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Wednesday, August 21st

05/15/19

The Chinese government announced that it would be increasing the tariff on U.S. wines in response to the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China. Effective June 1, China will add another 15% tariff on U.S. wine imports to their country. The additional 15% tariff is on top of a previous 15% tariff increase implemented in April 2018 and another 10% increase in September 2018. When compounded, the new total tax and tariff rate will be 91 percent (not 98 percent)

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The Washington State wine industry has allocated more than $1 Million for viticulture and enology research in the coming fiscal year (July 2019-June 2020). This is the third consecutive year that research funding has topped $1 million as part of the statewide wine research grant program, which aims to improve overall wine quality by addressing vineyard and winery challenges

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William "Billy" Lamont Holder, who was indicted in December on multiple felony counts, including wire fraud, told buyers he owned the wine he was offering to sell, according to court records. He was the sole operator of his Glen Burnie storage facility known as "Safe Harbour Wine Storage LLC," according to court records

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Their story is emblematic of the reality in Napa Valley today. Land prices, especially for vineyards, are sky-high and showing no signs of dipping. Even modest parcels these days can start at $7 million. What that means is that wine-industry professionals like Lucz, 55, and Lawrence, 58, are increasingly disenfranchised from property ownership in Napa - leaving this precious valley, and the heart of the American wine industry, to be divvied up among corporations and titans of the 1 percent

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The new head winemaker at Distell is Andrea Freeborough. Cellar-master at Nederburg since 2015, she will be leaving her position at the Paarl winery at the end of May to take up her new role in overseeing the production of South Africa's largest wine portfolio.

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On May 5 and 6, temperatures plummeted to -4°C in the vineyards of Cahors, causing frost whose magnitude appears to be increasingly significant. According to the latest estimates, 3,500 hectares were affected, from the banks of the river to the plateau, causing 60 to 70% of crop losses. "This is a little less than the 2017 frost (causing 80% losses), but it's still catastrophic. After shatter in 2013 and frost in 2017, this will be the third small harvest in six years. That's every other year!" said an appalled Pascal Verhaeghe, chairman of the Cahors wine marketing board (UIVC), adding, "Every day, we see more damage than the day before".

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Thoughtful Viticulture's Mark Krasnow has been studying the effects of deficit irrigation in vineyards in Marlborough, Central Otago and Hawke's Bay. His findings could change the face of irrigation in the years to come.

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Deepening its trade war with the U.S. and sending world financial markets into a slide, China announced higher tariffs Monday on $60 billion worth of American goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump's latest penalties on Chinese products. Tariffs of 5% to 25% will take effect on June 1 on about 5,200 American products, including batteries, spinach and coffee, the Finance Ministry said.

05/15/19

The LA based Canned Wine startup is on a mission to produce clean wine for the world we live in today.

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More than 340 leading exhibitors from 28 countries and regions (including 13 national pavilions and industry associations) took part in ProWine Asia in Hong Kong (2017: 310 exhibitors).

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There is nothing wrong with knowing your product inside out. Enlightening people and communicating our enthusiasm about what we make, or sell, is wonderful. The danger is that we use it as a screen to prevent the necessity for dialogue and curiosity; then it is a handicap

05/15/19

Cali Cab and Chardonnay are holding strong in the spotlight, but winemakers continue to innovate and experiment with different grapes. Here are seven other varieties that should be on your radar.

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This Year's Release of the 2017 JUSTIN Cabernet Sauvignon Marks a Remarkable 30-Year Milestone Crafting One of the Nation's Most Popular Luxury Red Wines.

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Ekos Winemaker saves wineries time and money by providing an easy to use, cloud-based system that manages inventory, production, sales, and accounting all in one place.

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The new locations, which are slated to open over the next six months, join nine others already operating throughout California, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas.

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The latest action will tack on another 15% to the price of American wine sold in China, effective June 1 - the third spike within 14 months. Since Trump took office in January 2017, the tariff rate on U.S. wine exported to China will have climbed from 14% to 54% as the government of President Xi retaliates on American tariffs that have been placed on Chinese steel, aluminum and many consumer goods.

05/15/19

Two bills that would allow retailers to deliver alcohol to doorsteps are now headed to the Senate floor after a judiciary committee approved the bill Tuesday, May 14. Belle Chasse Republican Chris Leopold's bill would allow grocery and liquor stores to hire their own drivers to deliver alcohol, as long as it comes in a factory-sealed bottle and the recipient does not live on a college campus

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Many of the wines are superb. Will the pricing be tempting enough for consumers?

05/15/19

Recent warm and quiescent period ends suddenly tomorrow

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"The only new tariff we are aware of is the 18% previously on roasted, manufactured in cans going to 28%," said Julie Adams, vice president of Almond Board of California, in Modesto. The bulk of exports, almond kernels and in-shell nuts, remain at the 50% tariff China imposed a year ago and are not on the list of increases, she said.

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Craig Root has created or remodeled more than 100 tasting rooms all over the U.S., Canada, China and France

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U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell in April as households cut back on purchases of motor vehicles and a range of other goods, pointing to a slowdown in economic growth after a temporary boost from exports and inventories in the first quarter.