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Monday, September 28th

08/06/20

This week marked the beginning of the 2020 harvest for some of the Valley's sparkling producers, including Mumm Napa, which brought in its first load of grapes Monday, and Schramsberg, which Wednesday held an understated celebration to mark the first of its grapes to be crushed.

08/06/20

In case, you missed it, proposed new guidelines would cut recommended daily limit of alcohol consumption for American men in half

08/06/20

The latest mid-year update from Sovos ShipCompliant and Wines Vines Analytics shows rapid growth through the first half with almost 1 million more cases shipped from January through June than the same period in 2019, representing a 29% increase in volume and a 15% increase in value. ... No one could have predicted the impact the coronavirus has had on the market, but if there's a silver lining, it's that it has accelerated adoption of a channel that will only grow increasingly important to the wine industry's future.

08/06/20

The winery came up for sale because Raymond Haak wanted to retire and his grown children had already pursued other careers. This is his second retirement, having retired as an engineer years ago only to start working 80-hour weeks as the owner of a winery.

08/06/20

According to Enartis, Self-Brett® is a simple detection method for Brettanomyces presence; easy-to-use, reliable and low-cost. It allows winemakers to run independent and multiple-sample measurement with minimum economic investment and without requiring any specialized laboratory equipment. Positive results can be followed by quantification testing at specialized wine testing laboratories.

08/06/20

The agreement pairs the largest independent coastal grape grower in California with the largest domestic manufacturer of glass bottles for the U.S. wine market. The 750ml wine bottles for Plata Wine Partners leverage the brand's existing bottle design assets with a modern, premium look and feel.

08/06/20

Tony comes to Lede Family Wines after nearly a decade at Hahn Family Wines, where he served as the company's Chief Executive Officer.

08/06/20

Donley joins Portocork as an account manager in Napa and Sonoma, following a decade of winemaking experience at wineries including Colgin Cellars, Wheeler Farm and ADAMVS Winery.

08/06/20

Stoller Wine Group has realigned its national sales team, appointing Bryan Schoen to vice president of national sales, and Patrick McBride to vice president of chains.

08/06/20

These negotiations have been exceptionally challenging given that the industry is not making any revenue right now and the cost of healthcare is approximately $50 million a month.

08/06/20

Mike Lucia owns an entire Northern California wine appellation. The owner of Rootdown Wine Cellars recently bought the 150-acre Cole Ranch Appellation for $2.7 million. The unique parcel of land, located near Ukiah, was listed by California Outdoor Properties for $3.3 million, the Sacramento Bee reported last year.

08/06/20

The South African vintner talks about taking the reins as owner of Hamilton Russell Vineyards, dealing with the country's ban on alcohol sales and a new wine project in Oregon

08/06/20

Organizations working with ECHO on New Homeless Prevention Program

08/06/20

Based in Tokyo, Antcicada announced the launch of the unique spirit, which is called "Sansha", referring to the silkworm droppings which are believied to have medicinal benefits in China.

08/06/20

Sonoma County is taking a deliberate approach to a potential expansion of paid coronavirus sick leave for local employers after a speedy passage of similar Santa Rosa rules last month.

08/06/20

With COVID-19 slowing wine consumption in most major markets around the world and the on-premise channel expected to face a prolonged recovery, global wineries - including those in Australia - have been urged to look at developing stronger digital capabilities.

08/06/20

The CEO of Napa's Heitz Cellar talks about his incredible journey from high-school dropout to star sommelier to the upper crust of California Cabernet, and how the wine industry can become more inclusive for those like him

08/06/20

Businesses can apply for the so-called solidarity fund, a state-guaranteed loan, tax and social payment deferrals and activité partielle, France's version of the Job Retention Scheme.

08/06/20

Spain's tourism sector has been hit hard by Covid-19 and now Rioja has another problem on its hands.

08/06/20

Is it possible to find value in Bordeaux? Of course it is - let's go bargain hunting.

08/06/20

The Super Bowl champion's new wine "concierge" company offers wine picks (with trading cards) and cellar consultations. Next up: a new service to get fans straight to Napa?

08/06/20

No activity in the vineyard of a serious winery takes place without the authority and approval of the winemaker.

08/06/20

With the harvest due to start next week, more challenges lie ahead for the producers.