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12/04/19

The grape growing season in the East and upper Midwest during 2019 has been "difficult" but the problems growers faced in the East were different than those in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. The only region reporting excellent quality grapes and good yields is Ohio, where sunshine, dry conditions, and cool nights created conditions for optimum fruit maturity. Harvest news from other northerly areas was not nearly as positive. The Mid-Atlantic region and southern New England had wet weather ... The Finger Lakes in New York had half the rainfall that region normally receives in September ... Pennsylvania experienced near-drought conditions ...

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Register early for the premier industry event focused on wine quality.

12/04/19

Wine Business Monthly invites you to the largest gathering of wineries, growers and vendors from California's Central Coast-held March 25, 2020 at the Paso Robles Events Center.

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The production of its Emirates plant will be mainly reoriented towards the needs of customers from the Pacific and America regions. These changes will allow for the company to better meet the increasing demand in the Americas. Adapting the MD Verre plant to accommodate its new target of high-end wines will rely on an immediate investment program of around $55 million over the next three years. This major financial effort, coming on the heels of the $ 550 million or so invested over the last eight years, will be facilitated by the modest cost of MD Verre, which was acquired for the symbolic price of one euro

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"We plan to launch a Nomacorc stopper made from grape pomace in 2020", said Olav Aagaard, vice-president of Vinventions' R&D department, at the opening of Sitevi in Montpellier on November 26. The stopper, which will be called Grappe Line, will likely be showcased in Bordeaux during the next Vinitech, promised Aagaard.

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The Origine by Diam closure is composed of natural elements including a binder made from plant-derived polyols and beeswax emulsion.

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As part of this agreement, Kings & Convicts will retain all positions within Ballast Point's existing workforce, with plans to hire additional resources to support the future growth of the business.

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The property is about a half-mile from where Chuck Wagner is building the Caymus-Suisun Winery, a 200,000-gallon-a-year winery that will include a tasting room and an event center. It is 10 times larger than any other winery in Suisun Valley

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In her current role as Vice President of Supply Chain Planning and Logistics, a position she has held since July 2016, Stephanie has been a change leader for the organization and has managed all aspects of product acquisition, inventory, logistics, forecasting and analytics.

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Rafanelli, who grew up in the Seattle area, graduated from Boise State University in 2006 with a biology degree and enrolled in the WWCC winemaking school that same year. He worked the 2007 crush at L'Ecole for Mike Sharon, whom Rafanelli replaces.

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The winery will go into its 2020 harvest with the support of Santa Rita and its winegrowing director Eduardo Alemparte and consultant Nick Goldschmidt will also provide advice during the transition period.

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Sparkling wine made in Spain will soon be labelled according to exactly where it was produced, according to the president of the Cava DO.

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elicit Wine Project will be led by Patrick Kozel, previously Director of Insights and Innovation for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and now Director for elicit Wine Project.

12/04/19

Josh Phelps is pleased to introduce Landform Pinot Noir, the newest wine from Grounded Wine Co., an All-American grass roots project grounded in heritage, soil and simplicity - producing terroir-driven wines that are intriguing, balanced and accessible

12/04/19

"We are very pleased to be able to represent the thoughtfully produced and delicious wines coming from Amisfield. The Amisfield winemaking and viticulture teams are doing the good work in the vineyards necessary to create an amazing expression of Central Otago Pinot Noir, and a racy offering of Sauvignon Blanc. We are looking forward to being able to show our U.S. customers the subtle nuances that differentiate these varietals grown in Central Otago vs. those grown on our Mt. Beautiful estate ..."

12/04/19

The new Mexcor of Florida Fine Wine Division will open the door for Mexcor to expand its presence by entry into Grocery, Club stores, and On-Premise.

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The Farm Credit Alliance was recently presented with FFA's Distinguished Service Citation for its longstanding contributions to FFA and agricultural education.

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Additional wineries from Chile, Portugal and the United States receive medals for their outstanding ground-to-glass sustainability programs; Jackson Family Wines receives special platinum multi-brand sustainable winegrowing award

12/04/19

Wines of the West is open daily from 11am - 6pm and is located at 3750 Highway 46, Paso Robles, CA 93446. Visit pasowinesofthewest.com for more information.

12/04/19

A classic blend of 60 percent Chardonnay, 35 percent Pinot Noir, and 5 percent Pinot Meunier, the wine is crafted to evoke Méthode Champenoise style, refreshing palate structure, while also highlighting the generous fruit flavors characteristic of California's North Coast.

12/04/19

Research shows that up to 85 percent of customers' first impression is based on color alone, and color increases brand recognition by up to 80 percent.

12/04/19

The AWS's Award of Merit is the highest consumer honor conferred on individuals in the wine industry, recognizing contributions that have enhanced wine appreciation and enjoyment.

12/04/19

Reports say that the US is considering raising import tariffs on French goods, including Champagne.

12/04/19

To complement its in-house M&A expertise, Azur Associates has entered into a strategic alliance with Cascadia Capital to work collaboratively to provide advisory services to premium-beverage clients.

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"We started with the 2018 vintage because 2018 is the most exceptional vintage that we have ever seen in the past 50 years," Jolivet says. "The quality of the grapes and the natural potential alcohol give unique texture to the wines, especially after our natural wine making approach."

12/04/19

... relatively few 2016s are overly austere in the early going. The Cabernets have plenty of tannins but they are normally fine and round, and the wines would appear to be quite ageworthy. The 2016s are often opulent and elegant at the same time, and more than one winemaker noted that the larger-than-normal cluster and berry size made it easy to extract harmonious wines. Although producers consider 2016 a warm year, it was a relief after the record heat of 2015.

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"I think within the context of Winetech, a company that coordinates research for the entire South African wine industry, it's extremely important," says Gerard Martin, Executive Manager of Winetech."You'll find producers that are vulnerable but that don't have big research and development budgets because it's not their number one priority. So in the context of what we do within Winetech, it's about bringing the latest technology and knowledge about climate change to those producers as well."

12/04/19

Wine growers in the Czech Republic are expecting one of the lowest harvests in the past three or four years, the daily e15 reported on Tuesday. According to estimates, this year's grape harvest will range between 70,000 to 80,000 tonnes, which is a drop by around one third on the previous year.

12/04/19

President Donald Trump revved up his global trade war on two fronts Monday, announcing tariffs on industrial metals from Brazil and Argentina while eyeing tariffs of up to 100 percent on dozens of popular French products

12/04/19

By volume, the only change in the top 10 markets compared to 2018 is that Romania displaces Australia in tenth place; With Australia dropping to eleventh position.

12/04/19

The expert in effervescence. The maven of magnums. The connoisseur in cuvées. These all describe Lise Legrand, who recently became the world's first Champagne concierge at the Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa, a luxury boutique property in Champagne, France