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11/11/20

Napa Valley producers take different approaches to crafting these auction lots, sometimes highlighting a grape variety they don't often make, but most commonly making a unique blend or selecting their very best barrel from their top-tier wine to offer at the auction. These wines often represent the apogee of a winery's efforts in a given vintage.

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Weaker price momentum for some top wines in 2020 has not dulled optimism among analysts and merchants that collector interest in Napa - and California in general - will continue to grow on the international fine wine market.

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Nicole Carter has what she essentially describes as her dream job, overseeing two very different but equally historic and successful wineries in Napa and Sonoma counties. Carter is president of Merry Edwards Winery in Sebastopol, Calif., and Napa Valley's Diamond Creek Vineyards.

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California-based winemaker will help provide meals to part of the 54 million Americans currently struggling with food insecurity this holiday season

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McNab previously served as Chief Supply Officer for Treasury Wine Estates. Prior to that he held similar leadership positions with Fosters Group and Southcorp Wines.

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"It just became very obvious that we were in a position to innovate what I would call the Deloittes, Bains, McKinseys, Accentures, around very narrow places that we feel very confident in." So now VaynerMedia is doing it: The company just launched a suite of consulting services, which Vaynerchuk describes as helping clients "structure a modern creative and media playbook."

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There is some confusion as to whether the world's most famous wine forger will be deported or not.

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Christian Miller's calculation revolves around the substantially higher markups for restaurant wine in the US: To simplify, he made two assumptions: First, that the FOB price at the winery is roughly the same whether the wine ends up off-premise or on-premise; second, that on-premise accounts for about 20 percent of US wine volume. The result? At typical wholesale and retail tier margins, a 20% increase in off-premise sales will offset a 75% decrease in on-premise sales. An $18 retail wine that sold for $60 on-premise would only have to increase off-premise sales by one-fifth to make up for its loss in restaurant sales.

11/11/20

Orlando, Florida-based Xenia Hotels & Resorts in August announced it was preparing to sell the 275-room hotel at 3425 Solano Ave., at the north end of the city, and on Oct. 30 said it had closed the deal. The buyer in the sale, recorded Oct. 29, was KHP V Napa LLC, an affiliate of KHP Capital Partners, according to county records.

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Second Generation Vintner Taps Philippe Melka and Maayan Koschitzky of Atelier Melka for Winemaking

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As European countries once again head into lockdown, the chances of hosting a second Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris from Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 February 2021 seemed increasingly remote.

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Those two are the latest: TTB issued Notices of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comments on seven different petitions that either create new AVAs or expand existing ones.

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O'Neill Vintners & Distillers, through its Paso Robles-based Robert Hall Winery, will initiate a comparative trial for the wider wine community to learn about regenerative farming with organic and biodynamic farming techniques, comparing the results with conventionally farmed vineyards. The trial will be led by Robert Hall Winery's Managing Director Caine Thompson with VP of Viticulture and Winemaking Marty Spate, while also bringing in world renowned biodynamic consultant Philippe Armenier.

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Operations at Italian drinks maker Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A., best known simply as Campari, were knocked offline last week following a ransomware attack.

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"These conversations are why we became Masters of Wine. Because if we aren't able to talk about social justice or social change or address gender bias, our credentials will become meaningless. It doesn't matter if you have a credential because this merging of society and social justice and change; it's inseparable from the wine industry. We've seen that more and more. It [change] is going to have to happen together," said Mary Margaret McCamic MW.

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The Fund was established in 2020 as part of Southern Glazer's commitment to supporting racial equality and will grant four scholarships a year for five years to deserving candidates that have an unmet financial need.

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"While I believe it was a choice, or series of choices made by these individuals, and that each should be held fully accountable for his actions, it is also critical to discuss the system which has allowed these atrocities to occur. Only then can we stop it from perpetuating more harm in the future."

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At least now some of the skeletons are out of the closet so the hard work can begin.

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Château du Moulin-à-Vent, located in Moulin-à-Vent in Beaujolais, will see its 2000 cases of Couvent des Thorins listed at over 180 Whole Foods stores throughout the U.S.A.

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AMC, the world's largest movie theater chain, is making its cinemas available for private screenings in a bid to shore up attendance amid the pandemic.

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Eligible workers, business owners, and self-employed can qualify for benefits

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The holidays will be different this year. We asked some of our favorite food people and entertainers about what they're doing for Thanksgiving. We wanted to know about the one special dish that, no matter where and how they're celebrating, would make them feel right at home.

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In a calculated move designed to stem a new coronavirus surge, California health officials today demoted Sacramento and two other counties to "purple tier" status, the state's most restrictive level, a step that will force hundreds of local businesses and houses of worship to once again halt or reduce indoor activities. Public schools that planned to reopen campuses later this month will have to put those plans on hold.

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San Francisco restaurants will have to close their indoor dining rooms Friday due to a rise in coronavirus cases, Mayor London Breed announced Tuesday.

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While the current volumes may be small, there are some emerging trends in packaging formats around the world. Wine Intelligence recently released the research into packaging formats in the USA, UK and Australia. In the USA, the awareness among regular wine drinkers of wine in cans has increased significantly in recent years, from 23 per cent in 2017 to 38 per cent in 2020, driven by younger consumers and females. However, only 8 per cent of regular wine drinkers indicated they had purchased wine in a can

11/11/20

Year 2020 will go down in history as most challenging, shrouded by COVID-19's global pandemic, the devastating fires in California and cataclysmic hurricanes in the south. Life as we knew has morphed into a new normal.

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Stoller Family Estate is bringing a little Willamette Valley cheer to Bend, Oregon this holiday season by partnering with Riff Cold Brewed for a pop-up tasting room. Located at The Box Factory, guests can enjoy a 90-minute tasting, wines by the glass or bottle Wednesday - Saturday from 11 am - 8 pm, and Sunday from 2 - 6 pm at the Riff Taproom. Additionally, Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails will offer a small food menu that complements both Stoller's wines and Riff's beverages.

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The announcement comes at the end of the 20th anniversary for the family's Epiphany label, which sources much of the fruit for its wines from Rodney's Vineyard.

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On the heels of his brand CIRQ and the launch of his new regional brand CHEV, renowned Pinot Noir winemaker Michael Browne announces the release of his new book, Pinot Rocks. Now available on Amazon in paperback, hardcover, ebook and audiobook. The audiobook is narrated by William Shatner.

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The murder hornet nest destroyed by scientists in Washington state last month contained about 500 live specimens in various stages of development - including nearly 200 queens, officials said Tuesday.

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One in six restaurant and foodservice outlets in the United States has closed since the pandemic began, according to a survey by the National Restaurant Association.

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Napa County reported 118 new cases over last weekend, the highest weekend total ever, and on Tuesday afternoon its 17th death, an elderly resident. The county has seen weekly new cases rise from under 60 in mid-October to 160 last week. Those are purple-tier-type statistics.

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If you're on the East Coast and you're craving some quality wine time, you're in luck. Long Island's North Fork and the Hamptons have some pretty serious viniculture going on.

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Dubbed Specially Yours, the program allows you to put your text of choice on the metallic boxes that contain Moet's Impérial Brut or Rosé Impérial champagnes. The company provides a healthy list of suggested words for those unsure of what to say or you can offer your own message as long as it remains within the 16-character limit.

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to prevent them disappearing from the cultural landscape.

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The UK has overtaken the US as the biggest export market for Bordeaux dry white wines for the first time after years of the CIVB (Bordeaux Wine Council) focusing on promoting the region's whites to Brits.

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Stricter lockdown measures are still on the cards. The issue is about prioritising the marketplace, allowing wines that have buyers to be tasted and endorsed and not get blocked if the situation gets tougher. We are organising a waiting list for wines that do not have a buyer's reservation contract.

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Born in Pensacola, Florida, Sammie came to Germany in 2007 as an enlisted member of the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Spangdahlem Air Base not far from the winery.

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There has been speculation that a 25% import tariff on top European wines, from Bordeaux to Rioja, could be scrapped under a Biden administration, but there are no guarantees.

11/11/20

Eta intensified into a hurricane in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico Wednesday morning but is expected to be on a weakening trend as it approaches landfall on Florida's western Gulf Coast on Thursday. A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch are now in effect for a portion of Florida's western Gulf Coast.

11/11/20

In addition to an outdoor meal, the CDC said hosts should limit the number of guests they invite, talk to guests before they arrive about how they plan to celebrate and to limit the number of people in food preparation areas.