, with dreams of a flourishing cannabis tourism industry, conducting business hasn't been as easy as planned thanks to rules about the promotion of the drug. The Canadian Marketing Association hopes that restrictions will be reduced over the coming years that will allow for cannabis tourism to be similar to wine tours.

03/05/19

The Vancouver International Wine Festival Bacchanalia gala dinner and auction, attended by over 400 guests, raised over $229,000 benefitting charitable partner Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. The gala, presented by Blakes, kicked off the 41st annual VIWF, at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver with a spectacular evening of wine and food, topped by a thrilling live auction.

03/05/19

Previously the Fine Wine Strategic Account Manager, Central Division, with Delicato Family Vineyards, Bartram joins the 47-year-old family winery with nearly 25 years of experience in sales and will report to John Doxon, Director of Sales. He will be responsible for Dry Creek Vineyard's thriving national off-premise accounts business, as well as the regional wholesale business in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico.

03/05/19

This method has been widely evaluated in CA, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, New York, Australia, Israel, South Africa, Spain, New Zealand, etc. All collaborators report 100% detection of all LR3 variants in their possession.

03/05/19

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits of Canada -a division of Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits-today announced the launch of a new wine division focused on growing the Company's wine business across the Canadian market. The division includes a dedicated wine sales team, highly trained to sell and represent wine suppliers to on-premise and retail customer accounts.

03/05/19

That is the finding of a comprehensive report released today by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) at its annual conference in Fresno on February 27th, 2019. The report, titled Roadmap to an Organic California: Benefits Report distills the findings of more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific studies to document a wide-ranging inventory of benefits that an expansion of organic farming could bring to California.

03/05/19

Registration is open for the Maine Grass Farmers Network's (MGFN) annual grazing conference 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23, at Kennebec County Community College's Alfond Campus on Route 201 in Hinckley. Livestock producers are invited to learn about grass-based production and how grazing systems can become more profitable and environmentally sound.

03/05/19

The demand for Italian aperitifs is still going strong, after sales of Aperol jumped 56% in the UK last year.

03/05/19

In the fast evolving online retail market, sales via smartphone have overtaken both desktop and tablet, and at a time when online grocery retail has reached a new high of £8 billion in the UK.

03/05/19

Nigel Greening, the owner of Felton Road, has told db that he hopes a secondary market doesn't emerge for Central Otago Pinots and that he's "disgusted" by the prices certain wines command today.

03/05/19

Liberty Wines' Premium On-Trade Report 2019 has revealed that while on-trade alcohol volumes are continuing to fall, value remains resistant. The report also found that the average bottle is 60% higher in restaurants in the premium on-trade than outside, and this is growing at a rate of 3% year-on-year.

03/05/19

The Drinks Business rounds up the biggest people moves in drink.

03/05/19

Our recent explorations into the wider reaches of the market, with particular reference to Burgundy, have given rise to a lot of enquiries about whether there is any secondary market light at the end of the tunnel for a vast range of esoteric wines that unsuspecting people have been sold as "investments" in the past.

03/05/19

Recently, Anteprima Amarone took place in Verona, Italy, which is an event that showcases the new vintage of Amarone from most Valpolicella producers, as well as brings wine buyers and media from all over the world together to discuss potential issues that may impact Valpolicella producers.

03/05/19

One of 2018's best-selling wine "varietals" is not, in fact, a varietal wine at all. According to Nielsen-tracked data published in the February issue of Wine Business Monthly, the third most-popular wine "varietal" by U.S. retailers is the red blend, a style that has soared in popularity over the last decade. In fact, the only varietal wines more popular than red blends among U.S. consumers over the past three years were the ubiquitous Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

03/05/19

The Virginia Mercury first reported that some people were perplexed why local gas stations and markets were selling bottles that looked like imitation Fireball whiskey or Russian Vodka. Purchasing of hard liquor and spirits outside of state-run ABC stores is not allowed in Virginia. Turns out, the products classify as wine and are thus legal to sell at local stores, according to a spokesperson for Virginia ABC.

03/05/19

Bridgehamptonite Sarah Jessica Parker has officially joined fellow East Enders Jon Bon Jovi, Drew Barrymore, Christie Brinkley, Bethenny Frankel and Martha Stewart in the wine business. New Zealand's Invivo & Co. announced the collaboration on February 27 with a video of their first meeting with the New York style icon.

03/05/19

Tohu Wines is owned by a larger Maori organization, Wakata. Some 4,000 Maori families, descendants of four tribes from the north of New Zealand's South Island, are Wakata shareholders. Their heritage land lies within New Zealand's now-world-famous Marlborough wine region. And so these Maori tribes have turned to wine production now to make the most of their land, while spreading the story of the Maori people and culture.