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03/26/20

The Vineyard Advisor mobile app provides up-to-date pest management recommendations synthesized from research and extension publications written by leading plant pathologists, entomologists, weed scientists, and viticulturists. The app database contains more than 350 problems afflicting grapes nationwide, including diseases, insects and mites, wildlife pests, weeds, physiological disorders, and environmental stresses. The app has been updated for 2020 and several new problems were added to the database, including smoke taint and fire injury.

03/26/20

Company's Corona, Modelo, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, The Prisoner and High West Whiskey brands join forces to help industry partners and communities most in need.

03/26/20

- Fund to provide immediate financial support to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars in South Florida impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic -

03/26/20

To help restaurant employees weather the impact of COVID-19 on their families, Barefoot is making an initial $100,000 donation to Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE), which supports food and beverage employees and their families faced with life-altering circumstances. In addition to this initial commitment, Barefoot will be supporting other local efforts as future needs emerge during these unprecedented times.

03/26/20

Bill Includes Critical Federal Tax Waiver for Distillers' Production of Hand Sanitizer; DISCUS Urges FDA to Update Guidance to Ensure Distillers Don't Face Tax Hit

03/26/20

Restaurateurs and sommeliers around the U.S. are unloading their wine collections as they try to stay afloat.

03/26/20

It's a high-margin item that provides restaurants with the short-term capital they desperately need right now.

03/26/20

According to Nielsen's data, beverage alcohol retail (off-premise) sales "across the board" have been soaring. Total U.S. beverage alcohol retail sales in the week ending March 14, 2020, over the same period in 2019, was: wine up 27.6%, spirits up 26.4% and beer/flavored malt beverages/cider up 14%.

03/26/20

"This week, we have asked ourselves two questions: in this 'new normal,' how relevant are the trends we reported on at the start of the year? And how might the trends themselves evolve, given the current crisis and its aftermath?"

03/26/20

"Over the past two weeks, Turrentine has brokered numerous transactions both in bulk wine and grapes. Recent activity includes new buyers on the bulk wine market and a portion of the grape transactions have been one-year resigns. Based on recent domestic and world-wide market changes, a few of the recent buyers have decided to reduce volume before finalizing negotiations, while others have delayed their offers while waiting for additional information"

03/26/20

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Wine Institute hosted partners from the business law firm Payne & Fears LLP: Kelby Van Patten and Scott Thomas spoke about insurance coverage for business shutdown/disruption, while Leila Narvid covered critical employment law considerations during the COVID-19 crisis. You can find both presentations below.

03/26/20

Fisher Phillips has assembled a cross-disciplinary taskforce of attorneys across the country to address the many employment-related issues facing employers in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The COVID-19 Taskforce has created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document ...

03/26/20

SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza said these loans, up to $2 million with payments spread over 30 years, are to "help businesses impacted by COVID-19 containment measures meet financial obligations and operating expenses which otherwise could have been met had this disaster not occurred."

03/26/20

Business owners across sectors of California's hospitality and service industry have come to a disturbing realization: the substantial losses they've sustained in the wake of a coronavirus-prompted state lockdown are not covered by their insurers.

03/26/20

California's shelter-in-place orders have spawned a new form of drinking: the virtual wine tasting

03/26/20

When she first gave it a go, Lori Yata was a little nervous about her new method of curbside wine delivery. That's because her delivery boy is a 75-pound brindle boxer who goes by the name of Soda Pup. Yata sends him out the door and stands watch. She equipped Soda Pup with saddle bags that typically are used on horses. The vest has two pouches on each side. "If anybody calls him, he will go," she said. "We tuck the wine in his vest and send him out with the wine bottles. If people don't want to come in contact with us physically, dogs are not supposed to be able to carry the virus."

03/26/20

Over 40 vintages Hamilton Russell Vineyards in South Africa developed an international reputation for unusually restrained, classically styled Pinot Noir, with deep structure and spice balancing fruit opulence.

03/26/20

Whitecliff Wines, owned by one of the top, family-owned wine companies in New Zealand, is making its U.S. debut this spring with the introduction of Whitecliff Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in select markets around the country. Palmateer Wine Group of San Rafael, California, is handling U.S. sales and marketing for Whitecliff.

03/26/20

"On our import business, we've been fortunate to have a lot of stateside inventory. We were deeply concerned about a potential second round of tariffs going into effect in January on European wines, so we hedged our position ahead of that and brought in about nine months' worth of inventory."

03/26/20

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause significant uncertainty and risk to public health around the globe, the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium (ICCWS) 2020 Advisory Organizing Committee has made the decision to postpone its upcoming conference until 2021.

03/26/20

Northern Hemisphere wineries are lucky with the pandemic's timing - it's a different story in Chile.

03/26/20

The owner of Smirnoff vodka and Gordon's gin has promised to donate alcohol from its spirits operations to produce eight million bottles of hand sanitiser in the battle against coronavirus.

03/26/20

Chicago's Koval Distillery explain how they pivoted their production at the drop of a hat, ordering ingredients and supplies normally not kept on hand - hydrogen peroxide, glycerin, denatured alcohol - to manufacture and package hand sanitizer and studied the World Health Organization's guide outlining how to make hand sanitizer locally, safely and properly.

03/26/20

Coronavirus relief legislation would give jobless workers bigger unemployment checks over a longer period of time.

03/26/20

The Joint 71st ASEV National Conference and 45th ASEV Eastern Section Annual Meeting set to take place on June 15-18, 2020, in Portland, Oregon, has been canceled. In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) guidance for large events during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ASEV Board made this difficult decision to prioritize members' and attendees' safety and well-being.

03/26/20

In small villages and mountain towns across the state of California, farmers and purveyors continue to bring communities fresh ingredients from our local breadbasket, as is evident in Yosemite's southern gateway towns. Cornerstone establishments are adapting to meet the changing needs of their customers in a time when the public is doing its part with social distancing practices.

03/26/20

Evan has an extensive and diverse accounting background. 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, where he was responsible for all accounting and finance functions.

03/26/20

The 2020 Pre-Barrel Bash presented by the Winemakers Loft in Prosser, a benefit for Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care, announces that all four wineries housed in the Winemakers Loft winery and tasting room collective will proceed with the pre-planned event on April 18, 2020 by moving forward with a virtual platform in order to be compliant with all health and safety precautions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

03/26/20

AMOEBA, producer of a biological biocide capable of eliminating the risk in water and human wounds, and of a biocontrol product for plant protection, still in the testing phase, announces the signature of a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) with STÄHLER SUISSE SA. This partnership with one of the leading distributors of plant protection products and biocontrol solutions in Switzerland, aims to extend the performance assessment of Amoéba's biocontrol products on grapes and potatoes.

03/26/20

Bricoleur Vineyards, a beautiful new winery, tasting room, culinary showplace, retreat and event venue located in Sonoma's Russian River Valley, is excited to announce the release of two rosé wines for spring: its 2019 Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir and 2019 "Flying By the Seat of Our Pants" Rosé of Grenache. These new wines, crafted under the direction of consulting winemaker Cary Gott and assistant winemaker Tom Pierson, mark the third vintages of rosé from the boutique, family-run winery.

03/26/20

Bodega Garzón, a family-owned, state-of-the-art winery located in the idyllic countryside of Garzón, Uruguay, and founded by international vintner Alejandro P. Bulgheroni, hosted a special harvest festival celebration blending vineyard and winery experiences, outstanding cuisine and the local beauty and charm of Garzón on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

03/26/20

Below freezing temperatures that swept through Sonoma County on Wednesday had local grape growers turning on their fans and sprinklers to protect the tiny buds that have emerged on vineyards across the region.

03/26/20

With the shutdown of daily life triggered by the coronavirus outbreak has come a surge in demand at the Napa Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and other relief programs in recent days, organizers say.

03/26/20

Italian wine group Mezzacorona has rejected claims of involvement with the Mafia after authorities in Trento seized assets belonging to its Sicilian winery Feudo Arancio worth €70 million.

03/26/20

One of America's most popular restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory, reportedly cannot afford April's rent at any of its nearly 300 locations due to the financial strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

03/26/20

The seasonally adjusted total reported by the US Labor Department shattered expectations as well as the previous record of 695,000 initial jobless claims in a single week, which was set in 1982.

03/26/20

Those empty shelves aren't a sign of a broken supply chain-at least not yet.

03/26/20

Both Walmart and Kroger shared that supermarkets would be adding temporary plexiglass sneeze guards to pharmacy lanes and checkout counters

03/26/20

Wine sales between China and Australia have been hit hard by the pandemic, with well-known Australian winemaker Penfolds offering large discounts.

03/26/20

According to the Island Department of Business Regulation, stores will have to allow no more than 20 percent of the stated fire capacity, which is roughly 150 square feet a person.

03/26/20

As the number of confirmed cases worldwide soared past 450,000, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that only a concerted global effort could stop the spread of the virus.

03/26/20

"The abrupt closure of restaurants across America has devastated our friends in the restaurant industry," said Cuvaison Estate Wines President and CEO Dan Zepponi. "While we are still able to share our wines with our customers through our wine clubs and online sales, restaurants don't have these options, and their workers are being hit particularly hard. These people are our partners, our brand ambassadors and our friends, and they need our help now more than ever."

03/26/20

Here is a round-up of some approaches wine related businesses are taking in terms of their adaptation, adjustment and agility.

03/26/20

Individual taxpayers with incomes up to $75,000 will receive a one-time $1,200 direct payment. If you make more than $99,000, you will get nothing.

03/26/20

With unemployment skyrocketing and individuals struggling to make ends meet, Newsom said four of the nation's largest banks have agreed to temporarily suspend mortgage payments for those affected by the coronavirus.

03/26/20

Top of the US tree when it comes to sought-after wines, Napa never changes very much.

03/26/20

Wine writers from around the world reflect on the meaning of what they're pouring right now.

03/26/20

Wine Spectator editors pick their favorite movies and TV shows to savor.

03/26/20

Spirits were high this past Saturday outside Sparkman Cellars' new Woodinville facility, in the former Redhook brewery