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Saturday, January 25th

01/02/20

"It's time for wine lovers to stand up and be counted" ... "The USTR is accepting public comments on the proposed tariffs until Jan. 13. You can file your comment at www.regulations.gov. Everyone in the wine business, and anyone who loves wine, should take the time to comment. Wine is a deeply rooted and economically valuable part of our culture. The wine business is a global network that includes family producers, farmers, restaurateurs and other small businesses as well as large international companies. These people are innocent victims of the trade war. They deserve our support."

01/02/20

The use chlorpyrifos has considerably dropped in California, from 2 million pounds in 2005 to 900 pounds in 2017, John Cooledge, Napa County, deputy agricultural commissioner, said in December during a vineyard and wineries education seminar organized by Napa County Farm Bureau. Napa grapegrowers in 20210 treated 475 acres with chlorpyrifos. By 2016, only 43 acres were treated with the pesticide, according to Napa County Farm Bureau.

01/02/20

South Australia's Adelaide Hills wine region lost about half its annual crop in fires last week, valued at $100 million, or more than 1000 hectares of vineyards.

01/02/20

The New South Wales fires have been burning since September, destroying fifteen million acres (or more than two thousand square miles) and remain almost entirely uncontrolled

01/02/20

Wright joins Merryvale after spending the last seven years in the vineyards and cellars of Harlan and BOND Estates, Promontory and The Napa Valley Reserve.

01/02/20

Murphy, who spent more that 20 years working with producers in Australia, is credited as one of the sector's leading lights and helped to raise the reputation of the nation's wineries on an international level, particularly in the UK.

01/02/20

"When you get that kind of news, you think about your kids," she said. "It's difficult."

01/02/20

Bosses at the Trump Winery - which is overseen by the president's son, Eric Trump - fired at least seven workers on Monday because they didn't have legal immigration status, according to the Washington Post. The terminations came 11 months after several undocumented workers at other Trump properties were let go, and during the Charlottesville, Va., winery's winter downtime. The two fired workers the Post spoke with both claimed that the winery purposely waited until after the difficult fall harvest season - which features 60-hour work weeks and overnight shifts - so they could fire their undocumented workers only when they were less necessary.

01/02/20

Success Strategies Inc.'s Lynda Paulson, CEO and Executive Coach, has added new sales training and public speaking classes for early January. The results-oriented "Winery Hospitality Relationship Sales Training" one-day workshop will be held January 13th at Cakebread Cellars in Rutherford, California.

01/02/20

Knutsen joined BevMo! in 2018 to run all aspects of the retailer's merchandising for its beer, wine, spirits and other business lines. Before joining BevMo!, he spent 17 years at Safeway and then the Albertsons Companies following the mergers of those two companies in 2015. Just prior to leaving the company, he held the title of senior vice president of marketing and merchandising for the Northern California division, where he had direct P&L responsibility for nearly 300 stores.

01/02/20

Homeowners are increasingly using their wine collections as a design element. But doing so comes with challenges and some big costs

01/02/20

Five entries total were submitted by Yerecic Label with all five taking home first place recognition. The Explore the Flavors of Chef Curtis Stone label took 1st place in the Coupon or Expanded Information Label category along with Best in Class for the Extended Categories. Yerecic's Veal Summer Grilling label took 1st place in the In-Store Promotion category.

01/02/20

There's nothing like search engine optimization to provide your winery with a steady stream of customers ready to taste and buy your wine. However, in order to optimize your winery website for search, you're going to need a few tricks up your sleeve.

01/02/20

"Through the carbon pollution my work entails, I'm compromising any chance that my children will continue to enjoy this beauty in the way that I have. This is a serious charge for a decade which will require responsibility - and change - from us all"

01/02/20

The customer, Louise Wilkinson, was shockingly refused the bottle of Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry that her grandson Carl Jonston arranged to be delivered to her U.K. home, The Sun reports.

01/02/20

Charlène Pinson, of Domaine Pinson, whose family has farmed Chablis vineyards since 1640, says her generation is poised to shape a new tradition. "There is still a long way to go to change the minds of consumers," says Pinson, "But it is up to us to break the stigma that in order to be a winegrower, you must be a man."

01/02/20

The study of the issue published in the Journal of Wine Economics Vol 14, No.4, sought to identify two things: whether the international beverage alcohol patterns can be observed within the US, and to understand what they call "persistent differences in alcoholic beverage consumption among groups."

01/02/20

"Studies show that consumers are particularly attracted to luxury when they feel less confident and less powerful compared to others, and they anticipate to experience a boost in confidence and power by buying and consuming luxury," Ordabayeva says. However, not everyone gets a boost.

01/02/20

Wine Direct helped ship around 2 million bottles to customers this year, a 30% increase from 2018.

01/02/20

The government said in a friend of the court brief that glyphosate, the weed killer's active ingredient, is not a carcinogen and as a result a warning on the label was not required as California state law demands

01/02/20

Two Napa County supervisors recount Bordeaux, France wine trip

01/02/20

Christine Campadieu of Domaine de la Tour Ville in Collioure also agrees that salinity exists in wine, though mostly due to its base composition of water, and not because of proximity to the sea

01/02/20

Climate change isn't some abstract concept in the wine world. It alters every facet of winegrowing and production. It has a direct effect on what's in, or not in, our glasses.

01/02/20

As one year ends and another begins, we look back on a turbulent 12 months.

01/02/20

"After sorting through more than 1.6 million searches, we compiled the most sought-after bottles on Winemag.com. And to prioritize wines still available to purchase, we kept it only to reviews published in the past year"

01/02/20

"As I reported earlier, and despite what you see elsewhere on the Internet, it seems unlikely that the US will actually impose this high a tariff on all EU wines. ... But I do expect the US to slap a high tariff - maybe 100 percent - on Champagne, along with all other French sparkling wines, as part of a separate trade war that hasn't been as widely reported. France unilaterally imposed a tax on digital services in July. The US Trade Representative (USTR) has decided that US companies will be unreasonably burdened"