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06/27/19

"The Court articulated a Commerce Clause test for measuring the constitutionality of all commercial restrictions on interstate alcohol sales" ... (scroll down for links to additional coverage).

06/27/19

Canada's wines may flow unimpeded between provinces, thanks to an omnibus bill passed on June 21, just as Canada's parliament prepared to adjourn for the summer. The bill overturned the provisions of the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act of 1928 that delegated control of liquor to Canada's provinces and territories. It allowed them to set the terms under which liquor could be imported into their jurisdictions

06/27/19

A Napa County jury on Wednesday ruled in favor of The French Laundry and Chef Thomas Keller in a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee. Vannessa Scott-Allen, 28, a former captain at Per Se in New York, filed a lawsuit in 2016 after she was denied a transfer to The French Laundry earlier that year because she was pregnant. The complaint was for $5 million. The allegations included pregnancy discrimination, fraud and misrepresentation.

06/27/19

Coming in at a rock bottom 2.3 percent this May, that's the lowest the county's jobless rate has fallen since the state began tracking such jobless numbers in 1990 under its current system.

06/27/19

From physical packaging, experiential packaging to social media brand packaging-it's become increasingly important to stand out in the stores, tasting room and online to capture the attention of, and connect with, today's consumers.

06/27/19

Join us for the fourth annual Lodi Vineyard and Wine Economics Symposium-tickets still available

06/27/19

Half-day research seminar will focus on managing yeasts and bacteria to improve wine quality

06/27/19

A bipartisan bill in Congress would make permanent reforms enacted in 2017 that sought to create a fairer tax structure for brewers, distillers and importers of alcoholic beverages, including wine.

06/27/19

Matthew Ippolito, a 15-year employee and former VP of E. & J. Gallo Winery begins new role as Vice President of Sales at the largest seed-to-sale cannabis/CBD company in the US.

06/27/19

Nicole Trumble Joins Renowned Cabernet Sauvignon Producer As National Sales Manager, Bringing Expertise In Navigating The Three-Tiered U.S. Distribution System

06/27/19

LibDib, LLC is pleased to announce that Josh Zeller, a 20-year veteran of Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), has joined LibDib as Chief Operations Officer (COO).

06/27/19

Walla Walla's Abeja winery is building a new state-of-the-art production facility with an underground barrel cave that will consolidate winemaking operations at its 38-acre estate on Mill Creek Road.

06/27/19

Barefoot Wine-To-Go Allows You to Bring the Wine, Wherever Your Adventures May Take You

06/27/19

This year marks a turning point for one of the best-known names in Champagne. In 2018, longtime chef de cave Richard Geoffroy announced he would step down after a storied 28 years as the head of the storied wine house. Vincent Chaperon took over as Dom Pérignon's chef de cave at the start of 2019.

06/27/19

Here for "Live in the Vineyard Goes Country," Little Big Town will be performing that evening at Napa's Uptown Theatre

06/27/19

One odd thing about this list, though, is the dominance of one man. Christophe Baron, who owns Cayuse Vineyards and Horsepower Vineyards, has had a hand in 70 percent of this list, which is an unprecedented level of influence, greater even than Leroy's in Burgundy.

06/27/19

Despite China's economic slowdown, consumption of synthetic latex polymers in the country is expected to exceed that of North America by 2023.

06/27/19

Douglas partnered with a valued customer to roll out a 3?pack offering for aerosol cans and short HDPE bottles using the ContourTM M?60.

06/27/19

VineView continues to strategically expand its reach and launch new precision farming tools since its merger with Canadian tech company SkySquirrel Technologies, Inc.

06/27/19

Baccarat Hotel New York Creates 100YR Negroni with Gonzalez Byass

06/27/19

The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association (SCMWA) announces 7 upcoming Fall events.

06/27/19

Consumers are more willing to pay for wine that comes with an organic or organic grape label but providing information about certification standards and organic production practices reduces consumer willingness to pay for all wines, according to an Oregon State University-led study.

06/27/19

06/27/19

An Oregon State University-led study found that additional information about conventional wine making practices restores consumer willingness to pay for wine labeled organic, but not for wines made with organic grapes, or conventional wines

06/27/19

"It's almost as if you're doing a show"

06/27/19

Starting day one of the Giro di Toscana, it felt as though I'd consumed a litre of wine and managed fewer than five hours sleep… and that was because both were true.

06/27/19

One anonymous USDA researcher told Bottemiller that "you can only postpone reality for so long." The reality of climate change is already asserting itself in a key region for food production.

06/27/19

Writing for the court, Justice Samuel Alito explained that the 21st Amendment gives states some leeway to regulate alcohol for legitimate reasons like protecting the public health and safety, but it does not sanction regulations that don't have any connection to health and safety and are instead intended to shield state residents from competition

06/27/19

The happiest people of all are Doug and Mary Ketchum, the couple that moved from Utah to Memphis three years ago and purchased a wine shop. Along with Total Wine, which opened a shop in Knoxville, they were granted a liquor license by the state of Tennessee. The Tennessee retailers' association lawsuit was intended to take those licenses away

06/27/19

Most important is the Court's decision that the non-discrimination principles laid out in the Supreme Court's 2005 Granholm v. Heald decision overturning bans on winery shipping also apply to retailers. This determination by the Court is in direct contradiction to claims by alcohol wholesalers and retailers, courts and other commentators that states may discriminate against out-of-state retailers ...

06/27/19

"Granholm never said that its reading of history or its Commerce Clause analysis was limited to discrimination against products or producers. On the contrary, the Court stated that the Clause prohibits state discrimination against all "out-of-state economic interests"

06/27/19

... the opinion raises new questions about other potentially unconstitutional state alcohol laws. This was the biggest case on wine since 2005's Granholm v. Heald, which prohibits state wine-shipping laws from discriminating between in-state and out-of-state wineries.

06/27/19

Writing for the majority Justice Sam Alito made a statement that is going to resonate in the liquor industry for years to come. He held that reading Granholm as only extending to producers has no sound basis and Granholm stands for the proposition that the Commerce Clause prohibits state discrimination against all out-of-state economic interest

06/27/19

the results of this case heard before the Supreme Court in 2018 were much awaited by the industry due to its potential impact on the industry. It is also the first strongly-related alcohol beverage case that the Court has heard since Granholm.

06/27/19

There is no doubt that if a state had such a restrictive provision involving the sale of any other product, it would be deemed a violation of the Constitution's ban on erecting barriers to interstate commerce

06/27/19

The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a Tennessee law that barred newcomers to the state from operating liquor stores. The majority rejected the argument that the 21st ...

06/27/19

Illinois on Tuesday became the 11th state to legalize the sale and use of recreational marijuana for adults, a major victory for cannabis advocates who incorporated "social justice" initiatives into the measure

06/27/19

"I can't wait to see where Bill Wehrum lands once he's out the door," Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I said. "What do you bet it's with one of the fossil fuel interests he has served so well as air chief, delivering one big handout after another?"

06/27/19

According to new numbers from the Wine Institute, the trade group for California wineries, shipments of California wine grew 3% last year in the United States to a total of 248 million cases. All told U.S. Consumers spent over 40-billion-dollars on California Wines in 2018. That accounted for 61-percent of the wine consumed last year by Americans ...

06/27/19

TYKU Sake, the #1 premium Japanese sake in North America, is pleased to announce the launch of its cucumber infused sake in a can.

06/27/19

"Total revenues in fiscal 2019 increased 6% from fiscal 2018, primarily due to an increase in bulk wine and grape sales of 15%"

06/27/19

Looking back on his career in wine, which spans an impressive five decades, Mondavi has been in many roles and can easily choose a favorite: a teacher, of sorts.