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11/18/19

According to market research firm bw166, sales of domestic wines, including bulk imports, totaled $48.8 billion in the 12 months ended October. Table wines led the increase, rising 6 percent to $44.1 billion, while sparkling wine increased more than 2 percent to $2.1 billion. The growth in domestic wines helped boost the value of the overall wine market in the U.S. by 4 percent to more than $73 billion in the latest 12 months.

11/18/19

Insurance experts say that as part of a wider company review the international insurance house Lloyd's of London stopped underwriting what are known as stock-throughput policies for larger, premier wineries in the region because of the seemingly annual risk to wine production and storage caused by wildfires

11/18/19

The county's $2.2 billion tourism sector will attempt to convince travelers to consider visits in the spring and summer, hoping to diversify the industry's reliance on the prime months of September and October. Early fall has historically been a critical season for the hospitality industry, which has capitalized on its connections to Wine Country by catering to well-heeled tourists visiting during the thick of the annual grape harvest.

11/18/19

Winds forecast for Wednesday and Thursday have prompted PG&E to warn of an "elevated" potential for a power shut-off that would affect parts of the North Bay, the utility said Saturday. A map and advisory posted on PG&E's website said that there is "considerable uncertainty regarding the strength, timing and humidity levels" of an incoming weather system expected to land Wednesday. Still, the potential for dry winds prompted PG&E to upgrade the potential for a precautionary power shut-off for a region including Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake and Napa counties to the lowest threshold level at which power shut-offs are possible.

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The mainstreaming of natural wines has brought niche winemakers capital and celebrity, as well as questions about their personalities and politics.

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The tariffs and taxes are scheduled to increase even further, to 106% on December 15. None of this makes California wine in China an easy sell. Lower to mid-priced wines will likely be especially hard-hit, given the bountiful options at those tiers available by competitors like Chile and New Zealand (which enjoy tariff-free status into China) and Australia, which enjoys the tailwind not only of all that buzz and more favorable tax status, but also a $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support package from the Australian government.

11/18/19

"Luxury Wine Marketing: The Art and Science of Luxury Wine Branding," (Infinite Ideas, 2019, $69.95) is by Peter Yeung, a strategic marketing expert, and Liz Thach, Master of Wine and professor of wine & management at Sonoma State University. The authors give this definition of luxury wine in the book: "It's of the highest quality, coming from a special place on earth, has an element of scarcity, an elevated price, and produces a sense of privilege and pleasure to the owner."

11/18/19

"For those of you with phylloxera in your vineyard, your good ol' days of self-rooted vines are probably over," said Doug Walsh, a Washington State University entomologist. Walsh and WSU colleagues are seeking funding for a research project to better understand phylloxera's biology and develop management techniques. WSU extension specialists Michelle Moyer and Gwen Hoheisel shared a presentation on how to recognize phylloxera and its feeding damage.

11/18/19

From retirees to young families, from folks who lost a house to those who never lost power and weren't even asked to evacuate, the yearly siege is wearing people down, as we learned in interviews and email exchanges with more than 20 ?area residents.

11/18/19

After California wine industry mogul Hugh Reimers illegally destroyed at least 140 acres of forest, meadow and stream in part to make way for new vineyards sometime last winter, according to a report from state investigators, state officials ordered the former executive of Jackson Family Wines to repair and mitigate the damage where possible. Sonoma County officials also suggested a $131,060 fine. But for environmental activists watching the investigation, fines and restoration attempts aren't going to cut it; they want Reimers - an experienced captain of industry whom they say knew better - to face a criminal prosecution, which could lead to a jail sentence.

11/18/19

Le Colline is to be a 27.9-acre vineyard with a total disturbed area of 34.7 acres. It is located at 115 Cold Springs Road in Angwin. About 25 acres of forest is to be removed, a county report said.

11/18/19

In this collaboration with DRNK -- an augmented reality (AR) app for alcoholic beverages -- Wine Connection is turning all their stores islandwide into a full AR experience. Over 500 wine bottle labels in all Wine Connection stores have been optimised to be used with the DRNK AR App. With a simple scan using the app, the drink will come to life in front of your eyes with interactive animations.

11/18/19

"Léoville Barton has always been one of the best values in blue-chip, ageworthy Bordeaux. Most of the region's top properties routinely ask triple-digit prices for their wines. Yet the 2016 Léoville Barton was released at an initial futures offering of $87 per bottle"

11/18/19

A more reliable approach involves a portable photovoltaic array and a Tesla Power Wall which with proper design, can run the rudimentary requirements of a winery building indefinitely.

11/18/19

Wine Spectator, the world's leading authority on wine, today announced Château Léoville-Barton St.-Julien 2016 as the 2019 Wine of the Year.

11/18/19

Announced by the Competition's Founding Director, Debra Meiburg, Master of Wine, a total of 58 trophies were handed out to wine, spirit, sake and now beer producers from around the world.

11/18/19

The Andre x Tipsy Elves original holiday sweaters and onesies feature the Andre brand's logo complete with festive designs.

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The proportion of trade visitors from other Chinese cities apart from Shanghai has further increased, with more trade visitors coming from Beijing, Guangdong, Xinjiang, Hainan, Shandong, Liaoning and Inner Mongolia.

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With Italian wine exports slowing down, wineries need to broaden their horizons and learn how to diversify markets. On November 25th and 26th, 2019, at Vinitaly's wine business forum wine2wine, producers will discover their next best export opportunities with renowned wine insiders from Japan, Canada, India, Singapore, and China.

11/18/19

A cascade of crushed Cabernet. Dappled light over vineyards at golden hour. Wine barrels, framed by mountains and fraught with the early morning light, steaming in the cool of the new day. ... these are the scenes that punctuate daily life at Matthiasson wines - and, in a second hand sense, for their 22,800 followers on Instagram.

11/18/19

After 18 years of generating an international business platform around wine, tourism and gourmet products, www.andeswines.com announced the interest of creating a "Wine Private Fund" to execute Rescue Ancient Vineyards in Chile with high focus on BioTech (Invitro) to protect the Chilean genetics as a starting point of a national strategy due to the great number of vinestock brought by immigrants to Chile since 1551.

11/18/19

The 9th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced this year's juried and audience award winners on Saturday, November 16, 2019. The festival, held from November 13-17, screened over 80 films, including the 16 in NVFF's core competition categories, throughout the seven screening venues located around the Valley. Cinema Napa Valley, the non-profit organization that produces the festival every year, also announced the event will take place next year from November 11-15, 2020.

11/18/19

Viognier, marsanne, roussanne - whether you're new to these varieties or a die-hard fan, locally grown Rhone whites have plenty to offer those who enjoy rich whites wines. Four winemakers delve into why these French grapes have found a home among Australian soils.

11/18/19

China's central bank cut rates on seven-day reverse repurchase agreements by five basis points to 2.50%, a move that nudged the yuan higher while lowering bond yields. The news helped Shanghai blue chips recoup early losses to rise 0.8%, though the initial reaction was cautious overall. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan moved 0.3% higher.

11/18/19

Da Vinci was a great lover of wine, "the divine liquor of the grape", as he called it. So much so that Ludivoco Sforza, the Duke of Milan, offered him a vineyard as payment for "The Last Supper", which he painted for the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan in 1498. It survived for centuries after his death, until it was destroyed by a fire started by Allied bombs in 1943.

11/18/19

Taking place on 28 November, highlights from the sale include two verticals of Cohe-Dury's Meursault 'Les Perrières', estimated at £13,000-£15,000 apiece; as well as a selection of vintages spanning 1985-2001 of Jacky Truchot's wines including six bottles of 1993 Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes (£3,000-£4,000) and two bottles of Clos de la Roche (£2,000-£2,500).

11/18/19

New Zealand-based lighter wines pioneer, Dr John Forrest, has spoken out against the rise of zero % abv wines in the UK, saying that he finds the concept "offensive". "I think there is an unrealistic push on 0% abv drinks in the UK at the moment, which shows a lack of understanding of the science. The beer industry can do it but when it comes to wine it's nonsense to say that you can go to zero percent and replace all the characteristics of a 14% wine - I find that idea offensive."

11/18/19

From its high perch atop the famous 'croupe de Brane' the vineyards of Brane-Cantenac look down on one of the two great terroirs of the appellation of Margaux. 'High perch' is, of course, a relative term. For we are in the southern Médoc and we are talking here of only 22 metres above sea level. But this is still the highest elevation of the appellation itself. And it gives those lucky enough to visit a palpable sense of the quality and character of this unique terroir.

11/18/19

Isabel Guilisasti, marketing director of the country's largest wine company, Concha y Toro, expressed her gratitude to as many as 30 Masters of Wine who have come to Chile this week to take a tour of the country's key wine regions.

11/18/19

Without a doubt China is one of the most fascinating growing markets for the global wine and spirits industry. While Prowine China in Shanghai is seeing an ever-increasing number of exhibitors at the show, dbHK spoke to few of the first-timers in the show (or even China) to see what attracted them to the market.

11/18/19

The new members are Elizabeth Newman, director of BWS at Sainsbury's (pictured above); Jason Godley, director of BWS at Tesco; Lizzy Rudd, executive chairman at Berry Bros & Rudd; Bertrand Steip, MD of Moët Hennessy UK; and Adrian Curry, MD at glass manufacturer Encirc.

11/18/19

The threat of fire continues to hang over the wine growers of New South Wales, with Australia's Bureau of Meteorology forecasting "severe fire dangers" for Tuesday in a number of regions, including Greater Hunter. Temperatures are expected to reach close to 40 degrees, with humidity falling precipitately in some areas. It is expected to be down 9% in Mudgee, a spokesman for the Rural Fire Service told the Sydney Morning Herald.

11/18/19

Bodega Norton and Viñalba have both played key roles in Argentina's vinous revolution, helping to establish the country as a beacon of quality and price on the world stage. Through the lens of these two Mendonza wineries in both Uco Valley and Luján de Cuyo, Jo Gilbert charts how the country got to where it is today, and how a new wave of winemakers are heading outwards to explore Argentina's terroir.

11/18/19

D&D London is poised to launch an initiative offering guests insights into wine and winemakers, and the chance to try "the finest wine at truly accessible prices." The restaurant, bar and hotel chain said the Love Wine initiative would provide guests with a unique opportunity to access a "spectacular showcase of fine wines" from a plethora of regions, both old and new.

11/18/19

"Public ownership of this utility is a definite necessity," said J.D. Opperman of Guerneville, whose subsequent description of monopolies as capitalist relics drew cheers from onlookers. Rallygoers, many holding signs espousing the benefits of socialism or criticizing PG&E, later chanted, "corporate liars, faulty wires, set our towns and homes on fire" while assembled along Third Street.

11/18/19

Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore's office, as well as the county and its various departments, organized the Alexander Valley meeting, seeking to provide residents with information and resources on anything fire survivors might need to begin their recovery process. Fire can touch almost every aspect of a person's life, from lost wages to lost houses, and recovery requires residents to consider debris removal, permitting, soil testing, water runoff, taxes, insurance and more.

11/18/19

The way co-owner Jill Klein Matthiasson tells it, she and her husband, Steve Matthiasson, stumbled into the popular social media platform in 2012. Per the advice of a friend who Matthiasson described as "at the forefront of social media" in the wine industry, they created an account.

11/18/19

The President, who has never made any secret of his penchant for good wines and food, seems to have been offended that such a proposal was even being considered. "You can let people know that there will be no "Dry January", he told us", said Maxime Toubart.

11/18/19

"Four Seasons in the Côte Chalonnaise" (Quatre saisons en Côte Chalonnaise) is not a wine book like most others. Many wine books tell you about appellations, grape varieties, wineries and lots of other facts. This one does not. (Well, it does, a little bit.) Instead, this book tries to give you a feeling for how life is in the wine region that is called Côte Chalonnaise.

11/18/19

Anyone who has taken a weekend drive into San Diego's backcountry -- along state Route 78 between Ramona and Julian or state Route 79 from Santa Ysabel to the Riverside County border -- knows that the local winery industry is booming.

11/18/19

The new WeatherEye Vineyard comprises 50 blocks covering 30 out of the 360 total acres on the property (purchased in 2004 by former Microsoft executive Cam Myhrvold, Johnson's partner in the venture), and the vineyard does, in fact, take much inspiration from the Rho?ne Valley.