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09/11/20

Vineyards and wineries have avoided serious fire and smoke damage so far, but danger remains for Willamette and Rogue valleys

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More than 1,400 square miles (3,625 square kilometers) have burned this week in the state. Authorities say the wildfire activity was particularly acute Thursday afternoon in northwestern Oregon as hot, windy conditions continued.

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The August Complex Fire is a combination of 37 fires sparked by lightning in Mendocino National Forest on Aug. 17, the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement. It has so far burned 471,185 acres and is 24 percent contained.

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California wineries recruit for J-1s partly out of necessity: They need to look internationally to find enough talent. But the international exchange of harvest interns is also a deeply ingrained cultural feature of the global wine industry. Young winemakers hop from hemisphere to hemisphere, chasing the harvest, gaining professional experience - while also traveling, learning about other countries and having more than a little bit of fun.

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Michael Boer, North Coast Sales Manager and Pest Control Advisor/IPM Consultant with Grow West in Geyserville, and Leticia Chacón Rodríguez, winemaker and winery manager at the University of California, Davis, have been appointed to manage the 30-member committee, all of whom volunteer their time to find applicable and timely topics in winemaking, grapegrowing, business and marketing, and pursue appropriate speakers for the Unified Symposium program sessions.

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Annual Expo is Online from November 9 -- December 4, 2020

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Formerly known as the Winegrowers Convention & Trade Show, WineVit will be held March 15-18, 2021, at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA. A new name, but WineVit will offer the same in-person opportunities to expand knowledge and understanding of the wine and grape issues and topics as in years past.

09/11/20

The next ProWein - International Trade Fair for Wines and Spirit - in Düsseldorf, Germany will be held in March 2021. A comprehensive hygiene concept tailored to ProWein and its specific requirements is currently being developed. The planning phase for ProWein 2021 is currently in full swing. Other dates in the ProWein World calendar include ProWine in Singapore from March 2 - 5, 2021 and ProWine in Hong Kong from May 12 - 14, 2021.

09/11/20

"You are highly unlikely to ever taste a smoke-tainted wine, because wineries are bending over backwards right now to ensure that no compromised liquid enters a bottle. They are spending thousands of dollars on lab testing, considering cutting back on their production and investigating ways to mitigate any smoke exposure that does manifest itself in a wine. Many wineries would sooner dump out millions of dollars' worth of product than put a damaged one on the shelf."

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8,500 wines from 46 producer countries competed this year in the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in Brno, Czech Republic, from September 4-6. Medals were awarded to wines from 40 different countries. At the top, with the highest number of accolades stands France (570), followed by Spain (495), Italy (363) and Portugal (306). The Czech Republic picked up 112 awards, thus securing fifth place.

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"This is an incredible day in Ray's life. What a milestone for this gentleman," said Marvin R. Shanken, chairman of M. Shanken Communications, Inc."We are all blessed to know him and honor his many decades of leadership in the American wine and spirits industry."

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Rocky Pond Estate Winery, the Washington producer crafting wines from their breathtaking sustainably farmed riverside vineyards in the Columbia River Valley, is opening a new tasting room in the heart of downtown Woodinville at the Woodin Creek project. Opening late September, the Rocky Pond team will be raising the bar by adding new and exciting culinary and wine experiences.

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For the last twelve years, Ornellaia has been furthering the Vendemmia d'Artista project, which supports foundations and museums around the world through the union of art and wine. Since last year, thanks to a collaboration with the Guggenheim, it has raised funds to support an equally innovative initiative: The "Mind's Eye" program at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

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The bottles all featured original limited edition labels by Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno on the theme 'Solare' ('Radiant').

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The new eateries offer tons of outdoor seating and ocean views

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Nine voting BCWI Directors represent all British Columbia wineries. Newly elected or re-elected members of the Board of Directors are: Greg Berti, Andrew Peller; Josh Stewart, Arterra Wines Canada; Vice-Chair Darryl Brooker, Mark Anthony Group; Christa-Lee McWatters, TIME Winery; Charlie Baessler, Corcelettes Estate Winery; and Santiago Cilley, Phantom Creek Estates. Continuing their directorships are Chair Erik Fisher (Monte Creek Ranch Winery), Leo Gebert (St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Winery) and Dapinder Gill (Kismet Estate Winery). BC Grapegrowers' Association representative David Kozuki and BCWI President & CEO Miles Prodan continue as ex officio non-voting members.

09/11/20

In her newly-appointed role, Sengara will lead all facets of marketing for Campari Group's premium portfolio of brands - from groundbreaking innovation to digital transformation. In an industry where brands are inherently social, Sengara will explore what experiences and consumer engagement looks like in a post-COVID environment - identifying new opportunities to help 21+ consumers discover and experience Campari America's portfolio of brands.

09/11/20

Champagne Lanson has announced Feast Public Relations - a fine wine and food public relations agency - as its agency of record beginning this year and continuing through 2021. FeastPR will develop and execute a comprehensive communications strategy to support Lanson's dynamic new developments and manifesto, "It's All About Love."

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Distinctive glass packaging is an essential element of Heaven Hill Brands' iconic spirits portfolio, such as Evan Williams Bourbon, Elijah Craig Bourbon, Deep Eddy Vodka, Burnett's Vodka and Admiral Nelson's Rum. Heaven Hill Brands worked alongside Ardagh to manufacture customized, premium spirits bottles with unique embossing and textures, ranging in size from 375ml to 1.75 L.

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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, created by the American Trucking Associations, will be held September 13-19, 2020. Martignetti Companies Leadership Team will kick-off the week-long celebration with a video message from employees showing their appreciation.

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The "journey" should be as well-planned as it would be with a physical visit, translated to the digital world. Using the phrase "plan your work, and work your plan," Muracchioli explained that selling wine online is not a straight line. She spoke about developing a strategic format of building customer relationships online, just as one would in the physical world.

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The Supreme Court has asked the state of Michigan and the intervening Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association to respond to the cert petition in the Lebamoff v. Michigan matter. A response is due October 9.

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Alastair Miller interviews wine expert Bartholomew Broadbent, who is the son of world-renowned wine critic Michael Broadbent. Bartholomew specializes in port and Madeira wines, and in addition to exploring his areas of expertise, Bartholomew shares fond memories of his father and discusses how he grew up learning about wine. He also recounts stories from his travels exporting wines around the world, talks about his passion for wines from emerging regions, and answers viewers' questions during the livestream.

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Peter sits down with Kyle today to discuss Mondavi history and how Charles Krug has remained one of the most consistent producers ...

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Cornell University testing the use of ultraviolet light at night to kill pathogens

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Teroldego is quickly catching on among Colorado winemakers, who say this inky-purple fruit makes flavorful, complex wine that doesn't break the bank.

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The wine industry has dealt with multiple shocks this year, perhaps more than any other rural sector, and there are fears that some smaller businesses will go bust.

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Joseph DeLissio, "a blue-collar kid in a white-collar job," saw the rise of American wine culture and put together an ever-changing, world-class list.

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CDC officials interviewed about 314 people who experienced symptoms of the virus and got tests, about half of whom were positive. Both the positive and the negative subjects said they had engaged in activities such as attending church and in-person shopping.

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The sudden turnaround was announced by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo after weeks of small businesses demanding that the city reopen dining rooms

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For the first time in 14 years, the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival will not be returning this December, thanks to the coronavirus crisis.

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A circle of retail life played out on the streets of Portland this summer. The coronavirus is forcing Oui! Wine Bar + Restaurant to close its doors. As Oui exits the Portland wine scene, two Willamette Valley wineries recently set up shop: Erath Winery and Willful Wine Co.

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And yes, there are gummies... or pâte de fruits, actually.

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Last year, Cam Ward, longtime goaltender for the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, retired after 14 seasons on ice. With the game no longer his central focus, he's had time to bring a cool new perspective to his second passion: Vineyard 36, the Napa Valley Cab-focused wine brand he cofounded with former teammate Tim Gleason and wine industry veteran Jason Earnest.

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Room rates are expected to start around $695 per night.

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The ferocious Almeda fire, fueled by strong winds, sped north from Ashland and within hours decimated the small Jackson County communities of Talent and Phoenix, which lie just a few miles apart along Oregon 99 between Ashland and Medford.

09/11/20

Ryan Prichard of Three Sticks Wines was named LuxeSF's 2020 Rising Wine Star Winemaker of the Year by LuxeSF, who are the latest publishers of San Francisco and Silicon Valley magazines.

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Wine is an alcoholic beverage, not a wellness product. So what does all of this clean wine marketing really mean?

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Gary Pavlis has long been the Garden State's go-to grape guy.

09/11/20

John Gillespie discusses the "geometry of high frequency wine drinkers" while Danny Brager talks about the upward but divergent paths of off premise vs. DTC Sales.

09/11/20

Following the Diamond Creek and Flora Springs Komes Ranch Transactions, IWA represents Burgess Cellars in the Sale to the Lawrence Family

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Even the environmentalists, scientists, and policy-makers who have been sounding the alarm about the threat of the climate crisis for years are stunned by this year's fire season.