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08/07/20

Channel shifting and panic buying drove dramatic growth rates for off-premise sales and direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipments of wine this year but slower growth awaits, said Jon Moramarco, editor with Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates during a webinar the market research firm hosted on Aug. 6.

08/07/20

Researchers at California State University, Fresno (CSUF) are using electrode sensors to monitor heart activity, facial movements and skin conductance in human sensory trials to better understand sensory stimulation evoked by wine aromas and flavors.

08/07/20

Researchers from UC Davis, Oregon State University and Washington State University were awarded a USDA-NIFA-SCRI planning grant to determine gaps in current knowledge and to develop a robust research program to address the priorities and knowledge gaps identified in industry stakeholder need identification meetings. Anita Oberholster, Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension in Enology, Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis was a part of the team.

08/07/20

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08/07/20

Wine Institute, California Association of Winegrape Growers and California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance developed a COVID-19 Harvest Protocols Workbook

08/07/20

Winemakers are predicting the 2020 crop will be lighter than the North Coast average. The county and greater North Coast harvest this year coincides with flattening wine sales, as well an excess supply in the bulk wine market after large grape crops in recent years.

08/07/20

Visitation to bars/restaurants for eating and drinking remains flat. It appears we plateaued on consumers willing to return On Premise before the situation improves. Outlets may need to look at fresh approaches to reaching out to those who have yet to return. Drinking occasions for younger people have fallen. Drinking and eating occasions are increasing in New York, but are beginning to decline slightly again in Florida (for eating) and Texas (for drinking)

08/07/20

Among other things, he will continue to represent and lead efforts related to the joint collaboration between Nielsen, Wines Vines Analytics, and Sovos ShipCompliant that brings together Nielsen wine off premise retail sales and DtC wine shipments.

08/07/20

Chopra is exiting Vox Media after more than six years working at the company's Eater site. Most recently, Chopra oversaw strategy and operations at Eater.

08/07/20

The Guigal family has purchased Domaine Les Clefs d'Or in Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe, while the owners of Château Mont-Redon have acquired a winery in nearby Cairanne

08/07/20

First introduced in the 1600s, their true purpose went untapped for centuries after the plague - that is, until a new one came along this year.

08/07/20

In addition to its well-known H3 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Red Blend and Sauvignon Blanc, the brand will also introduce a Rosé, a blend of Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The line also includes new packaging for the brand, which leans into the winged horse or Pegasus imagery, an homage to the Horse Heaven Hills name. The new H3 wines are now available throughout Washington state, Oregon and California and select retailers nationwide.

08/07/20

Although Heidi von der Mehren has been at California estate Merry Edwards for the past five years, 2018 was her first vintage fully in charge.

08/07/20

"The idea of contactless purchase and delivery is standard now," said Ryan Sebastian, principal of Moveable, which organizes food trucks and other pop-ups in the Bay Area. "We're seeing a return to more traditional practices in the food truck business."

08/07/20

"Consumers have been returning to familiar brands in 2020, and that has certainly helped heritage label Fetzer, where we see fans gravitating to the core varietals."

08/07/20

Since March, the classic 80-year-old cocktail lounge has remained inaccessible after the hotel closed its doors to the public, save for a group of first responders it currently hosts. With fewer guests to tend to, things have been much quieter.

08/07/20

GRAPE, the Graton Pesticides Research Project, in partnership with UCSF and CPR-with funding from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation-has embarked on a study of the use of pesticides in and around Graton.

08/07/20

Joss Fowler thinks that Bordeaux 2010 is the Lewis Hamilton vintage - all the bling, all the gear but a tad aggressive and overworked. But the best wines of 2010, fifteen or twenty or so of them, are breathtaking ...

08/07/20

According to a survey published by the National Association of American Wineries sales by New Mexico wineries fell an average of 77 percent since the pandemic's start with Noisy Water's declining 80 percent in April alone. Addressing this first key development for the state's wineries since its mid-March shutdown, Riddle exclaimed that "with revenue drastically reduced for wineries, we face a dire need to sell product with harvest drawing near."

08/07/20

A nostalgic look back at life when we could drink with other people, in this week's Drinking with Esther newsletter

08/07/20

Bob and Barb Zorich, proprietors of Alma Rosa Winery, are pleased to announce that winery founder Richard Sanford has been named 2020 Vintner of the Year by the Sta. Rita Hills Wine Alliance. On August 11 at 5:15 pm PST, wine author, expert and critic Matt Kettmann will lead a live online tribute and tasting featuring conversations with Richard and several surprise guests who will pay tribute to Richard's lifetime dedication to the Sta. Rita Hills.

08/07/20

At a time when restaurants in the Bay Area are struggling to generate revenue, some of San Francisco's most celebrated chefs and restaurant owners are doing what previously might have been unthinkable: telling diners to stay away.

08/07/20

A rising star in the natural wine scene has had her reputation sullied and wines dropped by several US importers after her father was recently placed under arrest for sharp labour practices at his agricultural businesses in southern Italy, raising questions about her potential involvement.

08/07/20

County home to 570 vineyards; median size is 14 acres

08/07/20

There are winemakers, then there is Matt Parish. The former director, officer, and chief winemaker at Constellation U.S., Treasury Wine Estates Americas, and NakedWines.com, Parish has come into ...

08/07/20

An accusation involving migrant labor in Puglia leads to self-examination and, perhaps, new awareness of the treatment of agricultural workers.

08/07/20

Harvest time is usually a celebratory affair in wine country, but this year is different.

08/07/20

Glenn Proctor, a partner in grape and wine brokerage Ciatti Co. "Local buyers in coast regions - and in Napa-Sonoma - are not out looking for grapes, and some turned into sellers themselves," Proctor said. "Those that had bought grapes earlier in year are now looking to sell and have some bulk wine to sell as well." He estimates that North Coast wine grape tonnage will be 5%-10% below the average of about 500,000 tons in the past several years. But that yield depends on how much fruit actually gets picked this harvest, Proctor said. "We have more fruit available than we've had in 10 years," he said. "In the (Central) Valley, (grape) prices are up 26% because they're looking for what they need for the off-premise surge. On the (North and Central) coasts, local wineries are hesitant because they don't have a lot of security in predicting what future sales will be. They want to wait before they spend cash on future supply, unless they know they need it."