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03/23/20

The tech juggernaut run by Jeff Bezos is bidding on four stores owned by the bankrupt Fairway in New York and New Jersey, including one in Brooklyn, home to a popular waterfront mega-market in Red Hook.

03/23/20

In the summer of 2017, Napa County sued the winery owners, John and Laura Bremer, over zoning and building code violations, according to the complaint. The lawsuit was settled after the Bremers agreed to pay $271,464 to reimburse the county's legal fees. County officials alleged in their lawsuit the winery had hosted up to 7,800 visitors a year, according to court filings. As part of the settlement, the Bremers agreed to limit visitation to 70 visitors a day - or 3,600 visitors per year. The settlement also allowed them to return to the Planning Commission to legalize structures built without proper permits.

03/23/20

The 2020 Wine Packaging Awards are accepting entries until May 1, 2020. For more information on how to enter, visit wbmpack.com. View the finalists and celebrate the winners at the Wine Packaging Conference on Aug. 4, 2020, in Yountville, Calif. Visit wbmpack.com for more information.

03/23/20

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

03/23/20

"Jay will play an integral role in every aspect of the operation at Larkmead Vineyards, from wholesale management to trade and consumer marketing to staff development," said proprietor Cam Baker

03/23/20

Rich and Leslie Frank, owners of Napa Valley's Frank Family Vineyards, are pleased to announce that Tory Britton Sims has joined the winery team as Chief Financial Officer. Sims will direct all financial activities for the winery, including financial planning and reporting, general accounting and budgeting.

03/23/20

Tonnellerie Cadus is proud to welcome Tommy Gentry to our team as the new Central Coast account manager, covering the Central Coast as well as Southern California. Tommy has over 14 years of wine industry sales and service.

03/23/20

No one knows how long the Coronavirus outbreak will last. But try not to think of your employees as a cost.

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This post is about preparing for steps three (treating the damage) and four (managing shock by preventing panic and overreaction). The steps below were adopted from the March 19th Nightclub & Bar webinar on Covid 19, and from the March 19th meeting of the California Music and Culture Association (CMAC) to consider responses to the economic fallout from the San Francisco SIP order. The ABC's announcement (during the evening of March 19th) of regulatory relief lends urgency to licensee analysis of planning options.

03/23/20

A list of ideas and best practices agencies can employ that might make it easier for agency employees to do their jobs remotely. These tips can also support licensees operating businesses with employees that are working from home.

03/23/20

"Over the coming weeks, to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees, and in accordance with federal, state, and local guidelines, we will be very limited in our ability to receive and process paper submissions sent to our office locations. To avoid delays or disruption to your operations during this period, we strongly encourage you to use our online filing options for all necessary TTB approvals."

03/23/20

Pursuant to the Constitution of the State of California, Article XX, Section 22, and in furtherance of Governor Newsom's emergency declarations and orders regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is temporarily suspending enforcement of specific legal prohibitions identified below.

03/23/20

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America CEO and President Michelle Korsmo sent a letter to The House of Representatives and Senate Leadership calling for alcohol industry-wide inclusion in proposed COVID-19 Hospitality Relief measures.

03/23/20

"We've taken steps to bolster support of local off-premise retailers and distributors to meet increased consumer demand as purchasing shifts from on-premise establishments such as bars and restaurants to off-premise businesses such as grocery stores and convenience stores. We've seen IRI volume in off-premise accounts for our beer business increase more than 30 percent in the most recent 4-week period versus their 52-week trends. Our teams remain committed to supporting the needs of local consumers, retailers, distributors, and the economies they help bolster in this critical time"

03/23/20

The Napa Valley Community Foundation says it will release up to $3.5 million from its Disaster Relief Fund to blunt the economic effects of the coronavirus emergency in Napa County.

03/23/20

Beckstoffer Vineyards will write more than 100 checks of $300 for each of the three counties totaling approximately $33,000 per county. The Chambers of Commerce of each county will be determining what individuals and families will receive the checks

03/23/20

In interviews this week, more than a dozen wine producers from across Italy described wineries in which skeletal staffs performed bottling and other essential tasks wearing protective masks and gloves and disinfect the cellars nightly. At the same time, vineyard crews worked at full speed outdoors, where there is a smaller chance of viral spread-finishing pruning, debudding and tying up vines while careful to practice ample distancing.

03/23/20

A virtual toast in order to join a moment of union and vigour in this very complicated period. A period which is the same in all the world. The "virtual toast" is an event planned by Consorzio Tutela Vini Montefalco. The producers and the institutions will be on line, Sunday 22nd of March, at 19:30 (Italian time).

03/23/20

Washington, D.C.: Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 (Ronald Reagan Building) - Chicago: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 (Navy Pier) - Las Vegas: Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 (The Mirage)

03/23/20

As our organizations do their part in observing the CDC and WHO recommendations of Health Officials to limit the spread of the virus, we are working hard to ensure that you have data that provides a shared objective picture of what's happening in your fields.

03/23/20

The aim of this initiative is to collaborate with the public health sector and the containment of Covid-19, and to demonstrate our sincere gratitude to all of the people who are involved in the fight against the disease.

03/23/20

CRU Winery is pleased to announce that Mick Roberts has joined the company as National Sales Director. Roberts will continue CRU Winery's growth with a focus on expanding distribution both domestically and internationally.

03/23/20

The Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4Cs), with careful consideration of many factors, has made the decision to close the office and all 4Cs Preschool sites for all non-essential services beginning March 17 through Friday March 27.

03/23/20

Winemaker Josh Phelps is proud to announce that he will be donating 10% of sales from Grounded Wine Co. to the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa to help those who have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus shutdown.

03/23/20

In the interest of addressing the health and safety concerns of our stakeholders the Executive Committee of Beverage Trade Network, Organizer of USA Trade Tasting show in New York has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 USA Trade Tasting to May 25-26, 2021.

03/23/20

THE Rosé Competition 2020 continues to accept entries and has not been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Since the Competition itself is a private, small gathering of wine judges, THE Rosé Competition continues as scheduled.

03/23/20

The ABC has temporarily relaxed regulations for alcohol sellers, making it easier for you to get booze during the coronavirus pandemic.

03/23/20

President Donald Trump's advisers are considering, among other options, issuing both 50-year and 25-year bonds as they seek financing for additional federal debt with the lowest cost to taxpayers, the people said on the condition of anonymity to discuss economic policy deliberations

03/23/20

Citing advisories to limit indoor gatherings in light of the ongoing issues with the novel coronavirus, the Business Journal announced it is postponing its April 9 Wine Industry Conference and its Community Philanthropy Awards event on March 26.

03/23/20

The sanitizer, called "Stay Strong Napa," is made with distilled grape and grain spirits combined with natural oils and essences. It is not for consumption.

03/23/20

Greg Ferrara, president and CEO of the National Grocers Association, which represents about 21,000 independently-owned grocery stores in the United States, said that his members have seen an "astronomical" surge in demand. "However," he added, "the shelves do have product. They are stocked. They are getting restocked on a regular basis. The supply chain in this country is very efficient and it's very effective."

03/23/20

Bordeaux's wineries have a new vintage to sell, but the world has greater concerns.

03/23/20

Michael's sense of fun, curiosity and that twinkle in his eye stayed with him right to the end of his long life. For many of us, we last saw him a year ago, to celebrate the republishing of his iconic Wine Tasting by the Académie du Vin Library, updated with wonderful anecdotes, memories and drawings-Broadbent was a great draftsman and a great lover of music.

03/23/20

As tasting experiences and the ensuing wine purchases are important for wineries, this new measure could be a financial hardship.

03/23/20

Hotel occupancy figures for the second week of March among the North Bay's four counties most popular for tourism showed a steep decline compared to a year earlier, more evidence of the novel coronavirus' impact on the industry, according to new industry figures

03/23/20

With the rising number of coronavirus cases, countless states announced this week that restaurants and bars must close their dining rooms and move to delivery or take-out services only. The crackdown left millions of restaurant workers in states such as California, Kentucky, Connecticut and New York without jobs.

03/23/20

Wine retailers in key markets are seeing a surge in wine buying. Felicity Carter reports.

03/23/20

A crisis on this scale can reorder society in dramatic ways, for better or worse. Here are 34 big thinkers' predictions for what's to come.

03/23/20

For pest control, this South African farm enlisted a fowl army.

03/23/20

Keep your social life alive and learn a little something, all while helping an industry stay afloat.

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"The streets are empty, the wineries are empty. The mood here is a real concern," said Hall via Skype.

03/23/20

As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th, the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America ...

03/23/20

Newsom's plea for residents to avoid unnecessary social contact comes after scattered reports across the state that some people have been flocking to the coast, gathering with friends or failing to keep proper social distance from others.

03/23/20

In the midst of the economic collapse happening during the coronavirus crisis, the Trump administration-according to The New York Times-is asking state labor officials to hold off on releasing figures on unemployment claims.

03/23/20

Surging demand for critical products has created an immediate need for more workers, forcing some companies to alter normal hiring practices

03/23/20

SARS-CoV-2 stability similar to original SARS virus.

03/23/20

One study estimated 4 million restaurant workers in the U.S. are at risk of losing their jobs in a matter of weeks

03/23/20

With the closure of tasting rooms during the shelter-in-place order, local wineries are bringing guided wine tastings to people's living rooms.

03/23/20

With the coronavirus wreaking havoc on lives the world over, it's fair to say that everyone is feeling more stressed than normal. Luckily, Gov. Phil Murphy's order to close non-essential businesses in New Jersey won't stop you from taking the edge off with booze while your self-quarantine.

03/23/20

How Covid-19 could impact the industry, keep abreast of evolving government responses and key shifts in consumer behavior, and offer best practices and valuable insights on how beverage companies are working to mitigate the impact of Covid-19

03/23/20

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will plead guilty to 85 felony counts because of its responsibility for the deadly 2018 Camp Fire, a monumental step that will lead to the California power provider's second criminal conviction in less than five years.

03/23/20

First came the US tariffs, then came coronavirus. Jason Sych speaks with industry professionals to understand how the wine industry is faring.

03/23/20

In many manufacturing and process applications it is necessary to indicate machine status/faults/warnings by means of signal lights/beacons/traffic light systems. Machines and equipment are not always PLC controlled and therefore there are many instances where the application has to be monitored and controlled by PC. Typical applications include call centres, automatic check-out systems or for monitoring data produced by lab equipment. The optimum solution here is WERMA's LED 816 Multicolour beacon or the terminal elements with USB interface for signal towers from the KombiSIGN 71 and 72 families.

03/23/20

Next week, they said they would aim to buy at least $100 billion of agency bonds, with $40 billion of that amount being purchased on Monday.

03/23/20

Hour after hour, day after day, the packages keep arriving: food, medicine, clothes, toys and a million other items brought to the doorsteps and building lobbies of Americans who are hunkering down as the coronavirus sweeps the land.

03/23/20

Change came quietly in most towns and cities, because the change was one of withdrawal, a shutting of municipal and regional and national doors.

03/23/20

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday that the Federal Reserve will play a key role in lending funds to businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic.

03/23/20

Barrack, chairman and chief executive officer of Colony Capital Inc., warned in a white paper and in a subsequent interview on Bloomberg Television of a chain reaction of margin calls, mass foreclosures, evictions and, potentially, bank failures due to the coronavirus pandemic and consequent shutdown of much of the U.S. economy.

03/23/20

The US central bank massively accelerated its rescue plans Monday by announcing unlimited bond-buying, three new credit facilities and an upcoming Main Street lending program

03/23/20

James Bullard, president of the St. Louis branch of the US Federal Reserve Bank, has a bleak assessment of how coronavirus will impact the U.S. economy in the short-term. In a Sunday interview with Bloomberg, Bullard predicted that the unemployment rate will reach 30% in the second quarter, and gross domestic product will fall by 50%. U.S. unemployment was at its worst during the peak of the Great Depression in 1933, when the jobless rate spiked to 24.5%. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, U.S. unemployment peaked at 10.2% in October 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

03/23/20

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard predicted the U.S. unemployment rate may hit 30% in the second quarter because of shutdowns to combat the coronavirus, with an unprecedented 50% drop in gross domestic product.

03/23/20

No one alive has experienced an economic plunge this sudden.

03/23/20

When American tech entrepreneur Michael Baum bought a prestigious winery in France's Burgundy region it caused a trans-Atlantic spat. "[French newspaper] Le Figaro covered the announcement on its website, and there were about 2,500 comments on the article," says Michael, 57. "You could split the comments right down the middle. Half of them were 'damn foreigners stealing our heritage'. the other half were 'if it wasn't for Americans you'd all be eating sauerkraut right now'. "So you can say it was pretty divisive."