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03/20/20

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic the Napa Valley Vintners today announced it is cancelling this year's Auction Napa Valley and meanwhile will still make a significant donation to care for the community.

03/20/20

"The most important priority right now is for everyone to care for their families, employees and communities. Meanwhile, the NVV will do everything it can help take care of our community," said Linda Reiff, president and chief executive officer of the Napa Valley Vintners.

03/20/20

Wine Business Monthly has expanded its coverage to include webinars, bringing interactive education, conversations with experts and the most reliable information to members of the industry--wherever they may be. The first installment, held Tuesday, March 24 at 11 a.m., is focused on ways to help wineries navigate a new type of direct-to-consumer experience: the virtual tasting. 

03/20/20

Among other provisions, the proposal would restrict the cultivation of cannabis to 10-acre parcels of zoned agricultural watershed and also require any operation to be at least 1,000 feet from a residence, winery, city limit, hotel or other building. Cannabis also could not be cultivated on the Napa Valley floor or in Carneros, according to the proposal.

03/20/20

The ACS internal publication, Chemical & Engineering News had an item indicating COVID-19 should be pretty easy to deactivate on nonporous surfaces but with the caveat that this specific strain hasn't been studied enough to know for sure. The good news is that if COVID-19 proves to be unexpectedly robust in the face of the disinfectants listed on the EPA's list, we're pretty sure that the news would be enough of a surprise that it would be difficult miss that discovery. Peracetic acid disinfectants, which are commonly used in wineries, appear to work the quickest according to the EPA

03/20/20

Plus: The Latest on Shelter-in-Place County Orders, FDA COVID-19 Recommendations and Policy Changes Applicable to the Wine Industry

03/20/20

Yesterday, supplier trade groups sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, urging for quick economic relief for distillers.

03/20/20

WSWA wrote a letter to all 50 governors Wednesday, calling on them to take advantage of state laws that allow for curbside pick-up or delivery of alcohol. For states without those laws, the group suggested implementing provisions.

03/20/20

Like all of us, Wine Australia is operating in a very dynamic environment with regard to COVID-19. We have undertaken detailed contingency planning so that we can continue to provide key services to support the sector under various scenarios, especially with respect to export approvals and certification.

03/20/20

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to small businesses in the state economically impacted by COVID-19, the agency announced March 16.

03/20/20

Gary's Wine & Marketplace, one of the largest fine wine retail businesses in the New York metropolitan area, saw a 62% increase in overall sales, a 20% increase in overall in-store foot traffic, and a 300% increase in local delivery and pickup orders across its four locations in New Jersey, as of March 15. The uptick began on Friday, March 12th, as sales were up 30% week over week.

03/20/20

As the week began drawing to a close, beverage alcohol retailers nationwide were still scrambling to restock their shelves amid a run on purchases, while also taking steps to keep customers and staff safe.

03/20/20

"We are grateful to the IT professionals at West Egg Web and SimpleTech, who maintained our internet presence and kept the lines of communication open," said Wine Opinions Founder and CEO John Gillespie. "In less than 24 hours they had the website back up on an alternate domain, and temporary email accounts for everyone in the company."

03/20/20

With almost two decades of wine expertise and knowledge, Sandra Guibord will offer viewers her wine tips and insights into what wines to taste and enjoy as we are staying home with our family and friends over the next few weeks, due to the global spread of COVID-19.

03/20/20

It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of Lodi Row x Row Festival, previously scheduled for May 14 and 15. This decision was extraordinarily difficult for us, but we believe it is the right one.

03/20/20

SEEPEX is pleased to announce the promotion of Josh Donegia (Photo) to Product Manager. Josh joined SEEPEX over 3 years ago as a Sales and Marketing Analyst and has gained valuable insight into the progressive cavity market.

03/20/20

Recent key developments are shaping industry trends across consumer markets for 2020 and beyond. In a new report, Lux Research's leading agrifood and health analysts collaborated to compile a list of the top developments across applications of digital technologies, resource availability, plant-based foods, and environmental conservation.

03/20/20

The Washington Winegrowers Association (Winegrowers) recognized four industry leaders in early March for their achievements during the annual Convention & Trade Show in Kennewick. Dave Minick, Willow Crest, was honored as the Erick Hanson Memorial Grower of the Year, Kent Waliser, Sagemoor, received the Industry Service award, Mike Sauer, Red Willow, received the Lifetime Achievement honor and Gordy Hill, Coventry Vale, was awarded the Grand Vin.

03/20/20

As COVID-19 continues to force Americans to stay at home, online purchases of beverage alcohol are seeing major increases.

03/20/20

Delivery services are working overtime to get customers the items they need. Among the essentials--wine.

03/20/20

Oakville Grocery in Oakville and Healdsburg as well as Atelier Fine Foods in Yountville are pleased to offer convenient curbside pick-up and a 15% discount for locals. In addition, the Oakville location is offering local delivery and Atelier is now offering a selection of Boisset Collection wines.

03/20/20

While the governor's announcement does not identify wineries specifically, it limits gatherings to fewer than 10 people and so the spirit of the order includes winery tasting rooms. TWGGA encourages its members to join in the effort to limit the spread of this terrible virus and close your tasting rooms to on-premise consumption until further notice from the governor.

03/20/20

While British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said yesterday that he believes that the UK can "turn the tide of this disease" in 12 weeks, that would still mean the "self distancing measures" announced by him earlier this month would still be in place during the May-time London event

03/20/20

The owners of a restaurant in San Francisco's Noe Valley have started serving take-out meals for $5.50 (cash only) as city residents are ordered to shelter-in-place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

03/20/20

all over the world, keen to deliver to those stuck in their homes by the coronavirus ...

03/20/20

A list of producers and shops that will ship responsibly made wines to your door.

03/20/20

"Things started to get crazy last Thursday, so we got very wiped out by Saturday"

03/20/20

Rent abatement, tax deferrals, and immediate unemployment benefits are at the top of the list

03/20/20

David Choi, an economist from Goldman Sachs, says initial claims for the week ending March 21 may jump to a seasonally adjusted 2.25 million. His analysis is based on recent anecdotes from press reports as well as company announcements. Over 30 states have provided preliminary data.

03/20/20

The U.S. economy is set to contract by an unprecedented 24% in the second quarter as activity grinds to a halt even more severely than currently predicted, says Goldman Sachs.

03/20/20

Experts are grappling with a situation as novel as the virus that caused it, and they really don't know how much our high-tech, interconnected and consumption-oriented economy can endure

03/20/20

The Consorzio di Tutela del Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco D.O.C.G. launched a national campaign in Italy recently to offer some vinous respite during this particularly challenging time. This week on March 19th at 6 PM PST, on their behalf , we are inviting bubbly lovers in the U.S, to start their evening with a glass of wine to lift the mood and remember what is truly important.

03/20/20

"Research reports talk about human beings being literally wired to connect with one another. It's wired into our physiology and brain function, and when we're denied the opportunity to connect with other people, it begins to affect us in significant ways."