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06/25/20

Constellation signed an agreement with Sazerac Company, Inc., one of America's oldest privately held distillers, to divest the Paul Masson Grande Amber Brandy brand for $255 million. Constellation signed a separate agreement with E. & J. Gallo to divest its Nobilo Wine brand for $130 million. The Nobilo transaction was previously announced and is contingent on closing the big amended revised deal announced in May 2020.

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The latest tariff review includes this earlier list as well as further selection of goods. This includes gin (or genever), vodka and beer, as well as olives, chocolate and decaffeinated coffee. These additional goods, under 30 different headings, are valued at US$3.1 billion.

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Wine dollar sales in Nielsen measured off premise channels grew +20.1% in the most recent week vs year ago. Over the 14 weeks through June 6, 2020, 4 brands entered the top 100 that were not there in the year prior - Castello del Poggio, Line 39, Rancho La Gloria, and Whitehaven. Brands that moved up 6 or more placements included (in alphabetical order): Bartenura, Bread & Butter, Cavit, Daily's Cocktails, Decoy, Gerard Bertrand, Justin, Kim Crawford, Matua, Oliver, Risata, Stella Rosa (now in the top 10), Roscato, Starborough, and Whispering Angel.

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The AVF received 85 proposals for grant consideration covering diverse topics from "Soil Health in Vineyards" and "Controlling Grapevine Trunk Diseases in California" to "Smoke Assessment in Grapes and Wine." Each proposal was evaluated by one of the five AVF review committees for scientific merit, the ability to accomplish stated objectives and to deliver value to the industry.

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Funds will also establish fellowship for future industry leaders

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Bayer has agreed to pay just over $10 billion to settle roughly 94,000 claims that its Roundup weedkiller cases cancer, the company announced on Wednesday.

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"Welcome to wine tasting in the age of COVID-19: sterile, highly regimented and more than a little eerie." ... Some wineries have adopted a rather disconcerting greeting ritual: asking guests to sign a liability waiver, absolving the winery of any responsibility should you contract the coronavirus on its premises. ... signing the waiver made for a strange start."

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This half-day, online event will feature some highlights from what would have been the live 2020 event. We'll cover topics essential to the industry and then field your questions ask-me-anything style during a virtual happy hour (BYOB!).

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Andrew Adams discusses some of the highlights of the June issue, including record winery DtC shipments.

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His winemaking career began with internships at Spring Mountain Vineyard, Buccella and Arietta in Napa Valley and producing small-lot Pinot Noir wines in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, while continuing to explore wine experiences abroad throughout Burgundy and the south of France. Starting in 2016 he spent three years working with Tim Mondavi.

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Angela Osborne will be departing to devote more time to "A Tribute to Grace," her brand she founded in 2006. Osborne will be replaced by Michael Brughelli, of Vignerons Consulting.

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The Raventós Codorníu Group announces Sergio Fuster's appointment as CEO of the company. Fuster, who was until now global CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of The Kellogg Company, will be leading the group starting in September. The executive will be the global leader of the oldest winegrowing company in Spain.

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Several regulatory agencies, like the state's water board and California Fish and Wildlife, have a hand in controlling the riverbed, making it complicated for the city to coordinate plans on how to mitigate the fire risks.

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In research published in Production and Operations Management, M. Hakan Hekimoglu,, an assistant professor in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his co-author, Burak Kazaz of Syracuse University, have developed a robust and highly accurate pricing model for Bordeaux wine futures using four factors: temperature, precipitation, market index, and expert reviews.

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Blended Learning wines made by Washington State University students in the Viticulture & Enology (V&E) program are now available to order online for delivery in Washington state.

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It will hold its signature fundraising event WineaPAWlooza 2020: 'PAWlooza in Place virtually on Saturday, July 25 at 5pm, PT. Produced by Jason and Christina Wise (SOMM Documentary Films and SOMM TV), the 75-minute live event and auction will be hosted by Master of Wine Vanessa Conlin, Auctioneer Fritz Hatton, and Jameson Founders Monica and David Stevens and will be broadcast on SOMM TV.

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The Calistoga vineyard and winery is now offering three packages that each include a fun, informative 45-minute virtual tasting with a member of the Kenefick family. In addition, the packages include six bottles of wine from Kenefick Ranch's portfolio.

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The wine retailer posted a pretax loss from continuing operations of 5.4 million pounds ($6.8 million) for the year ended March 30, compared with a loss of GBP9.9 million in fiscal 2019.

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Hosted by Emeritus's second-generation president Mari Jones, and featuring emeritus winemaker David Lattin and vineyard manager Kirk Lokka, the series of webinars will delve into all things Pinot Noir, with topics ranging from the use of oak to winemaking style, terroir and more.

06/25/20

The Case for a Cause program launched on April 29 as the Shelter-in-Place Support initiative, but after stay-at-home orders were lifted, Bewley decided to keep the program in place indefinitely - which called for a new name: A Case for a Cause.

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Members of the wine industry are invited to a webinar on the future of the wine industry on June 25. The University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus is hosting the event in partnership with the International Vine and Enology Society and supported by the Consulate General of France in Vancouver.

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Collaborative charity program with wines from more than thirty producers benefits local nonprofit Yamhill Carlton Storehouse

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The release of "The Altruist" launches with Markham's charitable donation to, and partnership with the Gary Sinise Foundation, whose mission is to serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.

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Crown Point Vineyards, the Santa Barbara County winery in the Happy Canyon AVA, announced that wine consultant Michel Rolland has joined the team as Consulting Winemaker - an addition that brings to fruition proprietor Roger Bower's goal of having one of the most revered winemaking teams in the world.

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In 1999, rapper Tupac Shakur released a book of poetry titled "The Rose That Grew From Concrete."

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New Wines of Portugal president outlines key priorities

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Across three-plus decades, the report has offered a snapshot of the American economy through the lens of the logistics sector in the overall supply chain. It is a rigorous compilation of leading logistics intelligence from around the world, shines a spotlight on industry trends, and offers key insights on the ever-evolving industry supply chains.

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Aperity's Latin American team has both commercial and operations capabilities in Guatemala, Mexico and throughout Central America including developers, data analysts and engineers, project managers and business intelligence consultants. Leveraging its expertise in machine learning to automate data collection and harmonization, Aperity helps its customers incorporate highly relevant data sources immediately, preserve the quality and clarity of the data and develop data-driven business strategies.

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The 870 Auto Wrapper is METTLER TOLEDO's newest machine for weighing, wrapping and labeling in backroom environments. With the 870 Auto Wrapper, METTLER TOLEDO is responding to the needs of grocery retailers who are looking for a robust and economical automated wrapping station - one that can cope with the highest demands.

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For three days only, access the very best in Willamette Valley Pinot Noir made by an esteemed group of wineries: The Vintners Circle. Bid to win single case (12-bottle) lots from each Vintners Circle winery. Cases are sold as futures, see auction lot descriptions for anticipated release date.

06/25/20

England's pubs can reopen on 4 July, UK prime minister Boris Johnson has announced, after they were shut due to covid-19. Customers will have to provide personal information upon entry to help coronavirus contact tracing, but there are concerns about how the data will be handled.

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Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved the request by Zaca Mesa Winery to produce up to 60,000 cases of wine per year entirely from grapes not grown in the company's vineyards.

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Owners want to keep selling takeout alcohol for awhile, but customers' bad behavior is throwing the practice under scrutiny

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It seems so obvious that it's almost not worth mentioning - to make money, you have to make sales. And yet, says Robert Joseph, the wine trade rarely thinks about who is doing the selling.

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Alessia and her sisters are the first women, in a string of 26 generations, to lead the family company. She was raised in her family's 15th century Palazzo Antinori in Florence, a base from which she learned about grape growing, wine making and the business of selling wine on a global scale. She's also the vision behind Antinori Chianti Classico's art museum and the Antinori Art Project, which leads any family endeavor with a "contemporary art focus."

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A new plastic wine bottle format is coming to the U.S. market, but potential benefits of convenience and sustainability keep it on the level