Winebusiness.com - Homepage for the Wine Industry

search news

Monday, November 18th

11/04/19

The proposed regulations will affect EVERY person who serves alcohol throughout the state whether in a restaurant, hotel, bar, tasting room, stadium, concert, wedding, tourist park, or even at a charitable event. The ABC preliminarily estimates these regulations will affect about 1 million workers in California. Our estimate, based on the number of ABC licensed hospitality businesses in the state, is ten times that number!

11/04/19

Anthony Cailan is already a celebrity in the small world of high-end wine at age 29. He worked at Los Angeles restaurants Bestia, Animal and Eggslut, where his brother, Alvin, is the chef. Last year, the two were recruited to open a New York restaurant, the Usual ... After he was named one of the "Best New Somms" four women in Mr. Cailan's professional circle contacted The New York Times to allege he either sexually assaulted them or tried to do so - allegations Mr. Cailan has denied.

11/04/19

The Kincade Fire is 80% contained as of 7:13 am on November 4. However, smoke and images of the wildfire that started near Geyserville Oct. 23 has created challenges for the Napa Valley's visitor industry

11/04/19

Soda Rock Winery held tastings in its barn, one week after most of the 150-year-old property was destroyed by the Kincade Fire

11/04/19

About 100 varieties of wine grapes are grown in California, but that isn't enough for at least two of the state's winemakers. Chaim Gur-Arieh of C.G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery in El Dorado County and Markus Niggli of Markus Wine Co. at Lodi are tapping vineyards in far-off North Carolina for grapes rarely if ever grown in California. In Gur-Arieh's case, it's Norton, also known as Cynthiana, little of which is cultivated in California, though it is somewhat popular in other states, including North Carolina

11/04/19

Delicato Family Wines Adds Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Cabernet Sauvignon, Lush Pinot Noir and Vibrant Sauvignon Blanc to Fast-Growing "Nighthawk by Bota Box" Lineup

11/04/19

California's Delicato Family Wines has been on a remarkable growth run, with volume roughly tripling from 4 million cases in 2010 to approximately 12 million cases currently. While the family-owned winery has diversified recently, gaining a foothold in both domestic and imported fine wines, its breadwinner remains the Bota Box label ...

11/04/19

"Is it an effect of global warming, the big swings in wine production on 2017, 2018 and 2019", someone in the audience asked. "No," was the answer from Pau Roca, director-general of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). But more important was what he followed up with. "It is too short a time span to be able to draw any such conclusion.

11/04/19

'He was born in the Médoc, but didn't come from a winemaking family, and it was through sheer determination that he succeeded in building up Sociando piece by piece, bringing out the potential of its location on one of the best gravel outcrops in the Médoc.

11/04/19

The new tariffs introduced on EU goods by the US are likely to push up prices for French and Spanish wine by around 10-15%, according to the latest Rabobank report

11/04/19

Brand Takes Bold Stance, Launching Campaign with Hashtag #TrumpTariffFree

11/04/19

The New South Wales-based winery is entering the alcohol-free sector with the launch of McGuigan Zero.

11/04/19

Signorello Estate, founded in 1977 by father-son duo Ray Signorello, Sr. and Ray Signorello, Jr., announced the appointment of Jill McDowell as National Sales, South. In her new role, McDowell will be based in Orlando, Florida and is responsible for the on and off premises sales for Signorello Estate, as well as Edge and Trim, for the Southeast United States.

11/04/19

There are lots of sensors on the market, all promising to improve viticulture management. But what technologies actually work? What sensors exist that you've never even heard of? And what innovations are in the research pipeline? Join the National Grape Research Alliance and the USDA's Agricultural Research Service for the NGRA-ARS Sensor Technology Workshop on November 13 in Sacramento.

11/04/19

"We don't want this to be our new normal," said Karissa Kruse, president of Sonoma County Winegrowers. "We love people visiting Sonoma County and our fellow wine regions and having a great experience. We don't want people to worry about coming here. We have some work to do."

11/04/19

Working with the county Ag Commissioner and the Sheriff's office, many growers were able to back get into their vineyards to harvest their remaining crops in areas that were safe. Allied Grape Growers confirmed that the majority of their Sonoma winegrowers had finished picking their crops. Even after the fire started some people were able to power through the end of their harvest. One grower reported that although they were able to finish picking the fruit, they ran into an issue during delivery as the winery was without power and a way to dump the truck. However, not all the grapes in the region were able to be harvested despite the best efforts of winegrowers

11/04/19

The housing includes apartments, single family homes, furnished homes and exquisite estates.

11/04/19

Walla Walla, Washington is well known for its established wineries, many with cult-followings-think Leonetti, Gramercy, Cayuse, and Sleight of Hand. However, in addition to the beautiful wineries dotting the surrounding hillsides, or the stretch of popular downtown tasting rooms, there are wonderful young wineries trying to get off the ground. Fortunately, located at the Port of Walla Walla Regional Airport, there's a wine "incubator" program creating a runway of sorts, for first time, start-up wineries to improve their chances for business success, helping fledgling wineries get off the ground and soar

11/04/19

The debts belonging to Chow LLC reportedly racked up to $3,757,160, with assets of just $75,000. The company's largest recorded creditor was United Business Bank - which was owed $2,683,603, according to the San Francisco Business Times.

11/04/19

The fast fall of PG&E after California's wildfires is a jolt for companies considering the uncertain risks of a warming planet

11/04/19

While searching for the person who grifted me in Chicago, I discovered just how easy it is for users of the short-term rental platform to get exploited.

11/04/19

Christine Mueller and her three co-founders launched Wine Women in 2016, in the hopes of bringing together women across all facets of the wine industry.

11/04/19

"Where do we go from here?," Wilson asked. "It feels like such a big undertaking. I think we have to rebuild. I think we owe it to Alexander Valley not to leave it like this."

11/04/19

there's some skepticism about the actual advantages of the practice. Dr. James Harbertson, Associate Professor of Enology at Washington State University and an expert on tannins, believes that "the benefits are really about aroma."

11/04/19

Farmers across the country have been waiting for this for months.

11/04/19

For many first-time hemp farmers, 2019 is being written off as an expensive learning experience that they can apply to future crops.

11/04/19

... many Californians say they should have never been forced into this choice: deadly fires or multiday blackouts. Instead, PG&E's critics accuse the company of shirking safety precautions to funnel money toward investor dividends

11/04/19

For the past three years, countries and companies around the world have looked to California as a counterweight to the Trump administration's aggressive dismantling of efforts to combat climate change.

11/04/19

The entire Yountville complex is approximately a half acre. Restoration Hardware, now called RH, occupies an estimated 10,770 square feet. It includes a tasting room, multiple design galleries and a restaurant with a wine bar at one end. Outdoor open patios intersect with each building, the overhead branches of ancient and gnarled olive trees forming a lacy ceiling.

11/04/19

Laura took time from her hectic schedule to visit Grape Collective and talk about her hope that Argentine wine, in her words, "can compete with the greatest wines in the world."

11/04/19

How long will take to undo the damage caused to EPA during this administration?

11/04/19

This comes on the heels of the SEC's recent guidance limiting the independence of proxy advisors to recommend how asset managers should vote their proxies at company annual meetings

11/04/19

The Agriculture Department projects that farm incomes will reach $88 billion in 2019 but nearly 40% of that - $33 billion - will come from trade aid, disaster assistance, the farm bill and insurance indemnities, according to a new report by the American Farm Bureau Federation

11/04/19

Europe's farm program is one of the largest subsidy programs in the world and pays out $65 billion to support farmers and rural communities. It's being taken advantage of by a group of powerful political patrons and oligarchs, the New York Times reported.

11/04/19

Some health benefits that have been linked to drinking in moderation include a longer life, a lower risk of heart disease, and improved mental health.

11/04/19

Judges in Massachusetts and New Jersey have thrown out more than 30,000 breath tests in the past 12 months alone, largely because of human errors and lax governmental oversight. Across the country, thousands of other tests also have been invalidated in recent years

11/04/19

Space Cargo Unlimited, which aims to perform biological research in the microgravity of Earth's orbit. Begun in 2014, it plans to fly experiments on rockets made by Blue Origin and SpaceX as soon as next year. But, first, on Nov. 2, they will launch a dozen bottles of the finest wine to the International Space Station on a rocket built by Northrop Grumman. They are believed to be the first glass bottles flown to the orbiting laboratory