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09/24/20

In a notice issued Tuesday, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board outlined three discharge violations stemming from the Jan. 22 spill at Rodney Strong Vineyards, where a racking door at the bottom of a large stainless-steel storage tank burst open, flooding the Old Redwood Highway facility with a torrent of cabernet sauvignon.

09/24/20

"The general practice that we're seeing emerge is to agree to a delayed acceptance of fruit with growers, allowing for harvest to go ahead, but also giving time to get an accurate picture of smoke taint. The good news is that results that we've received to date from Napa and Lake counties have been far lower than expected."

09/24/20

"When you look up and down our fine wine portfolio, anything that's doing more than 25% of business on-premise is going to be down. In many cases, it's more like 50% of the brand. We're utilizing the strength of our retail teams to help bring those brands into the retail market."

09/24/20

Throughout the pandemic, growth of Prosecco has been somewhat consistent, with growth rates earlier in the pandemic up 43% and growth rates for this summer up 34.4%. French champagne experienced different dynamics, with slower growth rates during the first 3 months of the pandemic, followed by an extreme pick up in off premise growth during summer months.

09/24/20

Is alcohol looking at its own unequal K-shaped recovery, where the brands and alcohol categories that entered the Covid era in a position of entrenched strength have bounced back quickly, while upstarts face a far more uncertain future?

09/24/20

If wines reflect the unique attributes of the year in which they were made, then California's 2020 vintage may carry the distinctive notes of uncertainty, confusion and chaos.

09/24/20

The wildfires are likely to be "without question the single worst disaster the wine-grape growing community has ever faced," said John Aguirre, president of the California Association of Winegrape Growers.

09/24/20

Cooperative Extension Specialist Dr. Anita Oberholster was interviewed for a KCRA 3 news feature about how the wine industry is dealing with the risk of smoke taint.

09/24/20

"I'm not ready to call this vintage yet and I have a lot of faith in what's going on here." - Jason Lett

09/24/20

"On a positive note, our team is safe and well, although still in a bit of shock."

09/24/20

Solano County on Tuesday moved into a less-restrictive tier of California's four-level COVID-19 containment framework, allowing a number of restaurants, movie theaters, hair salons and shopping malls to reopen indoors to a limited degree.

09/24/20

The 2,500-bottle consignment from the Grand Award-winning restaurant fetched $4.1 million, but it still has nearly 80,000 bottles in its cellar

09/24/20

"Remember, contained is not controlled. We will continue to monitor this fire for smoldering areas," Cal Fire said. "Re-population efforts continue to be complicated in portions of the fire area by closed roads, damaged utilities and compromised trees."

09/24/20

Just west of Charlotte, and slightly southeast of Asheville, you'll find Rutherford and Polk Counties. In this two-county region, give or take a sliver from surrounding counties, you'll find what's referred to as the "Thermal Belt Region/Zone"

09/24/20

Hospitality venues in England are now required by law to display QR codes, which users of the NHS Covid-19 app can scan to check-in.

09/24/20

China might be trying to use beef, barley and wine as weapons in its trade war with Australia but when it comes to a drink at the end of the day Aussie wine remains a preferred tipple of discerning Chinese drinkers.

09/24/20

Three artists create an original piece of art reflective of their interpretation of Argyle, which is then turned into a label for the Art of Sparkling 3-bottle set.

09/24/20

The entertaining collection of personal tales is available on Vimeo and Instagram @LailVineyards and will include stories from other vintners and winemakers in the future

09/24/20

With the challenges of the current moment heavy on the mind, a small group of Los Angeles based wineries are looking to the past, and will soon harvest grapes from some of the oldest known vines in California.

09/24/20

Covid-19 related disruptions are only exacerbated by the 'trade wars' with China and the European Union.

09/24/20

The award recognizes those whose contributions have benefited the American grape and grape products industries by exemplifying the qualities that set Rich Smith apart.

09/24/20

The blockbuster wines that line supermarket aisles have an important role to play in the wine industry, says Robert Joseph.

09/24/20

Small-production, in-demand wines often end up on allocation, but what does that mean for consumers?