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Tuesday, March 24th

03/24/20

Crisis management has to start with an understanding of the current state. While the true picture of our current business is still difficult to see at best, it is starting to come into focus.

03/24/20

Wineries and other beverage companies are among those stepping up to help workers affected by sudden layoffs, and to help the medical community with the donation of masks, disposable gloves and other personal protective equipment.

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At VinePair, we've dedicated all of our resources to reporting about the crisis and to maintaining a live blog about how Covid-19 is impacting the drinks industry - across wine, beer, and spirits, and all three of the industry tiers.

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The Born Digital Wine Awards is a competition dedicated to rewarding high-quality online material focused on wine including articles, photos and videos and recently, podcasts.

03/24/20

Alder Yarrow's list of different deals from individual wineries. Most are offering free shipping and many are offering additional discounts ...

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"Some wineries are offering discounts, virtual tastings, and some wineries are family businesses just trying to stay afloat. The more we can support them, the more we all win."

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The daily average of claims over the last seven days is 106,000. The normal average per day is just 2,500, meaning the number of jobless claims has increased by over 4,000 percent.

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The service industry has been severely affected by restrictions and closures due to COVID-19. Below is a list of relief funds and resources for service industry workers, restaurants, and bars, to which unemployed workers can apply and the general public can donate. If you are interested in donating, we also encourage you to visit the websites of bars and restaurants in your area-many establishments are setting up funds for their staff via gofundme, Venmo, and other payment services.

03/24/20

More than €70m worth of assets have been provisionally seized from Sicilian winery Feudo Arancio, after an anti-mafia action.

03/24/20

Two Russian billionaires have been snapping up important wine assets. Eugene Gerden reports.

03/24/20

Napa County agreed to update a "Measure D Frequently Asked Questions" post on its Planning, Building and Environmental Services department website. That resulted in the case being dismissed, with each party bearing their own attorney fees.

03/24/20

Heitz Cellar President and CEO Carlton McCoy, MS, pledged to continue to compensate all 40 employees, while complying with government mandates to shutter the winery and tasting room indefinitely.

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" ... the aromas, the texture, flavor and balance ... complexity and structure, the beauty, the length, the longing for more. It inspired the confounding curiosity of just how fermented grapes can achieve such grace. It wasn't flashy, or overly engineered. It wasn't a wine that hits you over the head, nor fades away. It tasted of history. Of substance. Of place."

03/24/20

A Call To Set Aside Self-Serving Politicking In Favor of A Rational Response to A Human and Marketplace Emergency

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Off-premise sales are booming, yet protocol, consumer behavior, and regulations present new challenges.

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Every year, with each new bottling, wineries have a fresh opportunity to impress the world. But high-profile changeovers in the industry's upper echelons may occur just once in a generation-which is why the wave of recent ascensions within major winemaking dynasties is so intriguing.

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Industry giants produce millions of bottles for hospitals, communities

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"This is the quickest and most effective way for us to meet the surging demand for hand sanitiser around the world."

03/24/20

Shannon Ridge Family of Wines has announced the hiring of Rhonda Weinbach in the newly created position of Director of Retail Chains, effective immediately. In her new position Weinbach will be responsible for key retail chain accounts nationwide and will be the liaison between Shannon Ridge Family of Wines and their extensive national distributor network.

03/24/20

Inspired by the Valliant wine brand, a former wine brand that found its popularity in 1950's America, the new Valliant wines will echo the pioneering spirit of the original brand, paying tribute to a winemaking style that was more site-specific and less stylized by the hands of man.

03/24/20

The on-demand grocery startup said Monday that it seeks to hire 300,000 "full-service shoppers," who are treated as independent contractors, in North America over the next three months due to increased demand spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. That would more than double its current workforce of full-service shoppers.

03/24/20

Bottles of Carmel Wine grace the tables of nearly every home in Israel, enhancing feelings of joy, warmth, openness, and optimism that accompany traditional Friday evening family dinners and all throughout the year. Lucky for us, Israel's largest wine producer is also a top exporter of kosher wines to the United States.

03/24/20

In response to even more economic and social restrictions due to the coronavirus, Bracken's Kitchen that recovers food and feeds those in need is stepping up its meal production to a goal of at least 25,000 meals a week.

03/24/20

Sideral, Cabo de Horno and Altair stood out with scores above 91 points in Luis Gutiérrez' latest report in The Wine Advocate, entitled "Chile 2018: The best vintage of the past 20 years?".

03/24/20

It has been a great year for Leyda and its winemaker, Viviana Navarrete, who was recently selected as winemaker of the year by Tim Atkin in his latest report "Chile 2020: Special Report".

03/24/20

As the U.S. adjusts to the impact of staying home to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, WEVO Tastings offers a way to help people socialize and connect through live, interactive wine tastings via video. The online company provides wine experts, wines and video links for live one-hour wine tastings from the comfort of one's own computer or smart TV.

03/24/20

DUCO Travel Summit will host its third annual DUCO Italy destination travel event in Florence, Italy from March 15 - 19 2021, postponed from its previous spring 2020 date. The decision to reschedule the event was made in order to comply with the lockdown law issued by the Italian government and the global pandemic of COVID-19.

03/24/20

Delivery and Curbside Pickup orders amidst the nation's recent closures and 'shelter-in-place' rulings have driven the meteoric rise in sales, as Bottlecapps, a mobile app and web development company serving over 600 off-premise retailers across 40 states, offers a needed solution to businesses.

03/24/20

It may not seem like the right time to try to get their attention, but the truth is, they want to hear from you. Your winery is one of their happy places. You are able to provide one of life's pleasures that can still be enjoyed: wine.

03/24/20

Criminal and civil trials were discontinued in California for at least two months after a sweeping order was issued late Monday by the state's chief justice that aims to sharply cut down public traffic in state courthouses during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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What kind of businesses are considered essential?

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It involves a digital happy hour and a "Coronavino" care package.

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Public health officials have pushed the White House to urge Americans to stay at home in an effort to blunt the spread of the virus.

03/24/20

New Zealand Winegrowers chief executive Philip Gregan the wine industry would be allowed to operate during alert level-four.

03/24/20

The emergency proclamation will require people to stay at home for at least two weeks unless it is absolutely necessary to leave for such essentials as groceries or medicine or for an essential job, said a spokesperson for the governor.

03/24/20

The PLCB reported about $29.9 million in sales on March 16, the day the state announced it would close its 598 commercial locations and 13 licensee service centers. Online sales stopped at 5 p.m. March 16.

03/24/20

Despite concerns about the COVID-19 virus, the ninth annual Eastern Winery Exposition last week drew over 1,000 attendees, and 1,382 total attendance including exhibitors. A record 52 industry experts presented in three full-day Workshops and 20 Conference sessions over the three days of programming.

03/24/20

The coronavirus' sweeping impacts to Aspen have included the cancellation of the rest of the ski season, and now another favorite local past-time has been nixed - this summer's Food & Wine Classic.

03/24/20

Vinitaly will be held in 2021 on the dates already scheduled for next year

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IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed "100%" to a proposal of postponing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

03/24/20

As well as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafés, other premises that must now shut include non-essential retail stores, hotels, and outdoor gyms

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The president has become increasingly concerned as Dr. Anthony S. Fauci has grown bolder in correcting his falsehoods about the spread of the coronavirus

03/24/20

Activity in the 19 countries that use the euro has crumbled as nations lock down to curb the spread of the disease, shuttering shops, restaurants and offices.

03/24/20

As many as 40 percent of all New Yorkers won't be able to afford their rent after having been laid off due to the coronavirus, according to a new study.

03/24/20

Economists at J.P. Morgan projected on Wednesday that the pandemic would lift the country's unemployment rate to 6.25% from a current 3.5% by the middle of the year. And the outbreak's damage to the job market won't be brief, the economists fear, and unemployment levels could remain as high as 5.25% at year-end.

03/24/20

"Chief executives who were 'all-in on the stakeholder approach' were putting staff first in this crisis, having learned the lesson of not doing so in the 2008 financial crisis. But others were reverting to less 'forward-thinking' behavior."

03/24/20

As airlines struggle to keep aircraft flying with minimal passengers, various options are being considered ... Major U.S. airlines are drafting plans for a potential voluntary shutdown of virtually all passenger flights across the U.S., according to industry and federal officials, as government agencies also consider ordering such a move and the nation's air-traffic control system continues to be ravaged by the coronavirus contagion.

03/24/20

The bill establishes a digital dollar, which it defines as 'a balance expressed as a dollar value consisting of digital ledger entries that are recorded as liabilities in the accounts of any Federal Reserve Bank or ... an electronic unit of value, redeemable by an eligible financial institution (as determined by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System).' Additionally, a digital dollar wallet is identified as 'a digital wallet or account, maintained by a Federal reserve bank on behalf of any person, that represents holdings in an electronic device or service that is used to store digital dollars that may be tied to a digital or physical identity.'

03/24/20

Rupert Blease, chef and co-owner of Lord Stanley, and Brandon Jew, chef-owner of Mister Jiu's, debuted Lord Jiu's, a collaborative website that allows customers to order a five-course meal by the Michelin star chefs