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Wednesday, March 25th

03/25/20

Winemakers in France recently obtained formal recognition from French authorities with regard to the existence of "natural wine." The new denomination is defined by a quality production charter and marketed under the term, vin méthode nature

03/25/20

Imprisoned for conspiring to slip their children into USC as bogus water polo stars, a Napa Valley vintner and a Los Angeles water systems executive asked a judge last week to release them from custody early, citing the specter of the novel coronavirus.

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He was a driving force behind the development of Spain's system of single vineyard demarcation and qualification. The UC-Davis graduate pioneered viticultural advancements at his circa 1292 Dominio de Valdepusa family estate near Toledo with the introduction of drip irrigation (1974), Smart-Dyson canopy management (1994), partial root dying (1999), and the use of dendrometers. Falcó also introduced Syrah and Petit verdot to Spain, as well as Cabernet sauvignon and Graciano to his native region of Castilla-La Mancha ...

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Though tasting rooms may be closed, wineries that rely on direct-to-consumer sales know that engaging with consumers is still critical to the viability of their businesses. Virtual Tastings have emerged as a popular alternative to the in-person club pick-up or walk-in sales opportunity. WBM managing editor Erin Kirschenmann, Shannon Muracchioli (Clos Du Val), Art Murray (Flambeaux Wines) and Robert Rainwater (Amista Vineyards) discussed the platforms they're using, how they're training staff and how they're spreading the word to deliver true hospitality in this new era of tasting experiences

03/25/20

José Machado, head scientist for sparkling wine at cork producer Amorim discussed the findings of a five-year project to see whether they are benefits to sparkling wine from tirage performed under cork stoppers, as opposed to the much more widely used crown caps - which are metal closures with a plastic lining, commonly used to seal beer bottles.

03/25/20

ASEV's priority is to safeguard the health of our members and attendees, and to comply with guidance for large events from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

03/25/20

We have notified students that the 2020 closed book part of the MW exam and the stage one assessment are both cancelled. The final part of the MW exam, the research paper, will continue as usual with consideration given for short-term timing issues.

03/25/20

With the one-two punch of the growing coronavirus pandemic and Governor Gavin Newsom of California ordering the entire state to shelter in place, the wine industry in America's top wine-producing state is facing the greatest challenge of its time. This comes after years of devastating wildfires tested the resilience of Californians.

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"In a situation like this, one of the first thoughts in a consumer's mind is to simplify," he said. "Everybody's looking to simplify their lives, so they're buying brands they trust-brands they know will deliver every time. It's a flight to safety, and you're seeing it across many product categories."

03/25/20

Trinchero Family Estates is the latest winery to enter the hard seltzer category with the launch of Del Mar wine seltzer, which is shipping next week.

03/25/20

According to the letter, the bill's restrictions "are likely to burden members of California's large, and growing, craft brewing industry especially, as smaller, developing brewers might find it hard to bear the costs of the proposed restrictions, and might be ill-equipped to enforce, alter, or decline to renew distribution agreements, especially in dealing with large distributors, or with distributors owned by large manufacturers."

03/25/20

To avoid delays or disruption to your operations during this period use online filing options for all necessary TTB approvals

03/25/20

If a delay in obtaining or renewing this certification presents challenges to any industry member's operations, please note that export analyses can still be performed by other currently certified chemists listed on TTB.gov, or you may contact us with questions through Chemist.Certification@ttb.gov.

03/25/20

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) is urging governors to keep alcoholic beverage retail locations open through the coronavirus outbreak.

03/25/20

"Now is the time for an orderly, state-regulated alcohol system where package liquor stores are treated as essential businesses, bars and taverns have the ability to serve their local communities in a modified way and, just as importantly, that we all do whatever we can for bar and tavern employees during this generation-defining crisis."

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For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/COVID19

03/25/20

Take out is still permitted. Read for more information on other practices and regulations.

03/25/20

Portal connects distillers with resources for ingredients, supplies, distribution.

03/25/20

To date, all of the Group's activities are operating normally, and the production sites in France, Mexico, the U.A.E. and Belgium are not experiencing any particular disruption.

03/25/20

In consultation with Yolo County Ag Commissioner's office, Agri-Analysis testing lab will remain open at this time to support the agriculture production activities that you all are doing which are vital to the well being of our people and our nation. We are able to continue accepting new samples for all available tests.

03/25/20

He comes to Allen Wine Group after two years as Accounting Manager at Sonic. Prior to that, he was a Controller at Thomas George Estate

03/25/20

From canceled dinner plans to delivery app downloads, app data reveal how COVID-19 has brutalized restaurants.

03/25/20

House Bill 343, which the recently adjourned Legislature passed and Gov. Brad Little signed, allows third parties to own bonded wine warehouses in Idaho. The warehouses would not be allowed to distribute or sell wine. Under the new law, to receive a state license, a warehouse would need a federal permit for a bonded wine cellar "and may be required to post a continuing wine tax bond." That would allow the wine to be shipped to and from the warehouse without being taxed, unless it is removed from bond and delivered to a licensed distributor.

03/25/20

Taking advantage of the growth in the low and no-alcohol category has proven to be a challenge for the global wine sector. While strong growth is forecast for the niche low no alcoholic drinks category in the USA, growth for wine in this segment is predicted to be at a more modest rate of 4 per cent.

03/25/20

With the world health concerns of COVID-19, the Drake Luxury Group would like to do its part in helping the charity CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees) in raising donations for employees in need.

03/25/20

Luca Currado, fifth-generation winemaker for Vietti, along with his wife Elena Currado, commercial director, are pleased to introduce the first vintage of Timorasso from the winery arriving in the USA this month.

03/25/20

The online only auction begins with an impressive vertical of Harlan estate in bottle and magnum spanning celebrated vintages from 1991 to 2014. Also featured are some of the most treasured California producers, including Promontory, Opus One, Insignia, Dominus, Ridge, Bond, Araujo, Spottswoode, among many others.

03/25/20

Restaurants are taking a huge blow from the coronavirus pandemic. Six wine pros have tips on how you can help take care of the places--and people--who have always served you well.

03/25/20

The economic effects of the novel coronavirus outbreak have progressed from initial shock to a grim new reality where hundreds of thousands in the U.S. have already filed for unemployment, with the number expected to quickly grow into the millions. With mandatory closings across the country to help slow the spread of the virus, the shift has impacted the food and drink service industry disproportionately hard.

03/25/20

Between 2018 and 2019, the Wine Board spent roughly 12 months meeting with hundreds of producers across the state to develop a new strategic plan, outlining priorities for scientific research, marketing and promotion of Oregon wines across the country.

03/25/20

Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, today responded to the outcome of a recent public consultation in Mexicali, Baja California (Mexico) which voiced opposition to the company's plans to build a new brewery in the city.

03/25/20

Your favorite restaurants and bars may be closed, but online wine buying is booming-and already was before the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

03/25/20

Pennsylvania's Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores are closed "until further notice" and the online sale portal is also shuttered as part of public health measures to combat the spread of the virus COVID-19. Pennsylvania supermarkets do remain open, many of which now sell beer and wine, and some licensed restaurants are selling wine "to go", with a four-bottle maximum purchase, while supplies last.

03/25/20

A family of farmers since 1927 and now crafting premium Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, Sangiacomo Wines represented Sonoma County during a winemaker panel at California's biggest Pinot Noir event; Santa Barbara's 20th annual World of Pinot Noir - a weekend-long seaside celebration honoring this delicious and illustrious varietal.

03/25/20

O'Neill Vintners & Distillers, the seventh-largest winery in California and owner of nationally-distributed wine brands such as Line39 Wines and Harken Chardonnay, is partnering with the Southern Smoke Foundation to raise money for Restaurant Workers Community Fund. The fundraising effort is in response to recent COVID19-related restaurant shutdowns.

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The $5 million donation will go to the American Red Cross.

03/25/20

The Ministry of Health of Singapore has announced that entertainment venues, including nightclubs, cinemas, theatres, and karaoke outlets will be closed from 26 March 26 11:59pm till April 30.

03/25/20

While stocks last, Paul Nelson Wines is giving away free sixpacks to anyone who purchases vouchers (valued at $150 or more) for West Australian restaurants and wine bars.

03/25/20

In Finland, they're drinking boxed wine and playing Korona, a board game. In Greece, they're stockpiling feta. The French refuse to stop kissing. ISIS is telling its members to avoid traveling to Europe to conduct attacks. And, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, hand-washing stations are everywhere; they know the drill.

03/25/20

Wine Insiders has historically operated as a direct marketing company that used traditional direct mail, catalogs and package inserts for promotion. It still uses those channels, but has supplemented them with digital advertising via Facebook, other social mediums and influencer campaigns. "We credit our success to our three core tenets: convenience, curation and value," said Zac Brandenberg, co-founder and CEO of Drinks Holdings, the parent company of Wine Insiders. "From a marketing standpoint, that includes seasonal offerings and promotions; curator partnerships with celebrities, chefs and sommeliers; and digital and traditional marketing tactics that reach all ages, regions and demographics."

03/25/20

Australian Grape & Wine (AGW) welcomes the approach taken by the Victorian and New South Wales Governments to allow businesses to continue working through the 2020 vintage and encourages other governments to follow suit

03/25/20

In an unprecedented public health crisis, Sarah and Josh Opatz wanted to help any way they could from their boutique distillery a short walk from the Healdsburg Square.

03/25/20

The new coronavirus, COVID-19, is causing severe disruption to the economy, to businesses large and small. Governmental entities as well as the private sector are implementing more and more drastic measures to contain the coronavirus.

03/25/20

Renato Vacca, one of Barbaresco's most talented winemakers, died March 14 after a yearlong battle with cancer. Vacca, along with his wife, Franca Miretti, owned Cantina del Pino, producing wines that were elegant and complex, with the structure to age. He was 51.

03/25/20

At Christie's in London, he essentially created the notion that wine could be auctioned like furniture or art. He was also an influential wine writer

03/25/20

Following in the footsteps of the original Nederburg Auction established in 1975, the exclusive and intimate Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction will again be hosted at Stellenbosch's iconic Rupert Museum in the heart of the Cape Winelands. In 2019, the invigorated auction resulted in energised and competitive bidding culminating in nearly R3 million in sales.

03/25/20

Despite warnings from the United States and Europe that the unprecedented shutdown is pushing the world economy towards collapse, more governments are opting to stop potential virus-carriers going out and about.

03/25/20

The urgently needed measure is the largest economic rescue bill in history. It is intended as a weekslong or monthslong patch for an economy spiraling into recession - or worse - and a nation facing a potentially ghastly toll.

03/25/20

Economists say the U.S. is entering a sharp recession, with some projecting gross domestic product is headed for its worst drop in quarterly records back to 1947 ...

03/25/20

The U.S. now joins large swaths of Europe and Japan that also have negative-yielding debt

03/25/20

Victoria James used all the money she made from working in high-end restaurants to pay for wine classes, and at 21 - the legal drinking age - she became America's youngest sommelier.