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The wine market is in greater flux than ever as producers, retailers and consumers navigate the impacts of a global pandemic. Keeping a pulse on marketplace data has never been so important given these shifting dynamics. Nielsen is collaborating with Wines Vines Analytics and Sovos ShipCompliant to provide a much more comprehensive view of the U.S. off-premise wine category than ever previously available, with a new data product that enables both separate and combined views of retail off-premise sales and direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipments.

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On Friday, the company released documents related to its initial public offering, giving insight into the inner workings of the delivery giant. Turns out, those three months were an anomaly, at least so far. Despite a boom in business as restaurants closed their dining rooms in the spring, even as they charged restaurants controversial commission fees taking a sizable portion of each delivery order, DoorDash and other delivery apps have continued to lose money. So far this year DoorDash has lost $149 million. Last year, it lost $667 million.

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The Pier 57 establishment, which just opened its new flagship location last month, will require all patrons and staff to take a rapid COVID-19 test before entering on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings only. Those visiting City Winery on those two days will make a reservation via Resy online and make a payment of $50 per person for the test. It's the first restaurant to create a COVID testing program for indoor dining, according to City Winery.

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In the wine industry since 2015, Sanner said she spent the five years before that in the medical field. The new company, Buzzed Events, incorporates the various areas of expertise gleaned in that time, she said.

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Due to be held on 3 December at 12pm EST, it will also explore what retailers, restaurateurs and e-commerce platforms require from drinks producers in order to sell successfully next year. Other topics will include tailoring marketing to the increasingly competitive digital world, consumer reach, effective storytelling and examples of businesses that have successfully changed their approach during the health crisis.

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Winemakers in hotter places like Australia and California know all about "smoke taint," but it's a new scourge in Oregon due to climate change.

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It's that environment that led Ortiz and his co-founders to pivot from a startup that connected restaurants and food wholesalers to a virtual events startup. While today is the official launch date, Welcome has already hosted events for a handful of clients, including Brooks Winery, Freely in Hope and Elevate 2020.

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To further that expanding mission, in early 2019 Wade Cellars brought in Matt Naumann as president, after Jayson Pahlmeyer's retirement, and most recently added George Walker, an emerging Black wine professional from Grand Rapids, Mich., to the team this summer. An industry veteran, Naumann says he's inspired by how hands-on and engaged Dwyane is with the winery.

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The totals ranged from a high mark in Cazadero, which recorded 1.15 inches as of 5:30 p.m., to more scant rainfall in Petaluma, which reported less than a quarter of an inch. Sebastapol came in at 0.7 and Santa Rosa at three-quarters of an inch.

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The project on California's second-largest river would be at the vanguard of a trend toward dam demolitions in the U.S. as the structures age and become less economically viable amid growing environmental concerns about the health of native fish.

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Encouraging the sharing of ideas and insight, the platform's founding committee will guide the events programme, offering their expertise and advice. Among the members of the committee are: Amber Gardner (NoMad), Declan McGurk (The Boatyard Distillery), Freddie Cobb (Vagabond Wines), Harriet Kininmonth (Enotria&Coe), Isabelle Gormezano Marks (Small Beer Brew Co), Jacine Rutasikwa (Matugga Distillers), Millie Milliken (Imbibe), Sylvia Oates (Best Bar None) and Tom Surgey (Three Wine Men, Pingza).

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The new format, available from Waitrose now, fits into a fridge door and contains the equivalent of three standard bottles of wine (RRP £25.99).

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Now, with recovery underway and more people considering domestic travel, thanks to a COVID-19 vaccine seemingly on its way, wine country is more than ready to welcome enthusiasts back with socially distanced tables, and new reservation-only tasting experiences (don't plan on doing any drop-ins anytime soon).

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Following on from the successful launch of last year's "top ten wine discoveries" at the New York Matter of Taste event, the review team at US-based Robert Parker Wine Advocate has now taken its hunt for new discoveries one step further by announcing its best newly discovered, under-the-radar wines of the year.

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Exports of Bourgogne wine to the UK rose 11.9% in volume in the first nine months of the year compared to the same period last year, with value up 1.3%, according to the latest Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) data.

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The Rhône Valley's status as a producer of fine wines has never really been in doubt but for decades its performance relative to peer regions in France and beyond has been poor. With signs that it's gaining traction in the secondary market, however, is the Rhône's steady perseverance starting to pay off?

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"I think the model is here to stay," Innes told db. "We won't be going through this forever and the hybrid model is really, really strong with that combination of both the wine shop and the bar. I always thought it was the future of where wine shops should be going and I don't see this slowing it down that much at all.

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With the academic staff, Howard-Sneyd will develop a new programme of short courses covering the culture, history and appreciation of wine as well as 'Taste and Talk' events with leading wine trade figures such as Hugh Johnson and Oz Clarke.

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With prices continuing to rise but price growth decelerating, volumes stabilising after a good run of harvests, has Burgundy lost some of the protection previously afforded by record demand and minuscule production?

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"I've worked in the wine industry for 30 and I definitely used to laugh at English wine in the past when I worked for Oddbins," admits Robin Naylor, product development manager at wine distributor and producer Boutinot, which owns Henners Vineyard in East Sussex. "Within my lifetime, English wine has gone from being a quirky almost embarrassment to being this amazing premium-quality product."

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The challenge rates a wine's terroir with other wines of the same appellation. A medal here not only gives a wine prestige and selling power, but it also adds talking points in the retail room. Judges awarded a total of 22 Best of Show (AVA) awards, 69 Best of Class designations, and 161 gold medals.

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Four people have been hired by Summit Engineering and an employee has been promoted, the Santa Rosa-based firm has announced.

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Gaëtane Thiney, captain of Paris FC (formerly FCF Juvisy), doesn't just score points on the football pitch. With 163 selections under her belt for France's female football team, she has just created her own brand of Champagne, 'Dix-it Thiney'.

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Grand Reserve Rewards, the credit card for wine enthusiasts, is presenting three more virtual event series on behalf of its network of 450 partner wineries. Each event is specially curated and hosted by winemakers and other special guests.

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"The situation in the on-premise is nothing short of catastrophic and continues to get worse every day."