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04/04/19

The transaction is estimated to give Gallo about 22 percent market share by volume of the US wine market ... In addition to Clos du Bois, Gallo is acquiring the following wineries: Mission Bell, Turner Road Vintners and Wild Horse in California; Hogue Cellars in Washington, and Canandaigua in New York. ... Gallo expected to slot these brands into its existing portfolio effectively and develop new brand strategies to attract younger consumers ... Gallo's expansion in Washington State greeted with enthusiasm ...

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Earlier this year, Wine Business Monthly named Gallo No. 1 and Constellation No. 3 for the U.S.'s largest wineries by volume. The Wine Group out of Livermore (with a large production facility near Ripon) came in at No. 2. Gallo has long sold wine at a range of prices and should do well with the labels it is buying from Constellation, said Cyril Penn, editor of Wine Business Monthly, speaking by phone from his Sonoma office. "I would not expect them to dumb down these brands," he said. "If anything, it will rejuvenate them." ... Gallo has succeeded through "vertical integration" that has grape growing, bottle making, distribution and other functions under one ownership, Penn said

04/04/19

The deal includes no vineyards. Gallo will get at least six new production facilities: four in California and one each in Washington (Hogue Cellars) and New York (Canandaigua). ... As for the thousands of employees who are wondering today if they still have jobs, a Gallo spokesperson said, "It is Gallo's intent to offer employment to the majority of employees at all acquired locations, as long as all hiring criteria are met. We are encouraging all interested Constellation employees to join the Gallo team."

04/04/19

Previously, she held the position of President of Brack Mountain Wine Company, Executive Director of Sonoma County Vintners and senior marketing positions with Fosters Wine Estates, Southcorp Wines - The Americas, and Rosemount Estate

04/04/19

We will send out our customary summary conclusions from the Crush Report when released. The increase in gallons of bulk wine actively for sale, traditional bulk buyers becoming bulk sellers, and the just in time buying patterns in Q1 of 2019 have supported the large crop conclusion, and are consistent with the transition to excess as updated in our last market update

04/04/19

A Tulsa liquor distributor won the first round Tuesday in what he described as a fight against unfair business practices put in motion by Oklahoma's alcohol modernization laws. Senate Bill 608, by Sen. Kim David, R-Porter, received its first hearing in current form Tuesday afternoon in the House Judiciary Committee. Stripped of the language that cleared the Senate 44-0 in early March, SB 608 now restores language requiring manufacturers - distilleries and wineries - to make their products available to all wholesalers.

04/04/19

On the eve of his 80th birthday, Francis Ford Coppola is ready to embark on one of his dream projects. He plans to direct Megalopolis, a sprawling film as ambitious as Apocalypse Now, that he has been plotting for many years. He has his script, and he has begun speaking informally to potential stars.

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Using inexpensive soil tension sensors at 1-, 2- and 3-foot depths can give growers insight into how hard grapevines are working to pull water from the soil, providing a more efficient method for estimating the plants' water stress to guide deficit irrigation practices, compared to using a pressure bomb to measure stem water potential, according to vineyard consultant Alan Campbell. His company, SmartVineyards, aims to help growers incorporate detailed soil moisture data into their managemen

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boasting tastings and masterclasses, and showing the best wine that Italy has to offer. Db checks out what's on offer.

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Vinexpo Bordeaux returns this spring on May 13-16, drawing as many as 2,000 brands and 40,000 trade professionals from 150 countries to this city synonymous with fine wine. The 2019 show promises to "Shape the Future" with four full days of exhibitions, networking opportunities, and hard-hitting educational sessions on issues impacting the global wine and spirits industry.

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Members of the Rhone Rangers will make their Boston, MA debut on April 23-24, 2019 to celebrate the 22 Rhone grape varieties that are produced by a growing number of maverick American winemakers. Under a new partnership with City Winery, the Rhone Rangers will conduct a technical seminar, wine tastings, and a multi-course winemaker dinner.

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This new location is approximately 5,000 square feet of office, warehouse and showroom space. Spare parts for its complete portfolio, including new and refurbished equipment will be on site, accompanied by a technician and salesperson, who will be servicing customers in the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

04/04/19

Some of South Australia's wine grape growers have seen their yields halve, as hot, dry conditions take their toll on some of the state's wine regions. However, many grape growers have reported being happy with the quality of the wines in spite of, or perhaps even because of, the tough conditions.

04/04/19

The Retailer Roundtable will feature panelists Don Barnett, Chief Operating Officer for Sun Basket; Greg Corrigan, Senior Director of Produce and Floral for Raley's; and Vic Savanello, Vice President of Produce for The Fresh Market. Tonya Antle, Co-founder of the Organic Produce Network (OPN) will serve as moderator for the Retailer Roundtable, one of the most anticipated events at OPS 2019.

04/04/19

Their constant effort to stay sustainable is spurned on by owner Hansjörg Wyss, an ardent conservationist, who has promised to spend $1 Billion on conservation efforts over the next 10 years. This focus on sustainability has pushed Halter Ranch Vineyard to ensure they're as sustainable as possible.

04/04/19

"The Guv'nor!" is a red wine "stuffed with bramble and plummy flavours" that sells for about $5 a bottle, $30 a case. It's a house specialty here at Majestic Wine Calais, one of the sprawling discount wine warehouses within walking distance of the English Channel. And it's part of a cottage industry aimed at the steady flow of Brits who come by ferry to load up their cars with plonk far cheaper than at home

04/04/19

Amid claims that the online wine club is not paying suppliers, cofounder Logan Lee says, "We are not a Fyre Festival"

04/04/19

SIP Certified (Sustainability in Practice) has just released their list of newly certified wines for spring of 2019. The roster includes many repeat and first-time certified wines from 11 winery members that have met the farming and winemaking requirements of the organization.

04/04/19

A panel of fourteen respected wine industry professionals chose Davis Estates based on brand distinction and innovation, rising industry recognition, and acknowledgement of their elegant setting, "blending the best of the past and present in showing off the future of winemaking."

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Giovanni Colavita, nephew of Enrico Colavita and CEO of Colavita USA, will coordinate the US-based partnership activities with Castaldo.

04/04/19

As it moves towards its 200th year, America's "Oldest Wine Shop" Acker Merrall & Condit, the world's leading luxury wine auction house, is proud to announce a complete rebrand to "Acker."

04/04/19

The label's name, Artevino - a combination of the words "arte" (art) and "vino" (wine) - was inspired by Tom's background as an artist. His storied, five decade career has included launching his own stained glass studio when barely out of his teens, being the Designer and Production Manager for the stained glass studio at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, painting in acrylic and oil (including the "Legends at the Stick" baseball series, which was featured in Sports Illustrated and eventually saw one of the paintings being permanently installed in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY), and designing wine labels for a variety of winemakers, including those in the Far Niente family -- Dolce, Nickel & Nickel, EnRoute and Bella Union.

04/04/19

Cypher Winery and Tasting Lounge in Paso Robles owned by winemaker Susan Mahler, announced the release of her 2017 Ethereal white Rhône blend, 2017 Evanescence Rose', 2016 Theory Three, 2016 Fifth Element, 2016 Phoenix, 2016 Loco, 2016 TNT, 2016 Grenache, 2016 Syrah, 2016 Mourvedre, 2016 and after 15 years of barrel aging her 2003 Dirt Candy port style dessert wine.

04/04/19

Forgeron Cellars today announced the release of their first-ever Artist Series of wine, featuring murals by famed street-artist Julia Yubaba. Three wines will be released on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019, including 2018 Pink Rabbits Rosé, 2018 Otherworldly Chardonnay, and the 2016 Imaginarium Red.

04/04/19

On its partnership with the institute, chief marketing officer Stephanie Gallo said: "E&J Gallo Winery has three Masters of Wine in integral roles within our organisation - Edouard Baijot MW, Nicholas Paris MW and Nigel Sneyd MW. We applaud the IMW's commitment to professional excellence. Their dedication to promoting education in the wine industry is exemplary."

04/04/19

Grant Crandall, President of the ASWA Board said the they unanimously nominated Bell because he has shared his knowledge and kindness with hundreds in the industry, raising the overall quality of wine on the east coast. And many in the Finger Lakes in New York State agree.

04/04/19

Trident's plastic deer fence is made from a durable plastic material that has the added benefit of a reinforced bottom edge to help secure ground stakes and stop deer browsing around landscapes.

04/04/19

Chef Alain Ducasse and diplomat Philippe Faure were commissioned by Emmanuel Macron "to design and promote" in France and abroad the 'Paris Food Forum', due to be held from 20 to 22 March 2020, the Ministry has announced in a press release.

04/04/19

The former Sonoma County Farm Bureau president and globetrotter died March 7 from complications of a fall. He was 85.

04/04/19

When I arrive at the private guest house where he's staying during a visit to the Napa Valley, East, polite and laid back, extends a firm hand shake. He's staying at the Charles Krug Estate, gearing up for a private performance later in the day for members of the music industry and radio station executives. Tall, lanky and confident, he's clearly comfortable in his own skin

04/04/19

This week, Jackson Family Wine announced that it will host the 2019 Circular Summit in Sonoma County for top global entrepreneurs ...

04/04/19

More than 25m businesses have realised that Instagram offers a chance to meet their customers, build brand loyalty and potentially sell their goods, particularly businesses with photogenic products. Vineyards and wineries are often situated in a beautiful location most brands can only dream of, but it requires someone to take a good photo without cutting off the top of a château or a winemaker's head