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03/18/20

The wine critic, writer and auctioneer died March 17, 2020 at home. He was a towering and influential figure in the wine trade

03/18/20

During the Great Recession there was not a considerable impact on volume, but we saw a shift from on-premise to off-premise consumption and some diminution in overall spending. We will see a shift in volumes from on-premise to off-premise. Overall, industry volumes may hold up if stores are allowed to remain open. Consumer spending on alcoholic beverages will see a reduction given lower markups off-premise.

03/18/20

The bright spot was rosé blends, which typically see stronger growth between March and June. Sales in February prime the category for growth, up 13 percent in the latest 52 weeks to total $583 million.

03/18/20

Napa County instituted rules for meeting in order to fight the spread of the coronavirus. However, the county health officer stopped short of imposing a shelter-in-place order for Napa County residents.

03/18/20

Wineries around the country are offering shipping specials, anything from $5 per case to 1-cent shipping or shipping included. But, as wineries nationwide reported in last year's WBM/Silicon Valley Bank Insights into Successful Consumer Wine Sales survey, 47 percent of their wine club members are actually locals. In many regions, like Lodi, the Sierra Foothills, Virginia and New York, that percentage is even higher. To accommodate their best-and closest-customer bases as well as spur sales, a number of wineries are going a step further than shipping discounts.

03/18/20

Planning now for the next three to six months is imperative. The ability to stay open will vary across locations (for example restaurants outside of the shelter in place counties may remain open with social distancing - although that may quickly change) so we urge taking the most conservative course when planning for the duration.

03/18/20

Director of the California ABC (CA ABC), Jacob Applesmith, has verbally confirmed that during the current crisis, the agency will suspend enforcement of California credit regulations, which means that suppliers will be allowed to extend credit to purchasers without interest beyond 30 days.

03/18/20

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and all U.S. consulates in Mexico will suspend routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services starting March 18 until further notice

03/18/20

Health Order directs residents to shelter in place at their homes, maintain social distancing of at least six feet until April 7, 2020.

03/18/20

The IRS established a web page focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.

03/18/20

The Trump administration just announced $300 billion in tax deferrals as part of its coronavirus response.

03/18/20

the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles has been postponed to a later date. The decision aims to guarantee the tastings will run smoothly and that a responsible approach is taken to travel restrictions in a bid to limit the spread of the virus. Consequently, and on the proviso that the situation improves, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles will be held in Brno from 26 to 28 June 2020.

03/18/20

If Aloft or Dark Matter Wines is already in your cellar, open it up and enjoy with a virtual tasting guided by our winemaker, Angelina. Pass time and enjoy our wines as Angelina tells you our story and explores the vintage and bottle (or bottles) you have selected from your cellar. Virtual tastings will be offered via Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp or FaceTime and can be scheduled directly with Angelina.

03/18/20

"When the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience was canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak," said Art Murray of Flambeaux, "we decided to pour our wine online via Instagram Live, on the same day we would have been pouring the wine in New Orleans." Find the winery on Instagram @FlambeauxWine.

03/18/20

Get two bottles of the winery's best selling wine (Alluvé) an extra large jar of Kuhlman Cellars' signature Marcona almonds plus access to an All About Alluvé webinar.

03/18/20

Following California Governor Gavin Newsom's call for the closure of all tasting rooms, breweries, and bars, North Coast wineries are responding quickly by closing their tasting rooms in order to do their part to help stop the spread of coronavirus and encourage social distancing.

03/18/20

In the SevenFifty Daily Supertasters video series, we choose the wines, then challenge some of the industry's best palates to blind tastings in an effort to glean their extraordinary techniques.

03/18/20

The county's hotel data for the week of March 1-7 showed occupancy was down 5.6%, or 66.7% compared to a year earlier; average daily rate was $151.67, down 0.4%; and revenue per available room was $101.22, down 6% ... Hotel occupancy in Napa County for the week of March 1-7 was down 11.8%, or 58% occupancy compared to a year ago; the average daily rate was $277.38, up 2.7%, while overall revenue per available room was down 9.5%, or $161

03/18/20

hand shaking and shared lunch plates were omitted as part of a new social paradigm, but elbow bumps and 'air hugs' were in. Despite such social mores, camaraderie with winemakers was still so high that a few tastings ended with-imagine!-hugs. Such risqué spontaneity of just four days ago now seems improbably distant.

03/18/20

Brand began as pioneering mail order business in 1982, evolved into leading DTC e-commerce wine business with over $400M in revenue to date; announces special edition wine sets and promotions.

03/18/20

Recent sales data from Drizly, alcohol e-commerce platform, shows that sales continue accelerating as consumers rely more and more on home delivery.

03/18/20

As the COVID-19 situation has escalated over the course of the last week, we have made the decision to postpone WSLA Drink + Eat 2020. The event will be moved to Sunday, June 28, pending any unforeseen developments.

03/18/20

"This will especially aid those establishments that have stocked up on high-proof liquor ahead of the St. Patrick's Day holiday."

03/18/20

The coronavirus shockwaves rippling through U.S. stocks are forcing investors to contemplate outcomes more dire than a recession, including several quarters of declining economic activity, a credit crisis or even a depression.

03/18/20

"Luxury was one of the few industries that didn't decline in 2008 (it remained flat with zero growth), while most other markets weakened significantly. This confirmed my research, which says that luxury markets are more crisis-proof than non-luxury markets."

03/18/20

If we fail to help them immediately, their crisis will be the entire economy's crisis.

03/18/20

Of course everyone feels that it would be a great help if we keep believing in Italy and keep buying Italian wine more than before (which, as Eleonora of Crealto put it, it can help a difficult period pass)

03/18/20

Michael Cook, AgriLife Extension viticulture specialist, Denton, said the pocket guide was a collaborative effort by AgriLife Extension viticulture team members around the state. It is designed to help vineyard owners and managers make initial assessments as they scout vines.

03/18/20

Here's a list of the state- and citywide mandated closures. We'll continue update this post as new information becomes available

03/18/20

DeSantis said restaurants can remain open, but can only have 50 percent capacity so patrons can maintain social distancing. The tables must be six feet apart

03/18/20

The report's dire warnings prompted a quick course correction from both the American and British governments on their strategies, but its strict recommendations and long timeline - 18 months - to stem the tide could have far-reaching implications for both populations and economies

03/18/20

Upscale casual, fine dining segment suffers largest impacts, analytics company says

03/18/20

The coronavirus pandemic has forced restaurants to shutter and lay off employees. But chefs and sommeliers are getting creative to serve customers and rally the industry

03/18/20

suspending air travel for employees, moving all meetings to video or phone conferencing, screening all visitors, increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing its facilities, reinforcing communications infrastructure to enable a robust and sustained remote working system, and enhancing hygiene protocols for all employees who directly interact with customers and suppliers, including drivers, sales people, and merchandisers

03/18/20

In response to steps county officials are taking to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, the North Coast Wine Challenge has been postponed. However, organizers are still accepting entries at pdncwc.com

03/18/20

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

03/18/20

In his annual message, the President recalled the life and legacy of Ireland's patron saint, stating: "Today, as the world faces the global spread of the coronavirus, we are called more than ever to follow the values embodied in the story of St Patrick

03/18/20

Reka Haros and Pier Sfriso are the owners Sfriso Winery, located in Italy's Veneto region. This position made them some of the first in the world to adapt to restrictions related to coronavirus. Haros says that they are completely shut down: "We have zero sales happening at the moment."

03/18/20

"We are bracing for the economic impact which is already substantial," Prunetti replies, "but will certainly get worse once other countries start adopting the necessary measures that have been postponed until now. No tourists anywhere and now no flights."

03/18/20

Online wine subscription company Naked Wines said on Tuesday it has temporarily stopped taking new orders after a surge in business, the latest sign coronavirus is spurring the British public to stockpile food and drink

03/18/20

I recently received a case and a half of red wines from a Californian producer that draws fruit from some of the most expensive vineyards in Napa. The average bottle price is $250. I'm certain these wines are undrinkable.

03/18/20

How important is wine in your life? In California, it's becoming a crucial survival tool