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04/06/20

Big news in the world of Direct to Consumer Wine - WineShipping LLC is merging with Pack n' Ship Direct, creating the nation's largest direct to consumer logistics provider with a nationwide footprint and ability to provide ground overnight delivery nationwide. "Joining the two companies together positions us in a unique way, by having the network and capability to provide the types of services people have come to expect in when they shop and buy things online," WineShipping CEO Eric Lewis said

04/06/20

While the numbers may be similar to what's seen during a holiday, no one is partying. The sales have been described as "pantry stocking" by shoppers stuck at home because of shelter in place orders issued by state authorities to slow the spread of the Covid-19 illness. High-priced Champagne was the one wine type that hasn't seen a significant increase. "Celebrations might not fit the current environment right now"

04/06/20

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines - Bonterra Organic Vineyards - Clif Family Winery - Pisoni Family Vineyards

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The company closed the tasting room last year as it sought a buyer for its U.S. brands. The Geyser Peak winery has had multiple owners over the years, including the storied late businessman Henry Trione of Santa Rosa, who bought it from Stroh Brewing Co. in 1982 and helped boost its sales

04/06/20

Faced with the reality of branch phone lines and call centers already overwhelmed with inquiries from entrepreneurs desperate for Small Business Administration loans, a number of North Bay banks are delaying the start for accepting loan applications for the federal government's promised $349 billion in loan guarantees as part of the COVID-19, $2.2 trillion package

04/06/20

The ABC added four more categories of relief: 1) relief from the prohibition on using the term "free delivery" in advertising. 2) Extension of Wholesaler Delivery Hours to Midnight 3) Tolerance for distilled spirits manufacturers providing high proof spirits for disinfection purposes 4) the ABC temporarily suspended enforcement of prohibitions against "things of value" and "free goods" as applied to "promotional donations in which a manufacturer, wholesaler, or other supplier-type licensee advertises that a portion of the purchase price of the alcoholic beverages will be donated to a specific charitable organization, "Be careful! The ABC emphasized these policies are temporary"

04/06/20

"At the moment, most buyers find themselves in a challenging position to pursue deals as they address financial disruptions to their own sales channels, while also trying to understand the scope and timing for economic recovery.  Similarly, most sellers are consumed with stabilizing their business operations and, thus, electing to step back from pursuing transactions until there is evidence of a return to normalcy in the market"

04/06/20

Although top emergency officials say they are hopeful that the spread of COVID-19 will taper off by the time serious fire weather arrives in the fall, the outbreak has already forced departments to put a hold on large training exercises, cancel controlled burns and delay inspections of fire-prone properties in Los Angeles.

04/06/20

Proof™, available at SGProof.com, is a B2B ecommerce site that is currently available in 23 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. To learn more, Southern Glazer's customers can contact their Sales Consultants or visit about.sgproof.com

04/06/20

businesses with $5 million in sales or less will get up to a year to give the state up to $50,000 in sales taxes. It's essentially an interest-free loan

04/06/20

From boutique operations to major conglomerates, wine and spirits producers are raising big bucks for coronavirus victims, often in creative ways-with help from some famous friends

04/06/20

Generates Record Operating and Free Cash Flow Results ... Beer Business Delivers Double-Digit Operating Income Growth and Import Depletion Growth of 8% for FY20

04/06/20

Passover is a holiday deeply steeped in tradition and ritual, and among the ceremonial meals and strict dietary rules, there's a whole lot of wine

04/06/20

The wine shop debuted on March 26, and since then they've kept an inventory of 100 cases on the shelves, which is restocked daily. Green and Jaime Pinedo, wine and beverage director at Bacchus Management Group, said they were both thrilled and surprised with the positive feedback they've received from customers.

04/06/20

She announced she's donating $1 million across two coronavirus-related relief funds, with $500,000 each going to the Temple University Hospital Fund in Philadelphia and the COVID-19 response fund run by the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles. The Temple University donation honors the singer born Alecia Moore's mother, Judy Moore, who worked at the hospital's cardiomyopathy and heart transplant center for nearly two decades

04/06/20

The wine choices consumers now have available are greater than ever, and prices are about as low as they've been in decades. And prices are continuing to drop!

04/06/20

Dutch brewer Heineken said on Friday that it will suspend production and distribution from its seven plants in Mexico, in response to the government's decision to halt nonessential economic activity to contain the new coronavirus

04/06/20

Winemakers are pivoting to sell directly to consumers, but selling bottles now is just one of their concerns

04/06/20

There will be wine after Covid-19 has passed, but will it be the type of wine we love?

04/06/20

Wine Country for Restaurants organizing wine donations for an online auction on WineBid to help support RWCF. Proceeds from the auction* are going to Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund (RWCF)

04/06/20

Online sales are up and federal aid could help, but one report estimated $400 million in coronavirus-related losses for U.S. wineries last month

04/06/20

"We really had no choice but to lay people off. There was no income flow, and all these other bills are still going to be there," Salyer said. "We had to make that decision in order to be able to get to the other side to try and help these people after this is all over."

04/06/20

The last time a major pandemic struck the United States - the Spanish Flu in 1918 - was years before the federal government even began calculating a national unemployment rate, let alone all the other detailed measurements it now conducts on the health of the US economy. For economists, that dearth of hard information and history leaves them floundering as they try to gauge how deep and long the looming coronavirus recession will be. But just as the unprecedented nature of the crisis is stoking fear and anxiety, it is fueling some hope

04/06/20

What better way to use your electric pressure cooker than making vino in your kitchen? Here's how to do it.

04/06/20

Jason Hughes, CEO of the Mecklenburg County ABC Commission, said starting April 7, 10 liquor stores will open 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for people age 65 and older to shop "to help them maybe feel a little safer coming in. It's a similar move most grocery stores have made to give seniors and the most vulnerable time to shop to stop the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.

04/06/20

The owner of a winery in Darke County is joining forces with the owners of a distillery in Dayton to turn a thousand gallons or so of excess wine into hand sanitizer

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04/06/20

At Total Wine & More in Claymont, just south of the Pennsylvania border, police on Friday were turning away customers from Pennsylvania, where liquor stores remain closed and online sales have been plagued with problems due to "overwhelming demand."

04/06/20

Amazon is not liable for unknowingly stocking goods for third-party sellers that infringe trademarks, Europe's top court said on Thursday, handing online retailers a victory in their battle against luxury goods companies

04/06/20

Stuck-at-home Americans are nowadays way more interested in buying toilet paper and hand soap than handbags and evening gowns. That's forcing luxury retailers, like Neiman Marcus Group Inc. and Nordstrom Inc., to resort to a tactic they rarely use: discounts

04/06/20

How about an amazing April? Mike Pechner of Fairfield-based Golden West Meteorology was expecting rain to fall Saturday and Sunday, with showers possible Monday and Tuesday. Some areas could receive more than an inch

04/06/20

The regulations are contained in a 143-page "incidental take permit" issued by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife that lays out when - and how much - water can be pumped out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by the State Water Project

04/06/20

with the UK's next national wine show scheduled for 17-19 May 2021.

04/06/20

Australia built its reputation on reliable, affordable reds, but it would be foolish to think that's all it does.

04/06/20

Is the moon ascending or depending ... Troon Vineyard winemaker Nate Wall discusses how we use the Biodynamic Calendar for farming and winemaking

04/06/20

Stoller Wine Group ...

04/06/20

Join Director of Winemaking Chrissy Wittmann for the next installment of our wine tasting series as she walks you through the latest vintage of our signature Napa Valley red blend, The Prisoner

04/06/20

The law's $349 billion payroll protection program (PPP) began Friday morning, hours after the SBA and the Treasury Department finalized guidance to lenders underwriting the forgivable loans, which will run through the SBA's existing Section 7(a) loan guaranty program

04/06/20

it will take time for banks to be fully ready to deal with the onslaught of applications.

04/06/20

The bank confirmed that it has received applications from 177,000 small businesses for a total of $32.6 billion in financing.

04/06/20

"The guidance was released hours before this program is set to begin and there are still a number of unanswered questions which will very likely complicate quick fulfillment of these critical loans," said Jim Nussle, president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association, a trade group for credit unions.

04/06/20

At least 75 percent of your small business loan must be used for paying your employees ..."The goal is to keep these employees connected to small businesses so that when we get through this, it's much easier to get started again ... business owners should be careful not to use the loan money for anything other than what's authorized in their agreement ... The PPP loan rates initially are being set at 1 percent with two-year terms. That's higher than the 0.5 percent rate mentioned in previous guidance, but lower than the legislation's stated maximum of 4 percent

04/06/20

The program, which officially opened for many borrowers on Friday morning, will dole out up to $349 billion to ailing small businesses to help cover costs like payroll, rent and utilities. The loans are made through lenders approved by the Small Business Administration and other institutions

04/06/20

The thing that grabs your attention when you look at the Maryland wine industry is that it is in a state of volatile flux. Simultaneously growing and pivoting, it renders any description at risk of being overtaken by the facts. In just the last decade, the number of wineries increased 250%, grape acreage more than 70%, the grape blend shifted decisively towards vinifera from hybrids, and Maryland wines began speaking for themselves by regularly winning medals at national wine competitions

04/06/20

So far, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on U.S. alcoholic beverage sales has been different from the experiences in past recessions. Alcoholic beverage sales have spiked significantly, but the impact has been uneven. Some producers have seen their sales soar, while others have seen them decimated

04/06/20

"The next two weeks are extraordinarily important," White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx said Saturday at a press conference. "This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe."

04/06/20

We're here to help you overcome the challenges created by this health crisis. We offer multiple funding options for those seeking relief. Read more below.

04/06/20

The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is making temporary changes to visa arrangements to help farmers access the workforce they need to secure Australia's food and produce supply during COVID-19.

04/06/20

Domaine de la Commaraine has announced the purchase of 5,8 ac of vineyards in the Côte de Nuits to supplement the 9,3 ac of its Clos in Pommard Premier Cru.

04/06/20

"Join our winemaking team live, online each Thursday at 4pm PT, 7pm ET as we taste and talk about a different selection of wines and field your questions. Purchase wines in advance to taste along, or simply open one from your cellar and join in the conversation"

04/06/20

Dealing with the stress of the Coronavirus - Monday April 6th - 5pm (Spain) on Facebook Live with Pancho Campo, moderated by David Furer.

04/06/20

Who would have thought that Sweden would end up being the last place in Europe where you could go for a beer? We have, in our normalcy, suddenly become an exotic place

04/06/20

the future of wine writing through the lens of financial and environmental sustainability

04/06/20

"I knew literally nothing about them until the Skype interview. It feels like a pure way to discover a winery"

04/06/20

Located in South Africa's picturesque Devon Valley is Botanica Wines, founded by self-taught American winemaker Ginny Povall. After falling in love with the beauty and the people of Stellenbosch while vacationing in the region, Povall made the decision to leave the hustle and bustle of NYC