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07/01/20

The Vinnies recognizes brands and companies bringing innovation, inspiration and ground-breaking ideas to the wine industry.

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The $4.219 billion loss leads to an estimated total loss to the overall California economy of approximately $9.607 billion in business revenues."The California wine industry's loss will have a ripple effect throughout the California economy because of the strong link to tourism, restaurants and related business sectors. We anticipate a challenging recovery period ahead," said Ray Johnson, executive director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State.

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Constellation Brands said it acquired Empathy Wines, a direct-to-consumer wine brand that was co-founded by Gary Vaynerchuk with business partners Jon Troutman and Nate Scherotter. The company makes sustainable wines sold through an e-commerce platform using digital marketing.

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Wine Unify, a platform that champions diversity and inclusion for underrepresented minorities in the wine industry, launched this week. The organization was co-founded by notable wine industry figures, DLynn Proctor, Martin R. Reyes MW, Mary Margaret McCamic MW. Armed with three initiatives - to welcome, to elevate, and to amplify underrepresented minorities - Wine Unify seeks to create more visibility and opportunity for people of color.

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From confronting and overcoming social biases and racial injustice to amplifying Black voices on matters of race, representation and inclusion in every aspect of the wine world, here is what Theodora Lee, Owner and Vintner, Theopolis Vineyards; Brenae Royal, Ranch Leader, Monte Rosso Vineyard, E. & J. Gallo Winery; and Marvina Robinson, Owner, Stuyvesant Champagne had to say.

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The increases were led by Table Wine price tiers $20+.

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Alcohol sales in the United States have only spiked in stores that sell it to-go. That is not enough to offset the fact that practically every business that serves alcohol to drink on-site has closed over the past three months.

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The annual event usually takes place in Aspen each year, but was canceled due to the risks imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. The virtual Classic will happen on July 23 at 4 pm Eastern Time, and will feature an array of culinary professionals including Martha Stewart, Jacques Pépin, Ayesha Curry, JJ Johnson, Stephanie Izard, and Kwame Onwuachi.

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Fresh allegations have emerged in a major wine fraud investigation underway at Spain's top criminal court, the Audencia Nacional. The inquiry centers on the involvement of two of Spain's biggest wine companies in the fraudulent labelling of young wine as aged Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva Valdepeñas DO wines.

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The 2019 vintage may check in near the top of the list

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Miranda started with AGG in 2004 after working for Constellation Brands from 1997 to 2004 and Paul Masson Vineyards from 1977 to 1997. For AGG members, he provided support, kept them informed about effective viticultural practices and handled harvest scheduling in the Central Valley.

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Former J. Wilkes winemaker Wes Hagen has assumed the role of consulting winemaker and brand ambassador for Miller Family Wine Company.

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"What makes it possible for us to use UV to control these plant pathogens is we apply it at night," explains David Gadoury, project leader for Cornell AgriTech in New York State.

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Agriculture added $5.8 billion to the Northeastern California economy in 2018 and represented 18.5 percent of the region's total employment, according to the latest annual report from the Agribusiness Institute (ABI) at California State University, Chico.

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Royal Dutch Distillers is the US subsidiary of the 325-year-old family company, De Kuyper Royal Distillers, and acts as an importer and marketing company for the brands. Blue Ridge will be the sales and distribution management partner in the US. There is no intention of altering the current successful distributor partnerships in the US for any Royal Dutch Distillers' brands.

07/01/20

A recent Australian survey has revealed that the buying habits of alcohol consumers has not changed as dramatically during the COVID-19 lockdown as suggested in some media reports.

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As Sales Manager, Damien will be responsible for expanding the business for both the stationery units and the STARS Mobile Service. Prior to taking up this position, Damien worked as a Business Unit Manager in the selection and the production of Arabic gums solutions specifically dedicated to the wine industry and comes with over 10 years of wine industry experience under his belt.

07/01/20

Owners of Harrah's, MGM Grand didn't adequately protect employees from getting sick, lawsuit says.

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With cases rising in other states, Virginia will maintain current restrictions on bar seating, congregating

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Wineries only serving wine outside will be able to stay open, reports NBC 7's Melissa Adan, but indoor tasting rooms will have to close.

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The industry has suffered under strained trade relations with China and tit-for-tat tariffs that significantly reduced exports to one of its biggest foreign markets.

07/01/20

"For those of us in a position to help right now, the question isn't have we done enough, it's what more can we do?" said Cuvaison Estate Wines President and CEO Dan Zepponi.

07/01/20

Since early March, the Farmworker Foundation has developed essential COVID-19 safety protocols and resources in Spanish and English and has been successful in slowing the spread of the virus in the vineyard workplace. To date, Napa County's COVID-19 cases have remained low compared to other parts of California.

07/01/20

Veteran Winemaker Nick Goldschmidt has joined The Pour House collective in Dry Creek Valley, CA.

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Sun Goddess Wines is billed as "an exclusive collection of limited-edition wines" created in partnership between the singer and Italy's Fantinel Winery. For now, the collection is just two wines: a Pinot Grigio Ramato (Rosè) and an Italian Sauvignon Blanc-both produced in Friuli Venezia Giulia during the 2019 vintage. According to the winery, they've only produced only 15,000 cases of Ramato and just 5,000 cases of the Sauvignon Blanc, with Blige getting involved throughout the process.

07/01/20

In the span of four years, they managed to transform the totality of their vineyards, now 1,235 acres to 100% organic farming. With the 2018 vintage, they released their first ECOCERT® certified wine on the U.S market, the Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc. With the 2019 vintage, a fresh new look kicks off #VeramonteOrganic debuting in the U.S. market this summer.

07/01/20

Cupcake LightHearted has 20% less calories than leading hard seltzers,² and is vegan, gluten-free and low carb without sacrificing the rich or deep flavors of your favorite traditional wine. Its lower alcohol makes it perfect for carefree summer sipping, post-workout celebrations and virtual happy hours with friends.

07/01/20

Each 1.5-liter box is the equivalent of two 750 ml bottles of wine. Evolution Oregon Pinot Noir retails for $25 and the Lucky No. 9 White Blend retails for $18. In the box format, these wines are priced approximately 30 percent less than the same wines in 750 ml bottles. (Both will continue to be available in 750 ml bottles.) Plus, once opened, the wines stay fresh for up to 30 days in the box.

07/01/20

Onda's beverages are made with blanco tequila from a woman-owned distillery in Jalisco, Mexico. The tequila is carefully mixed with sparkling water and real fruit juice to create a finished drink that tasteslight and refreshing with just a hint of tequila. Each 12 oz.can is 5% alcohol, 100 calories, zero sugar, zero carb and naturally gluten free.

07/01/20

It is with tremendous sorrow and sadness that we inform you of the passing of Anthony J. Terlato. Born May 11, 1934, in Brooklyn, Anthony (Tony) was an Italian American wine executive and chairman of Terlato Wines, a Lake Bluff, Illinois-based wine importer, producer, and marketer of fine wines. His career spanned more than 60 years in fine wine as a retailer, distributor, importer, vintner, winery, and vineyard owner.

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"As we all know (or should know) correlation does not equal causation."