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Tuesday, January 26th

01/06/21

Signups for the Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program begin today. Funded by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, this new program provides assistance to producers who suffered eligible crop quality losses due to natural disasters occurring in 2018 and 2019. The deadline to apply for QLA is Friday, March 5, 2021.

01/06/21

The amount of grant funding ranges from $5,000 to $25,000. Businesses are eligible based on their annual revenue as documented in their most recent tax return.

01/06/21

Yet another major 2020 wine event has been cancelled. The event will now take place during the last week of April (26-29).

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In case you missed it, the deal finally closed after the FTC signed off. The acquisition includes Arbor Mist, Black Box, Clos du Bois, Estancia, Franciscan, Hogue, Manischewitz, Mark West, Ravenswood, Taylor, Vendange, and Wild Horse. Gallo will expand its operational footprint with the addition of five wineries in California, Washington, and New York, along with Constellation's Polyphenolics business. Gallo will also acquire the Nobilo New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc brand in a separate transaction with Constellation.

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"It created even greater havoc in the wholesale channels due to Gallo's push to reposition the brands with its wholesalers in several markets. These areas of the industry should begin to settle down now that the Constellation-Gallo transaction has closed."

01/06/21

In case you missed Monday's exclusive in the Chronicle there's additional detail in the press release. O'Neill Vintners & Distillers acquired the Rabble wine brand, founded by Paso Robles- based vineyard manager Rob Murray.

01/06/21

Washington native David Hoffmann, owner of Florida-based Hoffmann Family of Companies, announced Monday he had acquired several wineries in the Augusta area with plans to create a 700-acre winery and vineyard destination to rival California's Napa Valley.

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"We were forced to make a series of urgent, tactical changes to address the conditions imposed by the pandemic. We've made substantial changes in the DTC arena, building a team with club and e-commerce skills. In the sales arena, the fact that most business planning and execution is now remote has emphasized the importance of skills in managing one's business through our wholesale partners."

01/06/21

Building a brand via the on-trade will be difficult in the coming years - and direct to consumer relationships are more important than ever.

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"2020 was a year that has significantly changed the wine industry forever." Joe Waechter, President of WineDirect noted. "We want to continue to help our clients thrive and drive growth in this changing landscape and are significantly evolving our offerings to be able to do so. Andrea's broad experience will allow us not only to ensure that we continue to operate from a client-first standpoint but that we are able to offer all that our wineries need to be incredibly successful."

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Joanna joins VinePair from Food52, where she held the same position. Prior to her work at Food52, Joanna was the Managing Editor of Lucky Peach, and got her start in Food and Drink media as an Assistant Editor at Bon Appétit.

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This year we offer a special invite to grape growers to drive through the SCW office and still get your Dollars & $ense lunch.

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From promoting wellness to planning for when travelers can once again fly to the North Bay, the region's tourism agencies are moving into 2021 knowing they have a lot of work ahead.

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"Research shows that most consumers enter the wine category through the under $11 category," said Lon Gallagher, spokesperson for Gallo. "While we continue to invest in our premium and luxury wine businesses, we see a tremendous opportunity with this acquisition to bring new consumers into the wine category." Gallo's 2019 purchase of Pahlmeyer, a Napa winery whose wines sell for $100 and more, shows that it isn't shying away from the higher-end wine market either.

01/06/21

When Come Lague and his spouse, Charlene Li, traveled through the Shenandoah Valley on the way to a family getaway in Grizzly Flats, they had no idea they'd be opening a winery and tasting room in the neighborhood. What's more, they had even less of an inkling that they'd be doing so during a pandemic.

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Sales in France have fallen more than exports. In November, purchases fell by 30% in France versus 10% abroad.

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Lessons on patience, humility and keeping it real

01/06/21

The world of wine is not just complex, it can be baffling and difficult to enter. There are many and diverse barriers to entry, so how can we share knowledge and access to people - and their businesses - that can help newcomers build a career?