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01/20/21

The fires of 2020 appear to have cost the wine industry $3.7 billion in losses that will be felt by wineries well into 2023. That is the estimate of former wine industry executive Jon Moramarco who owns the market research firm bw166 and is the editor of the Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates reports.

01/20/21

More than 180,000 homes and businesses were without power as of 2:00 a.m. Wednesday PST, according to poweroutage.us. That was down from more than 270,000 on Tuesday.

01/20/21

The award for major contributions to the American grape and wine industry was established five years ago by the Winegrape Growers of America along with co-sponsors WineAmerica and the National Grape Research Alliance. The late Richard Smith and his wife Claudia Alexander Smith were founders and co-owners of Smith Family Wines and Vineyards in the Monterey region of California. Donniella Winchell is executive director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association

01/20/21

The 57-year old scion of the Edmond de Rothschild banking legacy and wine estates around the world, who took over the running of his father Edmond's empire in 1997. The Edmond de Rothschild group's viticultural holdings span France, New Zealand and South America as well as a joint projects with the Rupert family in South Africa and Vega Sicilia in Rioja, many of which came about through his own willingness to forge new connections with other families worldwide.

01/20/21

Chaunut trained with the Compagnons du Devoir to gain his cooperage qualiification and even makes his own tools of the trade. In addition he volunteers with the local fire service.

01/20/21

The Company's net loss decreased 49% to $3.7 million as compared to $7.2 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2020."

01/20/21

The Wine Country Coalition for Safe Reopening is an unincorporated association headquartered in Calistoga, California. Formed in December 2020, its members include over 50 Napa and Sonoma County restaurants, wineries, suppliers, and related businesses that are committed to safe service to their community.

01/20/21

"Whether Covid-induced or not, impairment of sense of smell or taste affects 5 to 15 % of the population", explains Laurence Gény, vice-director for education at the Institute of Vine & Wine Sciences (ISVV). "We have been working on the issue for years in conjunction with teams of French and overseas researchers"

01/20/21

In the second part of our interview, Hess Family Wine Estates chairman Tim Persson discusses the impact of California's latest wildfires on the 2020 vintage, and his vision for the Hess portfolio over the next few years.

01/20/21

Why would a premium Sonoma winery risk selling their Pinot Noir for $18 when usually they sell it for $60? It's the same brand but a different Pinot Noir. Also, they're trying to manage COVID."In this game of pivoting, it's a pivot for us." That's Ana Keller of Keller Estate Winery in Sonoma's Petaluma Gap, describing her experience with NakedWines.com

01/20/21

Overseen by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA), the rigorous third-party CCSW certification is widely recognized as the industry's benchmark for sustainability. The right to bear the seal on the packaging means that at least 85% of the grapes in the wine came from certified sustainable vineyards, the wine was made in a certified sustainable winery, and 100% of the grapes came from California vineyards.

01/20/21

Despite sudden additional tariffs, industry groups are organizing with optimism that the incoming administration could issue a game-changing executive order

01/20/21

Mike Crumly, vice president of vineyard operations at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, has retired.

01/20/21

Tuscany is the beating heart of Italian wine, and these 12 wines sum it up perfectly.

01/20/21

The bill would allow delivery of alcoholic beverages to residents in wet counties who are at least 21 years old. The deliveries also must be completed during legal operating hours and are not allowed outside the county where the store is located.

01/20/21

Updated: Jan. 19, 2021 4:56 p.m. ... The Cal Fire San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit battling multiple wildfires Tuesday said at 4 p.m. the number of blazes had grown from five to six and the fires were showing "moderate spread with slow, creeping fire behavior."

01/20/21

More than 60 acres of historic vineyard and a home formerly occupied by the owners of the Castello di Borghese Vineyard and Winery in Cutchogue are for sale, asking $3.69 million.

01/20/21

A spate of small but unusual winter wildfires started amid extreme winds around Northern California on Tuesday as the region grappled with a winter that has been sorely lacking in substantial rain and snow.

01/20/21

The lucky restaurant, southwestern France's ONA (an acronym for Origine Non Animale), is just 4 years old and almost didn't get off the ground.

01/20/21

Josip Brkic began building his family's wine brand during the bloodshed of the Bosnian War; today he is prospering

01/20/21

Sweden's wine industry barely existed 20 years ago, but is now booming because of climate change.