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07/23/20

Sparkling wines continued to grow faster than table wine, suggesting consumers are still celebrating many occasions. The latest DTC numbers from Nielsen's partnership with Wines Vines Analytics in collaboration with Sovos ShipCompliant showed 31 percent dollar increase and an almost 40 percent volume increase but at a lower average price.

07/23/20

New research from Yelp shows that as of June 15, there were nearly 140,000 total business closures on the website since March 1. When compared to similar research released in April, which showed more than 175,000 business closures, these latest numbers indicate that more than 20% of businesses closed in April have reopened.

07/23/20

The number of African-American business owners fell from 1.1 million in February to 640,000 in April, a 41% decline. By comparison, the overall number of small business owners dropped by 35%.

07/23/20

The 2020 Wine Media Conference Virtual Summit will take place August 20-22, 2020.

07/23/20

Join us for a taste of the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen directly from your living room! This free two-hour fundraising event will feature cooking demonstrations, interactive wine tastings and more from your Food & Wine favorites.

07/23/20

The Bordeaux region will benefit from crisis distillation - 450,000 hectolitres are currently subsidised though an extension is needed. It will also cut its yields significantly in 2020, dropping to 50 hectolitres per hectare for Bordeaux, compared with 54 hl/ha in 2019. Nevertheless, the idea of introducing collective stocks is being viewed as a complementary measure.

07/23/20

"When I queried Constellation and Gallo about the state of Ravenswood, each company told me to talk to the other. Neither seemed to know whether grapes were harvested or wines made in 2019. Ultimately, both declined comment, citing FTC rules that prohibit it until the sale is finalized."

07/23/20

Ten years ago, the Yeatman opened in Portugal's Vila Nova de Gaia, the historic cellar-strewn nexus of Port production and guided tastings, across the River Douro from Porto. The hotel, with its decanter-shaped pool and grape-based spa treatments, is an ode to the Portuguese wine that transformed Porto from business hub to sought-after leisure getaway.

07/23/20

The Sangiacomo 2018 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast edged ahead of the Dry Creek VIneyard 2019 Sauvignon Blanc by just two votes, then beat out the best red wine - Papapietro Perry Winery's 2017 777 Clones Pinot Noir Russian River Valley - by two votes to snatch the top prize.

07/23/20

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07/23/20

Pursuant to Executive Order 202.52, effective Friday July 17, 2020, all licensed establishments with on premises privileges (e.g. restaurants, taverns, manufacturers with tasting rooms, etc.) shall not serve alcoholic beverages unless such alcoholic beverage is accompanied by the purchase of a food item which is consistent with the food availability requirement of the license under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.

07/23/20

Chatting with the formidable Casa Dumetz founder

07/23/20

One COVID-era summer job for a teenager. ... Two very different styles of wine cellars. ... And five takeaways that comment on the nature of wine enthusiasts in the US today, as seen from behind the cellar doors of collectors.

07/23/20

When Gov. Gavin Newsom rolled back business activities last week to combat a resurgence of the coronavirus, wineries ended up with an advantage over other alcohol purveyors in being allowed to continue selling wine tastings outside without having to also serve meals.

07/23/20

The company - Domaine Evremond - first bought the land in Kent in 2015

07/23/20

People buy from people they like. And most of us like being given excuses to laugh,

07/23/20

"This award is a nice reflection on our family," said Mark Sanchietti, 4th generation farmer of the Sanchietti Ranch and Farming operation. "It's humbling to be honored for all of the hard work my father, Mel, has put into our farm and for the work we are still doing today."

07/23/20

Wines from Pine Ridge Vineyards, Seven Hills and Seghesio Family Vineyards Will Be Paired with Fun Summer Reads for Virtual Discussions and Winemaker Tastings

07/23/20

The original concept Of Plume & Petal as Vodka for Ladies went beyond a bit of errant PR messaging.

07/23/20

Restaurant and winery workers across South Africa turned out in force to put pressure on the government to allow alcohol sales for licensed sit-down restaurants.

07/23/20

Scientists at the Particle Technology Laboratory (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland spiked 89 alcoholic drinks with known levels of methanol. They found the device detected methanol accurately for 107 days of consecutive use, according to the study published in the journal Nature Food.

07/23/20

A new vineyard brings a touch of the Old World to a 67-acre ridgetop setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

07/23/20

We Drank 90 Bottles of Wine to Find the Best Wines of All the Wines and It Was So, So Hard

07/23/20

One major factor is the coronavirus and changing habits related to it. Beer that would have ended up in kegs at restaurants and bars has shifted, along with other kinds of alcohol, to being sold in retail stores and through online channels and consumed at home -- often in cans. The boom in pantry loading in the spring has compounded the problem by throwing brewer supply chains out of whack.

07/23/20

The four best sets currently available on Amazon.

07/23/20

Across the nation, millions of restaurant jobs have vanished in the face of lockdowns. Just when eateries of all categories and price levels had been anticipating a summertime comeback, new viral cases are upending everything.

07/23/20

More than two dozen representatives of businesses selling alcohol, addiction recovery groups, government agencies and others took part in the teleconference of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission Advisory Committee.

07/23/20

The latest available vintage just might be the best this reviewer has ever tasted.

07/23/20

Complexity means a lot more than simply stacking up the flavors and hoping for the best.

07/23/20

Enjoying the indulgence in moderation has previously been linked to reduced blood pressure, however, scientists from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston wanted to better understand how it affects the vessels feeding the heart.