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04/03/19

Portocork America unveiled its new 55,000 square foot facility in Napa Valley. Located on Gateway Road East in the south Napa Gateway business park, it houses Portocork's North America headquarters. The facility increases usable square footage by roughly a third, housing the operation under one roof ...

04/03/19

The US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri handed down its decision in Sarasota Wine Market v. Parson. The decision upholds Missouri's laws permitting in-state retailers to sell and deliver directly to consumers' homes, but withholding that same privilege to out-of-state retailers ...

04/03/19

The California Green Medal recipients have been announced for the fifth annual Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards. The California Green Medal recognizes the leadership of wineries and vineyards committed to sustainability and is presented by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, California Association of Winegrape Growers, Wine Institute, Lodi Winegrape Commission, Napa Valley Vintners, Sonoma County Winegrowers and the Vineyard Team.

04/03/19

In honor of a lifetime spent dedicated to the pursuit of quality in the California wine industry, the Wine Business Monthly editorial team and the Innovation + Quality 2019 Advisory Board have named Zelma Long, a visionary in the global winemaking landscape and mentor to some of the industry's finest winemakers, their Lifetime Innovator Award winner. Long will be honored at IQ 2019, where she will bring her wines to a truly one-of-a-kind tasting featuring ultra-premium wines, and their winemakers, from across the globe.

04/03/19

Southern Glazer's executive Mel Dick, a driving force in the U.S. wine market for more than 60 years, has been honored with the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America's Lifetime Leadership Award

04/03/19

As an international trade event organisation specialist, he will use his background in international exhibition management to develop the Vinexpo brand worldwide for the benefit of the entire Wine & Spirits sector

04/03/19

Fine wine importer Wilson Daniels has announced Shannon Coursey as the company's new Senior Vice President and National Sales Manager, effective April 1st. This role oversees the management of Wilson Daniels' national sales team and network of distributor relationships across the country.

04/03/19

As part of his responsibilities Miles will develop and execute the company's annual strategic marketing plans and manage the direction and day-to-day activities of the marketing department. He will oversee pricing, packaging, advertising, promotion, public relations, digital and social media marketing, market research, and new product development.

04/03/19

Studio 707 launched today, offering integrated creative communications expertise. The agency's nimble team crafts stories that help brands stand out by bridging traditional public relations, content creation and media.

04/03/19

Starting today, WineDirect clients around the world can now connect their DTC data, including wine club, tasting room and online sales, to VinDashboard's reporting software to access over fifty reports and key performance indicators (KPIs). This connection makes it easy to track tasting room and sales associate performance, analyze wine club metrics, easily identify wine club members at risk and more.

04/03/19

The partnership will roll out curated Spotify playlists on the back of every bottle of 2018 wines from Tarpon Cellars. The first release in this partnership is a barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc that exhibits tropical aromatics as well as a depth and texture that lends itself to aging.

04/03/19

Interactive face filter app now available for download - Become your favorite freak and win a spot on the label!

04/03/19

California-based The Wonderful Company has announced its intention to use 100% renewable electricity in its U.S. operations by 2025, following a path that began in 2007 with a ground-mounted solar installation.

04/03/19

The maker of Absolut and Jameson has set out an ambitious, company-wide sustainability and responsibility roadmap that will bolster its CSR credentials until 2030. Its implementation is driven as much by profits as it is by brand reputation, says Pernod Ricard's global sustainability and responsibility director.

04/03/19

Wow, there's really no stopping Burgundy's crazy price rises, as even the biggest of names is eclipsed.

04/03/19

A new project is resurrecting historic vineyards in the Yonne in North-East France that were abandoned around a hundred years ago.

04/03/19

Winegrowers looking to cope with climate change can respond relatively quickly: vines can be replanted and productive in less than a decade; in the shorter term, irrigation and canopy management might address issues from one harvest to the next. In contrast, imagine how hard it would be to plan if your harvest came 150 years after planting. That's the challenge the cooperage industry is confronting.

04/03/19

"Two years ago we engaged with the Bird Protection League and on their suggestion measured the bat population," said Allan Sichel, head of Bordeaux's Wine Bureau Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB). Sichel said the study was done across 20 different chateaux and included 23 plots of vines. "In France, there are 33 species of bats, of which 20 are present in the Gironde."

04/03/19

As dairy farmers across the country continue to struggle from market instability, the 2018 Farm Bill dramatically expands support for dairy producers, providing flexible, affordable coverage options through the Dairy Margin Coverage program. Early analysis has shown that the improvements would provide much-needed financial support to dairy farmers - providing significant benefits for all operations and up to 5 times as much support for the smallest farms.

04/03/19

The "Sonomawood" sign has been stacked away neatly in a storeroom. The cavernous white tents have been disassembled on First Street East ...

04/03/19

Négociants say that price will be crucial for the big châteaux at this year's En Primeur campaign

04/03/19

Sklar's current role is as founder of Napa-based cannabis cultivation and delivery service Fumé.

04/03/19

California-based cannabis producer Vertical Cos. has raised $58 million in a funding round that values the company at $285 million, the first step toward listing its hemp spinoff on the Nasdaq.

04/03/19

For the first time ever a New Zealand wine brand has been named among the top three Most Admired Wine Brands in the World by Drinks International, a leading magazine for the alcohol beverage industry. The rankings were announced at a special awards ceremony in Düsseldorf, Germany on March 18.

04/03/19

In this fourth revision of the Green, Orange and Red Areas -with Green regarding the vineyard, Orange relating to the corporate and social area, and Red with regards to winery operations- VSPT Wine Group successfully passed the audits carried out by the Ecocert Group. These audits also included its long-term grape suppliers.

04/03/19

This was the third time EWE took place at the Oncenter in Syracuse, and Show Manager Bob Mignarri says by all accounts it was the most successful of the those held in Syracuse NY. "I thank our official supporters Wine Business Monthly and Wines & Vines Analytics, the conference sponsor i3 Verticals Point of Sale as well as the 31 organizations who were supporting sponsors of EWE and the associate sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees for their contributions to this to year's event," he says.

04/03/19

The focus is family-owned, small-scale artisanal wineries from the world's classic and up-and-coming regions. Founder, Bob Paulinski, heads the first U.S. business of it's kind that is owned by a Master of Wine.

04/03/19

Designated 2019 European Wine City, Perpignan, located in the heart of the Roussillon wine region in the South of France, has just presented its programme of festivities. Several events will set the tempo, starting with the Grenaches du Monde competition on 17 and 18 April. The competition will end with the Grenaches du Monde gala evening event, which is open to the public and where enthusiasts can taste the 900 entries in the competition and enjoy a gourmet set menu, for €63. 400 tickets are on sale.

04/03/19

The U.S. departments of Justice and Interior filed suits in both federal and state courts last week, against the plan finalized last December by the State Water Resources Control Board. The plan would redirect 30 to 50 percent of the flows in the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers in an attempt to increase fish populations.

04/03/19

A recent Feeding The Economy study, sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation and other organizations, was designed to measure the direct and indirect impact of U.S. food and agricultural industries on various economic factors, including employment, wages, economic output, tax revenue and exports. In this article, we review agriculture's direct impact on the U.S. economy and provide a state-level overview of direct agricultural jobs.

04/03/19

"From doing a chain of restaurants to building a winery to now developing a delivery business for cannabis, he gets fascinated with something, figures out who is doing what and he'll just plunge in and create something that never existed before," said longtime friend David Brownstein, an antitrust attorney in San Francisco.

04/03/19

The state Department of Water Resources said it anticipated releasing water down the spillway as early as Tuesday due to storms feeding the enormous reservoir behind Oroville Dam in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

04/03/19

The Food and Drug Administration says the May 31 meeting will discuss the science, safety and sale of cannabis compounds like CBD. In December, the agency said CBD is not approved for use in food, drinks and dietary supplements, but noted that could change. It also said any products that make drug or treatment claims also need to be approved by the FDA.

04/03/19

Of all the examples of Dolcetto, the richest are generally from the Dogliani zone, south of the Barolo zone.

04/03/19

When the topic of high-priced wine comes up, someone is bound to ask, "Why does it cost so much?" Without resorting to too much nerdy wine-speak, the answer can usually be boiled down to one word: scarcity.

04/03/19

We set out to find which of these budget-friendly retailers makes the best wine.

04/03/19

The San Francisco Film Festival is the longest-running cinema-centric festival in the U.S. It takes place this April 10 through 23. Kick things off at the opening event: a star-studded screening of Netflix's new reboot of the Tales of the City at the Castro Theatre. For the next 12 days, a thrilling series of movies and magical parties follow.

04/03/19

Cupcake will be returning as Coachella's official wine sponsor for the fifth year in a row. Accordingly, the new cans have made their debut to celebrate this five-year collaboration; they're available in stores as of April 1, and will be among the many beverage offerings festivalgoers will be able to enjoy at Coachella 2019 once it begins on April 12.

04/03/19

More than 100 wines from Michigan, across the United States and throughout the world will be featured at the event. There also will be wine seminars and a Mystery Wine contest.

04/03/19

The commissioners went in line with recommendations from the Yakima County Hearing Examiner and planning staff, but took the approval one step forward by granting developers' request to extend the required timeline to complete the project. They accepted the developers' request of 13 years with a two-year extension. Yakima County staff had recommended 10 years with a two-year extension.

04/03/19

The Clark County Fairgrounds will be the site of the Second Annual Vintage Ohio South Wine Festival, hosted by Ohio Wine Producers Association. In addition to wine tasting and purchasing, the event will feature musical performances, cooking demonstrations, several vendors, and four food trucks, including Bistro de Mohr, Freddie's Franks & Burgers, La Pampa Grill, and Young's Jersey Dairy.

04/03/19

Maisons Marques & Domaines USA Inc. (MMD USA) has announced a new partnership with Livio Felluga, the family-owned winery famous for its white wines in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region of Italy.

04/03/19

P.E.I.'s Progressive Conservative Party has pledged to allow convenience stores to sell beer and wine on the Island. Leader Dennis King couldn't give a timeline as to when the change would happen if his party formed government, but said they would get to work right away if elected.

04/03/19

Wine Australia is liaising with wholesalers across the USA to secure marketing activities leading up to Aussie Wine Month. These may include category-driven promotions, investments in trade tastings that support broad positive messaging for the Australian category, and other initiatives aimed at raising overall awareness

04/03/19

The government began a publicity campaign this week warning Frenchmen and women of the dangers of too much drink. When it comes to wine and other alcohol, it said, "for your health, it's maximum two glasses a day, and not every day."

04/03/19

According to the TTB, HUSA supplied alcohol retailers with its proprietary "BrewLock" draft systems at no cost between August 1, 2015, and March 26, 2019.

04/03/19

Vines are back in business. In the Côte d'Or area of Burgundy, the buds are swelling, whilst in the early-developing zones (young vines, clos, field blends) they are reaching the green tip stage.

04/03/19

Since the release of the final regulations from the Bureau of Cannabis Control ("BCC"), the California cannabis industry has been waiting with bated breath for guidance on many issues, but perhaps none more than BCC §5032, which mandates that commercial cannabis must occur between licensees

04/03/19

Napa County is contesting a recent Napa County Superior Court ruling that could force the Board of Supervisors to reconsider its controversial 2017 Mountain Peak winery approval in light of the subsequent Atlas fire.

04/03/19

Dr. Nancy Irelan of Red Tail Ridge estate winery in Seneca Lake/FLX (Finger Lakes) in Upstate New York was recently on the list of semi-finalists for one of the James Beard Awards

04/03/19

At Napa Valley's Larkmead Winery, Block A is what Winemaker Dan Petroski calls "the golden triangle." This is "where the magic happens"

04/03/19

Purchase Includes Portfolio of 30+ Brands and Six Wineries Located in California, Washington and New York

04/03/19

Constellation Brands announced today it has signed an agreement with E. & J. Gallo Winery to divest approximately 30 brands from its wine and spirits portfolio principally priced at $11 retail and below, and related facilities located in California, New York and Washington for $1.7 billion, subject to closing adjustments. The transaction is also subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approval, and is expected to close at the end of the company's first quarter of fiscal 2020