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Thursday, July 16th

05/22/20

The new "rules" do away with most due process protections for licensees, now to Include "Emergency" License Suspension if the order is made by a Minor Decoy and a Delivery Driver Drops off Alcohol at the Door without checking the ID of the Recipient. There is one more five-day opportunity to comment. This time the comment period is extended until Tuesday May 25, 2020 because of the Memorial Day holiday. There will be no public hearing.

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Business succession can challenge even forward-thinking entrepreneurs, as efforts to prevent the demise of Time Winery in British Columbia shows. Time was founded in 2014 by B.C. wine pioneer Harry McWatters, a leader in the emergence of Canada's wine industry. McWatters' untimely death last summer revealed the financial challenges of launching a new winery.

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Willamette Valley Vineyards, which is reopening its Estate Tasting Room and winery kitchen in Turner, Oregon today, installed UV light filtration technology inside its HVAC systems this week to reduce bacteria and viruses in room air.

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Two months into the Covid-19 economic crisis, the outlook for the wine industry is ... surprisingly great. That's the biggest takeaway from an unusual mid-year State of the Industry update session hosted Thursday by Rob McMillan, one of California's leading wine industry analysts.

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Beijing has signaled it will push through sweeping national security legislation for Hong Kong, its most aggressive effort yet to exert its control over the semi-autonomous city since it was returned to Chinese control in 1997.

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prepared by Anna Katharine Mansfield and Chris Gerling, Cornell Craft Beverage Institute, and Julie Suarez, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University.

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An overview of the regulatory framework that has been put in place as we ease back into contact with one another, and what it means for your business.

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"Improving overall safety and reducing youth access to alcohol is a goal of the ABC," says ABC Director Jacob Appelsmith. "In addition to ABC's law enforcement presence, citizens can also do their part to keep everyone safe by following the guidance of health experts and practicing safe physical distancing."

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For two months, Napa County retail stores and restaurant dining rooms had been empty of customers. They reopened their doors Wednesday, providing Sonoma County with a vision of its future as they sprang back to life.

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Wineries and restaurants across Sonoma County find innovative ways to stay connected with wine lovers near and far with virtual programs, collaborations and philanthropic efforts

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"A Day at Home" buys time for COVID-19 testing for vineyard workers

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The Wine & Spirit Education Trust is introducing online exams for its English language Level 1 Awards in Wines, Spirits and Sake* and its Level 2 Awards in Wines and Spirits, with effect from 1st June 2020.

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Select states are allowing dine-in service following months of lockdowns. Plus, Napa's Press Restaurant names its new chef-partner, Momofuku announces two closures and a merger, and more

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"There's nothing that's told us exactly what happens from this point forward."

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Between unpredictable weather and crews spaced six feet apart or more among the vines, Napa Valley's growing season is off to an unconventional start.

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Healthy, environmentally friendly and affordable foods for consumers and fair conditions and pay for small-scale producers. It's a win-win.

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An unprecedented collection of great wines, many from top sommeliers' own cellars, will help out restaurant brethren in need.

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Discussion of Chardonnay from Carneros by Bonneau and Egret labels

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"I hope we can laugh about it one day but I'm not happy with the NYT leave so she def can't laugh about it yet," Teigen wrote in a tweet. "It just sucks in every way."

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Lake County took another step in relaxing public health emergency restrictions Thursday, allowing outdoor restaurant dining and in-person shopping at most retail stores.

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Prosecco DOC Rosé has now been enshrined in Italian law, meaning the trade can expect to see the first official 'pink Proseccos' hitting shelves in 2021.

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The 2019 vintage is in barrel, quality TBD. But with the wines remaining untasted, at what price, if any, will buyers bite?

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Creventa is the brainchild of sommelier-turned-wine bar owner, Jake Crimmin, Andrew Norton, founder of wine-focused Oxford restaurant The Jam Factory, and music mogul Luke Ireland. The web-based technology was developed in two weeks.

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"Some of the testing methods are very difficult for people in a winery's lab to do during harvest," said Jim Harbertson, a WSU associate professor of enology and the corresponding author on the paper. "The industry asked us to come up with alternate ways to get information. We love chemistry, but most people don't want to do that."

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With Luke Holcombe, Scott Labs - pH is arguably the most important parameter to measure and control in winemaking. It dictates spoilage potential, shelf life, chemical stability, and microbial activity. This presentation covered techniques and some of the enological tools available to mitigate risk. Specific attention was paid to the unique conditions in Texas.

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With Jeff Bitter, President, Allied Grape Growers; Danny Brager, SVP, Nielsen Beverage Alcohol Practice; Max Heinemann, Wine & Spirits Client Manager, Nielsen CGA; Amy Hoopes, President, Wente Family Estates, and Paul Leary, Founder & Principal, Assemblage Consulting Group.

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Napa County restaurants were given the ok to open under stiff restrictions and very little notice this week. This is a preliminary list of restaurants that expect too offer at least some form of seating - inside or out - this weekend.

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The #NVSpirit campaign encourages those who live and work in Napa County to show their Napa Valley Spirit by exploring and enjoying their own 'backyard.' As we emerge from sheltering in our homes, it is an opportunity to rediscover the true beauty of the place we are so fortunate to call home.

05/22/20

In line with its ambition of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to zero by mid-century, the EU's executive arm wants to halve the use of chemical pesticides by 2030 and to ensure that at least 25% of agricultural land is reserved for organic farming, compared to 8% at the moment. The commission also wants to plant at least 3 extra billion trees over the next ten years.

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Goode and Ring report on South Africa's most vibrant wine category: MCC (for Méthode Cap Classique, the name used for traditional method sparkling wine from the Cape, now frequently referred to as Cap Classique). This includes notes from an extensive tasting of these wines.

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An estimated 35,000 to 40,000 vineyard acres have been removed but yet new vineyards are bringing bearing acreage online.

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Restaurant dining is returning to parts of Wine Country after more than two months of lockdown to slow the coronavirus, but not before a major overhaul in the way many establishments operate to meet new pandemic safety guidelines.

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Elaine Brown speaks with Paul Draper, chairman of the board of Ridge Vineyards. They discuss how he learned traditional winemaking techniques from Europe, developed those skills working with old vines in South America, bringing that expertise to California where he helped build one of California's most renowned wineries.

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'I try as much as I can to think about the positive implications':