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Monday, November 18th

10/11/19

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) began to restore power Thursday afternoon to more than 738,000 customers left in the dark in more than 30 counties in Northern California. As of late Thursday, more than half of the customers had power once again.

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On the Fourth of July weekend this summer, White Claw became one of the five major events to impact retail wine sales in 35 years, according to the man in charge of alcohol beverages for the mega supermarket chain of Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions (AVP). "We've got to get out of the mindset of beer, wine and spirits being separate, and we've got to focus on occasions instead," says Phil Markert ... Also, - Some AVP stores have started organizing AVA sets on their shelves, where all wines from a specific American Viticultural Area are displayed together instead of being spread out among the various varietals or wine-type sections. Paso Robles has its own set in some stores, Oregon and others do too

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Under the deal, all California sales of chlorpyrifos will end on Feb. 6, 2020, and farmers will have until the end of 2020 to exhaust their supplies. The pesticide is used on numerous crops in the nation's largest agriculture-producing state - including alfalfa, almonds, citrus, cotton, grapes and walnuts. State regulators have said chlorpyrifos has been linked to health defects in children, including brain impairment, and to illnesses in others with compromised immune systems.

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PG&E confirmed that 10 to 12 employees on the gas side of the business were mingling with 50 to 60 of their top customers at a winery in Sonoma County on Monday and Tuesday. It was in the run-up to PG&E's unprecedented power shut-offs for hundreds of thousands of customers this week. Bill Johnson, CEO of the utility's parent company PG&E Corp., admitted to the event in an exclusive interview with The Chronicle on Thursday. He described it as a colossal mistake in poor taste and promised it would never happen again.

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"What's happened is unacceptable. And it's happened because of neglect. It's happened because of decisions that were deferred, delayed or not made by the largest investor-owned utility in the state of California and one of the largest in the nation," he said at a news conference. "This current operation is unacceptable. The current conditions and circumstances are unacceptable."

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As PG&E crews began restoring power to hundreds of thousands of customers across Northern California on Thursday, the company's CEO acknowledged the embattled utility had dropped the ball on customer communications during an unprecedented blackout aimed at averting another devastating wildfire caused by the company's equipment. CEO Bill Johnson told reporters that PG&E's crashing website, inconsistent maps and overwhelmed call centers had provided insufficient resources to people struggling to make do without an essential service in parts of 34 counties.

10/11/19

Online retail giant Amazon.com Inc. plans to add several retail grocery stores to its fast-growing roster of physical locations, stepping up the competition with The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) and other supermarket operators. Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) plans to open dozens of stores across the country, starting with Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, the Wall Street Journal reported on Oct. 1.

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The Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association (AVWA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Courtney DeGraff as new Executive Director. DeGraff will lead the 62-winery organization, spearheading strategic initiatives, trade partnerships and consumer-oriented events.

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In recognition of its 75th anniversary, the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) announces the NVV Oral History Project in partnership with the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley. Through stories told by iconic vintner leaders, the project captures the 75-year journey of the wine trade organization, from its inception in 1944 through major milestones in becoming the renowned wine region and vital community it is today.

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The Georgia Wine Producers' first-ever executive director is settling into the role as the group plans the future of the industry in the state. Karla Roper of Jasper started work in May, having previously worked as a tourism manager for the winery-laden Gilmer County. Georgia wine has "always been my passion," she said in early October.

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Philip Moulin is the in-house detective at Berry Bros. & Rudd, a 321-year-old wine merchant that stocks the cellar at Buckingham Palace and stores more than 6 million bottles for collectors. With counterfeit wines proliferating amid soaring prices for prized vintages, his job is to prevent fakes from landing in the company's cavernous warehouse 50 miles west of London, where the temperature is maintained at a constant 53.6 degrees F.

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It's looking like the 2019 wine grape harvest in the Finger Lakes will be a good one for the region's signature wine. "The acids are a little high so that generally makes for a nice crisp Riesling," said Tim Martinson, vineyard specialist with Cornell University's cooperative extension program.

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Overall, ad spending jumped 21% among hard seltzer, hard cider and "malternative" brands to $77.3 million during the same period. White Claw's spending ranked No. 3 behind Corona Refresca, the flavored malt beverage that spent $13.8 million, and Angry Orchard, the hard cider that spent $11.5 million during the period, per Kantar.

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Achieving astounding growth is all in a day's work for the leaders of America's fastest-growing, privately held companies. Here are their secrets.

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It's a nice problem to have. Too many people, countries, importers, restaurants and sommeliers want to get more than the fair share of your wines. So how do you juggle who gets what in a situation where you are running out of land to make a lot more wine. That's the situation that New Zealand now finds itself in as global demand is increasing so fast it is starting to struggle to keep up. Richard Siddle assesses the opportunities and challenges the country faces in the coming years.

10/11/19

Pacific Gas and Electric Company crews started restoring power Thursday to some of the 32,000 Napa Valley customers who have been without since Wednesday morning, according to reports. The county is receiving reports that power is returning to some households, said Kerry Whitney, Napa County Risk and Emergency Services Manager.

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State Sen. Bill Dodd says California is better able to handle wildfires in a climate change world since the blazes that engulfed much of Napa County in October, 2017. "We weren't really prepared as individuals, as families, as businesses, as educational institutions, as cities, as counties, as the state or the federal governments for these types of climatic fires," said Dodd, D-Napa, on Monday.

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"We're insured, for business interruption, they call it," Mary's Pizza Shack CEO Vince Albano said. "But how much, I don't know. Fires are one thing, but submitting for a PG&E shutdown, I don't know how that'll work."

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Jennifer Mathieu takes up the position of director at an exciting time in the Alliance's history, with the launch of the three-tier classification at the end of February 2020.

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Last May, Vinexpo Paris and Wine Paris announced they would be sharing the same venue in Paris, a major European capital and a strategic and easily accessible marketplace, on key dates on the buyers' agenda (10-12 February 2020).

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The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society's annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival commenced October 3 with the Society presenting an award posthumously in Harry McWatters' name.

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Vinexpo New York, now in its third year, is drawing thousands of exhibitors, buyers, and conference attendees into what has become one of the world's premier showcases for the wine and spirits trade throughout North America.

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Website features industry research, promotion and business development resources

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Opens first tasting room off NW 13th Ave. and Johnson St., fall 2019

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NVFF returns this fall with its five-day festival showcasing the year's best new independent films, November 13-17.

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INSITE's updated Machine Configurator tool makes it even easier to configure your next case erector and sealer

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On Thursday morning, October 10, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reported that improving weather conditions in some parts of the areas affected by the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) allowed for safety inspections, repairs and restoration in some areas to begin. Approximately 126,000 customers were restored by 6 a.m. Thursday

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The Catena family announces the launch of La Marchigiana, a new range of natural wines that pays homage to the Catena family's 19th century Italian origins. Created in equal parts as passion project and experiment, these limited-production bottlings of Criolla Chica, Chardonnay, and Bonarda are entirely fermented and aged in tinajas, the traditional clay pots used by winery founder Nicola Catena upon arriving in Argentina from Le Marche, Italy, in the late 1800s. The La Marchigiana range was named in celebration of the women of Le Marche who were devoted to harvesting grapes and caring for the vines as pictured on the label

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Winesellers, Ltd. had an outstanding performance in these categories in 2019 and will be named a Top Importer of the Year, as featured in the 33rd Annual Buying Guide.

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The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Foundation and the Wente Foundation for Arts Education are pleased to announce that together they raised nearly $500,000 for under-served East Bay children at the 25th annual Livermore Valley Wine Auction on September 21, 2019. This event has raised over $5 million over its 25 years.

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On Wednesday, 10/9/19, the decision had already been made to stay open by Jim Morris, VP, Estate Management & Guest Relations. Meanwhile Tasting Room staff hustled to create handmade signs to put out on Highway 29, chill wines in coolers and move most of the tasting service out doors to the lawn, a la 1861 style.

10/11/19

The U.S. and China began their principal-level negotiations in Washington on Thursday. Trump's comment about a meeting with Liu contrasted with a report from the South China Morning Post that said the two sides made no progress in deputy-level trade talks this week and Liu will cut his visit short.

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Demand has massively outstripped supply for the WSTA's Brexit Preparedness Seminar, with the 250 places for the event booked out inside a week and dozens of names already on the waiting list.

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Available now, the new No.1 range comprises 27 wines - six new ones alongside 21 previously sold under the retailer's In Partnership brand which have all been rebranded. With a focus on premium producers and top regions, the newcomers include Cederberg Private Cellar Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc Astrolabe, Burgundy Pouilly Vinzelles, Burgundy Côte de Beaune, an Argentinian Malbec, a Bordeaux and also a Crusted Port.

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Harpers sets out on the Prosecco trail to look at the region's industrial expansion and to work out what a sustainable future looks like for the chronically popular Italian fizz

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Too much alcohol and chilli can set your palate on fire, but there are plenty of wines that match well with all sorts of spicy foods if you know where to look.

10/11/19

Fladgate's head winemaker, David Guimaraens, believes that the changes implemented since the 1970s in the Douro to mitigate the effects of the labour shortage contributed to "as big a revolution" in the production and styles of Port as phylloxera.

10/11/19

It's been a long time coming but we are now able to introduce the great POTUS into our weekly column, because finally his tentacles have extended themselves into an area of our direct concern.

10/11/19

The value of Italian fine wines in the secondary market has risen from £2 million to £5m since 2015 according to Liv-ex, with the number of wines traded having grown over 1,500% in a decade.

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What do Zinfandel, Riesling, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc all have in common? Well, for a start, none of them even make the top 10 of America's favorite wine grapes.

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At least 100 PG&E workers Thursday afternoon have fanned out across Sonoma County to inspect power lines and begin restoring electricity to about 66,000 customers. At 4 p.m., certain customers in Santa Rosa already have the lights back on.

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After Austria in September 2017 and Sonoma in California in September 2018, Beaujolais was chosen this year: "This choice is proof that our region represents something, that it is beautiful and has potential", explained Dominique Piron, chairman of InterBeaujolais.

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Anyone who thinks there's nothing left to discover hasn't met Alex Liberati. The Italian native, who moved his entire life to Denver only two years ago, is the chief advocate for oenobeer, a new type of liquid that tastes something like a mix between beer, wine, and mead. A one time bar, brewery, and distribution company owner in Rome, Liberati is now the proprietor and chief mad scientist behind Liberati Brewing in Denver, an Italian restaurant and oenobeer brewery that opened on October 29th, 2018.

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Maintaining an organized inventory is the best way to assess your collection's value. Yet some oenophiles find joy-and the occasional buried treasure-in more eccentric arrangements

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The fire, known as the Saddleridge Brush Fire, broke out after 9pm on Thursday in Sylmar, north of Los Angeles, along the 210 Freeway near Yarnell Street and jumped the highway.

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Restaurants' same-store sales declined 0.4% in the third quarter, according to the most recent Black Box Intelligence index, the industry's first quarterly decline in two years. Same-store sales rose 0.1% in September despite some tougher comparisons, according to the index, which comes from a monthly survey of more than 170 brands representing more than 31,000 locations.

10/11/19

The chief financial officer of Canopy Growth Corp.'s largest shareholder has been appointed chair of the cannabis company's board of directors amid a continuing shakeup in its executive ranks. David Klein, the CFO at Constellation Brands Inc., has been appointed to the position effective immediately, the Smiths Falls, Ont.-based Canopy Growth said in a statement Thursday.