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11/25/19

The Michelin Guide has acquired longstanding wine newsletter The Wine Advocate in its entirety, it has been announced. Michelin bought a 40% stake in the publication in 2017 and formally announced its total acquisition at a press conference on Friday 22 November during the 'Matter of Taste' event in New York.

11/25/19

Every wine region has had to deal with some manifestation of climate change, but few have had to deal with as many devastating consequences as Napa Valley. In the absence of government leadership, it has fallen on trade associations and individuals to take the initiative. But they cannot demand action. They can only seek to persuade. And that takes time.

11/25/19

The harvests in Europe are finished and yields look to have come in down from 2018's bumper output - OIV estimates the crops were down 15% in Italy, 24% down in Spain, and Agreste estimates the crop was down 15% in France. That said, this year's harvest sizes - especially in Italy and France - were not considerably down from the five-year average, and all are larger to varying extents than the troubled harvests of 2017.

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They're the classic drivers of any market: supply and demand. Experts say that unfavorable conditions in both have presented the region's wine industry with a grape glut - a challenge in the form of oversupply.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, Brasswood Winery received permission from the Napa County Planning Commission to boost its production from 50,000 gallons to 95,000 gallons per year under a county program that allows companies that operate outside the scope of their permits to apply for the necessary documents to gain compliance with county rules. The vote was 4-0.

11/25/19

For all the folks who dream up immersive wine experiences . . . who hatch viral social campaigns . . . who style the websites and tell the stories that bring each brand to life, The Vinnies is for you. Our goal is threefold: to summon a body of marketing innovation that can serve as inspiration for our peers, to recognize the best marketing minds in the business, and to make our moms proud. So c'mon, enter.

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The state, which has historically relied on the federal government to set rules, is proposing its own rules governing the State Water Project, which captures and stores water originating in the Sierra Nevada and delivers it to 27 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area and Central and Southern California.

11/25/19

Almost 50 years since it was first published, The World Atlas of Wine has reached its eighth edition. John Stimpfig talks to its two authors to discover how this revered book has documented the extensive development in the world over that time.

11/25/19

With work under way to build the Stanly Ranch resort at Napa's vineyard-covered border, a winery that will serve as one of its chief attractions also is moving forward. A 100,000-case-a-year winemaking and tasting center at the high-end resort and housing community in Carneros gained the support of the city's Planning Commission on Thursday.

11/25/19

A remote winery on a dead-end road wanting more visitors can sometimes be a tough sell to the Napa County Planning Commission, but not in the case of Fontanella Family Winery. At the heart of the winery's request was to have 50 events annually with eight people, in addition to a few larger events. Karen Fontanella sees a trend where people want to visit wineries in small groups so they can have a shared experience.

11/25/19

First, in this post, we consider the point of view of restaurants and wine bars, and the buyers and sommeliers responsible for deciding which wines, styles and regions are represented. Next, in the partner post, we look at a bi-coastal perspective of buyers for retailers, and an unexpected "stealth benefit" of time away from the shop floor to attend Decanted.

11/25/19

Highland Community College at Wamego opened a wine incubator called 456 Wineries last month. Director Scott Kohl said Highland received a federal grant in 2016 to start it. Kohl said 456 Wineries is a part of the school's viticulture or grape-growing program and enology or wine-making program.

11/25/19

For centuries immigrants have been coming to California to live their dream of making a living from West Coast's fertile soil. Italian immigrants with iconic names like Gallo, Mondavi, Sebastiani and Martini struck gold with grapes. But their successes weren't built on pretty labels, celebrity names or clever marketing schemes that have propelled modern-day wine producers to instant wealth. The success of the immigrants was built on long days of hard work.

11/25/19

With one in three drunk driving fatalities occurring during the holidays*, Diageo takes action with new campaign to tackle drunk driving and recruit people to #JOINTHEPACT

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Michael Phillips, a partner in the Michael David Winery, shows off his "Freakshow" wine tanks.

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On November 9 at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, People Helping People (PHP) held its 12th annual Vino de Sueños ("Wine of Dreams"), which it estimates netted more than $50,000 for its programs serving area farmworkers.

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Commissioned by ProWein (International Trade Fair for Wines and Spirits; March 15 - 17, 2020 in Düsseldorf, Germany), the Geisenheim University conducted a survey in the middle of 2019 of more than 1,700 experts in the wine industry from 45 countries on international wine markets, marketing trends and the economic situation.

11/25/19

The department says Missa Bay, LLC from Swedesboro, New Jersey, is recalling more than 75,000 pounds (34,020 kilograms) of salad products that contain meat or poultry because the lettuce may be contaminated with a strain of E. coli. The products were sold on Oct. 14 through Oct. 16 in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

11/25/19

The largest luxury goods deal to date gives LVMH's billionaire owner Bernard Arnault a bigger slice of one of the fastest growing upmarket sectors.

11/25/19

A unique collection of classic Bordeaux wines is up for sale at a French auction this week.

11/25/19

With more than a dozen top American wine producers showcasing their wines at Decanter's Fine Wine Encounter in November, Tina Gellie took the opportunity to ask them what they will be serving friends and family this Thanksgiving.

11/25/19

The trademark was granted to the British car company last month, meaning that its logo and name can be used in relation to alcoholic beverages (class 33), except beer. The company has refused to comment on whether the trademark foreshadows a new product release in the drinks sector.

11/25/19

Around 300 customers who bought en primeur wines from UK retailer and delivery service FromVineyardsDirect.com (FVD) before it entered administration look set to receive their wines, despite administrators' initials fears these might all be lost.

11/25/19

The new bar and shop lies within the store's new Beauty Workshop on the ground floor and comprises an "intimate" ten-seater, floor-to-ceiling 'bar in the shape of an old fashioned Tram, alongside a display of Champagnes, where customers can enjoy a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne or buy personalized Veuve Clicquot Arrow gift box (RRP £58.99) created by the in-house team.

11/25/19

Shibuya commented: "ASC Fine Wines has its constant focus on quality as its strategy, to which quality people is essential. The alumni of Burgundy School of Wine & Spirit Business (SWSB) have contributed greatly to the success of ASC during the last twenty years. I am confident the our strategic partnership will continue to grow and benefit not only us or SWSB but also the wine market in China as a whole."

11/25/19

Cam Ward and Tim Gleason are no strangers to teamwork: they spent the better part of the past decade together as players in the National Hockey League for the Carolina Hurricanes. Ward, a goaltender, and Gleason, a defenseman, then had a singular mission: keep the puck out of the net. Now, retired from play, they have a new goal: make good wine.

11/25/19

Three-hundred and fifty years after the first vineyards were planted, Texas wine is finally having a moment. Due to numerous successful vintages, word is spreading-it's time to pay attention to the fifth largest wine producing state. Mediterranean grapes from Spain, southern France, and Italy thrive in Texas. If you are looking for the perfect wine to wow your boss, colleagues, friends, family, or hard to please oenophile, Texas is the answer. There are too many high-quality wines in Texas to list here, but these ten wines will get your holiday gift giving started.

11/25/19

Erez and Vered Ben Saadon, owners of the Tura Estate Winery, have earned the distinction of being the very first to grow grapes and produce wine in the rolling hills of the Shomron. Located in the community of Rechelim on Har Bracha, for close to two decades they've been producing highly acclaimed, award-winning red and white wines, available across the globe - in selected stores, hotels, and even on El Al flights.

11/25/19

Italian Wine Brands had liabilities of €53.5m falling due within a year, and liabilities of €49.0m due beyond that. Offsetting this, it had €24.9m in cash and €22.3m in receivables that were due within 12 months. So its liabilities outweigh the sum of its cash and (near-term) receivables by €55.5m. This deficit is considerable relative to its market capitalization of €85.0m, so it does suggest shareholders should keep an eye on Italian Wine Brands's use of debt. This suggests shareholders would heavily diluted if the company needed to shore up its balance sheet in a hurry.

11/25/19

Khushbu Shah, a prominent, Senior Editor at Thrillist has moved to greener pastures. She has taken on the role of restaurant editor for Food & Wine. It is an exciting time for the publication, as Ms. Shah's views on the culinary arts are more in line with today's foodie. In a country where the population is so diverse, it's a disservice to limit print or digital material to only reflect one type of food.

11/25/19

Working under Director of Winemaking, Clay Brock, Ward brings over 20 years of experience to her new role with Miller Family Wine Company.