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07/24/20

Business rollbacks and upticks in COVID-19 cases have changed the dynamics of wine country tourism. Industry members say visitation and sales remain surprisingly strong.

07/24/20

Interview with Bahaneh Hobel of Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty, Phillip H. Kalsched of Carle Mackie Power & Ross, Michael Brill Newman of Holland & Knight, and Don L. Winkle of Spaulding McCullough & Tansil. ... Among the takeaways: Since most offsite tasting rooms are leased rather than owned, expect to see negotiations over lease termination, similar to retailers in other industries; Expect to see grape contracts terminated; Expect to see wineries with less office space using the space for tasting spaces to host small groups. ...

07/24/20

It's one of the more ambitious efforts by a conventional California winery to capitalize on nascent consumer interest in natural wines.

07/24/20

Case goods sales and direct sales revenues relatively flat for the first quarter as a result of the shut down. Bulk wines sales increased 47 percent.

07/24/20

Scholarship includes a full-access pass to the first-ever digital Central Coast Insights conference, an economics-, finance- and strategy-minded forum for those in the regional wine and wine business industries. Central Coast Insights will bring experts in the winery business and finance, distribution, retail and restaurant sectors together to discuss new ways to grow and move forward.

07/24/20

View each county's tasting room reopening status and industry specific guidelines. Counties that have not reopened for tasting rooms are noted with an asterisk (*). The list and links to county resources will be updated as new information is available.

07/24/20

Accolade Wines Chief Executive Robert Foye said: "Our decision to exit wine production in the U.S. reflects our sharpened focus on building core international brands and markets. We could not think of better custodians of Geyser Peak and its sister brands than the Kreps family."

07/24/20

New digital platform will provide education and training for wine professionals and wine lovers alike to learn more about Port and the Douro region

07/24/20

NTEA announced support for efforts from Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH) encouraging temporary suspension of Federal Excise Tax (FET).

07/24/20

Caltrans says it has used goats at other locations but never on this scale.

07/24/20

The restaurateur says the economic difficulties of the pandemic forced the change, but he will advocate for new laws to create a more equitable industry

07/24/20

For places with on premises food service licenses, this means having sandwiches, soups, cheese, fruits, vegetables, chocolates, breads, mustards and crackers available. Retailers required to have a food availability can serve sandwiches, soups or other foods, whether fresh, processed, precooked or frozen. Those foods include salads, wings, or hot dogs. The guidance specifically states "a bag of chips bowl of nuts, or candy alone" do not qualify.

07/24/20

Earl Jones was introduced to Tempranillo in San Francisco while a resident physician at UCSF in the 1960s.

07/24/20

Many consumers don't realize that the path from an international winery to their home is filled with professionals, each nudging the product over borders and across states, tending to a hefty regulatory environment like almost no other business in the world.

07/24/20

"The club attrition model is one of the first predictive algorithms to proactively calculate a club member's inclination to cancel their wine club."

07/24/20

Winemakers from Burgundy, Austria, Portugal and California debated the complex issues around sustainable, organic and biodynamic viticulture at a recent climate talk hosted by the Porto Protocol Foundation.

07/24/20

Evidence has doubled in the last five years about the negative impact on our health of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in plastics, pesticides, flame retardants and other merchandise, according to a new review of recent literature.

07/24/20

Valo Cellars, Massalto Wines to move into Rediviva ground floor

07/24/20

An Allentown licensed liquor establishment was given a notice of violation for not complying with COVID-19 mitigation requirements earlier this week.

07/24/20

The pillar of the campaign, the "Cognac Connection Challenge", is a cocktail competition open to all professional bartenders/mixologists.

07/24/20

"When BANG Napa Valley reached out to partner we knew it would be a winning partnership," says Whitney Diver McEvoy, Presidents & CEO of Yountville Chamber of Commerce. "With an unemployment rate of 14.4% in Napa Valley during the month of May, the Yountville Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to be able to offer residents of Napa an opportunity to connect with open positions."

07/24/20

Reedy Press is pleased to announce the release of the second edition of our popular guidebook, 100 Things to Do in Napa Valley Before You Die, by Marcus Marquez. The revised list is still comprehensive, fun, and quirky, and celebrates the top ways to connect with the city and nearby surroundings.

07/24/20

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) has become a founding signatory with the Future of Tourism Coalition.

07/24/20

"Sommeliers are so professional by nature, that it's been fascinating to pull back the curtain a bit, have some fun, and reveal the complexities and unique qualities everyone can relate to," Flaherty said. "We have an opportunity to showcase some of our favorite people in the wine business that are forging unique paths and inspiring so many of us."

07/24/20

Disaronno International has announced that Colangelo & Partners, a fine wine, spirits and food-focused integrated communications agency, will be its agency of record in the United States for the company's imported portfolio from Sicily

07/24/20

As he launches new winery, Timeless, David Duncan shares his insights on growing new brands and expanding the reach of existing ones through ecommerce.

07/24/20

Markets, data and statistics, scenario analyses and great interviews on themes such as the vineyard and innovation in winemaking are at the centre of Il Corriere Vinicolo's new magazine aimed at "global" wine professionals.

07/24/20

Researchers say potent climate-heating gas almost certainly escaping into atmosphere

07/24/20

They're old, they're rare and they're expensive - welcome to fortified wine's top tier.

07/24/20

Researchers identify Vitis riparia vine as phylloxera's original host and say it came to Europe from US

07/24/20

The genome has been deciphered by an international team involving researchers Miquel Barberà and David Martínez, from the Institute for Integrative Systems Biology (I2SysBio), center of the University of Valencia, and the CSIC. The study is published in the journal BMC Biology.

07/24/20

Founder Sarah Shadonix-recently named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist-says 2020 is a "roller-coaster year" loaded with opportunities for e-commerce. The company's latest offering is a light, lower-alcohol option for mixed drinks.

07/24/20

Expand your wine collection, expand your mind

07/24/20

Global economies, erratic harvests, incentives from négociants and the French taxation system are driving them to relinquish their status or sell.

07/24/20

A steady decline in the dollar has accelerated in recent weeks, as a resurgent coronavirus outbreak in the United States and improving economic prospects abroad sour investors on the currency

07/24/20

A positive development on the tariff front: Europe's Airbus is amending French and Spanish government loans in a "final" bid to reverse U.S. tariffs and jog the United States into settling a 16-year-old dispute over billions of dollars of aircraft subsidies.

07/24/20

Jamie came to wine writing by a rather convoluted route, via a PhD in plant biology and several years of working as a book editor. Today, in addition to writing for his own site wineanorak.com, he is the wine columnist with UK national newspaper The Sunday Express.

07/24/20

Calls on U.S. and European Union to Resolve Dispute and End Economic Harm to Sector

07/24/20

Fred Cline founded and led Cline Family Cellars for 38 years. He will continue with Cline, but will be stepping away from day-to-day operations and focusing on the long-term vision for the company.

07/24/20

"Our decision to exit wine production in the U.S. reflects our sharpened focus on building core international brands and markets," said Accolade Wines Chief Executive Robert Foye.

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