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Monday, October 26th

09/22/20

Agency says advice was 'proposed' and recommendations were posted Friday in error

09/22/20

2019 was a good year. The leading variety in planted acreage and production remains Pinot Noir, accounting for 59% of all planted acreage and 58% of wine grape production. The estimated value of wine grape production increased 14% to nearly $238 million. Total planted acreage increased by nearly 1,500 acres from 35,972 to 37,399, an increase of 4.0%. Case sales increased 12.5% from 4.15 million to 4.67 million.

09/22/20

Nielsen is collaborating with Wines Vines Analytics and Sovos ShipCompliant to provide a much more comprehensive view of the U.S. off-premise wine category than ever previously available, with a new data product that enables both separate and combined views of retail off-premise sales and direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipments. Here are some highlights from the most recent data, along with commentary from Nielsen consultant Danny Brager:

09/22/20

Usually, this time of year, the Christian Brothers from Mt. LaSalle would be welcoming guests to their annual tasting and dinner to mark the annual sale of the Brother Timothy wines. As with most events, the coronavirus pandemic has caused them to move the event online. Through Sept. 26, these wines are for sale online: the 2014 and 2016 Brother Timothy Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2018 Brother Timothy Chardonnay.

09/22/20

The online wine retailer opens submissions to 100 members of the BIPOC community to promote representation and access within the wine industry

09/22/20

It is too soon to judge how the wildfires will impact 2020 vintages, but harvested grape supplies will likely be smaller, said Glenn Proctor, partner and broker at Ciatti. Winemakers short of newly harvested grapes are expected to buy bulk wine from the 2019 season for blending with what is available from this year, he said. Fear of reputational risk will prevent winemakers from bottling and selling any wine with an unpleasant smoke taste.

09/22/20

With growers and winemakers facing unprecedented losses from the devastating West Coast wildfires, leaders of 10 wine industry groups are seeking help from Congress to obtain immediate disaster relief.

09/22/20

Terri White and Mark Lester have joined forces in creating BIBO Beverage Group, LLC, an agency specializing in helping boutique and family-owned wine, beer and spirits producers find strategic success in key markets.

09/22/20

Marco Perelli-Cippo, who stepped down from his post at Campari but remained a board member, allegedly told his friend of 50 years Davide Blei that the Italian aperitif group was about to takeover cognac maker Marnier Lapostolle, the parent company of Grand Marnier, over a meal on March 1, 2016. This was just days before the takeover was announced.

09/22/20

Claudia Jordan turned Just Peachy wine into a booming brand, then got left high and dry because she supports the Black Lives Matter movement ... or so she claims in a new suit filed against Biagio Cru and Estate Wines.

09/22/20

After being temporarily robbed of career-essential senses, sommeliers and wine journalists reflect on how the experience changed them

09/22/20

Eighty-seven percent of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and event spaces in the five boroughs could not pay their full August rent, according to data from 457 businesses surveyed between Aug. 25 and Sept. 11, in a new study released Monday by the nonprofit NYC Hospitality Alliance.

09/22/20

Texas winery and full-service custom crush facility Slate Mill Wine Collective and cooking and date night experts, Couple in the Kitchen, have partnered to introduce Date Night Wines. The initial release curated by Couple in the Kitchen includes Date Night White and Rosé wines made with 100 percent Texas grown grapes. Proceeds from the sale of the wine will benefit Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation.

09/22/20

Former United States Marine, Black woman vintner, and co-founder of Salt and Pepper Wine, Cheramie Law, today announced the launch of Cheramie Wine, a 100% Riesling sourced from the Texas High Plains AVA. Founded by Law and co-founder partner Todd Aho, Cheramie Wine was created in honor of the grit and grace of Texas wine.

09/22/20

"I was hoping it would be quite a while before I had to cover this topic again. Mother Nature hit with a vengeance in mid August. The late summer storm was a nice surprise, but the 12,000 lightening strikes in four days across Northern California was insane. The resulting 585 wildfires produced 18 large infernos, one of which was the Hennessey Fire. Today's podcast features two wineries who "miraculously" survived, Green and Red Vineyard & Nichelini Family Winery of Napa's Chile's Valley. "

09/22/20

The vintner Mark Blatty has experimented with a white wine blend, Aurora, after focusing on reds.

09/22/20

Whether you have a wine cellar or a mini fridge.

09/22/20

"The Regenerative Organic Certification… is a new program launched in August by the Regenerative Organic Alliance

09/22/20

Nestled in the hills just north of San Francisco is one of the most famous wine-producing regions in the world. Visitors come from all over to sip wine at bucolic wineries overlooking thousands of acres of grapes. But how did this region become famous for wine? That's what Bay Curious listener Michael Viray wanted to know. The temperate Mediterranean climate would be good for growing all types of crops. How did wine come to dominate here?

09/22/20

SJP told us how she blended her signature Sauvignon Blanc via a virtual session with her winemaking partners in New Zealand; a video of the process earned an Honorable Mention in our 2020 Video Contest

09/22/20

In Netflix's dark comedy series Dead to Me, characters Jen Harding (Christina Applegate) and Judy Hale (Linda Cardellini) have a self-soothing ritual. They sip glasses of red wine poolside to cope with respective traumas: the loss of a husband and multiple miscarriages.

09/22/20

Yalumba Family Winemakers have won a grant from the state government's $12 million regional growth fund to deliver the project, which will provide high-quality and disease-free vine material that can been accessed by other grape producers.

09/22/20

The historic Veronese winery confirms its Equalitas certification dedicated to wine production

09/22/20

Harvest kicked off at Melka Estates, located in Saint Helena, the heart of Napa Valley, on August 17. Below are a few words from Co-Proprietor and Winemaker Cherie Melka on progress to date.

09/22/20

Charitable Wine Industry Event Joins Forces with Foodbank of Santa Barbara County in Anticipation of the Non-Profit Organization's Continued Need to Expand Programming