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10/23/20

"We have implemented more frequent vineyard inspections, a comprehensive program for control of this vector and the best management strategies to safeguard foundation material. We will test all vines in the foundation vineyards individually on an annual basis and have discontinued distributing material from RRV."

10/23/20

One of the overarching recommendations and the policy most often cited as a hindrance to wildfire prevention is the strict state air quality enforcement that severely limits prescribed burning for vegetation management and bans the burning of brush or pruning piles.

10/23/20

"We are impressed with Customer Vineyard's business progress and pleased to make this investment to further its successful growth strategy while supporting the wine industry overall."

10/23/20

Big data houses and analytics firms have profiles of 280 million U.S. consumers based on public records and credit card data. They pool the information, creating profiles in the sky. When paired with a customer list, that data can lead to specific recommendations enabling data driven marketing and precision targeting.

10/23/20

Identifying themselves as the steering committee of Coalition Napa Valley - a group which previously lobbied Napa County to streamline the use permit modification process for wineries - the nine submitted their request to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

10/23/20

"Everyone's harvest was interrupted to some extent. But winemakers take all of this in their stride. It's their job to take what mother nature gives and turn it into wine, and in some cases make critical decisions about whether that wine meets the quality standards of their brand and our region," Connor Best, NVV's head of international marketing said.

10/23/20

Faust is a practitioner of a Wine Country hospitality style that might be best described as "fancy Millennial picnic": a place where a group of friends can come for a leisurely, casual hangout with farm-to-table snacks and picturesque views.

10/23/20

In an inspirational virtual ceremony that emphasized diversity, community and a dedication to the advancement of women, 24 women leaders were awarded $80,000 in educational scholarships from E. & J. Gallo Winery's Women Behind the Wine Educational Fund in collaboration with the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation.

10/23/20

Invests in Viticulture and Enology Program at Colorado Mesa University/Western Colorado Community College in Grand Junction

10/23/20

Barefoot continues to lead all brands in IRI channels by both volume and value, but the fastest-growing labels year-to-date among the top 10 were Delicato's Bota Box (+53% in dollar terms) and Deutsch's Josh Cellars (+45%). Bottled table wine priced at least $20 per 750-ml. was the fastest-growing segment (+30% year-to-date), while labels priced below $8 grew just 2.5% by volume. Off-premise, sparkling brands (+28%) doubled table wine's growth (+14%) year-to-date in IRI channels, primarily due to Gallo's La Marca and other Prosecco brands. La Marca is projected to be the largest-selling sparkling brand by volume by year-end, according to Impact Databank, while Moët Hennessy's Veuve Clicquot leads all sparkling wines in value terms, including the on-premise.

10/23/20

After a strong year in 2019, Burgundy shipments to the U.S. are down by double-digits through the first seven months of 2020, owing to the twin blows of the pandemic and 25% U.S. tariffs on French wines below 14% abv. Last year, Burgundy's shipments to the U.S.-its top export market-rose 6.5% to €226 million ($267m) on volume up 7.2% to approximately 1.6 million cases, accounting for 14% of revenue and 12% of volume of all French AOC wines exported to the U.S., according to the Bourgogne Wine Board.

10/23/20

This is the first time a team has won the world blind tasting championship twice in a row, and it is France's third victory in eight events. The twenty or so competing teams first had to recognise the main grape variety in the blend, the producer country, the vintage, the appellation, the producer and the names of twelve wines.

10/23/20

The main B2B innovation for the world of wine has been the International Tastings: a set of about 50 exclusive tastings streamed online to buyers and press officers, while part of the physical audience was in the headquarters of Palazzo Bovara, in Milan, and the rest - for a total of 1,250 invited guests - in one of Milano Wine Week 2020's 7 foreign locations (hotels, venues, wine spaces, etc.) located in New York, San Francisco, Miami, Toronto, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Moscow, thus tapping into the main international wine markets - North America, China and Russia.

10/23/20

The National Restaurant Association recommends using new and improved technologies to limit the spread of germs and to communicate effectively with customers including contactless payment systems, automated ordering systems, mobile ordering apps and website updates that clearly state restaurant policies and options for customers concerned about either on or off-premise dining.

10/23/20

The toy takes the form of a rubber bottle designed to look similar to the classic Jack Daniel's bottle, with black labels and white text. Instead of 'Old No. 7' and the words 'Tennessee sour mash whiskey', the dog toy instead includes the wording 'The Old No.2 on your Tennessee carpet'.

10/23/20

The Republic of Ireland will return to its highest level of lockdown restrictions this week to combat surging coronavirus cases, Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced Monday evening.

10/23/20

Yamhill County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Easterday has ruled that Smera Vineyard and Maysara Winery haven't met their burden of proof to justify blocking the nearby Wagner family from growing and processing the psychoactive crop.

10/23/20

An AVA-style system is proposed for weed and wine organizations are keen to help - up to a point.

10/23/20

Rabobank announced on Oct. 21 that it has named veteran food and agribusiness research analyst and economist Roland Fumasi to lead its RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness (F&A) team in North America.

10/23/20

This list is part of The 20 IN 20. Begin your decade with a real adventure in 2020 by completing at least 20 of our 400 incredible things to do!

10/23/20

San Franciscans were devastated when Tadich Grill closed its doors in July, unsure if the city's oldest restaurant would ever reopen. Thanks to the return of indoor dining, Tadich Grill's classic cioppino, steaks and oysters will be back Nov. 9.

10/23/20

a new series, Wine of the Week ...

10/23/20

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is calling for federal assistance to grape growers in Oregon harmed by wildfire smoke that rendered some of the 2020 crop unusable and reduced the value of other portions.

10/23/20

With COVID safety continually top-of-mind, a drive-through pick-up with rice straw net wattles, rice straw bales, tarps, and gloves, will be located at the Napa Valley College and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

10/23/20

Vino del Sol's mission is to be "Your Trusted Source for Great Wine®."

10/23/20

The rush was on to harvest grapes at Vancouver Island wineries over the last few weeks including at 40 Knots Winery near Comox.

10/23/20

A young couple who ordered an $18 Pinot Noir at Balthazar in New York found themselves enjoying Mouton Rothschild 1989 listed at $2,000 following a mix-up, according to owner Keith McNally.

10/23/20

According to an opinion column in the Australian Financial Review, the relentless domestic focus on Australia's recovery from COVID, Beijing's determination to ramp up the economic costs of Australia's approach to China is impossible to ignore.

10/23/20

The experiment began in November 2019 at the logistics and bottling site at Beychac-et-Caillau, in the Bordeaux region, and in Nîmes in Southern France, two of the seven plants belonging to shipping firm Johanès Boubée. "We want to make our business greener and act sustainably to reduce our environmental footprint and therefore CO2 emissions", said operations director and head of operational sites in France, Mathieu Soulard.

10/23/20

The short answer is nobody knows for sure, but with a La Niña climate pattern in place, meteorologists are making educated predictions based on past data. Their forecasts slightly differ, but they offer clues into what may lie ahead.

10/23/20

"Mother Nature throws a curve quite often," said McIlrath, of McIlrath Family Farms in the Upper Yakima Valley. "We just work around it.

10/23/20

According to an article by Cyril Penn on Oct. 15 in Wine Business.com, "Every vineyard and every varietal that was hanging after August 17 from Mendocino all the way down to San Luis Obispo has a smoke taint number. Some areas are much less affected and the taint numbers are extremely low and completely manageable in the winemaking process.

10/23/20

The first in our two-part webinar considered the evolution of organic winemaking and the challenges and opportunities that this path delivers. Andrew Catchpole prompted the debate.

10/23/20

Eric Asimov is the Chief Wine Critic of the New York Times, a role he has had since 2004. He is also the author of How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto. He was interviewed by Stephen Satterfield, co-founder of Whetstone Media, a multi-platform, multi-media company dedicated to food and wine.

10/23/20

A Conversation With Katerina Axelsson, CEO of Tastry

10/23/20

Benchmark bottles were always a splurge. But an increasing concentration of wealth has put them out of reach for all but the richest connoisseurs.

10/23/20

the segment is decelerating quite dramatically in the latest IRI scans to October 4.