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03/06/19

Amy Whiteford, director of viticulture at Bloodlines Wines, said 83 acres are slated to be planted on the nearly 300-acre property. The vineyard will be primarily planted in Cabernet Sauvignon for Bloodlines wines, she said. No winery or tasting room are planned. Instead, Phinney plans to produce Bloodlines wines on Mare Island in Vallejo, where he recently opened a tasting room for his distillery, Savage & Cooke.

03/06/19

The Wine Business Monthly editorial team and IQ Advisory Board are looking to the industry for recommendations of supplies, processes or equipment that lend a helping hand toward making high-quality wines. The deadline to submit a product is March 6, 2019.

03/06/19

The 2019 Climate Change Leadership conference began today (6 March) with the opening speakers tackling the immediate impact of climate change and how to face up to it.

03/06/19

At the California Department of Water Resources, planners focus on a voluntary strategy known as Flood-MAR, which stands for "managed aquifer recharge." The strategy combines floodwater operations and groundwater management in an effort to benefit working landscapes, and could also aid local groundwater agencies as they implement the state Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which requires overdrafted groundwater basins to be in balance by the 2040s.

03/06/19

The new platform for the updated online guide to sustainable viticulture, winemaking, and business practices was unveiled at the Washington Winegrowers Association's Annual Convention in February, heralding "a renewed commitment to sustainability".

03/06/19

According to the Rabobank report, in the final quarter of 2018 online wine sales across Western Europe accounted for 4% of sales overall (the United Kingdom represented 10% of the total online volume). The 4% growth e-commerce is impressive on its own, but the report also says that between 2010-2017 Western European wine consumption fell by 5% yet e-commerce increased by 66%.

03/06/19

Private equity giant The Carlyle Group is preparing to prune substantial costs from newly acquired Accolade Wines, for which it paid $1 billion last year, with a major strategic review of all the back-office functions which is likely to include a large component of outsourcing.

03/06/19

Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, and Sen. Mike McGuire, D-North Coast, have been appointed co-chairs of the Senate Select Committee on California's Wine Industry for the 2019-20 legislative session. The pair co-chaired the committee during the last legislative session. The committee is made up of a bipartisan group of senators from around the state who are charged with overseeing the diverse issues affecting California's wine industry.

03/06/19

StaVin, the world's leading supplier of high-quality toasted oak products for wine, is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

03/06/19

The damage to surrounding communities is extensive, and our friends at the Pax Wines facility in Sebastopol are among those affected. In addition to losses from flood damage, all activities at the winery and tasting room have been put on indefinite hold.

03/06/19

"U.S. ag is at a crossroads," Dominique van der Mensbrugghe, director of the Center for Global Trade Analysis at Purdue University, said Monday during the audiocast of the Farm Foundation's forum on trade.

03/06/19

New York's second annual Vinexpo saw a group of producers, retailers and wholesalers gather to share their perspectives on new trends and challenges for the wine industry. All of the executives said that while 2018 was a good year, it also presented sales challenges because of the erratic economy. They also noted that much change is likely to lie ahead in the years to come.

03/06/19

Eight years ago, the Purdue Wine Grape Team asked Indiana residents and tourists to "Try On Traminette," the state's first signature wine. On April 1, the team will launch a new marketing campaign for Traminette encouraging consumers to make this versatile white wine their go-to choice for everyday and special occasions.

03/06/19

A new monitoring method developed at Duke University allows scientists to identify the onset of drought sooner - meaning conservation or remediation measures might be put into place sooner to help limit the damage. "By combining surface and air temperature measurements from thousands of weather stations and satellite images, we can monitor current conditions across an entire region in near real time and identify the specific places where drought-induced thermal stress is occurring," said James S. Clark, Nicholas Professor of Environmental Sciences at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment.

03/06/19

Sipping sparkling wine beneath towering redwood trees; shucking oysters just pulled from the Tomales Bay; contemplating ocean waves while sampling wines uniquely shaped by sunshine, wind and fog. This could only be California.

03/06/19

Pahlmeyer Winery of Napa Valley announces the release of its 30th Anniversary 2016 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red, an iconic Napa Valley red wine blend with a special commemorative label.

03/06/19

Paso Robles Wine Country, one of the nation's premier wine regions, announced today its plans to visit Florida with its Grand Tasting Tour of Paso Robles wines, Paso Wine in the Sunshine State. More than 20 wineries from California's third largest wine producing region will pour a sampling of their award-winning wines in Miami on April 10 and Palm Beach on April 11.

03/06/19

Get ready to add a new style category to your Pinot Grigio lexicon: "Riserva Alpine" Pinot Grigio. Fans of Peter Zemmer prize the winery's flavorful, yet vibrantly fresh alpine wines. Now, this star producer from North Italy's Alto Adige is about to up the ante with the March 2019 U.S. debut of Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio Riserva "Giatl" (pronounced Ghee-AT-uhl) 2016 -- a glorious vintage for this alpine region.

03/06/19

Wente Family Estates is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Tony Coleman to the position of Vice President Supply Chain, joining the senior leadership team. The company is the country's oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery, focused on producing top quality, appellation-driven California wines with strong distribution in a competitive marketplace both domestically and internationally.

03/06/19

In the flurry of events taking place in the run-up to the annual Oscar® celebration, UCLA presented its annual IoES Hollywood for Science Gala, which honored world-renowned leaders in the environment. Georgos Greek Wines was the official wine sponsor of the event.

03/06/19

The states - Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming - have been working for years on drought contingency plans. But Arizona and California have missed two deadlines set by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and still have work to do.

03/06/19

Supporters argue it would be less expensive and time-consuming for county governments to review plans for solar arrays and other renewable energy facilities. However, advocates of farmland preservation argue that counties will scrutinize renewable energy projects less rigorously that the Energy Facility Siting Council, which aims to ensure such facilities meet statewide standards.

03/06/19

While up to 2 feet or more of snow blanketed most of Washington in February, no records were set and statewide snowpack declined slightly from 91 percent on Feb. 25 to 87 percent on March 4.

03/06/19

Alarmed Washington fruit growers have been sounding off to their representatives at the state capital in Olympia about a bill proposed by Seattle Senator Rebecca Saldaña that would require farmers to report any incidents of slavery, peonage, or human trafficking to retailers with more than $200,000 in global sales.

03/06/19

Swollen rivers and creeks fed by atmospheric-river storms caused flooding with both short-term and long-term impacts for California farmers.

03/06/19

And February went into the record books for snow and cold in the Columbia Valley with 23 inches recorded in Kennewick. This month has started off frigid, too, with a record-low of 8 degree Fahrenheit on Monday. According to the Tri-City Herald, the previous low on that date was 14 set in 1896 - more than a century ago

03/06/19

The Ag Economy Barometer declined 7 points to a reading of 136 points in February, compared to 143 a month earlier. The modest decline puts the barometer back near the levels observed in October and November 2018 and is just 4 points below the level of February 2018.

03/06/19

Madrigal Family Winery Tasting Salon & Gallery in Sausalito will host its milestone 30th installation of its Art and Wine series on Sunday, April 14th from 6-8:30pm, featuring the work of local professional Marin County Artists including Amir Salamat & Simin Massoudi with art curation by Shiva Pakdel. This exhibition is a celebration showing Madrigal's support of Marin Open Studios, a vibrant community wide event that celebrates the county's rich culture of art.

03/06/19

The Lord Stanley wine director is bringing her affinity for natural wine to the brand-new Moongate Lounge

03/06/19

John Holdren, co-director of the science, technology, and public policy program at Harvard's Kennedy School, detailed the march of climate change and its effects at Vinexpo in New York, a two-day trade show held Monday and Tuesday for the wine and spirits industry. His goal was not only to explain the problem, but to encourage his audience to do something-not only to lessen their own carbon footprints, or to adapt to the changing climate, but to become advocates for more aggressive emission reduction policies such as putting a global price on carbon.

03/06/19

The Messina Hof Harvest Green Winery will break ground later this year in Harvest Green, a 1,300-acre master-planned community anchored by a working farm. The award-winning winery's fourth Texas location will feature a wine bar, tasting rooms that can be booked for private events and a 130-seat restaurant with an open kitchen and a 2,600-square-foot covered patio.

03/06/19

This alliance marks the first time a major advertiser has joined forces with Meredith to create and deliver a program rooted in artificial intelligence.

03/06/19

MORE is kicking off a year-long adventure with Stoller Family Estate called "Vintage." Throughout the year, we'll be following every critical step of what will eventually become the 2019 vintage of wine. Molly Riehl takes us to the Willamette Valley to show us that a great bottle of wine starts with the people behind it.

03/06/19

IronGate.Wine, a leading online retailer of private, rare wine collections, is pleased to announce that they have completed testing and will immediately begin accepting Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) as payment methods for their extensive online inventory of vintage wine.

03/06/19

Cabrera, a beverage industry veteran with 19 years of sales experience, joins Free Public Wines from Terlato Wines International, where he served as Northwest region manager since 2014. During his Terlato tenure, he won Region Manager of the Year for the 2018 fiscal year. Cabrera will oversee Free Public's expanding distribution partnerships and key accounts.

03/06/19

Since 2016 all d'Arenberg estate owned and leased vineyards have been certified for organic and biodynamic processes, approval has now been granted to label the 2018 vintage as organic wine. Certification was obtained through NASAA, an Australian certification organisation.

03/06/19

Southern Murray Darling Basin water allocation prices in 2019-20 are unlikely to reach the peaks seen during the worst of the Millennium Drought, according to new ABARES research presented today at the Outlook 2019 conference in Canberra.

03/06/19

Construction is underway of Te Kano Estate's new tasting room, making a major architectural statement in Felton Road and signifying the company's ongoing investment in Central Otago.

03/06/19

Pesticides and other artificial chemicals used in conventional winemaking should be listed as ingredients on the end product, according to a French MW leading the charge for a low intervention revolution.

03/06/19

Featuring 10 labels, the event will take in low-intervention producers from Champagne, Franciacorta, Oregon and Wales, including a range of styles, from Pet Nat to Brut Nature.

03/06/19

Specialist wine retailer Majestic has seen a 49% surge in sales at its two stores in Calais in February, its "biggest ever month" outside of the Christmas period, as managing director Joshua Lincoln hails a "new generation of cruiser millennials."

03/06/19

Almost a year on from being "hours away from collapse" after the fall of former owner and UK wholesaler Conviviality, managing director of Matthew Clark, David Philips, and director of wine buying, Simon Jerrome, reveal the changes the company has made to turn its fortunes around.

03/06/19

Pierre Mansour, of The Wine Society, and Paul Shinnie, of Alliance Wine, have been named the newest Caballeros, after they were formally invested into the Order by His Excellency D. Carlos Bastarreche, the ambassador of Spain, and Sra. Dña. María Peña Mateos, chief executive officer of ICEX, at a dinner held at The Dorchester on 5 March.

03/06/19

The Drinks Business looks at 10 new products that are making a splash.

03/06/19

The English and Welsh wine industry produced a record-breaking amount of wine last year thanks to a frost-free spring and a long, mostly dry summer.

03/06/19

Jeremy Lithgow MW, head of wine at Amathus Drinks explained: "Spain continues to offer value and quality at all levels, and as part as part of the ongoing premiumisation and diversification of our wine portfolio it was important for us represent this. We tasted many samples from Priorat and Montsant and these two producers stood out in both senses, with exceptional wines displaying great typicity at sensible prices".

03/06/19

These two states in the US offer a huge diversity of terroirs, and the wines emerging from them are equally fascinating, as local Michael Alberty's selection of top reds shows...

03/06/19

A Q&A with Charles F. Smith, the winemaker and jack of all trades for Smith-Madrone Vineyards & Winery.

03/06/19

Wayne Bailey, who grew up on a farm in Iowa, and his wife, Nicolette, have transformed the site into a sustainably farmed wine estate and elegant hospitality destination throughout their nine guest suites.

03/06/19

Consumer preference or aversion to wines made from native grapes - such as Concord, Niagara and Catawba, which are grown in North America - may depend on early exposure to the fruits' sweet, ultra "grapey" taste and aroma, according to researchers who conducted sensory tests with wine drinkers in Pennsylvania and California.

03/06/19

Petit manseng has been an up-and-coming grape in Virginia for a couple of decades, and now the state's 2019 Governor's Cup competition has raised the variety into the limelight. Announcement of the winning wine last week was well received for another reason. The 2016 Petit Manseng from Horton Vineyards got the award just seven months after the death of Dennis Horton, one of the state's most influential vintners.

03/06/19

The owner of Total Wines, who was elected to Congress in last November's mid-terms, has thrown his weight behind a US bill to more than double the minimum wage to $15 by 2024 - although a local newsite claims some of Total Wine employees are currently paid below the proposed new level.