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06/29/20

Roughly half of wine consumers increased their consumption during the lockdown and a quarter of them expect to continue their increased wine consumption levels after the COVID-19 crisis. The consumers that increased their consumption were from all demographics and more likely to be Generation Z and workers from home.

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Friday's order says "People shall not visit bars or similar establishments that hold a permit from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and are not restaurants as defined above in paragraph number 6" ... BUT ... There's no guidance on the TABC's website or the governor's website as to what constitutes a 'similar establishment.' ... "My family's winery, Blue Ostrich, is taking the position that the order doesn't say wineries have to close and wineries are not "similar establishments."

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Bars must close in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin, and Tulare counties. The state is recommending, but not mandating, bars also close in Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and Ventura counties.

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"We recommend these best practices ... these steps are not expressly required by California law, but the ABC interprets the law as requiring them in practice."

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The Napa Valley Vintners has continually made the elimination of tariffs one of its highest priorities, VP of Industry Relations Rex Stults said. "The message is that we would like to compete (with other wine regions) on an even playing field - ideally a zero-for-zero tariff basis." As of mid-day Friday, almost 30 comments were submitted ...

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The first African-American to run a major winery, Carlton McCoy spends his days making his industry more approachable and more inclusive.

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The social unrest and debate over structural racism sweeping the country in recent weeks has swirled into the wine industry.

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Commits to invest $100 million over 10 years in Black and minority-owned businesses * Contributes $1 million to Equal Justice Initiative * Commits to advancing company policies and practices.

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Diageo strives to promote inclusion and diversity, including through our marketing campaigns," the company tweeted. "From 1 July we will pause all paid advertising globally on major social media platforms. We will continue to discuss with media partners how they will deal with unacceptable content."

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The company clarified it was not joining the official boycott, but said "we are pausing" advertising.

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(Although states that are seeing a surge in new infections share other factors outside of higher restaurant spending).

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The New York Times reported late Friday June 26 that European Union officials have decided Americans will not be welcomed when borders reopen July 1.

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Mathematician and enophile Neal D. Hulkower reflects on some legendary wines - and what he can still afford.

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In many ways since his beginnings in 1985, the California wine industry traveled a long, circuitous journey right back to where Steve Edmunds has always been.

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Tuesday 30, June, 04.00 p.m. WEST - Portugal; 05.00 p.m. CEST - Italy - Germany - Austria - Spain - Hungary 06.00 p.m. EEST - Greece; 08.00 a.m. PT - California Time.

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AWRI webinars cover a range of winemaking, winery management and viticulture topics and are usually held on a Thursday at 11:30 am Australian Central Standard Time (Adelaide, GMT+09:30).

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2020 program centers on navigating uncertainty with insights from wine business and research leaders

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Baron Philippe de Rothschild has appointed Ariane Khaida executive director of its Châteaux Wines division, including Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Clerc Milon, Château d'Armailhac and Domaine de Baronarques.

06/29/20

M. A. Silva USA, the leading manufacturer of premium corks, glass and packaging in Sonoma County, announced the addition of Kim Murphy-Rodrigues as Account Manager for the Central Coast Territory.

06/29/20

The steakhouse brand will take time to recover, but opportunities will come as other restaurants fail.

06/29/20

ROAM antiques shop owner Mario Sculatti has been granted a continuance by the Calistoga Planning Commission for his application to transform the business into a wine tasting and retail concept, with the condition he can prove he can take better care of the property.

06/29/20

Hugh Symington, 5th generation Port Grower, currently works in marketing. Today ten Symingtons work across their four famous Port houses: Graham's, Cockburn's, Dow's and Warre's, as well as their Douro wine projects - Quinta do Vesuvio, Quinta do Ataíde, Altano, and Prats & Symington,

06/29/20

As states ease their lockdowns, bars are emerging as fertile breeding grounds for the coronavirus. They create a risky cocktail of tight quarters, young adults unbowed by the fear of illness and, in some instances, proprietors who don't enforce crowd limits and social distancing rules.

06/29/20

With new coronavirus cases surging in Texas and Florida, officials on Friday ordered bars to close again and imposed tighter restrictions on restaurants, setting back efforts to reopen their economies.

06/29/20

Even in the face of financial disaster from the pandemic, restaurant teams all over the world mobilized to feed frontline workers and neighbors in need

06/29/20

With demand plunging and costs piling up, these business owners talk about how they're fighting to stay afloat.

06/29/20

The Trump administration on Monday, June 22, requested $15 million for the Shasta Dam enlargement project, a project that Tribes, fishing groups and conservation organizations say will drive imperiled winter-run Chinook salmon closer to extinction and flood many of the remaining sacred cultural sites of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe.

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The Simonsig Wine Estate holds a very special place in the world of winemaking in the high quality wine region Stellenbosch for several reasons

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These picks from my dream wine list, many drawn from the lists at my favorite wine bars, include bottles from all over the spectrum.

06/29/20

This may be the strangest summer in the history of San Francisco, a summer to remember. Or maybe one to forget.

06/29/20

The coronavirus pandemic has delivered a extra rapid shock.

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An "excellent summer" throughout most of the country had contributed to an outstanding vintage across New Zealand's wine regions, said the generic body.

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Here are some of the country's premier Black-owned wine labels.

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Suggested retail prices for five versions range from $50 to $190.

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With more vintages being declared, Vintage Port is more accessible than ever - for those who buy it, at least.

06/29/20

"Clericó was born in the Río de la Plata region when it was controlled by the British colonialists who drank claret cups," says Guillermo Cardozo, an Uruguayan bartender and consultant.

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The beer brand gave away the coolers on Friday

06/29/20

A group of about 50 farm workers went on strike Thursday at a California pistachio farm demanding free face coverings, gloves and information from the farm's owner after they said they learned from the media that dozens of their coworkers tested positive for the coronavirus, a union official said.