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Wednesday, January 27th

01/05/21

"The 9 percent alcohol, 90 calories per serving line includes Pinot Grigio, Rosé and Cabernet Sauvignon; each is vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, keto-friendly, paleo-friendly and made from premier California grapes - without any flavor additives or added sugar." Editor's note: This is already a bonafide new category for 2021. Retailers are calling it "healthier for you" and the wineries call it, "better for you." The Wine Group launched Cupcake LightHearted; Scheid launched Sunny with a Chance of Flowers; Constellation launched Kim Crawford Illuminate; Delicato will launch Bota Breeze; Yellowtail is launching Yellowtail Pure Bright ... more to come ...

01/05/21

With additional details and comments ... The new year begins where we were before Covid - with a wine industry facing economic turbulence. ... There was no warning about the new tariffs, which take effect on January 12, and - like in 2019 - there is no exemption for wines that US importers have already paid for that have not yet arrived.

01/05/21

With Joe Biden set to become US president on 20 January, there was hope that trading relations with the EU could thaw ... this could take time.

01/05/21

The negotiations to purchase the ownership interest of the Goff family started in the fall of 2020 and closed on December 31, 2020. This acquisition includes ownership interest in both the Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars facilities as well the estate vineyard in Walla Walla, with Tasting Rooms in Woodinville, Washington and Vancouver, Washington.

01/05/21

"The Lawrence Family and I are humbled to have the opportunity to continue Stony Hill's legacy while preserving and developing this estate's great history and heritage." - Carlton McCoy Jr. CEO & Master Sommelier

01/05/21

Just in case you missed it before Christmas or before New Year's, billionaire Gaylon Lawrence Jr. picked up Stony Hill Vineyard, a boutique Spring Mountain vintner. Lawrence purchased Heitz Cellar in 2018, Haynes Vineyard in Coombsville last year and this year Howell Mountain's Burgess Cellar. Burgess burned shortly thereafter in the Glass Fire, but Stony Hill escaped major damage in the blaze that destroyed neighboring Spring Mountain wineries.

01/05/21

Revisions include specifying when a winery can reject a fruit delivery or how suspect fruit will be handled if it is picked. Some growers have been calling for specific testing thresholds. ... Contract revisions are addressing steps growers must take when fires are or have been burning near a vineyard, but this has left some farmers thinking rejection of fruit has more to do with limiting the volume of incoming grapes ...

01/05/21

Retail wine sales by volume grew 16% during the pandemic period, but that wasn't enough to make up for the losses of wine sales in other sales channels. It would have needed to rise by 22%, in fact, "in order to merely level off from the detrimental impact that the pandemic has had on bars and restaur

01/05/21

Premiumization in the spirits category has recently been "accelerating above pre-Covid levels,"

01/05/21

The Supreme Court has declined many opportunities to immediately jump back into the state alcohol laws swimming pool for now, but it is too early to tell how long they will sit out cases involving challenges to state alcohol laws.

01/05/21

ASV Wines is pleased to announce the appointment of Brianna Pachmayer as Vice President-National Sales Manager. In this newly created position, Pachmayer will direct sales across all channels of business while driving growth of the company's portfolio of over 15 brands.

01/05/21

Andrea Robinson, MS announced 10 full scholarships available for women and BIPOC candidates to attend the Master Sommelier's new virtual wine course, "Great Wine Made Simple", beginning January 27, 2021. The 8-session series comprising a complete essentials course, will be a live-streamed broadcast-quality immersion in the world's wine regions and styles, with the experiential immediacy of live Q&A and remote guests.

01/05/21

Napa has Cabernet, an emulation of Bordeaux. Sonoma has Burgundy's twin varieties, Pinot and Chardonnay. But Paso Robles is a free-for-all. Here, Rhone-inspired vineyards are planted alongside Italian ones. If Paso is known for anything, it's for kitchen-sink red blends that throw historical precedent out the window: Tempranillo with Zinfandel, Mourvedre with Petit Verdot.

01/05/21

In honor of Kamala Harris's home state, proceeds will be donated to Just Be Oakland, a Black women business network founded in 2016 that provides Black women entrepreneurs access to a collective marketplace and business ecosystem. DJs Nina Sol and AfroDJiak, two Bay Area DJs, will spin '90s old-school hits to bring this virtual dance party to life and celebrate this new presidential era on Saturday, January 16 from 3-5 p.m. PST/ 6-8 p.m. EST.

01/05/21

The standards promulgated by the Board are unprecedented and sweeping. They were adopted with little public notice or opportunity for comment based on a purported "finding of emergency" and a declared need for immediate action, even though it took the Board nine months to enact these rules. Furthermore, Cal/OSHA staff insisted the ETS were not necessary for the agency to enforce the continually evolving general and industry-specific guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19. As stated in the complaint, "the ETS does not solve a crisis as much as it creates one."

01/05/21

Due to effects brought on by the pandemic, Cindy Cosco, owner and winemaker of Passaggio Wines, has decided to consolidate her business. The Passaggio Wines tasting room on the famed Sonoma Square and the winemaking facility on Eighth Street East are now closed. Both hospitality and production will now take place at TI Wines-an urban winery collective of skilled winemakers who hand-craft small lots of exclusive artisan wines.

01/05/21

Never has a reset button needed to be pushed as urgently as the one labeled 2020. And as the year mercifully recedes in the rearview mirror, some resetting is in order on many fronts, to coax some extra enjoyment out of 2021. If the pandemic pushed us all into our comfort zones on the wine front, shaking up the usual will go a long way toward getting us back to the adventure of life again. And when it comes to finding exciting alternatives to our most popular wines-varieties likely appealing based on what you already like-we have a few ideas.

01/05/21

Undoubtedly part of the fallout from last year's rupture between China and Australia, which saw punitive tariffs applied to Australian wine imports, several Australian wineries have said this "unfair" treatment has led to staff being abused and the cancellation of orders and bookings.

01/05/21

The government has banned takeaway and click-and-collect alcohol sales from hospitality outlets in England as the country goes into lockdown until mid-February.

01/05/21

Businesses in the hospitality, retail and leisure sectors, including suppliers, are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000 to help them through to the spring, the Chancellor has announced.

01/05/21

True measure of Penfolds' resilience in the Chinese market amid anti-dumping headwinds will come when current stock levels at pre-duty prices in China deplete

01/05/21

A winery in Central Florida says the coronavirus pandemic could set the industry in the state back by about a decade.

01/05/21

Drinks professionals share their 2021 goals-and how they plan to achieve them