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Wednesday, December 11th

07/03/19

A promising new sensor tool to measure grapevine water status to efficiently manage vineyard irrigation is being beta tested this year in California vineyards and if trials are successful, a commercial sensor product will be introduced to the in 2020. The sensor is a micro-tensiometer that is installed into the trunk of a grapevine to provide continuous measurement of stem water potentialwith data automatically transmitted to the grower to evaluate for irrigation decisions

07/03/19

Rabobank Group subsidiary Rabo AgriFinance by Monday had moved about 170 employees into new offices in Santa Rosa and nine other cities plus converted Rabobank offices in Fresno and Salinas, the company announced. Nine who focus on winery, vineyard, food and agriculture loans shifted from Rabobank N.A.'s downtown Santa Rosa office to the new regional base for Rabo AgriFinance, a spokeswoman told the Business Journal

07/03/19

The actual cost savings depends on many factors, In the Fresno area, a typical vineyard with 500 vines per acre costs about $500-$700 an acre to prune by hand. But using a machine costs only about 8 cents per vine, dropping the cost down to less than $50 per acre, a huge savings, especially when combined with machine-harvesting

07/03/19

At the Lodi Vineyard and Economics Symposium on Thursday, June 27, Jim Gordon, editor-at-large of Wine Business Monthly and contributing editor of Wine Enthusiast, and Jennifer Estevez, advanced sommelier, CMS and founder of OMvino, gave several tips and tricks for expanding Lodi's wine market from both the Baby Boomer and Millennial perspectives, while incorporating their media and trade experiences

07/03/19

Quillé joined the company in May 2018 and continues as chief winemaking and operations officer ... Patrick DeLong resigned, and according to an 8-K filing, his severance was twelve months pay or $359,000, plus an additional $179,500. When president and CEO Erle Martin departed in 2014 his severance was $750,000 - editor

07/03/19

Attempting to buttress the case that the trademarks were fraudulently obtained, attorneys wrote in an amended complaint that in 1987 attorneys for Robert Mondavi in a trademark filing wrote "TO-KALON cannot be translated and has no present meaning or significance in the relevant trade or industry." They cited multiple newspaper articles, saying, "There is also ample evidence to show that Mondavi knew of the fame and geographical indications of the TO KALON name."

07/03/19

To put it in perspective, Domaine de la Romanée Conti's Romanée-Conti Grand Cru - which has been the world's most expensive wine for most of the past five years - has an average retail price of $20,510.

07/03/19

A police investigation has started after wine potentially worth hundreds of thousands of euros was reported stolen from the two-star Michelin restaurant, according to French media reports

07/03/19

Luxury wine & spirits industry leader will relocate from Chelsea to Downtown Manhattan office in 2021

07/03/19

Volunteer organization teams up with the San Francisco Symphony for benefit concert aiding community reconstruction efforts

07/03/19

Mendocino's premiere annual charity auction and wine/food tasting will be held September 6-7, 2019

07/03/19

The alcoholic coffee is currently being sold in five states.

07/03/19

Constellation Brands has partnered with the NFL to introduce its new Crafters Union wine in a can, "the perfect format for football games and tailgating," CEO William Newlands said on the company's latest earnings call.

07/03/19

Since 1960, wine bottles up to three liters in volume to be consumed in France have included a colored sticker atop each cork, indicating that excise duties have been paid. Officially known as a capsule représentative des droits (CRD), and unofficially as a 'Marianne' (an image of a woman who represents the Republic), these colored labels were not required to be placed on bottles for exportation. As of this June, such stickers are no longer required. ... The wine union of Burgundy is apparently somewhat concerned about this modification ... Meanwhile, two sizable Bordeaux appellations-Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur-will likely soon likely be allowed, by the French government, to include non-Bordeaux grapes in their wine

07/03/19

In the Rhône, the worst affected areas appear to be the Gard, which France's agriculture minister, Didier Guillaume, is due to visit at the end of the week, and Vaucluse.

07/03/19

Austria's lower house of parliament passed a bill on Tuesday banning all uses of the weedkiller glyphosate, the first time a European Union country has taken such strong action against the chemical over concerns that it can cause cancer

07/03/19

and reportedly has former Tesco and BBR man Dan Jago in its sights to head up the business.

07/03/19

A new British speed record has just been set, with an astounding two-way average of 103.6 mph. This velocity might not seem impressive considering economy cars can reach 100 mph without much effort, but when a farm tractor hits that mark, we'll sit up and pay attention

07/03/19

A new version of the renowned wine fair from the journalist, Patricio Tapia, has been released in the Big Apple

07/03/19

Starting next year, the company's LIFEWTR product will be bottled in containers made of 100% rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate), while their Aquafina and Bubly sparkling water brands will soon be sold in aluminum cans in US food service outlets.

07/03/19

LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards in Acampo has released five single-variety single-vineyard estate wines that have eye-catching labels, where the vineyard name stands out in larger letters than the variety or brand, and a rendering of actual soil from the vineyard is printed on opposite corners. The unique packaging coneys what the Lange's multi-generation wine grape growing and winemaking family is all about.

07/03/19

In early April the Neffs purchased the Christoval Vineyard and Winery nestled along the banks of the South Concho River from their longtime friends Drex and Nancy Vincent.

07/03/19

The flavor profiles of classic mixed drinks are helping breweries set their beers apart-and capture a wider demographic

07/03/19

the quest for "juicy" profiles in IPAs has led the beer industry in a direction that is actively undermining its own aims, and the result has become a whole lot of bad beer. Worse still, these poorly made NE-IPAs have proliferated to such an extent that they're confusing the consumer as to what a "juicy" IPA is meant to taste like in the first place. We're weaning a new generation of beer drinkers on a style that is often fundamentally difficult to drink

07/03/19

Fast-forward to the 20th century and enter a new generation of growers and winemakers (and a couple of famous outside consultants), who, instead of sending their harvests to co-ops, are making them into interesting wines in their own cellars. They've studied soil, microclimate, elevation and aspect. And they've used advanced techniques and technology to get the fruit a little riper in the vineyard and to extract a little more gently during the fermentation process

07/03/19

According to the CDC, alcohol is estimated to be responsible for about 88,000 deaths per year - more than overdoses from all other drugs combined. Drinking has been woven into the fabric of our society, making moderation difficult even when necessary.

07/03/19

"We have people come up all the time: 'It's just water, I'm not going to taste the difference.' And then when they're done with the tasting, they're like 'Oh my gosh I really did ...

07/03/19

So there this conference in Portugal just happened, MUST Fermenting Ideas. Richard Siddle explores the big themes that were discussed before going on to look at some of the more specific debates

07/03/19

Let's explore a few of the ways artificial intelligence will alter winemaking.

07/03/19

The outcry began Friday when the New Food Economy reported Grubhub had registered more than 23,000 domains in restaurants' names without their consent in what the New Food Economy cast as an attempt to generate greater commission revenue and prevent restaurants from building their own online presences.