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Transaction announced in April 2019 to close January 4 2020. ... (Editor's note: The DailyNewsLinks email returns to its regular schedule January 4. Happy New Year.)

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Constellation is required to divest its Paul Masson brandy business to Sazerac Company, Inc. Gallo is required to divest Sheffield Cellars and Fairbanks low-priced port and sherry brands to Precept Brands LLC. Constellation will retain its low-priced sparkling wine brand, Cook's, and is required, for four years after the consent agreement is entered, to take all actions necessary to maintain the full economic viability, marketability, and competitiveness of Cook's. Constellation is required to divest its concentrates business, including HCCs, to Vie-Del Company.

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2020's most notable deals, key trends that shaped them, and best guesses for what lies ahead.

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The acquisition was announced before Christmas. "When Long Meadow Ranch invested in 2018, part of the plan was to provide capital for improved infrastructure and increasing the winery's awareness through national distribution. ... How much was accomplished in the short time is unknown." ... Carlton McCoy said his goal is to have the McCrea family involved as much as they are willing to provide context and be part of the evolution. "The McCreas lived and breathed the estate, and we're fortunate enough to purchase it and continue to be part of the evolution."

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Before Stony Hill sold to Long Meadow Ranch in 2018 ...

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His vineyard clients include everyone from your basic Mendo grower (selling to Bonterra) to the high falutin' Napa crowd (Long Meadow Ranch, Tres Sabores, and many more). He preached companion planting (pomegranates and olive trees). But more than an agriculturalist, he was an organizer and an activist.

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Foradori revolutionized the sale of wine from the J. Hofstätter Estate Winery. He created a distribution network that was unique in Italy.

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Retailers report chronic outages and short-term disappearances of certain SKUs.

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On December 29, 2020, TTB will publish a final rule in the Federal Register that, among other things, amends TTB's regulations that govern wine and distilled spirits containers by adding seven new standards of fill for wine and distilled spirits.

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With a shout out to Pix.wine, a new wine discovery platform from Emetry. Pix.wine launches in April with links for more than 200,000 wines. The site and app will provide users with all the information they need to make a purchase decision. This includes contextual information about the wines, ratings and reviews from a range of sources, and real-time access to inventory and shipping information.

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New alcohol-free libations are flooding the market. There is a demand, and it's likely to increase in the short term as more people abstain during "Dry January." But Chris Becker, a former technology consultant who doesn't drink, has the long term in mind. He started a website, Better Rhodes, six months ago to meet what he sees as a growing market for nonalcoholic beers, wines and spirits, with more than 170 of them now available.

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Better known for low-end spirits, the US giant is moving upmarket with a new range.

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More than half of urban American adults plan to try to spend a "dry January" without alcohol next year, according to results of an online survey commissioned by Bacardi. But 56 percent say they plan to drink more wine next year.

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This year will mark the 12th consecutive annual gain for sparkling wines, which had suffered a temporary blow during the global financial crisis of 2008.

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Various alcohol traders had pleaded with the government to avoid a total ban on alcohol sales, citing the economic damage it would cause. South Africa's alcohol industry was among those hardest hit when the country imposed a hard lockdown during April and May that also banned all liquor sales.

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"We could diversify winemaking production to make more enjoyable wines based on consumers' physiologies," said Maria Ángeles del Pozo Bayón, of the Spanish Research Council's Institute of Food Science and Research in Madrid

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Niagara growers reserve fewest grapes for ice wine in 20 years, but what does get made-especially Rieslings and Cabernet Francs-will be worth seeking out.

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Norman, whose two major titles came at the British Open in 1986 and 1993, had earlier tested negative for the novel coronavirus but on Friday he posted a picture on social media of him wearing a mask and lying on a hospital bed, using an expletive to suggest he had tested positive.

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Tucked under the heading of the 2020 growing season summary they released earlier this month, Napa Valley Grapegrowers included an appropriate quote by Brian Brett: "Farming is a profession of ...

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Domaine Carneros' second CEO is also its second female CEO. Cohen believes more can be done to mentor women leaders in wine

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The newest ultra-luxury resort in California Wine Country has a yoga lawn in the middle of a vineyard, a guest-friendly apiary program, a massage with locally sourced olive oil and a special glass-enclosed dining room that is cantilevered into the middle of a 100-year-old oak tree.

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When it comes to Pinot Noir, there are the greats, and then there's Burgundy.

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Things are still hush-hush, but has been confirmed. See what's up!

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Stony Hill Vineyard, one of Napa's most beloved historic wineries, now has a new owner: Arkansas billionaire Gaylon Lawrence Jr., who has been growing an empire of renowned wineries in California.

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Wine Spectator's longtime executive editor shares favorites from his 33 years with the magazine

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In Bordeaux, France, rising temperatures are threatening the wine industry. French scientists are hard at work, trying to find varieties of grapes that will thrive in warm weather, yet still ...

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Wine drinkers will have reason to celebrate at least one aspect of the Brexit deal, industry insiders say, after it emerged it will cut red tape for wine exporters and importers.

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Peter Richards MW spoke to winemakers in six different nations to find out how they and their teams coped as events developed

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"No CPG industry was as ripe for digital transformation as ours," Pernod Ricard CMO Pamela Forbus says.

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The war in Nagorno-Karabakh has been a huge setback for Armenia's nascent wine industry. As the country mobilized for war, grapes wilted on the vine.

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on any given day, Nelson has over 100 open jobs, primarily in Santa Rosa and Petaluma

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The year 2020 didn't play out like any of us imagined.

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While virologists study the virus itself, Bhaskar Bondada, a physiologist, is interested in how the physical symptoms of the disease manifest on the plant.

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One solution is the Real Identities ID.Training app...

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Though isolated wildfires are of course damaging, stakeholders fear the real hit to the region's reputation among prospective visitors will come from repetitive fire seasons. Fire season over the last half decade in Napa Valley has been a fraught time of year; serious wildfires have forced evacuations and destroyed homes and businesses three of the last six years.

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"These splendors made an otherwise impossible year a bit more palatable."

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The reigning Queen of Hip-Hop Soul talks about her new wine label, visiting Italy and her latest projects on Netflix

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Several companies are developing "passport" apps that can vouch for a person's coronavirus vaccine and tests statuses. The verification could then be used for traveling on planes or attending large gatherings such as concerts, reported CNN.

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In the face of this year's challenges, Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) and the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation (FWF) have maintained a steady focus and commitment to supporting the community through challenging times

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From being Black in the white wine industry, to drinks pros who lost their sense of smell, and microbial terroir in the vineyard, here's a look back at the stories that resonated most

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From whiskey's unlikeliest unicorn to the rise of virtual drinking games and more.

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From drunk elephants and a whisky-loving Pope to Ryan Reynolds apologising to The Rock ...

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From Beethoven's poisoned wine to JFK's Dom Pérignon obsession to Brad Pitt's rosé Champagne to weaponized sex inhibitors, 2020 was wilder than you know