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07/07/20

In a statement shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, the county announced the return of restrictions. Dine-in eateries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, museums, card rooms and indoor entertainment venues must remain closed at least through July 30.

07/07/20

Napa County reported 60 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total since March to 436 cases, including four deaths. Last week, the county said the surge in cases since June 26 was largely due to an outbreak at a farmworker center, household spread and spread in other non-household settings, including work places.

07/07/20

If Sonoma County has two more days above the 100 per 100,000 case rate, it, too, will be on the list and required to revert to prohibitions on indoor dining and drinking at restaurants, bars, tasting rooms, brewpubs and other establishments for three weeks in addition to other potential rollbacks.

07/07/20

"You can throw out what you thought you knew about salads because, according to the ABC, these items do not satisfy the food service requirements that go along with selling alcohol during this war against Covid-19 and vegetables ... We could argue for hours, Are they an appetizer or a meal?"

07/07/20

While most DTC dollars are made through wine clubs, the forced closures of tasting rooms have shown that e-commerce and phone sales should also play an important role in the DTC line-up.

07/07/20

To preserve their own staffs' safety, many crush facilities drastically altered their production process this year.

07/07/20

"When we were doing less volume, we had no trouble sourcing cans. But when we outgrew our vendors, finding cans in the short term has been difficult."

07/07/20

June held true to forecast with relatively mild temperatures over most of the west, with portions of California warmer than average and portions of Washington and extreme southern California cooler than average.

07/07/20

Works of Russian fine art of the 19th-20th centuries have been used in the Château La Grace Dieu Des Prieurs winery product design since 2017 under the agreement be- tween the chateau and the Art Russe Foundation.

07/07/20

Fred and Nina Oliai plan on building a 10,000-gallon-a-year winery with their house on the second floor. The 28-foot-tall building is to be in modern industrial style.

07/07/20

The move provides the WRC with a dual-campus presence in Vancouver and the Okanagan, where researchers have developed strong collaborations with the BC wine community. The changes at the WRC will enhance UBC's wine research and education, while supporting and stimulating the provincial economy. Among the WRC's new initiatives are plans for a sensory analysis lab in Kelowna. It will feature research facilities and offer programs for the public to learn about wine tasting, oenology and the local industry.

07/07/20

Santa Clara County was hoping to reopen even more businesses when it asked the state to ease some shelter-in-place rules for the area late last week.

07/07/20

L.M. Archer interviews one of Bordeaux's rising stars, Finnish-born vIgneronne Nea Berglund of Château Carsin, Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux

07/07/20

This year's in-person event was postponed and has pivoted to a virtual charity-driven auction which will offer 80 lots of wine from the 2018 vintage to help provide critical resources for independent restaurants affected by loss of business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

07/07/20

Nearly all of the Vineyard Team Scholarship recipients are first-generation college students. "I come from a family of five and I'm the first in my family to attend college," says Contreras in her scholarship application. For many of the applicants, their dream to attend college and reach their career goals is not for themselves but for their families and communities.

07/07/20

Alpine wines have become darlings of sommeliers, celebrated on hip restaurant wine lists. But could they fall out of favor with the hipster set just as quickly?

07/07/20

As more producers shift away from chemical treatments, vineyards are becoming more experimental around pest control.

07/07/20

A combination of economic and political uncertainty is leading to lower prices for some very good wine.

07/07/20

In an historic move, Philipponnat has announced that it is creating an online sales portal. Other Champagne houses are also creating direct-to-consumer sites. James Lawrence reports.

07/07/20

"In the first part of our conversation about up-and-coming or overlooked winemakers, we considered a select few from Bordeaux and the Rhône. In the second chapter, Burgundy was our focus. Now, in this third installment, England is under the lens, specifically that country's sparkling wine labels."

07/07/20

Such comments about the latest vintage release of the prestige cuvée were prompted by the climatic extremes experienced during the 2010 harvest, which led Chaperon to compare the vintage to 2003 - a year when Champagne suffered from frost, hail and a heatwave to produce one of the smallest and ripest crops in the history of the region.

07/07/20

Just days before the July holiday, Newsom announced the three-week closure of many commercial indoor activities in 19 counties, to address the increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state.

07/07/20

Steve Heimoff, who wrote for many years for both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, recently reviewed three Steven Kent Winery wines, scoring one 95 points and the other two,100 points.

07/07/20

ulius Montz GmbH (Montz) today announced the launch of new business unit Montz Food Processing, which will offer advanced technology and technical expertise to breweries and other beverage producers so they can reach near zero percent (0%) alcohol content in beer, wine, and cider.

07/07/20

New York-based sommelier Amanda Smeltz on how the beauty of wine will be wasted on the wealthy, even after the pandemic.