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05/13/20

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05/13/20

Governor Gavin Newsom says that restaurants are a go once again - if they meet a bunch of important criteria

05/13/20

County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday that the quarantine order will "with all certainty" be in effect through the next two and a half months.

05/13/20

Nielsen reported total off-premise alcohol dollar sales increased +32.0%, with spirits up 38.6 percent, followed by wine, which was up 35.8 percent, and beer/FMB/cider, which was up 28.1 percent through 5/2/20.

05/13/20

Proceeds of the Going Viral brand supports research on developing testing to measure antibodies in people who've recovered from Covid 19.

05/13/20

Lawrence "Larry" Brooks has launched "A Voluptuary"; a website dedicated to his scholarly papers on wine, as well as creative musings on a broad range of topics. The first scholarly paper published on the site was also featured on the platform, Medium, and addresses the topic of terroir.

05/13/20

Governor Greg Abbott has provided little guidance to Texas restaurateurs who began reopening their businesses for dine-in service beginning last week. As a result, many are looking to Georgia governor Brian Kemp's restaurant guidelines

05/13/20

Most wine-producing regions have remained operational during the crisis.

05/13/20

The company has currently put in place a "plan B", scrapping their initial outlook for the year and predicting that annual sales would fall 20%.

05/13/20

Pulsair Systems Inc. today announced that Bear Creek Winery, one of the country's largest custom premium wine producers is expanding their Pulsair large bubble, air mixing system installation into four (4) 450-ton, 23 foot diameter red fermentation tanks to maximize efficiency for cap management and rapid tank devatting after primary fermentation is ended.

05/13/20

Celebrate the Bubbly Revolution, in which we compare and contrast sparkling wine from around the world. We'll explore what's happening with Washington State fizz right now-which is currently booming-and will make you not only rethink what sparkling wine has traditionally been, but also what this up and coming region can produce. We'll also take a trip to dive into some bubbles from historic Champagne and classic California to see how these styles differ and overlap.

05/13/20

Last month, the European Commission decided it would support crisis management measures in wine and other agriculture sectors hurt by the new coronavirus crisis. The measures put forward fell short of expectation of France's largest farm union FNSEA which last week had asked for a total 500 million euros aid package for wine makers including crisis distillation support for 260 million euros that would cover some 3 million hectolitres (Mhl).

05/13/20

Last week the platform issued a report entitled "How to Value Fine Wine", which got us terribly excited for a moment or two, until we found we have slightly different interpretations of the word "value". It rather put us in mind of the old adage about the stockbroker who knows the cost of everything but the value of nothing.

05/13/20

The Trump administration is unlikely to allow laid-off holders of H-1B and other work visas to extend their stay in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

05/13/20

"I don't think it's going to be a summer like any summer we've ever had before," said Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane, the board's senior incumbent. "This summer's not going to be the same. We're still hoping that we can reopen that industry to a certain extent."

05/13/20

With 2020 marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution giving women the right to vote, California-based winery Cycles Gladiator announced it is joining in funding the creation this summer of 10 original murals by female artists in multiple communities across Tennessee, the last of the necessary 36 states to secure ratification on August 18, 1920.

05/13/20

While initially born of necessity, virtual wine tasting events and experiences have struck a chord with consumers looking to connect with their favorite California wineries. Closed for public visits since March 16 due to the statewide shelter-in-place (SIP) order, many wineries have found virtual events to be so popular that they plan to continue offering them even after their tasting rooms reopen. Virtual tasting experiences present opportunities for wineries to engage with new and existing customers throughout the country-even when they can't make it to California.

05/13/20

"What we're concerned about is consistency and enforceability, and if it's kind of like, 'Use your best judgment,' then I guess that provides flexibility, but it also causes angst, right? It's like, 'What does that mean?'"

05/13/20

"We know that Miraval estate very well and thought about buying it in the '80s. At the time it belonged to French jazz musician Jacques Loussier and boasted a recording studio."

05/13/20

As Cape wine exports pick up post the ban in April, Wines of South Africa (WoSA) is launching a new campaign on social media to promote "Spectacular South Africa".

05/13/20

Even the most optimistic recognise that the medium term will be tough, especially for the hospitality sector, where the impacts of Covid-19 will be severe. There are a number of further challenges coming down the track that the whole UK wine trade will need to navigate. A no-deal Brexit combined with the government's alcohol policy review have the potential to do further damage to a trade that is already under siege.

05/13/20

We bring you the latest sparkling wine news from northern Italy, following an exclusive interview with Stefano Gava, who is head winemaker at beacon of sustainable Prosecco production, Villa Sandi.

05/13/20

"Overall, it was a relaxing way to wind down a Thursday and not nearly as awkward as I thought it would be. It's certainly no replacement for drinking your way around Wine Country on a sunny day, but in times like this, it would be a fun activity for a small group of friends that enjoys wine to try something new."