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03/27/20

WineAmerica, the national association of American wineries based in Washington, D.C., released the results of a survey that was sent to every winery in the country on Thursday, March 19 ... The survey questions looked at "the overall effects on employment, production, tourism, sales, expenses, and total financial loss ...

03/27/20

a brief summary of some of the key provisions that will be most relevant for wineries ... Wine Institute is working to schedule a webinar with representatives from the Small Business Administration to provide further details on how wineries can apply ... The House of Representatives on Friday was scheduled to vote on the $2 trillion stimulus package ...

03/27/20

What American Wine & Spirits Distributors Need to Know

03/27/20

Acclaimed chef requests judgment against Hartford Fire Insurance Company

03/27/20

All of this is good news. The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) also has a resource page for distillers which includes list of distillers currently producing hand sanitizer as well as a list of distillers seeking supplies like hydrogen peroxide or packaging materials

03/27/20

Alcohol, whether or not denatured, may be delivered tax-free to state and local governments for non-beverage purposes. The same is true for hospitals, blood banks, sanitariums, certain pathological laboratories, non-profit clinics, and qualifying educational institutions, if not for resale or use in the manufacture of any product for sale.

03/27/20

Note that for wineries, traditional cleaning chemicals such as caustic were shown to be not particularly effective against SARS-CoV (the coronavirus responsible for SARS in 2003, Pagat et al. 2007), so detergents are more appropriate. Proprietary blends which may include surfactants (detergents or wetting agents to lift dirt from surfaces) and sequestrants (metal chelating agents) will be useful when using hard water. In addition, acidified sulfur dioxide solutions are not on the list of disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2 provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. With regards to sanitising, chlorine-based bleach solutions are typically mentioned as part of sanitation regimes by the World Health Organization (WHO), DOH and CDC. However, chlorine-based sanitisers and bleaches are NOT RECOMMENDED in a winery setting due to their potential to generate chlorophenol and chloroanisole taints. Ethanol solutions (typically 70% v/v in water) are effective against coronaviruses (Kampf et al. 2020, WHO, CDC) and hence such solutions are recommended for winery surfaces.

03/27/20

"Sommeliers not only play an important role in the dining experience, they are critical in seeding and growing the wine culture around the world," said Joe C. Gallo, Vice President of Gallo's Direct to Consumer and LUX Wine Divisions. "As a company and a family, we believe in the power of education. During these unprecedented times, the pursuit of knowledge needs to continue."

03/27/20

• Growers received an average of $1,315 per ton for all varieties in 2019, an increase of $102 from the previous year. • Of all the published varieties, Petit Verdot continues to receive the highest average price per ton at $1,876

03/27/20

"The level of inventory is fairly low compared to the past, but it is proportionally high in relation to marketing capacity", summarises one negociant. "Having stock is a short-term burden, but it's also cash flow that can come in later, when the markets finally recover. The coronavirus is not going to last forever... "

03/27/20

The rebel wine category looks like it's going legit after French authorities granted the first "natural" designation ... Nothing is more divisive in the wine world than natural wine, and the new regulations will not bridge the biggest divide: sulfites. There will be two different certified types of Vin méthode nature: one with no sulfites added, and the other, for which up to 30 ppm of sulfite can be added. The two types will have different logos

03/27/20

Vineyards must be certified and harvested manually. Wine must be made with indigenous yeast and inputs and "brutal" physical techniques including reverse osmosis, filtration and flash pasteurization are not allowed. The addition of sulfites is prohibited before and during fermentation, and analysis must reveal less than 30 milligrams per liter of total H2SO4 in any type of wine, from any appellation.

03/27/20

Render joins Tonnellerie O with 18 years of experience selling wine barrels throughout California and the Northwest. Most recently Render was the Director of Sales North America at Tonnellerie Cadus. In addition to barrel sales Render is an accomplished winemaker having created and launched his own 1000 case wine brand, Rendarrio, from 2003 to 2019. Render will report directly to Josh Trowbridge, Vice President and General Manager, Tonnellerie O & Creative Oak

03/27/20

Businesses that use chat have seen a 10% increase in average order value, a 48% increase in revenue per chat hour, and a 40% conversion rate. vinSUITE's goal is to help wineries grow their eCommerce sales and create a high-touch experience online during these closures

03/27/20

This e-commerce and club management platform for wineries, retailers and restaurants, handles online wine and food orders, lets you customize offers for club members and takes care of all the shipping details you need right now, like curbside pickup and local delivery.

03/27/20

Here is the situation around the world - up to March 26 - on how different countries are operating in terms of ports, borders and their ability to get their products from A to B, according to global logistics supplier, Hillebrand

03/27/20

Some individual states, such as Pennsylvania, had originally decreed that glass manufacturing was not essential. But this was changed after intervention by the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI). It means glass production facilities operated by companies such as O-I and Ardagh can continue to manufacture glass

03/27/20

"If you are a brewery in Colorado and have liquid stuck in tanks we will come and can the beer at no cost," says Codi Craft Canning.

03/27/20

Stories of high demand and short supply of hand sanitizers may lead some to panic but for some North Bay distillers it is leading to another thought - inspiration

03/27/20

Under the new law, sales of distilled spirits will be permitted across the state beginning on July 1, 2020. The law requires localities to opt-out of selling spirits rather than forcing dry counties to opt-in. A similar measure was signed into law last year in Virginia

03/27/20

Under the new law, Idaho consumers will be able to sample .25 fluid ounces of up to 3 different spirits products made available at pre-planned spirits tasting events. The law goes into effect July 1, 2020. Idaho is the latest in a trend of states to increase consumer convenience and choice. Since 2009, 18 states have permitted distilled spirits tastings - bringing the total to 47 states that allow some form of spirits tastings.

03/27/20

Bernard Arnault greenlighted the effort in a text message on Saturday night

03/27/20

The grocer started communicating with Chinese counterparts in January and was running tabletop simulations a few weeks later. (But nothing prepared it for the rush on toilet paper.)

03/27/20

Christian Miller is proprietor of Full Glass Research, a wine industry analyst based in Berkeley ... "The comparison is not direct, but we can look at the one to two months immediately post 9/11 for on-premise impact [mainly psychological, but with spending effects]. We can also examine the impacts of the last two fire seasons on tourism to counties in the fire zone, as well as the 2008 to 2009 recession"

03/27/20

As illustrated in the animated map below, from March 10 to March 21, every state in the U.S. saw a precipitous drop in on-premise food and alcohol sales.

03/27/20

A large majority of consumers expect a recession next year but are spending up to 30% more online, according to new survey data.

03/27/20

Italian drinks group Campari has scrapped the 2020 outlook it published in mid-February due to the coronavirus outbreak, adding it was too early to gauge the impact of the emergency on its business

03/27/20

a sensitivity to differences in how writers themselves are managing, and a voluntary offering of expertise

03/27/20

The Federal Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, has confirmed with Australian Grape & Wine (AGW) that the wine sector, along with all agricultural industries, has been classed as an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring the continuation of all vineyard and winery operations.

03/27/20

As the outcome of dedicated advocacy (Vinpro and SALBA, with the assistance of key stakeholders like AgBiz, Agri-SA and Agri Western Cape), the attached Government Gazette was published on Thursday evening, 26 March 2020

03/27/20

Some 57 million people are to be restricted to their homes during South Africa's three-week total lockdown

03/27/20

Last week the hotel industry asked for a $150 billion bailout, with Chip Rogers, CEO of the American Hotels and Lodging Association, saying the economic fallout from the coronavirus was already bigger than "September 11th and the 2008 recession combined"

03/27/20

Comments may be submitted at any time for Agency consideration. Submit written comments to the Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Submit electronic comments to https://www.regulations.gov. All comments should be identified with the docket number FDA-2020-D-1106 and complete title of the guidance in the request.

03/27/20

Chagall Design, who typically designs and builds store fixtures for grocers, is taking steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by offering new solutions to reduce person-to-person contact during checkouts. Chagall's team of designers and engineers have developed three new partition solutions that offer additional protection between cashiers and customers.

03/27/20

"Here in Garzón, we always have our sights set on the winery's bright future. Given what we learned during the harvest festival, the 2020 vintage will have outstanding quality, so we look forward to sharing with Bodega Garzón supporters and beyond," said Christian Wylie, managing director of Bodega Garzón.

03/27/20

A careful look at data from the French census shows that a key element in French culture is withering on the vine

03/27/20

Come one everyone we are almost there to 2,500 signatures. Take a moment out of your day to support the restaurant industry.

03/27/20

"I think what we are doing with the shut-down is good but in a few weeks people will need to be around people," Fertitta said in an interview with Bloomberg on Tuesday. "Otherwise you are going to go into an economic crisis that is going to take us years to dig ourselves out of."

03/27/20

The coronavirus has turned drinks at the bar into drinks in our individual homes, but that doesn't mean you have to drink alone.

03/27/20

Where to click for free entertainment and education

03/27/20

While people focus on social distancing and self-isolating in an attempt to flatten the curve of coronavirus, many restaurants and bars are closed, and social gatherings with friends and family are on pause

03/27/20

How social media offers valuable information and a sense of community as folks stay at home

03/27/20

If you've ever toured a rickhouse at a Bourbon distillery, you've probably noticed that the barrels inside look weather-worn and rugged. It's a stark contrast to wine cellars, where pristine barrels are usually kept in temperature-controlled conditions.

03/27/20

Appearing on a CNN virtual town hall with Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Fauci was confronted by Gupta on why Trump suggested that restrictions could soon be eased when the number of coronavirus cases per day continues to dramatically escalate across the country.

03/27/20

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke expressed optimism about the longer-term picture for the U.S. economy

03/27/20

With supply exceeding demand by 12.4 million barrels a day, producers will be forced to cut output by June

03/27/20

Expert fears shift to home drinking may fuel increases in violence, fires and dependence

03/27/20

"At the office, I can't go downstairs to smoke over every little annoyance -- but working from home, nobody knows!"

03/27/20

In late January, as China locked down some provinces to contain the spread of the coronavirus, average internet speeds in the country slowed as people who were stuck inside went online more and clogged the networks. In Hubei Province, the epicenter of infections, mobile broadband speeds fell by more than half

03/27/20

Sky Acres Winery tested the effects of a white wine, Riesling, produced with bâtonnage during primary fermentation, punching the wine using the GOfermentor'sautomated punch. Wine was compared with a control fermentation with no agitation. The wine made using the bâtonnage process was rounder, had better mouthfeel, and better balance.

03/27/20

A panel led by national industry leaders will present, Survival Mode: Resources, Innovations, & Chat for Beverage Professionals Navigating Life During COVID-19. The free webinar was created to give beverage professionals access to advice, tips, and resources necessary for them to gain valuable insight on how to navigate the professional effects of COVID-19.

03/27/20

While winery and distillery pumps are extremely similar, there are critical operational and safety distinctions between the two. High proof ethanol has a flash point of 12~16°C (53°F to 61°F), depending on the concentration, and as such is hazardous at below-room temperature.