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05/15/20

As several states schedule a May end to their COVID-19 shutdowns, local vintners predict a gradual transition rather than a grand opening

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Bars and wineries face new challenges as they prepare to welcome back patrons in a COVID-19 world. Carefully managing crowds, minimizing lines and communicating safety measures are the new norm. To help, OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), is offering its reservation technology to all drink-focused destinations.

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Tock, the restaurant and winery booking system, today announced an oversubscribed $10 million financing led by Valor Siren Ventures with participation from Origin Ventures.

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An executive order issued last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom effectively streamlines the process of collecting workers' compensation benefits for Californians who contract COVID-19 while working outside of their homes during the state's stay at home order

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As wineries face disruptions in sales and cash flow, growers seek creative solutions to help their customers and themselves.

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The commitment to safety is seen in the newly created Tasting Room Guidelines, developed by a task force of wineries from across the state. These go above and beyond the governor's reopening requirements.

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Placer County could see a lot more foot traffic this weekend. It's one of the counties where more businesses are being allowed to open as some coronavirus restrictions are eased.

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Included on the county's list are wineries and tasting rooms, but with asterisks. County officials said they understand these uses may not yet be eligible and they will await the state's determination.

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Plus: The plight of small wineries amid the COVID-19 crisis and more, in this week's Drinking with Esther newsletter

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Hard seltzers and canned wines were already on the upswing, but pre-mixed cocktails are the star of the living room bar.

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The City of Cincinnati will close parts of 25 streets in Over-the-Rhine and Downtown Cincinnati so restaurants can expand outdoor seating, a move that will help restaurants without patio space keep tables farther apart for social distancing - and open as early as possible.

05/15/20

The Tavern League of Wisconsin, a trade organization with about 5,000 members that advocates for alcoholic beverage retailers in the state, announced the state Supreme Court's decision on Facebook, writing "according to the ruling you can OPEN IMMEDIATELY!"

05/15/20

With statewide orders kaput, local health authorities scrambled to issue city - or countywide - stay-at-home orders, creating a hodgepodge of rules and regulations all across the state that are bound to cause confusion, not to mention some traffic across county lines. It's a situation unlike any in the United States as the pandemic rages on.

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One result of the coronavirus pandemic is that it has pushed other issues to the backburner. In the case of marijuana legalization, that could mean voters have to wait another year or two before having a chance to make it legal in their state.

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While UCLA has not made an official announcement regarding fall plans, faculty should be prepared to transition the majority of classes online for fall quarter, said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emily Carter in an open email to faculty.

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Students in the 23-campus California State University system will not pay less in the fall semester even though their classes will remain online, Chancellor Timothy White said today on KPCC's AirTalk.

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"We are privileged to share 74 world-class auction lots that exhibit what truly makes the Sonoma County wine community exceptional," says Sonoma County Vintners Executive Director Michael Haney.

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With tasting rooms and restaurants closed down, the hospitality, tourism and wine industry throughout the Napa Valley has undergone a major shift, and no one really knows what the immediate future holds for winemakers and others in the hospitality business.

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Berkeley is moving fast to expand outdoor dining

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Speaking to members of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition, Ciatti said that coronavirus firstly presented an opportunity for the off-trade channel.

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Nice Read ... So-called experts are always confident of their opinions, no matter how divorced from reality they might be.

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Distilled Spirits Council Applauds Legislature's Support of the Hospitality/Spirits Industries

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The new line, which is made from indigenous grapes and with a sustainable packaging, features five wines certified both organic and vegan. The wines pay homage to the surrounding natural environment which stretches from the Adriatic Sea to the towering Maiella mountain reaching above 2.790 metres asl and boosts an incredible flora and fauna biodiversity.

05/15/20

Evolution 2019 Oregon Pinot Noir and Evolution 2019 Lucky No. 9 White Blend will be packaged in 1.5-liter boxes that also feature a new contemporary look for the brand.

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Coastal Patagonian winery Wapisa, part of the Fincas Patagonicas wine family and partner of U.S importer Vino del Sol, is the first Argentine winery to debut an underwater aging project with 1500 bottles of a Malbec-based blend that will surface after spending 7 months at two different depths between 6 and 15 meters off the Atlantic Rio Negro coast of Argentina.

05/15/20

After the success of their first Three Sticks Together Benefit Concert, Three Sticks Wines is excited to continue their virtual presence with a series of webinars. The Chef Series is a collaboration between some of California's renowned chefs and Three Sticks proprietors, where they'll focus on the importance of businesses helping each other in a time of deep economic crisis. At the heart is goodwill through community, wine, and food.

05/15/20

The expanded 264-page full-color 2020 catalog now being distributed by Foxx Equipment Co. displays and gives detailed descriptions of equipment and fittings for dispensing beer, wine, soda, coffee, kombucha and other beverages.

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Dick believed in the potential of this region and was a driving force in its development. He was a founding member of the Association of British Columbia Grape Growers and member of the Grape Growers' Marketing Board where he subsequently became its chairman. Interested primarily in grape growing, he encouraged his son Ben to establish Quails' Gate Winery in 1989.

05/15/20

Drizly Group, parent company of Drizly and Lantern, the nation's leading alcohol e-commerce marketplace and first on-demand cannabis e-commerce company in Massachusetts, respectively, today announced three additions to its leadership team. They are Cathy Lewenberg, formerly of CVS Health, who will serve as Chief Operating Officer at Drizly; Meredith Mahoney, a veteran of Wayfair, named President of Lantern; Deborah Poole, another Wayfair alumna, who has joined Drizly Group's board of directors. The company also named in-house counsel Jaci Flug, a regulated consumer products legal expert, as General Counsel for Drizly Group.

05/15/20

Graham has a colourful background teeming with experience and innovation. Many know him as the winemaker behind Black Hills Estate Winery and its famous Note Bene, a Bordeaux-style blend with many prestigious awards under its belt. "Quality is our number one objective at Kitsch, bringing Graham on board speaks to this and also paves the way for exciting new opportunities," say Ria Kitsch, co-founder and proprietor of Kitsch Wines.

05/15/20

Penfolds maker Treasury Wine Estates has brought in a heavy hitter executive to help see through its strategy, including possible demerges, while its 'rock star' Australian chief has joined the ranks of senior staff to have recently left the troubled business.

05/15/20

Burgundy producers get another slap in the face - this time from their own government.

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The smaller crop was expected by many industry professionals as Australia has been in the grip of three years of drought.

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2019 is clearly a vintage of extremely high quality and marks the fifth straight stellar year for the region.

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Elaine and Randall discuss Randall's career as an innovator and his role in building the reputation of Rhône varieties in California and the age-worthy quality of the wines they create. They also explore Randall's most recent pivot: moving on from Rhône varieties to an experimental landscape of new grape varieties with his "Popelouchum" project.

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On May 23, Jordan Winery in Healdsburg may become the first winery in California to reopen to visitors post-shelter in place. But here's the catch: It won't be able to serve those visitors any wine.

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The ramp-up in activity on the bulk market that we noted last month, provoked by the off-premise sales surge, continued into mid-April before stabilizing a little. The Ciatti Company will be hosting a session to discuss the current market conditions that exist in our industry as we go through this unprecedented time.

05/15/20

LibDibTM, the web-based wholesale alcohol distributor, today announced that wine and spirits industry veteran, Rob Foss, has joined the company as the new Vice President of Revenue. Foss joins LibDib after twenty-two years of experience at Young's Market Company, where he most recently served as the Vice President of Digital Commerce.