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06/26/20

During the first few months of the pandemic, and acting off of complaints, California set up a decoy program focused on delivery services. With delivery services is an excess of 50% failure rate. A more recent issue has been on-premise licensees trying to "push the envelope" on capacity limitations.

06/26/20

The volume of California wine sales over the 12 months from March 2020 to February 2021 is expected to decline by 9.21 million cases - $437 million less sales revenue for growers. Lost sales revenue due to COVID-19 would come on top of $395 million in reduced sales revenue as a result of excess wine inventory following the large crop in 2018. Growers' losses from March 2020 to February 2021 could total $832 million.

06/26/20

The 2017 Elouan Pinot Noir made representations on the labels, boxes, and marketing materials that the wine was made in the state of Oregon, or in the specific AVAs listed on the Product's packaging but was vinified and bottled in the Napa Valley in California.

06/26/20

Hard seltzer poses a threat to traditional FMB and core beer options, and even the broader alcohol category, largely because overall alcohol budgets and tolerances are finite.

06/26/20

Students can now earn a bachelor's degree in Viticulture and Enology (V&E) from Washington State University. Previously, students wanting to work in the wine industry earned a degree in Integrated Plant Sciences and majored in V&E. Their diploma did not say viticulture or enology.

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Kim Murphy-Rodrigues has over 20 years of experience in the wine business and is involved with the National Rhone Rangers organization as the Executive Director.

06/26/20

Portuguese closure manufacturer Cork Supply has unveiled new TCA extraction technology that it claims can achieve a success rate of 99.85% in eliminating the risk of cork taint in cork-sealed wines.

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The study finds that the financial impacts of the pandemic vary widely among different parts of the agricultural economy. These impacts depend, in part, on how much a particular crop or commodity relies on sales to food-service, and how much it has been affected by shifts in retail demand and changes in costs of production and processing.

06/26/20

BevAlc Insights by Drizly to be continually refreshed with content and reports geared to retailers; houses Drizly's 2020 Consumer Report, which found e-commerce poised to enter the alcohol shopping mainstream after explosive trial and growth since COVID-19 onset

06/26/20

Bordeaux's wine council has claimed a landmark victory in its battle against counterfeits in China, with the help of local authorities.

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after a counterfeiter was handed an 18-month suspended prison sentence.

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She and her husband Bjorn van Oort have been the brainchild behind many wonderful initiatives, in particular the Pinotage and Biltong festival, and the Cab Franc Carnival.

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Stone & Key Cellars, in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania, fits into the category often referred to as "urban wineries"-though, in this case, it's firmly in the suburbs, approximately 45 minutes outside of downtown Philadelphia.

06/26/20

The government's ban on the export and sale of alcohol has had a massive impact on the South African wine sector. Typically a R47 billion-a-year industry, wine producers were losing R300 million each week from not making sales at the height of level 5 lockdown restrictions in March and April.

06/26/20

Judge rules in Bayer's favor and blocks the state from requiring that any company selling a glyphosate-based produce place warning on it.

06/26/20

The 7-2 ruling allows people to be deported without judicial review of their cases.

06/26/20

Wineries in Texas are plentiful and eager for new visitors. Texas' "opening" from the stifling pandemic comes with distancing rules, sanitizers on tables, and masked servers. Even so, winery staffs' enthusiasm for welcoming customers is even more pronounced than the usual warm Texas hospitality.

06/26/20

Magazine honors excellence in wine lists, recognizing programs in all 50 states and 80 countries and territories

06/26/20

Lubanzi Wines, the upstart, young, and socially-conscious South African wine co. and one of the fastest growing South African wine brands in the United States, is now Climate Neutral Certified and a member of 1% For the Planet-a testament to its commitment to neutralize and minimize the adverse environmental effects of wine production from vine to glass.

06/26/20

The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance is launching its "Welcome Back" campaign, welcoming guests back to the wine region as wineries are reopening to public tastings while following strict Covid-19 protocols. The Welcome Back to Paso Robles Wine Country video highlights some of these guidelines while celebrating the beauty and diversity of the region. In tandem, the PRWCA is also releasing the first episode of its new podcast, Where Wine Takes You, highlighting the personalities and character of this acclaimed wine region.

06/26/20

Leisure travel is now permitted into Sonoma County where guests can taste world-class wines, experience 18 American Viticultural Areas and have a variety of options with more than 60 wine varietals produced in Sonoma County. Reservations are encouraged and guests should review all safety recommendations before their visit. Visa Signature® and Visa Infinite® cardholders are eligible for special promotions as well.

06/26/20

A key component of the program is a deep dive into Alsace wines for industry professionals. This high-level master class on July 13th will take the trade on a virtual journey exploring the Alsace region. Hosted by Thierry Fritsch, Alsace's Head Enologist and Chief Wine Educator, the webinar will feature an expert sommelier panel including Matthew Kaner in Los Angeles, Josh Nadel, MS, in New York, and Jennifer Wagoner in Chicago.

06/26/20

The premium wine collection, crafted from Italian varietals grown in Texas, is a new Heritage Series dedicated to honoring the strength of the family dynamic and the tradition of Bonarrigo Family's winemaking lineage.

06/26/20

2 Towns Ciderhouse of Corvallis and The Stoller Wine Group of Dayton have joined forces to partner on a new canned wine product, Bold Leaf. The move marks the first canned wine collaboration between 2 Towns & Stoller. Nestled into opposite ends of the Willamette Valley, both 2 Towns and Stoller have established themselves not only as successful leaders in their industries but also as keystone members of their local communities. Much of this success is driven by similar missions to produce premium products with sustainably grown fruit designed for everyday people.

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Founded in 2016 by African American sommelier Jennifer McDonald, Jenny Dawn Cellars has grown from the dream of an at-home winemaker into the first metropolitan winery in downtown Wichita, Kansas.

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The city of Oakland began the first phase of its outdoor dining and retail program Thursday, Mayor Libby Schaaf announced Thursday.

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Why charges of racism against the wine organization have resonated so deeply.

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It's incredibly important to look after these people, they are here away from their families - in this case they are looking at being away for 18 months when they expected to be home in six.

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"I have no doubt that, by cultivating it as they do in France, this vine will produce good grapes and, consequently, good wine," he wrote in a letter to French officials in September 1702.

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In 1976, Bill and Jeri Mosby bought the historic Rancho de la Vega property and renovated the de la Cuesta adobe, built in 1853, for their home. The next year, the couple planted grapes on the land between their home and Santa Rosa Road, and named that site Vigna della Casa Vecchia, after the original adobe.

06/26/20

Bastien Jolivet is a young winegrower in the Northern Rhône Valley. In 2014 he decided to start making his own wine. He took the family vineyards out of the local cooperative and presented his own first vintage the same year thus launching Domaine Jolivet. An adventure, for sure, and not an easy decision because it involves quite a lot of investments. Being a grape grower and being a wine producer are two different things.

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"We over the years learned the business of growing grapes. Lots of classes, lots of research, a lot of conferences," said Dave Anthony, co-owner of Northern Sun Winery.

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Bodega Catena Zapata's managing director discusses harvest under lockdown in Argentina, Malbec's growing demand, and the grape's next big hurdle

06/26/20

As wineries everywhere adjust to a new era of travel, they are finding ways to engage with wine lovers-online.

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The Covid-19 pandemic means the hospitality sector is having to find new ways to work to survive. What better time for real change. Diversity a goal and not just a buzz word.

06/26/20

Chris Blanchard, Master Sommelier, Vine Hill Ranch Winery in Napa Valley and co-founder United Sommeliers Foundation • Jennifer Locke, Crimson Wine Group CEO, which runs Support Our Sommeliers • Tonya PItts, Sommelier and Wine Director at One Market Restaurant in San Francisco • Adam Sweders, Director of Wine, DineAmic Hospitality in Chicago and WineRival creator

06/26/20

Ben Aneff is the Managing Partner at Tribeca Wine Merchants. He is also a fervent voice against wine tariffs. He serves on the board of the National Association of Wine Retailers and is president of the US Wine Trade Alliance. Among other things, he discusses how to comment against wine tariffs on the USTR portal once it reopens. Ben discusses the types of comments that would be effective against wine tariffs.

06/26/20

The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco, Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced the availability of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Model Wine Certificate which streamlines the process for wine exports within APEC's 21 economies. The new certificate is the culmination of more than 10 years of work by Wine Institute and the U.S. government to remove a non-tariff trade barrier by consolidating three certificate requirements into a single certificate reducing paperwork for the $80 million in wine exports between U.S. and applicable APEC economies. The APEC Model Wine Certificate is a multi-purpose certificate used for Certificates of Authenticity/Free Sale, Certificates of Health/Sanitation, and Certificates of Origin.