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06/03/19

In its 39th annual Auction Napa Valley event held this weekend at Meadowood Resort, the Napa Valley Vintners raised nearly $12 million dollars for community health and children's education. To date, the organization has invested more than $185 million for local organizations using proceeds from the event, including the recently opened OLE Health Napa Valley Vintners South Napa Campus.

06/03/19

Friday's Barrel Auction was a busy affair, as hundreds of guests arrived late morning at Louis M. Martini Winery off Highway 29 on the edge of St. Helena. U.S. Rep Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and Napa County Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza, were among those who greeted guests at the door, handing glasses of Louis M. Martini wine.

06/03/19

Last week, a group called the Napa Valley Cannabis Association submitted what they believe are enough signatures to put the question of cannabis cultivation on the March 2020 ballot. Although California legalized marijuana in 2016, Napa - perhaps wary of threatening its lucrative monoculture - has banned pot farming.

06/03/19

A 6-year-old county policy requiring farmers with new crops over the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin to offset their water use may be extended, according to a report by the New Times.

06/03/19

The ultimate symbol of modernity, the smartphone isn't the first image that comes to mind when you think of an old-world vineyard, but thanks to WSU's Manoj Karkee, it might soon be as common in the fields of a Cabernet estate as it is in a Starbucks, enabling vintners to efficiently predict grape yields, save on labor costs, streamline production and pass along savings to the consumer.

06/03/19

The endless barrage of wildfires throughout California is beginning to take a toll on the wine industry, specifically with grapes being tainted by smoke. The dilemma, which reemerged during last year's harvest, is forcing everyone in the sector to adapt - especially smaller grape growers. They already are being pinched by industry consolidation, leaving them with fewer vintners to buy their fruit, and even less leverage in negotiating prices for the 2019 fall grape harvest.

06/03/19

California vintners are venturing ever closer to the Pacific Ocean and up into the mountains in order to produce fresher wines, according to wine educator Elaine Chukan Brown. Speaking to db during a recent trip to California, wine writer and educator Chukan Brown said this quest for freshness is a response to the over-exuberant, full-bodied style of reds being made in California in the 1990s.

06/03/19

The National Football League has said it will allow active players to appear in beer adverts as well as ease restrictions of wine and spirits companies becoming 'official sponsors' of franchises. According to Morning Consult, the league is set to announce that beer brands partnered with teams (principally AB InBev's Bud Light), will be allowed to use active players in its advertising.

06/03/19

Millennials spend less money on alcohol than previous generations, according to a Nerdwallet analysis of a 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Expenditure Survey.

06/03/19

Add Trinchero Family Estates (TFE) to the growing list of U.S. wineries now packaging in cans. Shanken News Daily has learned that the Napa-based wine company will release Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé in 375-ml. cans nationally on Friday, at a suggested retail price of $6. The Pomelo brand, which Trinchero acquired from Randy and Megan Mason in 2017, was up sharply last year from a relatively small base, increasing by 42% to 54,000 cases, according to Impact Databank.

06/03/19

Cristom Vineyards, one of the leading producers of Pinot Noir in the United States, is pleased to announce the hiring of Daniel Estrin as Vineyard Manager and Co-Winemaker. Estrin comes to Cristom from Littorai Wines in Sonoma County where he served as Associate Winemaker for the last 7 years. He joins a long-tenured Cristom winemaking team which includes winegrower-proprietor Tom Gerrie, and winemaker Steve Doerner. Estrin's first day at Cristom will be July 15th.

06/03/19

This marks the second of a two-part series by Judy Phelps, past-president of the Lake Chelan Wine Growers, in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the Lake Chelan American Viticultural Area.

06/03/19

In 1997, plant geneticists proved definitively that the grape variety Cabernet Franc is one of the direct parents of Cabernet Sauvignon, conceived centuries ago during a fertile fling with Sauvignon Blanc in a French, or possibly Spanish, vineyard. When researchers at the University of California, Davis, announced that genetic testing had confirmed the parentage it was an exciting, but not exactly bolt-out-of-the-blue moment. That's because of the overlapping, and sometimes confusing, names.

06/03/19

Sherman Smoot, owner of Bella Luna Estate Winery in Templeton, CA, is the pilot of Betsy Biscuit Bomber, a plane that flew in WWII. Smoot is flying this plane from the Paso Robles airport to Normandy to honor those who served in the war for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The winery also honors veterans and current military members with a wine called Fighter Pilot Red and Rotor Head Red.

06/03/19

The bill, which passed the Senate and is now before the House, is aimed not just at reducing the huge surplus but at preventing diversion of unsold legal marijuana into the black market and forestalling a crackdown by federal prosecutors.

06/03/19

Just in time for summer, Leelanau Cellars and Chateau Chantal are tapping in to a new market: wines in a can. Leelanau's three canned varieties - sparkling red, white and rosé - and Chateau Chantal's bubbly cherry and bubbly white canned wines step into a trend that has spread nationally, as seen with major brands like Barefoot, Cupcake Vineyards and Dark Horse Wine.

06/03/19

A South African farmer whose vineyard in the Stellenbosch wine region had been occupied by shack dwellers since last year has been shot and killed in his home, heightening tensions amid a contentious national debate over the ownership of land.

06/03/19

Three wines submitted by Round Lake Vineyards & Winery to the 28th annual INDY International Wine Competition have once again brought home the contest's coveted medals.

06/03/19

Management practices that improve soil health can be good for the farm and the environment, but farmers need information on economics when deciding whether to adopt these practices. To address this critical issue, Cargill and the Soil Health Institute have announced a new partnership to assess, demonstrate and communicate the economics of soil health management systems across North America.

06/03/19

While Bakersfield, CA-based Anthony Vineyards Inc., offers both conventional and organic table grapes to its customers, its commitment is on organics as it moves toward transitioning 100 percent of the company-owned acreage to that production method.

06/03/19

The research, conducted by the University of Melbourne (UOM), the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries and Agriculture Victoria, found unusually warm weather associated with an El Nino and a positive phase of the IOD during the growing season can cause grapes to develop rapidly and mature up to 42 days earlier than usual.

06/03/19

Boiler Room, the music and culture platform, has joined forces with Pernod Ricard to launch the Boiler Room Festival, which will take place in London, Los Angeles and Johannesburg.

06/03/19

Damon and Jono Koerner, from Koerner Wine in the Clare Valley, have won the 2019 Riedel Young Gun of Wine award at the 13th Young Gun of Wine awards.

06/03/19

Boutinot has reported turnover increased to £139.6 million for the year ending 31 August 2018, up 4.5% on the previous year.

06/03/19

After a quiet end to last week due to French public holidays, St Julien's leading estate Léoville Las Cases has kicked off the week's proceedings in dramatic style with its "atomic bomb" of a wine but punchy price leaving buyers with a bit of a Cold War era choice - make the call or not?

06/03/19

Sales of English and Welsh wine rose 6% to a record 4 million bottles in 2018, according to the latest figures from IWSR published by the WSTA, with 2018 widely credited as a 'game-changer' for English and Welsh wine. The official figures released by industry body Wines of Great Britain (WineGB) showed a record 15.6 million bottles of wine were produced in England and Wales in 2018, beating the previous record of 6.3m bottles in 2014, and up significantly from the 5.9 million produced in the frost-ravaged 2017 vintage.

06/03/19

Mike James, the Aldi wine buyer credited with making the discounter a force to be reckoned with in UK wine retail, is leaving the UK to take a up a role in the global buying team, db can reveal.

06/03/19

Pop star Katy Perry opened the Saturday live auction the 39th annual Auction Napa Valley at the weekend with a five song-set that wowed the audience of 900 in the big white tent at Meadowood Resort in Saint Helena.

06/03/19

Batchelor, a native of New Zealand, amassed 11 double gold medals and 17 gold medals for Maryhill owners Craig and Vicki Leuthold. In all, Pacific Northwest wines earned 112 medals at last week's competition spanning 1,800 entries.

06/03/19

De Coninck Vineyards has filed an appeal of the California Department of Industry Relations Division of Occupational Safety and Health citation with $37,650 in penalties issued April 26, but the appeal through the separate Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board won't proceed until Cal/OSHA's Bureau of Investigations completes its work, department spokesman Lucas Brown said Friday.

06/03/19

John and Julia Hinshaw have bought a controlling stake in Blackbird Vineyards in Napa Valley, an artisanal producer of Bordeaux influenced wines. The couple had been investors in Blackbird for several years. They also have their own vineyard in St. Helena and have been making wine for seven years.

06/03/19

Peter Munoa has served as deputy chief of the Land Use Planning Program at the Office of the State Fire Marshal since 2014 and has been a Cal Fire firefighter since 1989.

06/03/19

California regulators on Thursday approved allowing utilities to cut off electricity to possibly hundreds of thousands of customers to avoid catastrophic wildfires like the one sparked by power lines last year that killed 85 people and largely destroyed the city of Paradise.

06/03/19

At a press conference on May 28, the chairman of the wine marketing board, Jean-Jacques Bréban, explained: "Prices are on the rise. We should not allow there to be a disconnect or let markets believe that our wines are unattainable and source them elsewhere". A disconnect with other prices could jeopardise a success story reflected in the growth of acreage: Coteaux Varois rose from 2,700 to 2,850 hectares between 2017 and 2019, Coteaux d'Aix from 4,000 to 4,300 hectares and Côtes de Provence from 20,000 to 20,200 hectares (over the same period).

06/03/19

Chris and Sherry Hardie continue to increase their wine production and sales at their Brambleberry Winery, Weddings and Country House Hotel business about 10 miles south of Taylor.

06/03/19

A Cincinnati-area lawyer has been disbarred in Ohio for sending a woman an invoice for nearly $10,000 for his legal services after he had agreed to represent her for free.

06/03/19

The main difference is in the water bodies. While other wine-growing countries have oceans and seas to moderate the growing season, this winery has Parley Lake, Lundsten Lake and Lake Waconia. Minnesota's grape-growing season is three weeks shorter due to its climate.

06/03/19

A short video clip shared by the Clearwater Police Department reveals the alligator was covered in red wine.

06/03/19

Chancellors and school presidents approved the revised rules - the vote wasn't unanimous - during the conference's annual spring meetings. The changes are expected to enhance events and create a new revenue stream at a time when schools are spending more on coaches, improving facilities and preparing for the possibility of having to pay players.

06/03/19

We reveal this year's most searched-for wines and the most popular across Wine-Searcher's 20-year history.

06/03/19

Health conscious millennials are spending less money on alcohol, so brands are now marketing "wellness" drinks in an effort to win back market share with its younger demographic, according to Business Insider

06/03/19

As alcohol consumption declines, low- and non-alcoholic drinks offer an opportunity to appeal to consumers who don't want to drink as much

06/03/19

The association will kick off the week by hosting a reception with the Problem Solvers Caucus and conclude with "Toast to Congress" Event

06/03/19

This engaging read follows Catherine's mission of "bringing wine down to earth," by making learning fun, approachable, and accessible. Her book is bursting with colorful illustrations, expert tasting advice, specific recommendations for purchasing wine, and more.

06/03/19

Affordability and quality don't always go hand in hand. That doesn't mean they can't, though. (The Rifftrax of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory with Neil Patrick Harris is both cheap and worth its weight in gold, for instance.) Whole Foods is attempting to bridge that gap in wine with its Whole Foods Market Summer Sommelier Selects Wine Sale. Best of all, you don't have to remember that mouthful of words to get in on it

06/03/19

A stampede to safety sent benchmark government bond yields tumbling on Monday, hoisted the Swiss franc to its highest in nearly two years and gold to a 10-week peak, while oil veered close to bear market territory