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10/09/20

"There seem to be three groups of people out there: folks in full denial of smoke taint, those who are hopeful something will work out, and the all-is-lost crowd." ... "Some Napa Valley wineries have made announcements about their 2020 vintage, yet many are still in the process of evaluating the potential impact of smoke on their grapes. It is still too early to predict the overall impact that smoke and wildfires will have on the 2020 vintage"

10/09/20

"Old vines are living pieces of agricultural history and they are disappearing, one by one. The market lacks the recognition and premiumization of old vine wines. Until these wines can fetch the premium price they deserve, we will continue to see old vines ripped out. It is simple economics. Our goal is to preserve Lodi's historical vineyards for generations to come."

10/09/20

"It's almost comparable pay. ... There's still room for improvement, but the wine industry is always a star performer."

10/09/20

There's been a surge in recent weeks of high-end fashion boutiques and restaurant reopenings in central Manhattan, despite record unemployment, rising crime, municipal revenue shortfalls, schools chaos - and a COVID-19 infection uptick that's fueled fears of a second virus wave.

10/09/20

As the world learns to live with coronavirus, what impact has it had on wine prices?

10/09/20

Napa Valley is dealing with "layers of crisis," according to Linsey Gallagher, president and CEO of the tourism advocacy group Visit Napa Valley. Even so, data suggests tourism in Napa over the summer had begun a slow recovery from the initial impacts of the coronavirus. "It's pretty unfathomable to have this situation on top of (the pandemic)," Gallagher said.

10/09/20

Far Niente Family of Wineries and Vineyards (FNFWV), announces today the launch of Post & Beam Winery. Named for the simple yet elegant barns that dot the American landscape, Post & Beam wines represent craftsmanship, tradition, legacy and purity in winemaking. The winery is the latest addition to the Far Niente Family of Wineries and Vineyards, joining Far Niente, Dolce, Nickel & Nickel, EnRoute, and Bella Union.

10/09/20

Proceeds from the "Official Wine of the Cavaliers" to Help Fight Hunger in Northeast Ohio

10/09/20

Famed restaurateur Danny Meyer told CNBC on Wednesday that the dining industry desperately needs government aid due to the coronavirus pandemic, warning of significant economic damage without it.

10/09/20

The Duffeler family and investors have put the Williamsburg Winery and its 342-plus acres for sale with a $40 million price tag, according to Richard Walden, owner, agent and Realtor of Virginia Estates.

10/09/20

Among the damage and destruction Cal Fire reported Tuesday morning, Napa County's number of destroyed commercial operations has climbed to 321. Sonoma County's remained at a dozen, according to the state fire agency's damage inspection team.

10/09/20

"When I looked at some of the reactions to the Northern Rhônes, I wondered if all of us in the Wine School community were drinking the same bottles."

10/09/20

Dickson, who runs Angeleno Wine Co. with partner Amy Luftig Viste, and a small group of local winemakers are at work on an unusual project: Harvest grapes from the mission's historic vineyard and turn them into wine.

10/09/20

Neighbors describe El Molino Winery's Jon Berlin as a hero and "one-man army," in this week's Drinking with Esther newsletter

10/09/20

Whether you want to pursue a career in wine or simply fuel a passion, the following courses, workshops and guides can get you started right from your couch, and for next to nothing at all.

10/09/20

"Introducing a different kind of buzz - Pabst Blue Ribbon Cannabis Infused Seltzer with a twist of lemon," Pabst Blue Ribbon wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday. "Brought to you by our friends @PabstLabs."

10/09/20

Most of the Lebanese wine production is centered in the Bekaa Valley in the east, near the border of Syria, but another region in northern Lebanon around Batroun has been growing as well. "The three red wines I suggest are all from the Bekaa Valley."

10/09/20

The Care for Wild wine collection was launched at the end of September to raise for the South African wildlife charity of the same name.

10/09/20

It took them several hours of hard, sweaty work that first night of the fire on Sept. 27. But, amid the tales of Glass Fire tragedy, they created one with a happy ending. The family winery, with its 11-acre vineyard and 1890 home along Silverado Trail, still stands.

10/09/20

The kind of technology that works and is needed in hospitality; why Amazon wants to attract luxury brands; how we can now sell on Instagram IGTV; and what we can learn from Walmart's new digital-first store concept. ...

10/09/20

This might be the new normal. And it's not as though things were peachy in the world of wine to begin with: Demand has been slowing as younger consumers shed their parents' infatuation with all things wine, and as wine has been used as a pawn in an ill-conceived trade war with both China and Europe. Then came a pandemic and yet another year of disastrous fires. What is left is a collection of weary survivors trying to plan for an uncertain future. "There's definitely resolve and a ton of camaraderie here," says Fisher. "But there's also a real fatigue."

10/09/20

Citizens' Climate Lobby Supports the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act and is presenting a Wine Industry Climate Action Webinar Thursday, Oct 22, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 pm ...