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07/31/20

There have been almost 1 million more cases shipped in the first half of 2020 (January through June) than in the first half of 2019, a 29% increase. ... In terms of value, consumers have spent $222 million more in the first half of 2020 compared to 2019, a 15% increase.

07/31/20

For the first time in its history, SUMMIT, the forum dedicated to wine industry human resources professionals, will be held as a webcast on Nov. 10, 2020, bringing expert speakers and guidance on some of the most important topics, including COVID safety precautions, recruiting, building a diverse and inclusive workforce, salary and professional development.

07/31/20

At a time when wine producers are seeking creative ways to engage consumers more than ever before, Siduri has developed a holographic and three-dimensional interactive experience that utilizes augmented reality (AR) technology and launches on smartphones from a simple scan of a QR code-no app or headset required.

07/31/20

Package size growth rates are showing a very big swing: earlier in the pandemic period, consumers shopped in stores infrequently and sought larger packages, and so we saw larger packages (e.g. 1.5L bottle, 3L and 5L boxes) growing quickly.  Those growth rates have subsided, though the 3L box is still up 30% during the past seven weeks vs year ago. Cans and 375 ml bottles are both growing in the 50% range during that same time period. 

07/31/20

The fastest-growing labels year-to-date were Delicato's Bota Box (+57% in dollar terms) and Deutsch's Josh Cellars (+46%)

07/31/20

Trillions of dollars may be at stake in lawsuits to make business interruption insurance claims pay off. "If you sit back and don't do anything knowing that there are other lawsuits out there, you might forfeit your rights."

07/31/20

The winery will remain closed until all employees either receive negative COVID-19 test results or complete two weeks of quarantine.

07/31/20

"We are excited to continue to grow our partnership with Banfi and the Mariani family," said RNDC/YMCO Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Bob Hendrickson. "Together we will continue to build the Banfi portfolio going forward."

07/31/20

Pulling from his fifteen years of traveling to and working with the South African wine industry, in this project independent from WOSA, Clarke covers the history of South African wine, the industry as it stands today, challenges facing winemaking in the region, as well as an overview of the major growing areas.

07/31/20

"Role of Oak Coumarins in the Taste of Wines and Spirits" was published in the journal of agricultural and food chemistry last month.

07/31/20

Investing in Our Community on Our 150th Anniversary

07/31/20

From July into fall, chef Daniel Boulud's Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence-winning French café joins forces with a fellow winner. Plus, Danny Meyer's Gramercy Tavern debuts its first to-go program, and a longstanding fine-dining destination closes in Las Vegas

07/31/20

The company, which operates more than 200 restaurants in the U.S. and abroad, has reached an agreement with a majority of its senior creditors on a restructuring plan. It's looking to reduce its debt by $230 million, more than half of the total, and raise additional funding from existing lenders to buttress its balance sheet, according to court filings.

07/31/20

Some make special trips in search of this spirit that has been produced for decades in countries like France, Spain, New Zealand and Australia. Some go to the Texas Hill Country, now home to dozens of wineries. Others go to California's Napa Valley, the top producer of wine in the United States.

07/31/20

The hotel is a calm, timeless hideaway with the feel of a large Portuguese family home. But even timelessness can use a little update every once in a while. Quinta Nova just got a fairly extensive one, which upgraded the 11 sumptuous guest rooms and reimagined the interior lounges and libraries that are meant for guests to share.

07/31/20

For a glimpse of what could happen to a trillion dollars worth of American farmland, meet Ray Williams. He's a lawyer-turned-farmer, growing organic grain and feeding young cows on 3,000 acres in northeastern Oregon. Last year, he and his brother Tom decided that they were getting too old for the long hours and hard work.

07/31/20

Participants can bid on exclusive wines and experiences including Honorary Chair Karen MacNeil's Washington-Napa experience, a pair of Honorary Vintner Mark McNeilly's Mark Ryan Winery engraved 9-liter bottles and a 22-year vertical of Leonetti Cellar Sangiovese

07/31/20

Winners were selected based on accomplishments in the areas of academics, leadership, and community service. WBI scholarships are intended to offset tuition and educational expenses for students earning a wine business degree at SSU.

07/31/20

Fine wine importer Quintessential, in partnership with Les Vins Georges Duboeuf, announces a new 11-part Beaujolais video series hosted by Doug Frost MS, MW, featuring some of the industry's most distinguished experts on the region.

07/31/20

The partnership includes a $10,000 gift, in-kind donations of wine and use of the Wines of the West Roadhouse and Wine Tasting on Highway 46 for meetings and fundraising events.

07/31/20

The major international wine group headquartered in Chile announced today the results for the second quarter of the year, in which consolidated sales grew by 16.5%, operating profit increased by 71% and the operating margin reached 17.5% with an expansion of 560 bp.

07/31/20

The initiative is being closely watched, with news media suffering as tech giants have hoovered up advertising revenue.

07/31/20

Chez Panisse, Alice Waters' acclaimed Berkeley fine dining restaurant, is now trading its signature four-course, upwards of $100 dinner menus for to-go sandwiches.

07/31/20

Sometimes, though, the occasion calls for a different kind of great. Instead, what's wanted is a bottle that refreshes, relaxes and perhaps spurs conversation and intimacy.

07/31/20

Using glue sticks to catch birds has been outlawed in Europe since the 1979 Bird Directive, except in specific circumstances where the practice is "controlled, selective and in limited quantities". Since 1989, France has invoked these circumstances to permit glue-trapping in five south-east departments on the grounds that it is "traditional".

07/31/20

Producers in France's eastern Champagne region, headquarters of the global industry, say they've lost an estimated 1.7 billion euros ($2 billion) in sales for this year, as turnover fell by a third - a hammering unmatched in living memory, and worse than the Great Depression.

07/31/20

Wine consumption declined in 2019 for the first time in 25 years. It will likely rise this year because of the pandemic, but what will it take for wine to regain its place, long-term, on the American table?

07/31/20

Famed 'Godfather' director speaks about North Beach plans at local hearing

07/31/20

Speaker: Dr Simon Schmidt - Research Manager at The Australian Wine Research Institute: Summary: This presentation details what GSH is, how its use is being considered in the context of winemaking, and reports on some work undertaken as part of a collaborative project between the AWRI and the University of Adelaide exploring its potential as a winemaking additive.

07/31/20

In an effort to adapt to a changing climate, Spottswoode and Larkmead have planted experimental vineyards to rare and unique grape varieties. Winemakers Aron Weinkauf and Dan Petroski talk about the path that led them to plant varieties like Touriga Nacional, Manseng Noir, Assyrtiko, and Souzao and how these vines will inform farming in Napa Valley.

07/31/20

The company has tapped an adviser for the fundraising, which may target so-called crossover investors or firms known for backing fast-growing companies ahead of a potential initial public offering, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. Wine.com is seeking to raise around $50 million to $75 million.

07/31/20

Through Texas' cult favorite sparkling water brand, Topo Chico.

07/31/20

Hurricane warnings were in effect for the Bahamas on Friday, including hard-hit areas from Dorian in 2019 like the Abaco Islands, although meteorologists expect the impacts to pale in comparison to the monster storm that stalled for 24 hours and caused utter devastation there last year.

07/31/20

As many as 231,000 of the nation's roughly 660,000 eateries will likely shut down this year, according to an estimate from restaurant consultancy Aaron Allen & Associates. Restaurants have already shed millions of jobs this year, economic data show.

07/31/20

As Milan Wine Week wants to focus more on experiential events that connect with wine consumers, rather than a wine fair with just a bunch of booths, they will also setup small wine worlds within the most popular neighborhoods in Milan;

07/31/20

Dr. Patty Skinkis, Oregon State University's Viticulture Extension Specialist and Professor, has been confirmed as 2020-2021 president of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) as of July 1. She succeeds Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker for white wines at J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines. Dr. Skinkis will lead ASEV's 12-member board.

07/31/20

WOSA USA has some great resources on its website. For those in the wine trade, a list of importers of South African wine is available. For those looking for local retail shops that carry South African wine, a list of retailers across the country can be accessed on the site.

07/31/20

Join Kinsey Grant, Business Editor at Morning Brew and Host of the Brew's podcast, Business Casual, as she discusses challenges and opportunities in the wine world with: • Dottie Gaiter and John Brecher (Senior Editors, Grape Collective) • Eric Asimov (Wine Critic, NY Times) • Esther Mobley (Wine Critic, SF Chronicle) • Ray Isle (Executive Wine Editor, Food & Wine magazine)

07/31/20

The shockwave from lost sales this year in those key channels for North Coast producers will reverberate for two or more years, said Jon Moramarco, who runs the beverage alcohol analytics firm BW166 and publishes the influential Gomberg Fredrikson Report.