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03/17/20

Six Bay Area counties announced "shelter in place" orders for all residents on Monday - the strictest measure of its kind yet in the continental United States - directing everyone to stay inside their homes and away from others as much as possible for the next three weeks.

03/17/20

The 2020 Eastern Winery Exposition (EWE) took place in Lancaster, PA from March 10 to 12. This year there were no snowstorms or icy roads; instead the weather for EWE was mild, temperatures were warm and the daffodils were blooming. While the threat of the coronavirus increased as the number of cases of COVID-19 rose in the United States and the stock market plunged, almost 1,100 people attended.

03/17/20

"The situation is changing daily, if not by the hour"

03/17/20

Vineyard operations and winery production, as well as essential business operations will continue with enhanced measures following CDC guidelines for a safe working environment. Wine orders will continue to be taken and shipped.

03/17/20

An added worry for vintners is people cutting back on dining out and traveling would reduce sales of wine at restaurants and hotels. Some wineries, such as Jordan Vineyard and Winery in Healdsburg, generate a large amount of their sales at restaurants and other on-premises accounts. For some it is more than half ...

03/17/20

In the absence of Prowein Adegga, the Portuguese company that organizes consumer wine events and other activities, set up a live streamed two-day virtual trade event called Portugal Wine Week ...

03/17/20

"With improvements in technology we are able to engage more directly with our customers than in the past", says Emma Swain, CEO of St. Supéry Estate. "One of our winemakers will host the chat on Zoom each Thursday and recordings will be made available if you can't join in. We feel Zoom is the best platform to facilitate a more interactive session." Facebook Live will also be an option ..."

03/17/20

Virtual tasting experiences will include a variety of wine and a personalized, guided wine tasting led by a member of the Clos Du Val team. Customers will have the option to choose from two different wine tasting packages; a red and white wine four-bottle variety pack ($385), or an all red wine option ($395), both including a Coravin. For those who want to select specific wines or just stock up on current favorites - any online purchase of four different Clos Du Val wines will receive a virtual tasting

03/17/20

As you practice social distancing for the time being, don't forget to check in on friends and coworkers and get some virtual face-time in, whether it's with Zoom or a different app.

03/17/20

At a time of public health challenges, self-imposed isolation does not require you to forgo good food or good wine, despite the social stigma.

03/17/20

"As people start to social distance, they are stocking up on all things including alcohol

03/17/20

At the federal level, we are: Coordinating with TTB to ensure business continuity and minimize disruptions; Exploring how to minimize regulatory hurdles so that the industry can help address the hand sanitizer shortage; Exploring with Congress opportunities to support small businesses in the hospitality industry including distilleries and their employees

03/17/20

"We continue to monitor the situation closely and are working through solutions in an effort to continue providing products to our consumers around the globe during these challenging times," said a spokesperson for E. & J. Gallo Winery, the world's largest wine company, which will be responsible for much restocking of supermarket wine

03/17/20

"The wine industry needs to prepare for the recession that may already be here in a practical sense (technically it takes two consecutive quarters of economic decline to meet the definition of a recession). But this recession is likely to be different from the financial crisis of 2008 or the dot com bust before that. It is important to be ready for what's happening now and not prepare to fight the last war."

03/17/20

Given that we do not know how long the coronavirus pandemic will remain a threat in the Bay Area - or if it may decelerate and resurge later in the year the way influenzas do - cities and counties have to begin planning for fire season in an entirely new way

03/17/20

Last night, like thousands of restaurant workers all over New York City, I was called to a staff meeting during which I was laid off, along with all my colleagues

03/17/20

"The odds of a global recession are close to 100% right now"

03/17/20

According to analysis last week from Moody's Analytics.

03/17/20

Amazon says the coronavirus outbreak has caused a surge in online shopping, and now the online giant is adding 100,000 new full-time and part-time positions across the United States to keep up with the demand

03/17/20

Even though the government hasn't advised people to stock up on food beyond what's needed for any emergency, grocery stores throughout the country are packed with anxious customers due to the novel coronavirus

03/17/20

More people are needed to work jobs to help meet the rising demand for online orders. Many of the jobs are temporary.

03/17/20

The sum will be used to finance the creation of an intensive care unit for patients in the most severe stages of the virus, alongside 10 resuscitation kits.

03/17/20

The Amador Vintners Association (AVA) announced that the 2020 Amador Four Fires Festival, which they host, will be cancelled. The association is taking this step out of an abundance of caution and to support recommendations issued by the California Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control to limit exposure to COVID-19 through the cancellation of large group gatherings. The festival, which was scheduled for May, 2020, was expected to draw over 2,000 attendees.

03/17/20

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has announced the closure of all its wineries and tasting rooms to the public. Effective March 14, the closure includes the company's properties in Washington, Oregon, and California.

03/17/20

LVMH is converting perfume manufacturing at all its Christian Dior, Guerlain, and Givenchy facilities to the production of hand sanitizer that will be made available for free by French health authorities to combat the spread of COVID-19.

03/17/20

Napa Green has announced its inaugural celebration, 'Rosé & Bubbles Spring Soirée,' hosted by LEED Platinum Certified Bardessono Hotel & Spa and Lucy Restaurant & Bar in Yountville, California. Due to the recent Public Health Emergency, the original April date has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 2:30pm to 5:00pm.

03/17/20

The governor said grocery stores, pharmacies and stores are exempt. The order begins Tuesday and is in place for four weeks.

03/17/20

"The less travel, the more we can contain the virus. Therefore ... I propose to the heads of state and government to introduce temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU," said European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen. "These travel restrictions should be in place for an initial period of 30 days, but can be prolonged as necessary."

03/17/20

Gambling association says leaders should move 'urgently' to back casinos and their employees

03/17/20

In a joint decision announced by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, all bars and restaurants within the tri-state area were forced to close for on-premise service, and instead pivot to take out and delivery only

03/17/20

With the recent devastation of the Kincade Fire and the subsequent outpour of support within the affected communities, crises and how we can best deal with them is on the mind of many marketers & small businesses owners.

03/17/20

Three in five UK drinks retailers fear their businesses will be materially impacted by consumers staying indoors due to coronavirus fears.

03/17/20

Pierre LaBarge's resume includes a year working at cult producer Sine Qua Non, but he follows his own path.

03/17/20

"We must all limit the number of people with who we're in contact with every single day. Scientists say so, that's the absolute priority," Macron said, according to a Sky News translation of the televised address.

03/17/20

Early research on the latest devices shows that the VR technologies of today have made significant progress on the fundamental comfort and usability challenges that frustrated previous attempts to commercialize the technology.

03/17/20

The picture for the US wine industry has been looking problematic for at least a year, but to many who follow and cover the trends, the immediate outlook seems quite grim

03/17/20

South Africa has imposed travel restrictions from countries most affected by the coronavirus as it looks to stave off the human and economic toll of the pandemic.

03/17/20

The Federal Reserve announced Tuesday that it will try to keep credit flowing to households and businesses by buying up commercial paper, short term promissory notes companies use to fund themselves

03/17/20

encouraging banks to use their resources to support households and businesses; and a technical change to phase in, as intended, the automatic distribution restrictions gradually if a firm's capital levels decline

03/17/20

The Treasury will provide $10 billion of credit protection to the Federal Reserve in connection with the CPFF from the Treasury's Exchange Stabilization Fund (ESF). The Federal Reserve will then provide financing to the SPV under the CPFF. Its loans will be secured by all of the assets of the SPV.

03/17/20

Opici Family Distributing is pleased to announce its acquisition of Organic Vintages, an organic-focused wine wholesaler that services New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

03/17/20

Non-coronavirus news ... "the last installment of our look at Burgundy's shape-shifting borders"

03/17/20

As tastings and trade shows worldwide have been scrapped or pushed back to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, we're keeping tabs on the latest news from the drinks industry

03/17/20

Hotter, drier summers are making the French region's star grape, Ugni blanc, ripen too quickly and lose acidity

03/17/20

The technical director of a major Marlborough winery says the tide is turning on the use of herbicides in European viticulture and agriculture.

03/17/20

Bayer reportedly reaches draft settlement, but formal deal hasn't been signed: WSJ.