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Thursday, September 5th

09/05/19

Maura Nevel Thomas was a keynote speaker during Wednesday's winejobs.com Summit in Napa. Her new book is entitled, "Attention Management: How to Create Success and Gain Productivity Every Day." ... "You must be in control of your attention, really, in order to be in control of your life," she said, "Because we are constantly overrun with demands on our attention. And it is very easy to spend our days blowing in the breeze of distraction ..."

09/05/19

The vineyard has plausibly claimed under RICO that it's suffered a "concrete financial loss" because a customer canceled an order over fears the grapes were contaminated with the smell of marijuana, the judge said. "The customer's concerns, whether valid or invalid, arose directly from the proximity of defendants' marijuana-grow operation," Brown wrote in the 20-page opinion.

09/05/19

Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits has embarked on a new chapter of growth in recent years, driven by the explosion of the Josh Cellars brand, which surpassed 2.6 million cases on a 23% increase last year, according to Impact Databank. SND associate editor Shane English recently caught up with Deutsch Family president Tom Steffanci to discuss the rise of Josh Cellars and other key brands across the portfolio.

09/05/19

Tom Steffanci discusses the company's moves in spirits, as well as developments across its portfolio of on-premise-focused wine brands

09/05/19

"I have to admire Maggie's patience. She worked 13 years with me and chose not to leave. If she had, it would have made perfect sense. She is a very disciplined person. John said that whatever we do, we have to keep Maggie. She's 36. I said, give her what she wants. We have a team of winemakers. Maggie wanted to be winemaker. John promoted her to winemaker, while I would focus more on the vineyards. I have 18 growers now, and I love the challenge"

09/05/19

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09/05/19

"Chai Vault certification provides proof of authenticity by layering multiple low- and high-tech identifiers plus unique bottle details. Chai Vault registration occurs either at the time of production, in initial supply chains, or in secondary markets following authentication by a certified The Chai Method® (TCM®) Authenticator"

09/05/19

Branded Rippatape combines easy opening, brand communication, enhanced brand integrity and increases consumer loyalty.

09/05/19

Winery Continues Bay Area California Artist Series with 33rd Installation

09/05/19

After near perfect weather conditions, the 2019 harvest heightens a typical trend in the region

09/05/19

Chris Cannon, owner of Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, welcomes A.J. Capella as Executive Chef, replacing Craig Polignano.

09/05/19

Heat, rain, frost and sliding sales are all weighing on the minds of Champagne's producers and growers.

09/05/19

Cal Fire received the first call about a fire between Lower Lake and Kelseyville on Highway 29 about 4:24 p.m. Wednesday. Three more fires broke out along the highway soon after.

09/05/19

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Anheuser-Busch to stop using Bud Light packaging that implies rival brews made by MillerCoors contain corn syrup. The order extends an injunction issued in May

09/05/19

Beverage companies have long sought ways to make flavored cocktail-like beverages for the U.S. market by brewing instead of distilling. Zima, Smirnoff Ice, and Mike's Hard Lemonade are all "malternative" beverages ...

09/05/19

"Compared to 60, 80 miles away, we are selfishly relieved"

09/05/19

Picking of white varieties is now underway and the first reds should follow later this month. The start date is 10 days later than last year, which was unusually early, and brings this year's harvest date back in line with the more recent norm - which is also the case in Bordeaux as reported yesterday (4 September).

09/05/19

"More than in most countries, the past informs the present in South Africa. And yet it remains a forward-looking place whose best days are ahead of it. As Lukas Wentzel of Groote Post told me over lunch in Darling, "You can't change what happened before you were born, but you can change the future." I'll raise a glass of Cape wine to that\"

09/05/19

The French term for this role is "caviste," a person whose job it is to assemble and share wines in a thoughtful way, typically in a shop or restaurant. "It's like an affineur for cheese," said Zach Jarrett, who, along with Kimsey-White and Bradford Taylor, co-owns the shop. "We think about when things are ready to drink and hold on to bottles to help create depth for producers long term."

09/05/19

With no equipment and only a first run of red wines in storage - wines that won't be ready for release for a few years - it's unlikely a winemaker will find interest from a bank. Kim Stemler would like to see the creation of a revolving loan fund to help the situation, but that would require "a few million" just to prime the pump.