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01/16/20

An extra month's supply might not be a big issue for a single winery, but when the entire industry is grappling with an extra month worth of product, it adds up. Jon Moramarco's calculations put the extra volume at 24 million cases, or 8 percent above average. The last time the industry faced such a glut was the early 2000s, but the industry was also enjoying stronger growth. "We had a marketplace that was growing 3 percent or 4 percent, so that inventory was able to be used up much more quickly," he said. "With a market only growing about 1 percent, it's going to take a while to work through ... "

01/16/20

The two family-owned companies RMD Group and Janson Capsules have formally closed a deal to form a new joint venture across the European, Northern and Latin American markets.

01/16/20

Professor Ian Porter at Trobe University in Victoria, Australia, is eager to see smoke detector technology soon become a standard for Australian grape growers. Some 16 of these smoke detectors have been deployed. The technology uses cumulative smoke dose from bushfire events and aligns it with grape, wine and phenyl data to make a smoke taint prediction

01/16/20

The centerpiece of the deal is a pledge by China to purchase at least an additional $200 billion worth of U.S. farm products and other goods and services over two years, above a baseline of $186 billion in purchases in 2017, the White House said.

01/16/20

"We commend China and the Trump Administration for working to de-escalate the trade dispute and urge both governments to continue negotiations towards a Phase Two deal that removes the retaliatory tariffs that currently remain in place on U.S. spirits products, including American Whiskey, rum, gin, vodka, liqueurs and cordials and brandy"

01/16/20

Kelleher is a veteran wine executive, who was previously employed by Pahlmeyer LLC in Napa, California for the past seven years.

01/16/20

Woodley brings nearly 20 years of wine sales and distribution experience to Avennia. He spent 15 years with Woodward Canyon, where he led national and international distribution initiatives for the renowned Walla Walla winery.

01/16/20

Michael Wheeler of PDX Wines had 1,100 cases of European wine arrive just after the tariff was put in place. 700 of those cases were below 14% alcohol and subject to the 25% tariff. "We had to write a $10,000 check on the spot, on top of what we originally paid, to get all of our wines released," Wheeler said.

01/16/20

Jennifer Lamb, owner of Herb Lamb Vineyard, has entered into a vineyard lease with Thomas Rivers Brown for her hillside Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in the foothills of Howell Mountain. She has retired the HL Vineyard wine brand created in 1997.

01/16/20

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday discussed streamlining laws that would apply only to existing wineries, not proposed new wineries. Since supervisors wanted to make last-minute word changes to the planned ordinance, they'll revisit the issue on Jan. 28.

01/16/20

More than 1,700 members of the worldwide wine trade were surveyed for the latest ProWein Business Report, created in collaboration with Geisenheim University

01/16/20

The Seneca Lake Wine Trail recently announced a new event called Flights and Bites, which takes place on Saturday, May 2, 2020. This wine and food pairing event is equal parts immersion and education and it is very different from the other incredibly popular events the Wine Trail hosts, such as Deck the Halls or Chocolate and Wine.

01/16/20

The cloud-based software is ideal for any organizationlooking to reduce refrigerant emissions and support regulatory tracking and reporting needs while eliminating reliance on spreadsheets or other less sophisticated methods.

01/16/20

The six nonprofit organizations funded in this first of three phases under community health giving include: Pediatric Dental Care, ParentsCAN, UpValley Family Centers, Liliput, Girls on the Run and Queen of the Valley Hospital. These organizations anticipate serving more than 7,500 children and their families in 2020.

01/16/20

The Sorting Table is proud to announce its exciting foray into the wines of Austria. We will exclusively import wines from 3 award-winning producers: Ebner-Ebenauer in the Veinviertel, Leth in the Wagram, and Schauer in S├╝dsteiermark.

01/16/20

Master Sommelier Douglas Marello has been named General Manager of Wine and Spirits. Beginning immediately, Marello will lead the effort to implement a new vision for the company that will strive to attract new supplier partners and develop new customer relationships for the organization while working to continue the growth trajectory of its current supplier partners.

01/16/20

American Keg, LLC of Pottstown, PA and Blefa Kegs, Inc. of La Vergne, TN announced today that they are joining forces in producing beer kegs "made in the USA". This agreement ensures accelerated growth in production and employment for American Keg.

01/16/20

CellarPass, the leading wine industry booking and guest management platform, has announced a major upgrade to the industry's most popular booking platform by now offering the ability to make reservations for hotels, restaurants, transportation and activities/experiences, in addition to renowned wineries and tasting rooms in wine country regions across the country.

01/16/20

These are the reds to have on hand for your next rib-eye, flank or filet splurge.

01/16/20

The White Bluffs AVA would be nested entirely within the Columbia Valley AVA, and its application was submitted in 2017 by Kevin Pogue, a geologist at Whitman College in Walla Walla. There would be 1,127 acres of vineyards within the 93,738 acres that would span the White Bluffs AVA.

01/16/20

Travel has become paramount for wine labels. The winemaker is the face of the brand and as such, is expected to be where the brand is. Consumers, on the other hand, continue to be entranced by being in the company of vintners, amazed that they're often normal people like you and me and attached to every backstory about how the wines came to be (even if it has nothing to do with the actual winemaking process)

01/16/20

Ritual Zero Proof, which bills itself as the first alcohol-free brand to serve up a realistic alternative to gin and whiskey in the U.S., has attracted an investment from the world's biggest liquor company.

01/16/20

When it comes to the top-performing category for 2019 there is only one winner

01/16/20

while Amazon still held a significant lead in 2019 vs. the year prior, the survey also found that the number of respondents buying online groceries via Walmart nearly doubled from 2018

01/16/20

"Wine Sales and Distribution: The Secrets to Building a Consultative Selling Approach," is the first focused guide for developing personal wine-selling skills"

01/16/20

A $200,000 donation from the owners of Napa Valley's Larkmead Vineyards will allow UC Davis to preserve and share the work of one its most celebrated professors, who scoured the globe for vine cuttings and helped put California Cabernet wines on the world stage.