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03/13/20

The deal is Louis Roeder's first acquisition in the Napa Valley. In February 2019, Maison Louis Roederer purchased Merry Edwards in Sebastopol in Sonoma County. "The acquisition of Diamond Creek is the continuation of our journey into the greatest appellations in the world and our relentless quest to produce great wines with strong identity. Reflective of their pioneering characters, Al and Boots Brounstein built Diamond Creek from the ground up, producing some of the most celebrated and singular wines of the region," Frédéric Rouzaud, President and CEO of Maison Louis Roederer, said. "I am delighted that, once again, we have the opportunity to carry on the opus of an iconic family and embody its values and savoir-faire."

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Gov. Gavin Newsom banned gatherings of 250 or more people under an executive order released Thursday, all in an effort to fight the spread of COVID-19. Smaller gatherings should not take place unless people can stand 6 feet apart from the next person, he also said. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo prohibited gatherings of 500 or more people.

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smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines

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Wine Business Monthly has been watching the situation regarding the spread of COVID-19 unfold and we take the threat the virus poses to our communities seriously. In light of recent developments, we feel it is no longer responsible to hold our annual Central Coast-focused conferences, WiVi and Central Coast Insights, on March 24-25, 2020. We take the health and safety of every member of the wine industry seriously and are doing our part to reduce the spread and decrease exposure by rescheduling Central Coast Insights to August 26, 2020 and WiVi Central Coast to August 27, 2020. This decision is based on the most recent guidance from experts at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health.

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Over the past 24 hours, it became clear that keeping our community safe and healthy went beyond any additional hygiene measures we could put in place. Additionally, in the wake of the announced European travel ban and the understanding from many of our WSWA members and exhibitors that domestic travel has already been limited, the decision to cancel the event was the right one

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"The UGCB & its members have decided to suspend the 2019 En Primeurs week. For the time being, we shall all commit to implementing the recommendations set out by the authorities to cope with the situation, and take care of our loved ones in a spirit of solidarity"

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The Fed announced a bold new initiative in an effort to calm market tumult amid the coronavirus meltdown.

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The Federal Reserve must FINALLY lower the Fed Rate to something comparable to their competitor Central Banks," Trump wrote in a tweet that called out Fed Chair Jerome Powell by name.

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It would be easy to take a dark view of wine's various crises, but it's not all doom and gloom.

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"In preparation for the 2020 ABL Annual Meeting, scheduled to be held in New Orleans on March 29-30, ABL has been tracking the COVID-19 situation, including monitoring official guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Louisiana Office of Public Health, and communicating with those involved with the ABL Annual Meeting."

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Austria's wine exports moved into previously uncharted territory in 2019: for the first time they surpassed the 180 million mark, at 185.4 million Euros (+9%), while volume rose by 20.5% to 63.6 million litres. The number of countries in Austria's export programme increased to 102 - ten years ago in 2009 it was 64.

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Called "Party + Auction", the event drew nearly 500 wine industry leaders last week to a custom chef-designed dinner at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. The event raised funds from a 50/50 raffle silent and live auctions with items including international trips, exclusive winemaker dinners, magnums of Washington wine, and more.

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Converting the winery to solar was a key component of the sustainable winery certification that Gary Farrell Winery recently received from the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance

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The State of Michigan would generate between $1.7 million and 2.5 million dollars in tax revenue in the first year after implementation of a wine shipping bill currently in the legislature, according to the National Association of Wine Retailers (NAWR). Senate Bill 819 and its companion in the House, House Bill 5579, would allow wine shipments to Michigan residents from out-of-state wine retailers.

03/13/20

Opici Wines is proud to present La Maison de Rose 2019, a new canned French rosé fresh from the vineyards of Provence. This wine, with a suggested retail price of $19.99 per 4-pack, is named in honor of Rose Opici, the matriarch of the Opici family.

03/13/20

Holland America Line, a leader in premium cruising, took home a win for Best Wine Program at the 2020 VIBE Vista Awards that were presented during the VIBE (Very Important Beverage Executives) conference this week in Carlsbad, California. The award spans the beverage industry and competition included a collection of restaurants, hotels, casinos and more. Frits van der Werff, Holland America Line's vice president, hotel and food & beverage, was on-hand to accept the award.

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The Dow Jones industrial average fell by almost 10 percent on Thursday as fears of the coronavirus escalated - it's biggest decline since the stock market crash of 1987.

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We all still need to eat. Could delivery and pickup options be the answer?

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UPDATE, with additional details Broadway is going dark, effective today, a day before a statewide ban of all gatherings of more than 500 people will go into effect. All 31 productions currently on the boards will shut down through April 12, and eight shows set to begin previews over the next month will be postponed.

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Major League Baseball is delaying the start of the 2020 regular season by at least two weeks in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the league announced Thursday.

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Erath Winery informed its longtime customers in a recent email that "After decades of sharing Erath wine with you at our historic Dundee location, the time has come to find a new home for the Erath Tasting Room."

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But not even coronavirus has been able to put a damper on that, at least not yet

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State agencies and lawmakers said they're working around-the-clock to mitigate the impact COVID-19 will have on Californians and the state's economy, and need enough workers to accomplish that effort. The governor also urged Californians late Wednesday to cancel or postpone events with more than 250 people and said that smaller gatherings should consider spacing people at least six feet apart. To avoid a strain on the health care system, Newsom also asked Californians to cancel non-essential events like concerts

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with the trials of around 35 new core lines, as it considers retiring its Lot Series range of one-offs wine parcels

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... the truly exceptional 2016 vintage ...

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The value of Australia's wine industry is rising each year, but producers will need to embrace new marketing and sales strategies to overcome slowdown in consumption in key markets, particularly the US and China, according to Rabobank's latest global Wine Quarterly report

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That's extending the pandemic's reach into nearly every corner of commerce as many consumers avoid large gatherings of people in places such as movie theaters, malls, restaurants and sporting events

03/13/20

The Coronavirus outbreak has exacerbated a traditionally quieter time of year on the bulk market, when people wait for the picture to become clear on Northern Hemisphere budbreak and Southern Hemisphere harvests. This month's report flags what activity there has been, provides in-depth insight on UK wine market trends, and details an organic-certified wine stabilizer that reduces the need for SO2.

03/13/20

The case involved 156 charges in total; one charge referred to the sale of 20,700 litres of "non-compliant" wine (involving inter-regional and inter-vintage blending), another to 10,881 litres that were not traceable to source vineyards, one more to sales between 2012 and 2014 of 50,664 litres that did not comply with export eligibility requirements, and yet another to 48,440 litres of "non-compliant" Sauvignon Blanc that was exported from 2013-2014.