Winebusiness.com - Homepage for the Wine Industry

search news

Wednesday, August 21st

05/20/19

The latest Wine Industry Metrics in the May edition of the Wine Analytics Report indicate that U.S. wine sales increased 7% in April versus a year earlier to $3.8 billion, while sales in the latest 12 months increased 3% to nearly $48 billion. The data, supplied by market research firm bw166, indicates that bulk imports have pulled back, becoming a smaller component of domestic sales. This, in turn, has made domestic table wines the driver of sales growth.

05/20/19

This is a delicate time for the Chardonnay vines. They are flowering and the tiny, fragile little flowers are what translate directly into grapes

05/20/19

Some of the earliest varietals are already flowering on the vine, and moisture at this stage could shrink the grape crop. "This is one of those things you just have to sit back and hope it's not a problem," said Joe Nielsen, Director of Winemaking at Ram's Gate Winery in Sonoma.

05/20/19

oin Rob McMillan, EVP and Founder, Premium Wine Division, Silicon Valley Bank along with a panel of experts will be sharing the highlights from our 2019 consumer wine sales survey which was completed in March with more than 1,000 participating wineries. The panel includes: Tammy Boatright, president at VingDirect, Lisa H. Kislak, chief marketing officer at Crimson Wine Group and Cyril Penn, editor in chief of Wine Business Monthly

05/20/19

Château du Galoupet offers a renowned rosé wine ... Moët Hennessy aims to enhance the 89 unplanted hectares, respecting the extraordinary preserved environment and offering a natural foreground

05/20/19

the Chateau d'Esclans 2018 will sit in the middle of the brand's portfolio in terms of pricing and sophistication. Many consumers might not realize that Whispering Angel is really the entry-level wine

05/20/19

a stunning yet feel-good move for the Idaho wine industry, Greg and Kristen Koenig have agreed to sell Koenig Vineyards on the Sunnyslope of the Snake River Valley to James and Sydney Nederend of nearby SCORIA Vineyards

05/20/19

Vinexpo management have signalled they are willing to make big changes to the Bordeaux fair, after a dramatic fall in visitors. One of those changes includes joining forces with Wine Paris.

05/20/19

Seattle agency Copacino+Fujikado created a series of videos that have some fun with well-known beer ads, like Bud Light's classic "Wazzup." The hope is that it will convince viewers that wine can be enjoyed in even the most casual of settings (as if people already haven't figured that out)

05/20/19

In an analysis from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, investigators evaluated the relation of alcohol consumption in their over 45,000 study participants to the development of lethal prostate cancer. They related alcohol first to the overall risk of prostate cancer among all subjects, then focused on the 5,182 men who developed non-metastatic prostate cancer to judge their risk of developing lethal prostate cancer or mortality.

05/20/19

The truth is, putting alcohol research in context is tricky even for scientists ...

05/20/19

A new building will cover 28,000 square feet when completed, creating room for 50 large fermentation tanks-enough to vault production past 1 million cases. ... Oliver's masterstroke was to storm the national market with sweet wines-an area often looked down on because products with high sugar content are widely considered less sophisticated. These products might lack highbrow appeal, but as Oliver's experiences have shown, they do well with rank-and-file consumers. Cyril Penn, editor of Wine Business Monthly, said many customers want sweet wine (so it must be true). Oliver's lineup has grabbed shelf space from Texas to Michigan. It includes two varieties called Apple Pie and Peach Pie (which are exactly what they sound like); a collection of fruity, aromatic Soft Wines that's been made since the 1980s; a Sangria; and cherry and blueberry moscatos ... The entire state produces 2.4 million gallons of wine, meaning Oliver (which will make 1.1 million gallons in 2019) creates almost half of the state's total production.

05/20/19

And speaking of making 450K cases of sweet wines, with the addition of a new bottling line in its Rose Hill, N.C. production facility, Duplin Winery now has the capability to bottle 9,000 bottles of wine per hour. The Winery's previous bottling line bottled 6,000 an hour.

05/20/19

A pair of researchers from Montana State University reportedly used grocery store sales data from over one million wine purchases from 2009 to 2012 in ten large U.S. markets and determined that American shoppers are willing to pay about $1 more on average (approximately an eight percent price increase) for wine with a cork (we want to know more and were not aware that scanner data could break out whether wine brands are sealed with cork, screw caps or synthetics? - editor)

05/20/19

"We all know that alcohol levels in wine rose drastically during Parker's era. Bordeaux, Burgundy and California in particular, as well as the Rhône, saw these increases-all regions Parker specialized in. During my heyday (and Parker's as well), alcohol levels in California Cabernet Sauvignon, especially from Napa Valley, soared. Frequently, levels of more than 15% were seen, and many of us-aware of the fudge factor the Federal government allows in wine labeling-suspected that a Cabernet of official 15.5% strength might in reality be in excess of 16%. This is not a "myth" but a fact"

05/20/19

W. Blake Gray pays tribute to a legend. ... 'The most important critic in the history of the world officially retired this week, leaving yours truly as the best-known active wine writer from the Baltimore area. (Thanks Bob, and go Orioles!)'

05/20/19

Influenced by consumer champion Ralph Nader, Parker decided this his guide would have no financial ties of any kind to the wine trade, nor any advertising. Instead, it would rely solely on subscriptions. This was a break with tradition, as many wine writers of the day came out of the wine trade and so had various conflicts of interest. Parker also created the 100-point wine scale, which remains powerful today.

05/20/19

Restaurateurs across the country say they are waking up to a years-long, high-tech bamboozling by Grubhub involving hidden fees for orders that never happened - an allegation that could cost the company millions, The Post has learned.

05/20/19

This might be the golden era for Cornas, the oft-neglected northern Rhône source of fine Syrah. If you seek good value in great wine, look here.

05/20/19

Ferrante Winery captures 'Best of Show' and 'Best White' while Vinoklet snags two top awards for fruit wines

05/20/19

Several Cayuga County-area wineries and one distillery took medals at the 19th annual Finger Lakes Wine International Wine Competition held in April in Rochester.

05/20/19

Between snarf-inducing laughs, it's hard to dispute that actors Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, and Rachael Dratch steal the show in the new Netflix movie, "Wine Country." Another star shines brightly too: Healdsburg's Jordan Winery.

05/20/19

During the Gilmer County Office of Planning & Zoning meeting on Thursday, May 16, 2019 the board held a hearing in regards to a property located at 0 Burnt Mountain Road to be utilized for the purpose of a farm winery & tasting room.

05/20/19

For the first time, the University of California has hired a Cooperative Extension specialist dedicated to organic agriculture. Joji Muramoto, a longtime research associate with the University of California Santa Cruz, will coordinate a statewide program focused on the organic production of strawberries and vegetables. His first day in the new position will be May 29.

05/20/19

This year's package could range between $15 billion and $20 billion, Perdue projected

05/20/19

Here, we utilize 16S rRNA high-throughput sequencing to characterize the bacterial community composition, diversity and metabolic function during vermicomposting of the white grape marc Vitis vinifera v. Albariño for 91 days. Large, significant changes in the bacterial community composition of grape marc vermicompost were observed by day 7 of vermicomposting and throughout the duration of the experiment until day 91.

05/20/19

Forced to leave the North Fork of Long Island after a zoning dispute, Southold Farm and Cellar, a groundbreaking producer, has started anew in Hill Country.

05/20/19

Ridgeview CEO Tamara Roberts and her team welcomed HRH Duchess of Cornwall yesterday for a tour of the estate as part of a Royal visit to cultural and gastronomic hot spots in East Sussex.

05/20/19

An excellent vintage in 2018 and an innovative new band of winemakers mean things are looking up for home-grown bottles

05/20/19

In this role, Gence, who will be known as "Agent Noir" at The Wine Spies, will be responsible for the selection of the wines that will be offered on winespies.com and the company's additional sales channels.

05/20/19

In this new role, BCI will work hand in hand with Société du Rhum Barbancourt and will advise on strategy and successful execution, supporting the growth of the brand alongside Crillon Importers LTD., which has served the brand for over 20 years and will remain the sole and exclusive importer within the USA and Canada in the years to come.

05/20/19

Alex Stewart has been in the winemaking industry since he was 19 years old. Though he was originally pursuing medical school at the University of Washington, Stewart started to reevaluate his decisions after helping his brother, Lawrence, when his employing winery was shorthanded ...

05/20/19

Innovation X Marketing, the global brand building specialists, announced today they have been selected by The Caviro Group, Italy's largest wine cooperative, to develop and drive branding and marketing strategy for the launch of its portfolio in the US market.

05/20/19

Tom Payette, national winemaking consultant, was awarded Virginia Tech's Department of Food Science and Technology's Distinguished Alumnus in Government or Industry Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Science Alumni Organization on Friday, March 22, 2019.

05/20/19

The list of Chilean companies with the best reputation index for the past year has been released through the 2019 RepTrak ranking by the Reputation Institute, and on this occasion Viña San Pedro increased its position compared to the previous year.

05/20/19

Acker Sells Over $4.2 million at Sizzling Sine Qua Non Auction; Half a Million in Seller Proceeds to Benefit Top Charitable Institutions

05/20/19

New York-based importer, Domaine Select Wine & Spirits (DSWS), has reached an agreement to be sold to an investment group led by industry veteran, Hill Flynn. Terms of the sale have not been disclosed.

05/20/19

Patina, the flagship restaurant of Patina Restaurant Group, located inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, is pleased to announce Jon Cross as the new head sommelier. Cross joins Patina after serving as the corporate wine director for Culinary Lab Restaurant Group, (Hinoki and the Bird, Rosaline, Black Ship) in Los Angeles.

05/20/19

For 91 years, California FFA students have descended on Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for the organization's state judging finals, where more than 2,000 high school students compete in more than 20 competitions. Winners earn the right to compete in the national competition in Indianapolis in late October.

05/20/19

Held at the Lodge at Sonoma, the half-day seminar opened with a networking breakfast sponsored by FedEx and presented strategies for effective social media posting, communicating sustainability to consumers, navigating the world of new media, and getting the most out of association memberships.

05/20/19

The Good Life Wine Collective, which includes Handwritten Wines and Jessup Cellars, will partner with Sky & Vine® Rooftop Bar, Napa's premier wine country-inspired retreat located atop Archer Hotel Napa, for the 2nd Annual 'Music in the Sky' series.

05/20/19

Produced by culinary agency Taste Network, the fête kicks off summer with an experience dedicated to discovering the wine, food and atmosphere of the Côtes du Rhône, located in the south of France. The event will be hosted at Second Floor, a stunning open-air venue in Manhattan, on Sunday, June 23rd from 5:15-8:30pm.

05/20/19

The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) selected Napa Valley grower Andrew Hoxsey as the 2019 Grower of the Year and Clements grower Brad Goehring as the 2019 Leader the Year. Both will be honored on June 25 at the Awards of Excellence program and dinner during the CAWG Summer Conference in Sonoma.

05/20/19

Live In The Vineyard Goes Country (LITVGC), presented by CMT, takes place May 14-16 amidst the lush scenery of Napa, California, offered attendees exclusive access to recording artists, top tier wine makers and world-renowned chefs during a "once-in-a-lifetime" three-day event.

05/20/19

The Chinese government announced that it would be increasing the tariff on U.S. wines in response to the ongoing trade dispute with the U.S. For sure, the increase is good news for American competitors. Effective June 1, China will add another 15% tariff on U.S. wine imports to their country. That takes the total tax and tariff on U.S. wines shipped to China to 91% since they ratcheted up several times starting in April 2018

05/20/19

The United States Postal Service (USPS) will run out of cash in five years. Postmaster General Megan Brennan shared this news in testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee earlier this month

05/20/19

The tasting room is dead. Long live the tasting room. These wineries are exploring new ways to attract customers, moving beyond the traditional tasting room setting to create dynamic and compelling experiences that draw visitors not just for their wines, but for the story behind them, too. Click through the gallery for details.

05/20/19

The Distilled Spirits Council today welcomed news that the United States, Canada, and Mexico reached an agreement that will result in the prompt repeal of retaliatory tariffs on American Whiskey exports to Canada and Mexico.

05/20/19

If you're way more into natural wine now than you were a few years ago, you might have the owner of Ordinaire in Oakland and Diversey Wine in Chicago to thank.

05/20/19

Christian Navarro can barely stride 10 paces down the big, breezy corridors of the Four Seasons Resort in Maui without stopping to clap a shoulder or kiss a cheek ...

05/20/19

There are now well over 13,000 lawsuits. That is not counting the probably 20,000 or 30,000 lawsuits that are yet to be filed ...

05/20/19

The good news is that humans won't become extinct - the species can survive with just a few hundred individuals; the bad news is, we risk great loss of life and perhaps the end of our civilisations. Many of the places where people live and grow food will no longer be suitable for either

05/20/19

From automated check-in to droids that carry bags to rooms, new technology is transforming the hospitality industry worldwide. As a result, hotel workers around the nation are seeking a say in the introduction of devices that could threaten their jobs

05/20/19

A heat dome over the Arctic caused by an atmospheric short circuit will create a catastrophic collision between cold air pushed out of the Arctic into the mountain west with Gulf of Mexico air over the midcontinent over the next ten days. While the Arctic sea ice melts at extraordinary rates under the heat dome a series of tornado outbreaks will ravage the plains and farm belt from Texas to Ohio

05/20/19

How one molecule from the cannabis plant came to be seen as a therapeutic cure-all.

05/20/19

"Paso Robles wine country is vast, with more than 200 producers and at least 11 suggested touring itineraries," the article reads. "Spend a weekend there and you'll barely scratch the surface of this region." The article names Daou, Bodega de Edgar, Tablas Creek Vineyard and Allegretto Vineyard Resort - all along Adelaida Road - as must-visits.

05/20/19

"They were called GrandMa shots," said Ugo Fiorenzo, managing director of Campari America, explaining how consumers would often order Grand Marnier at the bar. "Shots. A lot of shots-it is not so premium."

05/20/19

Accolade Wines already released a rosé wine and gin fusion under its Echo Falls brand in March this year, which came in at 9% ABV.

05/20/19

Earlier this month wine-searcher ran a story about how copper sulfate, a favorite treatment among organic growers, could have a deleterious effect on the environment. ... "We have decided to publish a rebuttal, not because we believe there was anything factually incorrect in the original story, but because we believe in open and honest discussion of issues"