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05/07/19

The ROC is a non-profit group that puts the power of unbiased applied research in the hands of vintners and winemakers. From market forces to climate change, ROC provides true scientific method, a diversified communications platform and in-person forums for tasting and idea exchange. This collective allows winery stakeholders to voice real-world technical needs, pool resources for experimentation and move forward together as a community. Here's how ROC applied research helps wineries ...

05/07/19

Members of the Sonoma County Vintners celebrated the results of their annual barrel auction for the wine trade on May 3, which drew a total of $645,000 in bids to help fill the marketing coffers of their organization and also those of the county's smaller wine district associations. Retailers and restaurateurs from around the country attended three days of winery visits, tastings and meals that culminated in a live auction at MacMurray Estate Vineyards attended by 450. The bidders chose from 85 lots of wine in sizes from five to 20 cases, paying as little as $700 a case to as much as $2,600 a case for wines from coveted brands such as Williams Selyem, Pride Mountain and Cirq Estate.

05/07/19

Weeks after the James Beard Foundation announced the year's slate of chef and restaurant finalists, the results are in. At a ceremony in Chicago, chefs, restaurateurs, and other hospitality world insiders gathered for what are considered by many to be the most prestigious awards in American hospitality

05/07/19

The Oklahoma Legislature's controversial liquor bicker came to a head with the State Senate sending SB 608 to Gov. Kevin Stitt. If signed, the bill would require manufacturers of the top 25 wine and spirit brands to sell their products to any state-licensed wholesaler, a measure primarily sought by Bryan Hendershot of Boardwalk Distribution and the Retail Liquor Association of Oklahoma

05/07/19

"Our purpose in this continuing series of articles is to educate our friends and colleagues about the need to carefully review all activities that involve funding promotional programs intended to influence retailer and consumer purchasing activity - which is the purpose of all promotional activity"

05/07/19

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has said it will update its guidance on hemp ingredients within alcohol beverages after the recent federal farm bill excluded the cannabis strain from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act.

05/07/19

Last Thursday (May 2, 2019), the USPTO issued Guidance for the examination of trademark applications for hemp and cannabidiol ("CBD") containing goods. The guidance comes after the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill ...

05/07/19

Sixteen wine fans, traveling in a bus, crisscrossed the Lodi region with guide Randy Caparoso, editor-at-large at The SOMM Journal. David Glancy, who founded San Francisco Wine School in 2011, and Kristin Campbell, chief financial officer at the school, also led the group. ... 25 wineries in Lodi produce more than 125 wines with the Lodi Rules seal. The Lodi Winegrape Commission in 2005 created Lodi Rules, the first third-party certified sustainable program for the wine grape industry.

05/07/19

These wineries might entertain too many visitors, have too many employees or make too much wine. They can continue with business-as-usual while trying to legalize their situations, unless a violation poses a health and safety threat. They met the March 29 deadline to escape immediate penalties. If the county discovers violators in the unincorporated county outside of cities now, it will require them to comply with their permits for at least a year before allowing them to seek changes.

05/07/19

Napa County Planning Commissioners are pondering what the state's drive to spur more housing development might mean for rural wine country farmland.

05/07/19

Hundreds of vineyards - some teeny, some massive - dot the Sonoma Valley landscape, and up until now there was no single source for locating them all. Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance is changing that and will debut at the third annual Signature Sonoma Valley next week, the first of four maps that will identify every single vineyard in the Valley.

05/07/19

Bâtonnage Forum panelists discuss strategies for creating more respectful and supportive work environments

05/07/19

Bâtonnage Forum panelists debate women's right to wear what they want-while calling for an end to clothes shaming

05/07/19

The 1st WBWE Asia will be held on the coming 30th and 31st of May in Yantai (China)

05/07/19

Leader in Crafting Benchmark Wines from Exceptional Vineyards in California, Oregon And Washington Boosts Team to Help Support Increased Demand

05/07/19

This month, Chris and Elijah kick off a four-city tour, to showcase their Nine North portfolio. Along with them will be Pieter Ferreira, Pierre de Klerk, and Edwin Olivieri of Graham Beck Wines; Jules Taylor of Jules Taylor Wines and George Elworthy of The Better Half.

05/07/19

Mark Drake has founded DLG Consultants (The Drake Luxury Group).

05/07/19

Historic Burgundy Maison unveils its new wine tourism destination.

05/07/19

Francis Perrin has joined Ste. Michelle Wine Estates as Chief Marketing Officer, overseeing the company's brand management, digital marketing, innovation and direct-to-consumer functions.

05/07/19

The aim is to educate the trade and public about everything D.O.C.G. Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore has to offer - regionality, authenticity, and high standards in winegrowing and winemaking.

05/07/19

From noon to sunset, guests will enjoy a mid-summer's day picnic while indulging in various rosé offerings at this elegant summer kick-off experience filled with Instagram-worthy moments set against the stunning backdrop of Malibu.

05/07/19

Scotto Family Cellars announces new hires thanks to increasing sales of its USA Cabernet, Rare Blends and Scotto Family Cellars brands.

05/07/19

Alice Feiring, founder of pioneering natural wine newsletter The Feiring Line, has announced the winners of the inaugural Writing Mentorship Award. Designed for the future wine writing star, the mentorship opportunity was granted to the best, never-before-published, non-fiction pieces that pinned wine in its cultural context.

05/07/19

The Seneca Lake Wine Trail is bringing together the best of Seneca Lake on Saturday, May 18.

05/07/19

Based on industry demand, non-profit Research Oenovation Collective (ROC) coordinates inter-winery research trials for the greater good of the industry.

05/07/19

In his new role with Georgia Crown Distributing Co., McNeill will offer a wealth of knowledge regarding wine service, food and wine harmony, as well as regional sales.

05/07/19

The Atlas Wine Co. Lab's first experimental round is currently under development and includes a hard rosé kombucha that will appeal to health driven consumers, a small batch vermouth targeted towards craft cocktail makers, and a light, aromatic wine which is both low in alcohol and calories for fitness-minded individuals.

05/07/19

After just a few years, sales of wine in cans are soaring, and now, some of it is even pretty good.

05/07/19

The company trades on the Australian stock exchange and owns popular American wine brands Beringer and 19 Crimes, as well as one of the most popular ...

05/07/19

The "Amazing Gracie" Sneaky Keto fundraiser will be held at the Crooked Vine & Stony Ridge Winery.

05/07/19

"Wine Country," Amy Poehler's new movie about six women sharing a vineyard getaway weekend, certainly toasts Napa Valley, where it is set and where many scenes were filmed last year.

05/07/19

Other releases so far this week include Haut-Batailley, at €44.40, up by nearly 6% on its initial 2017 primeur price, and Malartic Lagravière, at €34.80, up by just over 7% on 2017

05/07/19

The founder of an environmentally-minded wine company who polluted a stream with his fledgling waste initiative has been fined. Peter Yealands, founder of Yealands Family Wines, was charged with pollution after winemaking byproduct grape marc leached into soil by a stream.

05/07/19

Fine wine lovers from more than 15 countries have collectively paid $2.7m for limited-edition cases of Mouton Rothschild wines and a chance to taste the Château's fabled 1945 vintage at a gala dinner - with proceeds going to Versailles Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral

05/07/19

... caused by the after-effects of a three-year drought, industry body VinPro has reported

05/07/19

As of May 2019, 24 pending AVA petitions have been accepted as perfected by the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), with more pending review. Thus, the pending petition for the West Sonoma Coast AVA may elicit questions about the necessity of classifying Sonoma's vineyards into yet another specific AVA. There are already 18 appellations within Sonoma County, including Sonoma Coast AVA, which should theoretically already highlight the vineyards located on Sonoma's western coast

05/07/19

The Sierra Foothills isn't the only region where California grenache has emerged from behind its gaudy veil of alcohol and fruit. But, as this tasting showed, it may well be the most distinctive in this moment. And, it may serve as a bellwether, a place where terroir expression is destined to show itself, now that these talented practitioners have taken on the task of revealing it

05/07/19

"This discovery is exciting. It means we have another piece of the puzzle to explain the neural mechanism driving alcohol consumption"