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05/30/19

The ROC is led by CEO Peter Salamone, driven by the ROC wine industry members, guided by an outstanding technical advisory committee and supported by industry sponsors and the ROC board of directors. In a unanimous vote at a meeting of the SCWTG board of directors, it was agreed that the SCWTG will merge with the ROC becoming ROC-Sonoma and will begin scheduling and holding regular meetings for wine industry professionals.

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We also continue to see strategic deal activity with outcomes benefiting parties with differing goals and needs. E. & J. Gallo's recent portfolio purchase of some of Constellation Brands' lower-priced assets underscores the positives for both sides of a deal when each party has a clear understanding of the type of business they are focusing on. In this scenario, Constellation is able to continue its focus on premiumization and Gallo creates more opportunity in a sector it performs well in, leveraging its strong presence with entry level consumers.

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According to the research, the Walla Walla wine industry, directly or indirectly, supported 2,484 wine and tourism jobs in 2018 - nearly 10% of all employed Walla Walla County residents - and accounted for labor income of $114 million, an average of $45,894 in annual income per worker. In all, the report estimates the industry generated some $430 million in business sales and injected $17.4 million in tax revenues into local government coffers.

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The Southwest Washington Winery Association (SWWA) is poising itself for major collaborative marketing and continued strides toward AVA (American Viticultural Area) status. Established in 2016, the SWWA has increased from a respectable 11 wineries in 2018 to an impressive 17 in 2019; more growth is expected. With more than 20 tasting rooms in Clark County alone, SWWA has the potential to double its numbers when considering the reach of Lewis and Cowlitz counties, as well. Counting other affiliated businesses or individuals, SWWA currently consists of 40 members.

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The number of wineries in the U.S. and globally has grown exponentially, and everyone is contending for the attention of wholesalers and consumers. Receiving awards is a way to brand differentiate and gain marketing clout. How to choose those most impactful to your business?

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The Hillview Road fire at Notre Vue Estate Winery and Vineyard was reported about 8:40 p.m. and firefighters found flames at the large warehouse, said Cyndi Foreman, spokeswoman for the new fire district. The fire appeared to have started just outside the building and spread inside where the business had a tasting room, offices and the barrel storage, Foreman said. The fire was stopped inside but there also was smoke damage throughout. Damage to the building was estimated at $500,000. The loss of the wine was being determined but could be upward of $2 million, Foreman said.

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The company announced Tuesday it has launched its own wine label, Folk & Fable, tailored to the tastes of its customers. Bright Cellars polls customers on which wines they like from the monthly wine subscription service in order to make personalized recommendations. The company has used that data to create its new wines, said Bright Cellars co-founder and chief executive officer Richard Yau.

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More and more carriers are presenting passengers with a wider selection of top-shelf wines: big-bodied cabernets, structured pinots, elegant Burgundies. Some are even going so far as to send certified sommeliers up into the sky to pour them. From routes to Australia and Alaska-and everywhere in between-we're witnessing a new era of in-flight viticulture.

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Actually, some women want to drive tractors. While women have broken through barriers once keeping them out of the winemaker spotlight, vineyard management is still mostly dominated by men. Here in Oregon - perhaps more than any other wine region - women are changing the status quo. Small in number only, these forthright leaders are turning on its heel the notion that managing vineyards is a man's job.

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The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors last week unanimously agreed to draft a letter of support for Mendocino Winegrowers, Inc. to officially support the local winegrowers' effort of conjunctive labeling on wine bottles in Mendocino County, citing potential added value for wines produced from Mendocino County grapes.

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Crooked path proprietors Nancy and Craig Stoller have a deep-rooted history in the wine industry. The Stoller family founded Sunridge Nurseries in 1977 and is dedicated to producing the finest grape stock in the world. Craig is a third-generation vine grower following in his father's footsteps. The Stoller family is proud to bring this rich history and passion for wine to Crooked Path.

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Thursday May 30, 2019 - The Moretti Polegato family, owners of Villa Sandi in the Valdobiaddane region of Veneto, have acquired the Borgo Conventi winery in the Collio area. The purchase includes the winery and 30 hectares of vineyard located in the Collio Gorizia and Isonzo DOC areas, and the portfolio will be imported by Folio Fine Wine Partners effective June 1, 2019.

05/30/19

Rémy Cointreau has announced it is to acquire the Maison de Cognac JR Brillet and part of its vineyard estate for an undisclosed sum. The French business said it had entered into exclusive negotiations with the Brillet family in relation to the deal, which it said would provide Rémy Cointreau with the opportunity to "integrate spirits with genuine development potential into its portfolio".

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Choosing Perry to engage millennials wasn't a deliberate move, according to Paula Kornell of Kornell Wine Company, the Saturday chairman for Auction Napa Valley. However, Kornell said it's an opportunity to draw attention to Auction Napa Valley at an interesting crossroads. The auction - now sold out - is in its 39th year, while the Napa Valley Vintners, the organization that puts on the auction, is celebrating its 75th year. (auctionnapavalley.org)

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The 200km valley is one of British Colombia's up and coming wine regions, with Golden Mile Bench a 21km bench south of the town of Oliver on the Western slope of the lake becoming the first GI to be declared in the Okanagan in 2015, followed by Okanagan Falls in August last year.

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Elisa Kwon de Alvarez filed a lawsuit against New York-based Chelsea Wine & Storage earlier this month after it dumped her wine collection.

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Sara Anderson, a spokesperson for Oliver said, "it's surprising, but when you think about being distributed in 27 states and with the broad list and style of wine that's pretty unique it starts to make sense."

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The number of women in agriculture is growing, and there's reason to believe more women will be taking the reins as CEOs of farming operations and agribusiness companies, according to executive coach and trainer Sarah Beth Aubrey. The top reason for more women CEOs is the shifting gender factor in agricultural education, she said during Rabobank's Women in Agriculture luncheon last week.

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Doug Margerum and the Margerum Wine Company announce the opening of their new tasting room at the Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara, California

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Come celebrate the wonderful foods associated with this beautiful time of year and the fantastic wines that pair with them during Smokin' Summer Kickoff June 7 - 9, 2019.

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Third annual Chef Meets BC Grape Taste of the Okanagan returns to spectacular See Ya Later Ranch in Okanagan Falls on Saturday, June 8.

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Mezcal De Amor S.A.P.I. De C.V., announced they are expanding their sales and marketing in the U.S. and have engaged MHW as its new importer.

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Common Cider Company, an Auburn, California company, is excited to announce the addition of single-serve, 19.2 oz stovepipe cans to its packaging offerings.

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With a history of strong performance and a loyal consumer base, the nearly 75-year old CK Mondavi and Family winery was recently recognized with a 2019 Growth Brand Award in the Established Brand category from the Beverage Information Group. The award recognizes brands that are top sellers in their category, moved a minimum of 400,000 9-liter cases in 2018, that have also grown sales over each of the last three years.

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Family members at Ponzi Vineyards, Elk Cove Vineyards and Sokol Blosser Winery had been meeting regularly to talk about the challenges and successes, and bounce ideas off one another on a variety of topics, from human resources to marketing, to vineyard plantings, etc. It was during one of these meetings that 2GV was born.

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Terry Gard's family has owned and farmed property at the corner of Highway 29 and Dunaweal Lane for generations. Now, Pacific Gas and Electric needs to use a small portion of the acreage for a liquid natural gas (LNG) facility as it tests the line that runs up and down the Napa Valley.

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Spending my Junes in France for the past 20 years hasn't been a terrible thing, but it has kept me from experiencing all the fun stuff that goes down during Wine & Food Week in The Woodlands, which celebrates its 15th anniversary starting Monday. And there's one event taking place this summer that I'm especially sorry to be missing. Rudy Marchesi is coming down from Oregon to talk dirty.

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The City Council has postponed plans to seek out potential hotel developers for the city-owned Adams Street property. A split council told staff Tuesday to hold off on issuing a call for developers for at least six to eight months until the city estimates the cost of various infrastructure improvements that could be financed by selling the property.

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A ribbon cutting accompanied by a ladybug "release" marked the official grand opening Wednesday afternoon of OLE Health's new south Napa medical campus. The Napa nonprofit hosted the event to welcome the community and to celebrate the new facility, officially named the OLE Health Napa Valley Vintners South Napa Campus.

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Chapel Down has announced a 10% increase in total annual sales to £13 million boosted by a record-breaking harvest, but gross profit before tax was down on 2017.

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Despite a "major paradigm shift" in the structure of English wine over the past 30 years, from off-dry Germanic wine styles to traditional method sparkling, Bacchus has held onto its status as the grape responsible for the fourth largest area under vine - a position that it held in 1990 and still holds today.

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Already the second-largest player in the de-alcoholised sparkling wine market in France with its Festillant label (1.5 million bottles), the Loire wine firm Gratien et Meyer is launching a new wine that will join its traditional ranges (including Crémant de Loire and Saumur). Alcohol-free Infini Bulle is designed as a traditional wine product through its packaging which targets regular drinkers who cannot/don't want conventional drinks at specific times.

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Dr Mark Whitty is senior lecturer in the Mechatronics discipline within the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Australia. Specialising in digital viticulture, horticultural sensing, image processing, autonomous systems, 3D mapping, unmanned ground vehicles and robotics, he outlines the current state of play for the use of robots for growing and making wine.

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Using a new online wine sales website, "lacave.airfrance.com", passengers will be able to order wines, Champagnes and spirits served in Air France lounges at Paris airports and on board its aircraft, and thus "extend their travel experience".

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Used by medieval Romans as a handy bit of building material and bunged into the base of a wall, the head of the god, which would originally have been part of a larger statue, is thought to date the height of the imperial Roman era of the 1st to 2nd centuries AD.

05/30/19

An activist investment firm that has been snapping up shares in Majestic Wine is backing the hope that the 'fundamentally strong' retail and commercial business may be sold intact, with sources close to the matter saying it had initially criticised the combination of asset sales and store closures announced in March as 'muddled' and 'value destructive'.

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A poll by OnePoll on behalf of Coravin, a Massachusetts-based company that makes gadgets for drinking wine, surveyed more than 2,000 Americans aged 21 and up on their personality traits. The survey found that white-wine drinkers tend to spend around $3 less per bottle than red-wine drinkers, who spend an average of $40 per bottle versus the $37 that white-wine drinkers spend.

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As wine director and sommelier, Nancy Shapardanis has an appreciation for Marsala that reaches beyond its common application as a richly layered ingredient for food. Coda di Volpe's program includes bottles from Marco De Bartoli, a producer that has set the standard for pure, high-quality Marsala wine - hand-harvested estate fruit, chemical-free farming and fermentation with indigenous yeast.

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Wine exports from the United States to China fell by almost 25 percent due to the tariffs imposed last year. China is the sixth largest importer of American wines. Canada is the top market, followed by the European Union and England.

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Minnesota apples are world famous for quality. And northern wine grapes and wineries are popping up all over. But what climate trends and impacts are growers seeing as climate shifts? We explore on this week's Climate Cast with a trip to the University of Minnesota's horticulture research center.