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Monday, February 10th

02/10/20

Wine Market Council named Dale Stratton its new president and announced a strategic new partnership for 2020 research endeavors. Stratton was vice president, commercial insights at Constellation Brands and spent 22 years at E. & J. Gallo. Wine Market Council also announced a new collaboration with Nielsen Global Connect on new a Wine & Wellness study.

02/10/20

The verification for the Proof of Recycling Program comes from using proprietary blockchain technology that tracks amounts of glass as it moves through the recycling lifecycle. MRF inputs quantities of sorted glass to be delivered to the processor; The processor validates quantities & reports glass cullets shipped to the manufacturer; The manufacturer validates quantities & reports recycled glass quantities to EOWF: A certificate encapsulating the data is created; EOWF makes the verified quantities available in the marketplace; Sustainable businesses receive a Sustainable Packaging Certificate or Recycling Certificate to offset their carbon footprint

02/10/20

At the beginning of the year, winemaker Ali Mayfield joined Wahluke Wine Company as the white wine and Rosé winemaker and ended up reuniting with a former colleague-Kendall Mix, who has served as head winemaker since 2017. Mix, who will remain in charge of the red wine program at the winery, is a former colleague from Mayfield's tenure at Corliss Estates in Walla Walla, Wash. In addition to time spent at Corliss, Mix has worked for several high-profile producers.

02/10/20

The modern shopper is an online shopper-and internet purchases are not exclusive to homegoods, clothing or books. Today's consumers have become accustomed to the convenience and speed of the online retail space, so it's imperative that the wine industry keeps pace. In addition to engaging a larger customer base, maintaining a functioning online retail business means that wine businesses can gain more insight into who those customers are. It is now easier than ever to gather and leverage valuable consumer data and understand wine consumerism from the buyer's point-of-view.

02/10/20

Tasting room fail goes viral ... An experienced consumer who is trying to pass on his love of wine to his daughter had a bad experience with 12 of 15 wineries and would rather go look at rocks next year.

02/10/20

Starting late next week, there will be no flights at all landing from China at SFO, and no way to fly directly there from San Francisco either, as the coronavirus crisis worsens.

02/10/20

"Due to ill-advised tariffs on wine, we are witnessing the direct transfer of the American-European wine trade to China and other markets and the only people getting hurt are American business owners and consumers," according to Harry Root of the U.S. Wine Trade Alliance and Ben Aneff, National Association of Wine Retailers (NAWR).

02/10/20

Sogrape, Portugal's most prominent family-owned wine producer, will launch Mateus Dry Rosé from the 2019 vintage. From its provenance to its unique bottle design, this wine pays homage to an innovative brand and its history, which led to Mateus' 20th century cult-like following, while at the same time redefining the brand, with a new style of wine, new branding and packaging and a new ambition for the U.S. market.

02/10/20

The annual Vinexpo trade fair opened in Paris today and France is desperate to claw back market share since its wine exports to the U.S. slumped following the introduction of hefty import duties.

02/10/20

The World Meteorological Organization says the Antarctic Peninsula, on the continent's northwest tip near South America, is among the fastest warming regions on Earth.

02/10/20

Under pressure from fire survivors and elected officials, California Treasurer Fiona Ma said Friday that $100 million in new federal tax credits will be used as intended to pay for housing projects in 13 counties - including Sonoma County - that suffered devastation during wildfires in 2017 and 2018.

02/10/20

As the largest wine and grape industry show of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, the Unified offered some of the first insights on how markets, production and technology will shape the coming year. Coupled with 28 sessions featuring a record 128 presenters covering topics ranging from consumer trends to climate change, the Unified also hosted a two-day trade show of over 700 exhibitors.

02/10/20

Created to help further Women of the Vine & Spirits' larger mission of helping women advance their careers within the traditionally male-dominated alcohol beverage industry, the Foundation provides annual scholarships and awards to deserving applicants interested in continuing their professional development and education for careers within the food, wine/spirits, and hospitality sectors.

02/10/20

Cervantes is the operations supervisor at Cornerstone. The foundation stated he has worked in the wine industry for 30 years (25 with Cornerstone) and has worked his way up to second in command at the company. As operations supervisor he is responsible for scheduling all work done in the field.

02/10/20

Florida Wine Academy announces the dates for VinoSummit, the first conference dedicated to wine professionals in the south eastern United States. The inaugural conference in 2019 was a one-day program that took place at the Biltmore Hotel in south Miami. This year the program has expanded to a two-day event which will take place in Miami on March 8th & 9th, 2020, once again at the Biltmore Hotel.

02/10/20

This festival brings together small independent producers of Oregon wine, beer, spirits, food, and art for three days of tasting, toasting, and raising funds for St. James School in McMinnville, founded in 1906.

02/10/20

2020 celebrates Luna's 25th anniversary when, in 1995, the winery was born at the foot of the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley. Mike Moone founded Luna Vineyards in 1995 and, with an eye for innovation, set out to produce cherished Italian varietals like Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese.

02/10/20

Lucky's struggles are a symptom of growing pressure on smaller grocery chains in an industry with wafer-thin margins, rising competition and consolidation from big chains. Supermarket bankruptcies have spread, claiming Tops Market, Southeastern Grocers, A&P, Fairway, and just this week, Earth Fare, a natural foods chain with 50-plus stores in the Midwest and Southeast.

02/10/20

The new partners look forward to the opportunity to strengthen the relationships with suppliers, grow the sales team, and increase market presence. They are confident the merge will provide improved service and an even greater selection of world-class wines and spirits.

02/10/20

'House Bill 1187 would allow Virginia distilleries to take orders over the Internet from Virginia citizens, then ship those spirits via common carrier to residents of the state. It is a good idea. However, the bill does not allow out-of-state distillers to ship spirits to Virginians. In other words, this bill sets up exactly the same kind of discrimination that the Supreme Court ruled in Granholm v Heald to be unconstitutional.'

02/10/20

The language of wine can be intimidating. Wine lovers have our own vocabulary, complete with foreign words that can be difficult to pronounce. We boast of tasting a cornucopia of flavors that seem mystical and obscure to normal drinkers. And we can spot a wine noob if they hold their glass by the bowl instead of the stem, say "RISE-ling" instead of "REEZ-ling," or describe a wine merely as "smooth." Most of us want to share our enthusiasm and love of wine; others, unfortunately, judge.

02/10/20

Stalled plans for the Embassy Suites addition enjoyed a long-awaited comeback Thursday night with the Planning Commission's unanimous approval of a 54-bedroom expansion.

02/10/20

Sommeliers, wine importers and restaurateurs are taking to the streets of Washington on Sunday with a message for U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer: "Keep your tariffs off our Beaujolais."

02/10/20

Region's producers were angry that redrawn map would stop them using prestigious name.

02/10/20

Zero waste certification requires a business: To divert 90% of its material from landfill each year: To have a waste management plan and philosophy: To have a goal to end the negative environmental impacts from the material it handles ...

02/10/20

Nearly 40% of the state remains mostly dry

02/10/20

As young people turn their backs on alcohol, Simon Kuper asks if it is time for their elders to follow suit

02/10/20

Matthew Nagan, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, says that after three previous failed escrows, this one closed on Monday and the money is in the bank. The buyer is Jordan Kivelstadt, who will close Kivelstadt Cellars, his Glen Ellen tasting room. Matthew Tucker of Pangloss Cellars will join Kivelstadt's team at Schellville Grill

02/10/20

The Samegrelo region of Western Georgia, where we live, once had great winemaking traditions. Sadly, it has been forgotten since the 19th century, when fungal diseases attacked its vineyards, and then, during the Soviet era, the state decided that vineyards in Samegrelo would be a great headache for their big industry

02/10/20

The wine's label says it is designed for "satisfying your deepest desires" and "turning out the lights and savouring the pleasures of the dark." ... The Portman Group has been cracking down on salacious drinks for some time. Just six months ago, it forced retailer M&S to change the name of its canned Porn Star Martini after a complainant said that it would "open the floodgates" to other suggestive cocktails

02/10/20

Jan and Dave Binskin, from Palm Beach in Queensland, were confined to their cabin on board the ship Princess Diamond after receiving news that confirmed cases of coronavirus had been detected on board.

02/10/20

The technology will enable Riversdale to sort out different berry colours in the winery quickly, aiming to improve quality.

02/10/20

Industry survey shows 28% of wine grape producers made a profit in 2019, up from 15% in 2015

02/10/20

Two regions-one old world, one new-are staking a claim within the ever-evolving movement.

02/10/20

Cabernet was left on the vine with tons crushed were down 15.5 percent