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11/09/20

The proposed consent order marks the final stages in the FTC review process. Constellation anticipates closing in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. In addition, Constellation is providing a business update for fiscal 2021 and expects growth for fiscal 2021 in the 7%-9% range.

11/09/20

In case you missed it: In September, the total value of direct-to-consumer wine shipments was nearly $312 million in the U.S., an increase of 17% from a year earlier, said Andrew Adams, the editor of the Wine Analytics Report, which tracks data within the industry. Grocery-store sales tracked by Nielsen were up 16% in September compared with the same period in 2019, according to Wines Vines Analytics. "Those have been the two channels that have really kept wine going through this," Mr. Adams said.

11/09/20

Pfizer and BioNTech announced Monday their coronavirus vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 among those without evidence of prior infection, hailing the development as "a great day for science and humanity." ... "I think we can see light at the end of the tunnel," Pfizer Chairman and CEO Dr. Albert Bourla said. "I believe this is likely the most significant medical advance in the last 100 years, if you count the impact this will have in public health, global economy."

11/09/20

Some experts have a theory about how smell loss linked to certain viruses, such as the novel coronavirus, can lead to parosmia ... experts stressed people experiencing parosmia should not panic. Though the process of regenerating olfactory cells is "highly variable," Turner said, the phenomenon usually goes away as people regain their smell function.

11/09/20

The biggest issue facing the Washington wine industry is one shared worldwide: supply vs. demand. The state has grown woefully out of balance to the extent of 2.3 million cases per year of unsold wine. ... Estimates for the 2020 vintage note that the crop will be down 25%, primarily because of early freeze damage that vines suffered in October 2019 and less-than-prime growing conditions this year at critical points of spring and early summer.

11/09/20

A Son Recalls a Trip to Portugal with His Late Father

11/09/20

Devon Broglie is the latest figure in the Court of Master Sommeliers to be accused of an inappropriate relationship.

11/09/20

"As a reporter, I always try to give due process to all individuals and perspectives. Several of my previous best sources for this story have asked me not to contact them or quote them anymore, either because they are leaving the group or planning to stay put and reform it."

11/09/20

The convicted forger of top Burgundies and Bordeauxs finished his prison sentence and faces deportation proceedings

11/09/20

Julian Burzynski has been appointed to the role of East U.S. Region President. He will work to implement the company's long-term strategic initiatives to drive the business forward, oversee the company's cross-functional alignment in the region, improve agility and pace of decision-making, while ultimately accelerating performance for the organization and its customers. Burzynski will report directly to Chief Commercial Officer E. Lloyd Sobel.

11/09/20

McDonald's, Starbucks say new protocols keep people safe in their stores; health experts say takeaway and outdoor dining remain safer

11/09/20

Regardless of whether a vaccine is developed early next year, the pivot to drive-thru and takeout will remain in place for some time to come.

11/09/20

The new Tesla Tequila is described as a small batch, premium, 100% agave añejo expression, made from sustainably sourced highland and lowland agaves. It was aged in French oak barrels for 15 months.

11/09/20

Miller was also recently featured by winebusiness.com as one of the Wine Industry 2020 Leaders honoring "those who shape the way the wine industry operates or how people drink wine."

11/09/20

On September 27, a fire broke out broke north of St. Helena, California, eventually consuming over 67,000 acres and damaging dozens of wineries. In the Food & Wine documentary Embers & Vines, members of the local community reflect on the fire while it's still burning.

11/09/20

The massive four parcel, 194-acre Farrow Ranch is a hefty slice of the Alexander Valley AVA with a lucrative 71-acre vineyard and multiple luxury residences.

11/09/20

NFL standout and top vintner Charles Woodson talks about his early days in Napa

11/09/20

Luis Serrano remembers the last night he was at Bemelmans, the famed lounge inside the Upper East Side's Carlyle Hotel. It was March 16, a Monday night. The 56-year-old native of Ecuador is the longest tenured of the famously red-jacketed Bemelmans Bar's barmen. He began his 27-year run not long after he immigrated to the U.S.

11/09/20

The elder statesman of Southern Hemisphere wine is still very much a leader in the important things.

11/09/20

Officially known as Stanly Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection, the luxury resort and residential community, said to cost $250 million to $275 million, is located south of Stanly Lane. The developer is Nichols Partnership of Denver.

11/09/20

Despite eviction moratoriums at the local, state and federal levels, financial hardship born out of the pandemic and the recent wildfires continues to threaten the housing security of many of Napa County's renters.

11/09/20

Kyle and Katina Connaughton are set to dramatically grow their farming operations on a new 24-acre farm, which will also serve community needs.

11/09/20

Orange wines have been polarizing the wine world for years as many have regarded them as just a hipster trend.

11/09/20

During a recent virtual tasting, billed as "The Ultimate French Wine Experience," the winemaker walked us through a collection of his wines.

11/09/20

The county is poised to spend more than $18 million to acquire Hotel Azura in downtown Santa Rosa and the Sebastopol Inn. While the Board of Supervisors is set to authorize the acquisition of both hotels Tuesday, the Sebastopol Inn deal will remain on hold indefinitely until the county obtains state funding to complete the purchase.

11/09/20

The Global Times - a Communist Party tabloid often used to send signals to other countries - confirmed what it called the 'import suspension' in an English-language article.

11/09/20

If we did not appreciate China's influence on the global wine market before 2020 then Covid-19 has changed all that. As it was the first country to be struck with the virus, it was also the first to close its borders and go into a nationwide lockdown sending ripples across the international wine trade as producers suddenly had mass volumes of wine they needed to find a home for. Thankfully China was also the first major nation to seemingly get a grip of Covid-19 and is now in a fast recovery mode. But what is the real situation on the ground and what impact has it had on imports? Jessica Broadbent tuned into the recent online Vinexpo Shanghai debates to find out.

11/09/20

A verdant slice of southern Russia evokes Tuscany and produces surprisingly magical wine. But bureaucratic nightmares and police raids intrude on the aspirations of upstart vintners.

11/09/20

TMZ hit up some wine companies and asked how sales have been since the election, and the resounding answer was ... up, up, up!!!

11/09/20

From sitting in dorms and apartments fixated on the trickling election results on Tuesday to celebrating Biden's victory on Saturday - Collegetown's liquor stores saw an uptick in sales through election week.