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Tuesday, October 22nd

10/07/19

Mystery (or sudden) vine collapse, reported by winegrape growers in the Lodi AVA since 2011, and now observed in other California grapegrowing regions, may be associated with a combination of virus pathogens including leafroll virus and grapevine vitiviruses. It appears that certain rootstocks, notably Freedom, and perhaps others, are more sensitive to these virus combinations and more prone to vine collapse.

10/07/19

The St. Helena-based company alleges that Tri-Vin Imports Inc., a wine distributor and importer registered in New Rochelle, N.Y., used Sutter Home's Napa Cellars mark to sell a wine called "Clos de Napa"

10/07/19

Tweets by a reporter with KGO-TV, this organization's media partner, quoted a fire chief for the American Fire Protection District saying the fire was more than 200 acres, but nearing containment. ... Cal Fire reported 30% of 526 acres contained as of 10/06/2019 ...

10/07/19

"We are concerned that this action will lead to increased tariffs on U.S. wines and set back our efforts to continue growing U.S. wine exports." Bobby Koch, Wine Institute president and CEO, said ... "Thirty-nine percent of all imported wines (by value) go through Newark," Karl Storchmann, editor, Journal of Wine Economics said. ... "These tariffs are like water damage in an old house. What you see is bad, but what lies beneath is much, much worse. It could take years to fix, or the damage might be permanent. .... "

10/07/19

French wine exports to the United States totaled $1 billion in 2018, or about 20% of total exports. Bordeaux wines accounted for more than a fourth of those exports, followed closely by those of Bourgogne and Beaujolais origins. Champagne is not included in the extra duties list.

10/07/19

... with statement from Agustin Huneeus ... A U.S. federal judge in Boston on Friday sentenced Agustin Francisco Huneeus to five months in prison for his role in the college entrance cheating scandal. Huneeus, the fourth parent to be sentenced in the scheme, received the lengthiest sentence of the four parents who have been sentenced so far ...

10/07/19

Enamored with the wine industry, he and Susan moved their family from Greenbrae to Oakville in 1972 and purchased their Calistoga home and vineyard in 1974, where he developed and operated the Robert Pecota Winery for 30 years

10/07/19

Recession is unlikely, but wineries are still looking to bolster profits in the year ahead.

10/07/19

Holy Grail Steak Co. has hit the Kobe jackpot, importing multiple A5 BMS 12 cuts

10/07/19

Fiona and Hal Barnett, Barnett Vineyards Winemaker David Tate and Dallas-based private equity real estate investor, Dean Macfarlan, today announced that they will debut La Caccia di San Giovanni ("La Caccia"), a new Super Tuscan wine, in the U.S. in October 2019.

10/07/19

September was a stunner of a month for many locations in the west; with a rapid shift into more October like temperatures. The month was saw record-breaking precipitation amounts northward, while much of California and the southwest were dry.

10/07/19

Maybe we're hopeless optimists at Ciatti, but Brexit has sometimes seemed more a political problem than a commercial one. While the logistical headaches for importers and exporters are very real, and should not be underestimated, we have faith in people's resilience.

10/07/19

The winery will be built over the next several years in three parts so it doesn't interfere with the continuity of winemaking. Nicolas Seillan, vice president of Jackson Family Wines, and Taylor Lombardo Architects of San Francisco designed the winery.

10/07/19

Monteiro to serve as a member of the company's Executive Management Committee

10/07/19

Effective October 1, 2019, EPIC Wines & Spirits (EPIC) has appointed Bill Young as Executive Vice President of Sales.

10/07/19

Ms. Franco joins Opus One with a great history of success in human resource management and strategic planning.

10/07/19

The producers of the "Somm" documentary film series have launched a new streaming service that's like Netflix for wine and culinary enthusiasts

10/07/19

The presentation is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. PST and is expected to cover the wine and spirits division's strategic business initiatives, financial metrics and operating performance, as well as outlook for the future.

10/07/19

Leading Provence estate Château Minuty has entered into a long-term exclusive distribution agreement to partner with VINTUS in the United States effective January 1, 2020.

10/07/19

Though terms of the deal are not disclosed, Vintage Wine Estates purchased 100% of the assets of Owen Roe including real estate, winemaking facilities, vineyards, brands, equipment, inventory, leases, and supply contracts.

10/07/19

Smurfit Kappa provides innovative triple head filling line for SkanVin

10/07/19

You'll also dine on Michelin-starred meals along the way.

10/07/19

The massive UK travel company's failure raises a multitude of practical issues. The shutdown stranded tens of thousands of Thomas Cook customers whose flights and holidays were scuttled. The UK Civil Aviation Authority tweeted Sunday that all Thomas Cook bookings had been canceled.

10/07/19

The decision by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) made the federal land available for fossil fuel production across Fresno, Monterey, San Benito and other counties for the first time in half a decade.

10/07/19

Far reaching economic damage possible if SLF becomes widely established in the US

10/07/19

There were a few surprises when we attempted to find value in the world's most expensive wine region.

10/07/19

McLaren Vale's Rosemount Estate has taken out the prestigious Max Schubert Trophy ahead of 350 other wineries at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show.

10/07/19

As e-commerce booms, a winery's website might be expected to provide a virtual experience that mirrors an in-person one - and now that applies to installing ADA compliant features.

10/07/19

As he inaugurates the Silicon Valley Bank's annual industry survey, the bank's wine division executive vice president, Rob McMillan asks the wine industry, "Where are we headed as an industry?"

10/07/19

Beginning in the 1980s, researchers noticed that the French-despite typically eating a diet with lots of foods containing saturated fat and cholesterol-had lower than expected rates of heart disease and early death. Some called this phenomenon the "French paradox," and they went to work figuring out an explanation. Wine emerged as a prime candidate

10/07/19

If the prospective dads were binge drinkers, which was defined as downing five or more drinks per session, there was a 52% higher likelihood their baby would have a congenital heart defect

10/07/19

Josko Gravner keeps seeking the ultimate wine expression-through triumph and tragedy

10/07/19

To mark the 2019 milestone, the Champagne house has released two wines, one inspired by the 1979 film and the other by the latest in the Bond franchise - No Time To Die - which will be released next year

10/07/19

After listing its Budweiser APAC in Hong Kong last week, AB InBev said it will be looking to expand in Asia, especially in China, South Korea, India and Vietnam.

10/07/19

They're wrapped in seaweed. They're filled with whisky. And they're now drawing a collective groan from the Internet, thanks to their suspicious resemblance to a laundry detergent pack-turned-meme-turned-public health hazard.