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03/30/20

On March 30th and 31st, shop over 200 NVV members as they #openthecellar and offer something rare, a unique chance at wines not normally offered online! It's a win-win-win as you support the employees and small family businesses in wine country ...

03/30/20

Agriculture groups and union leaders are urging employers to take extra precautions to prevent the outbreak from spreading among California's farmworkers, already in short supply

03/30/20

In case you missed it, a Wine America survey found 10% of U.S. wineries collectively lost $40.4 million so far in March - and extrapolated those numbers to assume the entire sector lost more than $400 million this month ...

03/30/20

The recently-passed CARES Act includes a provision to guard distillers from having to pay federal excise taxes on the alcohol used but first FDA needs to update their guidance to permit distillers to use undenatured alcohol ...

03/30/20

Modesto's E.&J. Gallo Winery is making hand sanitizer, and donated several boxes ... Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputy Raj Singh said 45 cases were delivered this week ...

03/30/20

ABC Enforcement Is Considered Essential Business. This means on and off-premise licensees must remain vigilant about: Preventing sales to minors; Refusing sales to customers who are obviously drunk; Following "tied house" rules (i.e., separating all activity by the three licensed "tiers" -- producers, wholesalers, and retailers -- as required by federal and state law); and Following "trade practice" rules, including the prohibition on consignment sales, bribery, exclusive outlet sales arrangements, and prohibited (i.e., unapproved) things of value given by suppliers to retail licensees and by retail licensees to consumers

03/30/20

"I've taken on all online sales and all of our customer service, in addition to managing the winemaking. I've been completely over my head," Brianne Day says ... "You might hear some people say things like "Oh, I've got all this time off now," and it's like - I don't. ... "We're trying right now to predict how soon this will be over when it comes to grapes in the fall - will there be demand for wine, or is that just stupid of us?"

03/30/20

Shares of liquor brands have fallen less than brewers during the Covid-19 outbreak

03/30/20

Consulting firm BCG has revised its initial estimates and expects a drop in luxury sales between $85 and $120 billion in 2020, up from its first $40 billion forecast. ... Tourism spending will continue to be impacted at least until the end of the year, with substantial consequences for luxury brands

03/30/20

Looting is a concern. But it's not the only concern. While "smash and grab" is a scenario that can't be ignored-"especially when streets are empty day and night, which is eerie in itself, and someone might try and take advantage," Moraca says-it's just as likely that merchandise has been moved to a central distribution warehouse, where it still can be sold via e-commerce and private-client transactions

03/30/20

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey analyst Bill Chappell turned bullish on the beer and hard seltzer seller, and cannabis investor, saying the COVID-19-related pullback has created an "attractive entry point" for investors

03/30/20

The stimulus signed by President Trump offers support for workers and loans for small businesses-but not enough solace for restaurants that have already closed or laid off employees

03/30/20

In a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom the California Restaurant Association said the trade-off for protective public health measures that have limited restaurants to takeout and delivery "has been a near decimation of our ... industry."

03/30/20

The National Restaurant Association says 3% of restaurants are closed for good, and 11% could join them within a month, says RB's The Bottom Line

03/30/20

Wine merchants are still open for business in many states, though some are switching to delivery and curbside pickup

03/30/20

"As you can imagine, we are experiencing high demand"

03/30/20

As social distancing measures remain in place across the U.S. as a means of combating COVID-19, domestic wineries forced to shutter their tasting rooms have pivoted to virtual tastings in a concerted effort to connect with consumers

03/30/20

Auction Napa Valley has been canceled, and other charity wine events have postponed as the coronavirus crisis brings uncertainty

03/30/20

In recent days, Amazon warehouse workers in Queens, New York, sanitation workers in Pittsburgh, and poultry plant workers at Perdue Farms in Georgia have all walked off the job

03/30/20

Might this move to digital communications persist in the post-coronavirus wine world?

03/30/20

At lunchtime in California most days lately, Vanessa Conlin, head of wine at the San Francisco-based online retailer Wine Access, gets on Instagram Live with Amanda McCrossin, a master sommelier, to open a bottle of wine and share what they think about it with anybody who tunes in.

03/30/20

The 3rd edition of ProWine Asia (Singapore) scheduled for July 13 - 16, 2020 will be postponed to March 2 - 5, 2021. The region's leading wines and spirits trade fair is jointly organized by Messe Düsseldorf Asia and Informa Markets and again held concurrently with FHA-Food & Beverage at Singapore Expo.

03/30/20

Multiple bidders drove the final return for Romanee Conti 2011 Domaine de la Romanee ContiBottle (6) to $86,100 to lead Heritage Auctions' Fine & Rare Wine Auction to $3,372,581 March 6 in Beverly Hills, California.

03/30/20

The Top Chef head judge, and food activist, founded the beloved Manhattan restaurant Craft in 2001, quickly snagging three stars from the New York Times and helping to popularize farm-to-table dining. After New York was attacked on 9/11, Craft not only survived, but in the ensuing 19 years, it spawned a fine-dining mini-empire, with several outposts in New York, another in Los Angeles, and two in Las Vegas.

03/30/20

The Sonoma site was originally listed as a location to board up because, as the flagship store, it was deemed critical. It was later taken off the list, when the company decided only stores in big cities would be boarded. Apparently, word did not make it to the workers in time

03/30/20

Unless you're a hyper-knowledgeable wine consumer, actually understanding how to purchase a bottle of wine sustainably can be befuddling.

03/30/20

There will be firms that heed the lessons of this crisis and make investments in mapping their supply networks so they do not have to operate blind when the next crisis strikes and rewrite their contracts so they can quickly figure out solutions when disruptions occur. These companies will be the winners

03/30/20

The mountain of canceled bookings and postponed reservations that has rocked Sonoma County's lodging industry amid the coronavirus shutdown has already led to hundreds of job losses in Healdsburg, one of Wine Country's most reliable overnight destinations

03/30/20

It's one of the world's busiest wine markets, but coronavirus has left New York's restaurant industry in freefall.

03/30/20

Jeff Bacon, the vice president and executive director of Providence, sent out an email last week to about 100 culinary professionals in the area to brainstorm about ways to help restaurant and other hospitality workers. Many of those workers have been laid off with no paid sick leave and no health benefits

03/30/20

there were more than 657,000 food and drinking establishments in the U.S. in the fall of 2019, totaling 6 percent of all domestic businesses

03/30/20

The dining and bar scene, so central to the city's identity, emerged strong from Hurricane Katrina. But the coronavirus crisis is different.

03/30/20

UC Davis doctors were able to acquire the experimental antiviral drug, Remdesivir, and administer it to the Solano County resident with the emergency approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Now, the university is one of 75 select sites worldwide evaluating the drug's benefits for patients with severe cases of COVID-19.

03/30/20

The oil and gas industry were among the industries that had sought an advance relaxation of environmental and public health enforcement during the outbreak, citing potential staffing problems

03/30/20

The bill allots as much as $23.5 billion in assistance to farmers, a key constituency of President Trump's, in the middle of an election year ...

03/30/20

Pan-fried buns with beef filling, shrimp stir-fried with seasonal bamboo shoots, roasted chicken and seared scallops - such dishes are on the menu for the Shanghai medical staff who recently returned from Wuhan in Hubei province, the epicenter of China's COVID-19 outbreak. To show its gratitude for the 1,649 now-quarantined workers, the city has cooked up a free 14-day meal plan for them.

03/30/20

In times of fear and anxiety, we find solace in foods that conjure up memories and emotions. Why not wines?

03/30/20

The files recount how two senior army officers, one British and one American, were on a trip to Moldova in 1967 when they were apparently drugged on a visit to a winery so the KGB could ransack their hotel rooms.

03/30/20

Filmmaker Prentice Penny crafts a tale of culinary contrasts and father vs. son, starring Mamoudou Athie, Courtney B. Vance-and Albert Bichot. Here's the story behind the next hot wine movie ...

03/30/20

from the Wine Business Monthly March 2020 issue ...

03/30/20

Nationwide, H2-A workers account for 10 percent of American agricultural labor, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In California, the state with the fifth-most available H2-A positions, use of the program has ticked sharply upward in recent years

03/30/20

There are certain moments in time where you have no choice but to sit back and reflect on the impact something or someone has had on your life, on an industry or even on the world as we know it