Winebusiness.com - Homepage for the Wine Industry

search news

Tuesday, October 22nd

09/30/19

Where are we headed as an industry? By now, everyone should be able to agree we are at an inflection point. We certainly have some obstacles to dodge. What are they? What is the magnitude of the problems? How long will we be dealing with oversupply? Where are the opportunities over the next five years? What should we do? We can help with some of those answers by getting you some benchmarks if you take this year's survey.

09/30/19

On Friday, Napa County Superior Court Judge Victoria Wood set a hearing on Nov. 8 to schedule a new trial in the case former Per Se captain Vannessa Scott-Allen brought in 2016 against Keller and The French Laundry. A Napa County Superior Court civil jury on June 26 found that Keller and his associates were not liable of discrimination after a four-week trial that Wood presided. Scott-Allen then appealed the verdict.

09/30/19

The Wine Industry Financial Symposium, the premier event covering the financial, business and strategic issues of the wine industry starts tomorrow, Tuesday, October 1

09/30/19

Family-run Spanish wine producer Familia Torres has renewed its call for more action on climate change and declared its support for Fridays For Future, the international youth movement inspired by activist Greta Thunberg.

09/30/19

In addition to surging premiums, insurance brokers said that some contractors were seeing policies canceled or were unable to secure new coverage. Tree work has always been hard to insure because of hazards like falls from 100-foot trees and the heavy use of chain saws. Now, after several seasons of major wildfires, the risk calculus has changed. Contractors crucial to clearing vegetation around power lines face higher coverage costs because of potential liability in later disasters.

09/30/19

PG&E's power shutoffs increase during the time of year when wildfire risk is at its peak. It's also harvest, when Napa Valley wineries must be functioning at their highest level-which is difficult to do without power. Smith-Madrone has a portable 6,000-watt generator (about 8 horsepower) which can power a transfer pump or a sump pump for the winter time, according to Smith. It's not enough to keep the winery at its full capacity. If they were to lose power during crush - something that hasn't happened before - it would bring winery operations to a full stop.

09/30/19

The first such warning came the evening of Sept. 21, a Friday, and by Tuesday, potential shutdowns were predicted to impact as many as 34,000 PG&E customers across a region scarred in the past two years by massive, deadly wildfires, the majority of them linked by state investigators to the utility's power equipment. Cutting off electricity has become an increasingly significant and controversial part of the bankrupt utility's bid to reduce its risk of causing another calamity and limit its own soaring liabilities, estimated at more than $30 billion for the 2017 and 2018 fires.

09/30/19

This month, Napa Valley wine consultant and community leader Paula Kornell will introduce the inaugural vintage of her Napa Valley Blanc de Noir, carrying on the work of her father, legendary sparkling winemaker Hanns Kornell. Paula worked closely with her father at the family winery Kornell Champagne Cellars, established in 1958 and among the first in California to produce sparkling wine using the traditional method. Through a range of wines, Hanns Kornell helped generate domestic interest in sparkling wine - at that time called Champagne by most American producers. Paula's experience and knowledge gained through her father's tutelage, as well as her mother's love of sharing stories, food, and wine, are the stimulus behind Paula Kornell sparkling wines: a focus on authenticity and tradition from grape to bottle.

09/30/19

For San Luis Obispo County vineyards, harvest is taking place about two to three weeks later than in recent years due to the cold, rainy winter and minimal summertime heat streaks. "It's been a cool growing season so that means our harvest is later than average," Stephen Ross Wine Cellars Owner and Winemaker Stephen Dooley said. "Cool but that usually means high quality as far as flavors and quality of wine and good acidity. So things look really good this year."

09/30/19

J Vineyards won top honors in the red wine category with its 2017 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, which retails for $40. The wine is a collaboration between J Vineyards winemaker Nicole Hitchcock and Gina Gallo, winemaker with E. & J. Gallo, which owns the Healdsburg winery.

09/30/19

Mark-Steven Holys had a knack for recommending the right bottle, for expertly carving the chateaubriand steaks and pheasant and for remembering the dietary quirks of a clientele that included many of California's boldfaced names. He waited on George Shultz, the former secretary of state; Joe Montana, the champion quarterback; and Steve Jobs, the Apple founder. He joined the ranks of the unsheltered five years ago, another life upended among a diverse population that is so hard to categorize.

09/30/19

Leah brings extensive experience in consumer marketing and advertising for various global brands, most recently having served as the senior brand manager for YETI, where she led brand strategy and communications for the outdoor lifestyle company.

09/30/19

Genes may explain the difference in taste and color of grapes, like these being processed during a recent crush at the UC Davis Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science teaching facility.

09/30/19

Police in France and Bulgaria, supported by agencies Europol and Eurojust, have busted a human trafficking ring centring around workers used to harvest grapes in France.

09/30/19

Last week, the Board of Supervisors said they would conduct community outreach meetings starting next year before deciding if the county should allow cannabis cultivation. Supervisors said they would proceed cautiously given concerns about how a future cannabis industry could coexist alongside Napa's wine industry.

09/30/19

More than anything, the 19 Crimes talking wine label reminds me of Harry Potter - in particular those paintings and pictures that come to life and speak. Haggard portraits on the bottles represent Irish men and women accused of minor crimes and sentenced to deportation to Australia. Viewing the labels through the Living Wine app, the characters tell their stories. I find it kinda creepy. But I'm Gen X. For Millennials, who cut their teeth on J.K. Rowling's series, know which house they belong to and take playing Quiddich seriously, it's probably not that surprising. And it sells wine. A lot of wine.

09/30/19

Video shows the refined mammal stomping around Navarro Vineyards in Philo, Calif., and stopping to pick at the Pinot Noir vines - ignoring the eight other grape varieties grown at the winery.

09/30/19

Strategic Move to Deliver on Company's March to Division 1 with Best-in-Class Sales Organization

09/30/19

Bottled exclusively in magnum with individually numbered labels, the selection is set to be released on October 1 for sale online and at select fine wine retailers and restaurants in the U.S.; it will retail for $400.

09/30/19

To launch their wine salon, the Kibayashi's joined forces with vintner Peter Chiang, building from the ground up a paradigm-shattering wine experience for the consumer based on the spirit of the manga series originally created in Japan.

09/30/19

A leading research firm, opines that the overall sales of beverage cans were pegged at more than US$ 45 Bn in 2018 and the global beverage cans market is likely to grow at a decent pace during the forecast period owing to growing demand for metal packaging across the developed as well as developing economies.

09/30/19

Our member wineries feature wine and cheese pairings guaranteed to tempt everyone's taste buds! Plan your self-guided tour of the scenic Berks County by-ways and visit all eleven family-owned winery locations.

09/30/19

In her role, Vlasach will lead client success through managing insights delivery to wine brands and translating customer-driven product requirements to ensure we are building better answers for our clients.

09/30/19

Separate reports suggest that the United States is poised to win its long-running trade dispute with EU countries over alleged subsidies for Airbus. The European Union has its own similar case underway, accusing the U.S. of illegally aiding Boeing.

09/30/19

California Wines staged the second of its annual Collectable California tastings at the US embassy late last week, in what the organisers described as "probably the most expensive tasting ever put on in London" in terms of bottles opened and poured.

09/30/19

Rock Rose has signed a deal with the Royal Mail which will make it the first gin to offer fully recyclable 70cl refill pouches.

09/30/19

With its plethora of native and local grape varieties and an increasing number of skilled and dedicated winemakers, southern Italy's wine future is looking bright. Michaela Morris showcases some of its leading lights.

09/30/19

A total of 3,155 wines from 34 countries were tasted in Hong Kong at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2019 (DAWA 2019). Since the competition launched in 2012, this is only the second time that 20 wines have been awarded 'Best in Show' - the competition's highest accolade - making up a mere 0.6% of all wines tasted. Read more at https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/decanter-asia-wine-awards-2019-winners-announced-424714/#BkQyjAVlbPs9KplM.99

09/30/19

A pioneer of the Loureiro grape, the estate's wines include Ameal Loureiro, Quinta do Ameal Solo Único, Quinta do Ameal Escolha, Ameal Espumante and Ameal Colheita Special Harvest.

09/30/19

The organic wine industry is now worth more than a billion euros in the French market and as much as 1.5 billion euros including exports. And revenue is expected to increase further due to strong demand. According to a survey commissioned by Agence Bio and conducted by OpinionWay, 48% of French people want to find more organic wines in their usual places of purchase.

09/30/19

Cellphone video posted online showed a towering vortex spinning Saturday evening near Davis. National Weather Service forecaster Emily Heller told the San Francisco Chronicle that there was no damage. Tornadoes in the Central Valley aren't entirely unusual and are "weaker and more short-lived" than ones typically seen in the Midwest, she said.

09/30/19

The farm labor association Wafla is asking tree fruit growers who use the H-2A-visa foreign guestworker program to submit declarations of support for a lawsuit challenging a federal increase in the minimum wage for those workers.

09/30/19

The cause of the fire, which broke out near the town of Schellville and was contained within two hours, remains under investigation. Mulas said fire officials have not ruled out the possibility that a discarded cigarette ignited it.

09/30/19

According to the last reported balance sheet, Treasury Wine Estates had liabilities of AU$885.0m due within 12 months, and liabilities of AU$1.41b due beyond 12 months. Offsetting these obligations, it had cash of AU$401.8m as well as receivables valued at AU$634.6m due within 12 months. So its liabilities total AU$1.26b more than the combination of its cash and short-term receivables. Since publicly traded Treasury Wine Estates shares are worth a total of AU$13.2b, it seems unlikely that this level of liabilities would be a major threat.

09/30/19

Instead of rolling up their sleeves, people pulled up their pant legs kicked off their shoes and hopped in a bucket of grapes for DC Estate Winery's Annual Grape Stomp.

09/30/19

The beer, wine, and liquor distributor is in unfamiliar choppy waters for its premier Corona brand and experiencing headwinds in its wine business and cannabis investment, meaning that when earnings are reported on Oct. 3, they may not be as robust as expected.

09/30/19

When Gary Wills worked at a bar, he saw how frustrating it was to constantly transport alcohol, so he started a successful wine and liquor delivery business. After years of making drop-offs at trendy bars and restaurants downtown, Wills thought he saw another business opportunity in bringing such a Center City amenity to his native Northeast Philly. What followed was 18 months of roadblocks and headaches for Wills. First, O'Neill successfully opposed the zoning variance. In June, O'Neill moved to eliminate street parking in front of Wills' property with a bill that will be heard Monday in the Streets and Services Committee.

09/30/19

The restriction was aimed at preserving the county's agricultural resources and preventing nonfarming residences from encroaching into agricultural lands. However, many smaller parcels restricted by a Z District do not qualify for farm-related housing because they do not meet size and agriculture production requirements.

09/30/19

More recent research that controlled for diet and other lifestyle variables concluded that drinking moderate amounts of beer-usually defined as one per day for women and two for men-offers the same heart-health benefits as a like amount of wine.