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08/05/20

While the higher price tiers lead growth rates across wine, the mid-range price tier of $11-$15 is still the largest contributor to growth, accounting for more than 1/3 of total growth dollars.

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"Everyone has more questions than answers in this environment, but one of the questions being asked now is whether or not we still need to adjust our acreage base, considering the change in market dynamics. The simple and direct answer is "Yes!" The more complex and detailed answer is that acreage may now need to be reduced a little more heavily in certain coastal regions, while the interior regions of California could possibly throttle back on removals."

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Replays will be available shortly to paid attendees on wbmpack.com.

08/05/20

In its seventh year, the Wine Packaging Conference or "PACK" was held in a virtual format and also featured a virtual trade show of packaging vendors. The event featured several panel discussions on effective wine packaging as well as the annual Wine Packaging Design Awards in which King Estate Winery's 7 Rows Pinot Noir won Best of Show honors after winning first place in the Classic Format category of the competition. The other first place winners are:

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Talbott Tie Company owners bought the land in 1961, son Robb Talbott started vineyard in 1982

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Ruby Grapes LLC claims in its lawsuit that new owners who took over Intercoastal Wine Co. LLC quickly increased their prices after Ruby Grapes informed them they would be removing their supply in August, and that the move violates California's anti-price-gouging statute, Penal Code Section 396.

08/05/20

The site, which rises several hundred feet into the hills behind the tasting room, was acquired by Ladera's owners, the Stotesbery family, in 2019. The opening of the interim tasting room represents the first stage of a multi-phase project that will ultimately include an 8,600-square-foot cave winery, vineyards and a new hospitality building.

08/05/20

Duhameau replaces Tony Baldini who led Hahn Family Wines as President since 2013. Baldini started as General Manager, then became President, and was promoted to CEO in 2018. The Hahn family credits Baldini with helping the company evolve into one of the leading producers of luxury and estate wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Baldini leaves the company to pursue another opportunity.

08/05/20

Former EVP of Corporate Strategy and Communications, Maggie Lapcewich, will assume the new role of Chief Growth Officer (CGO), working iwith E. Lloyd Sobel who will transition from Chief Operating Officer to Chief Commercial Officer (CCO).

08/05/20

Lorenzetti joins Chronic Cellars with a decade of winemaking experience, most recently at Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards.

08/05/20

Angela Osborne, founding winemaker of Folded Hills Winery, Ranch and Homestead outside of Buellton, will leave the winery this month in order to focus on her own brand, A Tribute to Grace, a grenache-based label she created in 2006.

08/05/20

"We wanted to do something to help our community, and the restaurant and wine professionals affected by this crisis," said Vincent Bouchard, Managing Director.

08/05/20

The forecast for August through October points to the likelihood of a warmer than average period for much of the western US. The overall precipitation outlook is pointing to near average conditions, although with little insight at this point for the onset of fall rain events.

08/05/20

According to Jack Cacciato, Managing Partner of Wine Life Selections, "Partnering with Terre Cevico is an exciting opportunity for us to grow our company. They are a strong and vibrant supply partner and are leaders in the alternative packaging arena. With consumer demand increasing in this category, partnering with Terre Cevico, will allow us to enter this contemporary arena of cans and Tetra Pak."

08/05/20

Known as the Flash, the box is a crop estimation sensor developed by Carnegie Mellon University engineers. Startup Bloomfield Robotics spun off from their research to commercialize a piece of technology the wine industry anxiously awaits.

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Jameson Humane (formally known as Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch), an impact-driven nonprofit that educates to inspire change on behalf of companion and farmed animals in need, today announced that WineaPAWlooza 2020: 'Pawlooza in Place raised more than $1M at their first-of-its-kind virtual and live auction held on July 25.

08/05/20

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

08/05/20

Hosted by Sonoma County Vintners, participants will dive into their unique backgrounds and their family history in the wine industry, and share insights as to why Sonoma County is able to make some of the world's best Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast to the Russian River Valley.

08/05/20

Founding members, Larry and Adele Wildrick produced the first Fox Run estate wine back in 1989, 5 years before the winery was purchased by current owner Scott Osborn and his past business partner, Andy Hale. Over the last 30 years, Fox Run has transitioned to a family-owned business and grown to over 50 acres of east-facing vineyards, producing 17,000 cases of Finger Lakes wine annually.

08/05/20

Celebrating the Lohr family's sustainably farmed estate vineyards in California's Central Coast and Napa Valley, the virtual tastings illuminate J. Lohr's chosen appellations of Paso Robles, Monterey County and St. Helena. The tastings include video and digital storytelling elements to showcase limited-release J. Lohr Vineyard Series wines, as well as winery-exclusive wines, in a cross-tier comparative tasting format for 1 to 16 people.

08/05/20

SHARE A SPLASH wine co. and Brand Evolution have joined together to expand and grow the SHARE A SPLASH wine co. portfolio on the US national account stage. Started in 2006 by Yoav Gilat as Cannonball Wine Company with the founding vision to make the best California Cabernet under $20; the company has grown to include five brands which offer a wide range of varietals, from a stable of everyday wines that punch well above their weight to a Napa Valley luxury offering.

08/05/20

The world's biggest premium drinks company is in dispute with the world's largest luxury goods group over a missing dividend payment.

08/05/20

"Why are there grape trees at the station?" is the main question enotourists and commuters alike have at the world's first and only railway-platform vineyard

08/05/20

Hundreds of migrants flock to the sunny high desert each summer, where they live in riverside dormitories and camps as they harvest apples, peaches, cherries and grapes for Gebbers Farms, one of the biggest fruit growers in the Pacific Northwest.

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Owner Paul Krop said the storm toppled the winery's chimney and reported extensive water damage inside the building.

08/05/20

From California to Spain, wineries are turning all kinds of surprising things into stylish guest rooms, and decorating them with salvaged materials from barrel cellars and farms

08/05/20

This is one of the key predictions running through Wine Intelligence's newly released China Wine Landscape report, which suggests that "China's wine consumers have become more thoughtful, educated and less likely to buy product that is overpriced and poor quality".

08/05/20

Hit harder than most wine regions by rising temperatures and drought, the small country emerges as a global leader in responding to the climate threat