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01/22/20

Wineries shipped more than $3.2 billion worth of wine directly to consumers in 2019, according to the latest Direct-to-Consumer (DtC) Wine Shipping Report from Sovos ShipCompliant and Wines Vines Analytics. With the largest increase in average price per bottle shipped in nearly a decade, wineries grew the value of the channel by 7.4% and volume by 4.7%. This represents a slowdown from past years that saw regular double-digit growth fueled by new states opening their borders to winery direct shipments. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia now allow DtC shipping, leaving only a handful of states as potential new markets as the channel continues to mature. "The days of annual 13% to 18% increases in the DtC channel are likely over for the wine industry," said Larry Cormier, vice president and general manager, Sovos ShipCompliant. "Moving forward, we expect expansion in DtC wine shipping to be driven by similar conditions as other luxury goods: the state of the economy, demographic trends, sales and marketing innovation, and continued consumer migration from brick-and-mortar to online purchases."

01/22/20

Château Smith Haut Lafitte owners Daniel and Florence Cathiard announced the purchase of a historic estate winery in Rutherford, California. Originally founded in 1885 by the Scottish Rennie Brothers, and located on the lower slopes of the Mayacamas mountains, the estate includes 59 vineyard acres plus 200 forest acres and was the home of Flora Springs. The purchase does not include the Flora Springs brand which will be retained by the Komes and Garvey families ...

01/22/20

In honor of a lifetime spent dedicated to the pursuit of innovation and quality in the California wine industry, the Wine Business Monthly editorial team and the Innovation + Quality 2020 Advisory Board have named Roger Boulton, a mentor to two generations of winemakers and a leader in developing the "winery of the future," their Lifetime Innovator Award winner. Boulton will be honored at IQ 2020

01/22/20

Wine Business Monthly recently sat down with professor emeritus Roger Boulton of the University of California, Davis, to explore some of the most important research and teaching projects in which he was involved during his 43 years on the faculty of the Department of Viticulture & Enology. The IQ Advisory Board selected Boulton as the honoree to recognize his dedication to the pursuit of wine quality and his numerous contributions to the industry as a teacher, researcher and winery designer

01/22/20

Founded in February 2019 by Familia Torres (Spain) and Jackson Family Wines (U.S.A), IWCA is a collaborative working group committed to accelerating innovative solutions that will mitigate the impacts of climate change through the decarbonization of the global wine industry. IWCA's objective is for all members to have a long-term strategy to reduce 80% of their carbon emissions by 2045, with a shorter-term target of 50% by 2030.

01/22/20

DeLong was most recently Senior Director, Consumer Experiences at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, overseeing direct to consumer (DTC) programs at wineries in Napa Valley, Oregon and Washington. In her new role, DeLong will manage DTC sales at the luxury group's wineries which include Far Niente, Dolce, Nickel & Nickel and Bella Union in Napa Valley, and EnRoute in Russian River Valley

01/22/20

Torrie joins from Zulily, the well-known ecommerce company for houseware and women's and children's clothing, where he helped it grow from $300M to over $1.5B in revenue. While at Zulily, as part of management he facilitated the IPO process and later acquisition by QVC. He received his accounting degree from the University of Washington and began his career at Deloitte.

01/22/20

Mark Lansley, CEO of Broadland Drinks, commented, "The changes in consumer behaviour and priorities are accelerating and this is opening up many opportunities for our company. So, in addition to Broadland Drinks current wines and perries, the company will soon be offering other types of exciting and innovative drinks in a variety of formats."

01/22/20

While there's hope on the sparkling wine front, Monday's progress was unrelated to a bigger wine trade war. The USTR has already imposed 25 percent tariffs on many European wines in a battle over subsidies from European governments to airplane manufacturer Airbus. The Trump administration is considering raising those tariffs to 100 percent and applying them to all European wines, which would devastate importers, distributors, retailers and restaurants

01/22/20

Epson announced availability for its new ColorWorks® C6000 series on-demand color label printers. The 8-inch ColorWorks CW-C6500A and CW-C6500P are currently available and the 4-inch ColorWorks CW-C6000A and CW-C6000P are available for pre-order and will ship in April. The first printers specifically designed as a color upgrade to black-only thermal transfer printers, the new ColorWorks models are engineered for mission-critical applications and deliver high volume color labels for production use, speeding through labels at up to 5-inches per second.

01/22/20

Bordeaux's Cathiard family plans to launch a new venture; the Komes and Garvey families will keep the Flora Springs brand and their other vineyards

01/22/20

In 1990, a small group of visionary winemakers, grapegrowers and industry leaders came together to create the British Columbia Vintners Quality Alliance (BC VQA) and the BC Wine Institute (BCWI). The BC VQA standard was created to guarantee consumers they were drinking wine made from 100% BC grown grapes. Today, thanks to the efforts of these pioneers, and those who continue to innovate and push boundaries, BC VQA Wines now dominate wine sales in British Columbia and are finding their way to more places than ever before, winning over both critics and consumers internationally.

01/22/20

Set in an elegant private dining room at The Whitby Hotel, the evening will begin with a glass of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee Multi-Vintage served with canapés, before sitting down to a three-course seasonal dinner, paired alongside a hand-picked selection of Nyetimber wines. Expert Winemaker, Brad Greatrix, will host the evening, guiding guests through the tasting notes of each wine.

01/22/20

Wine Access will be curating a wine program that brings California wine country to Manhattan's West 46th Street, and has partnered with celebrity caterer Mary Giuliani to develop an innovative menu for this hybrid theater event. Directed by the Peccadillo's OBIE-Award winning artistic director Dan Wackerman, the stage production will be offered in a strictly-limited engagement, from Thursday, February 20 through Sunday, April 12, 2020 at the Theatre at St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street, New York).

01/22/20

Vos will be responsible for key consignments, wine business development initiatives worldwide and working with the wine departments in London, Hong Kong, New York and Geneva

01/22/20

Breeders use genetic markers to bring desirable traits from wild species into their cultivated cousins. Transferring those markers across species has been difficult at best, but a team of grapevine breeders, geneticists and bioinformatic specialists at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, New York, has come up with a powerful new method

01/22/20

The trade organisation for Washington State wines has reported a boost in exports to the UK market.

01/22/20

Speaking t the American Farm Bureau Federation conference in Austin, Texas, Trump said he would be withdrawing a water supply rule proposed in the final days of the Obama administration.

01/22/20

Cann is hoping to break through the legal obstacles surrounding distribution of cannabis-derived intoxicants and overcome investors growing skepticism around the viability of cannabis as a business

01/22/20

A vintage that defied expectations and delivered a number of pleasant surprises especially in an area most weren't expecting, the 2018 Burgundies provided an engaging week of tasting and discussion.

01/22/20

The long-awaited oral argument in the Mississippi UCC/wine retailer shipping case occurred last week. In this case, the Mississippi Attorney General (AG) performed a sting operation where AG's agents ordered wine from out-of-state retailers (collectively referred to as Retailers) in California and New York and had the wine ship to them.

01/22/20

... an average of 302% percent more value for red varietals and 140% more value for white varietals as compared to other California wine grapes, according to data from the United States Department of Agriculture.

01/22/20

Actually, it's one subject: The arrival of Prosecco rosé, which is set to splash onto the market in less than a year, on New Year's Day 2021.

01/22/20

A dispute between two neighbors over a small vineyard planting - and whether it might threaten its surrounding landscape - turned into a major clash that led to a libel lawsuit, restraining orders and, allegedly, gunshots. ... As previously reported, Igor Sill has settled his libel suit against Napa Vision 2050 ...

01/22/20

The 25% tariff imposed on October 18th on many wines from the European Union still exists today ...

01/22/20

"I don't want to get into the distortion of my words recently in the New York Times," in which she was accused of 'victim shaming' by a woman who asked her for advice as to how to respond to a male sommelier who allegedly assaulted her. In the piece, the author wrote that Feiring "discourag(ed) Ms. (Raquel) Makler from going public, and chiding her for not resisting more strenuously." ... "It was a distortion of the truth, taking words out of context," Feiring tells me. "I had an email exchange with one of the women in the piece and my email got to the New York Times. Things were taken out of context to turn me into someone who was a victim blamer, when nothing could have been further from the truth.

01/22/20

W. Blake Gray interviews Randall Grahm: Grahm has reinvented himself, again, with his Popelouchum vineyard - a vineyard in windswept San Juan Bautista on California's Central Coast where he is reconsidering how wine grapes are planted. It's a new focus of his ambitions. He raised more than $170,000 for it from an Indiegogo campaign and he has already bottled some experimental wines from it; he hopes to have wine to sell from it next year.