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02/11/21

The overall tonnage was in line with expectations but declines in pricing were unprecedented. Average Napa Cabernet Sauvignon grape prices fell by $1,823 per ton in 2020 while the Napa Cabernet crush fell 43 percent.

02/11/21

It's unclear where the market for Napa Valley grapes and wine will go from here. The pandemic could continue to adversely affect consumer demand for wine. If that drop in demand continues, a large or even regular-sized harvest in 2021 could set the industry back into a glut.

02/11/21

In the past 30 years, only the 2015 and 1998 harvests resembled the dismal 2020 crop in terms of contracting grape tonnage and massive financial losses.

02/11/21

The report is raising more questions than answers for farmers and vintners about the direction of the market amid the uncertainty of the coronavirus-influenced economy.

02/11/21

Sometimes you can tease out a trend from the Grape Crush Report, and here is one: look for much more rosé of Pinot Noir from both Napa and Sonoma later this year.

02/11/21

Shipments to the United States, the largest overseas market for French wines and spirits and one which represents a quarter of all such exports, slumped 18% to 3.1 billion euros in 2020.

02/11/21

Speaking before the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs about additional American duties on wines, France's Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire said on February 2: "I hope, as I told the European Commission again recently, that [French winegrowers] can benefit from a European compensation fund".

02/11/21

"DTC sales will become more important for Champagne generally, as consumers will appreciate a closer relationship with the grower. In the context of the current crisis, people are looking for something real."

02/11/21

Over 1,297 Oregon wine grape growers produced a crop valued at $237.8 million in 2019, an increase of 14%.

02/11/21

The Stoller Wine Group annouces it will be opening its first satellite location at The Box Factory in Bend, Oregon. Beginning this Friday, February 12, guests can visit the new Stoller Wine Bar to enjoy wine flights, wines by the glass or bottle, and to-go bottle sales.

02/11/21

He wrote for The Washington Post, Charlotte Observer, San Diego Union, and its successor, the San Diego Union-Tribune. He covered just about every sporting activity. He turned a passion for wine into a career in 1991, when he left the sports desk to write a weekly wine column for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

02/11/21

In addition to her work at Silverado Farming Company, Ferguson has worked with the teams at Dana Estates, Opus One, Benovia, Sterling Vineyards and Roederer Estates.

02/11/21

Today, restaurant commerce platform GoTab is unveiling a new partnership with CORE: Children of Restaurant Employees. In order to continuously support food and beverage service employees with children, GoTab will donate 5 cents for every transaction processed for participating venues through the platform to CORE.

02/11/21

Irish-owned Zeus Packaging, the leading independent packaging manufacturer and distributor, has today announced the acquisition of Austrian-based food packaging solutions business, Petruzalek, which was part of Sirap-Gema Group.

02/11/21

Sonoma County Vintners Foundation has activated their Emergency Relief Fund donating funds to help support the cost of technical needs for registration as well as critical supplies for COVID-19 vaccine distribution centers across Sonoma County. In partnership with Sonoma County health officials, healthcare providers and associations, Sonoma County Vintners is also providing support in the activation of vaccine distribution centers.

02/11/21

After years of lagging behind other countries in adopting online liquor sales, the U.S. is now expected to overtake China as the largest alcohol e-commerce market in the world by the end of 2021

02/11/21

New York City based importing house, Turquoise Life, has announced its newly formed partnership with the renowned Champagne Duval-Leroy, becoming its exclusive importer in the USA.

02/11/21

The Biden administration is considering whether to impose domestic travel restrictions, including on Florida, fearful that coronavirus mutations are threatening to reverse hard-fought progress on the pandemic.

02/11/21

On Wednesday, winter weather alerts stretch nearly coast to coast, affecting at least 100 Million Americans, due to several major weather concerns.

02/11/21

The low-cal canned rosé, which had a successful soft launch in San Diego last year, aims to challenge the array of new hard seltzer flavors on the market in the new year.

02/11/21

Pandemic year and digital wine innovations drive more fine and vintage wine collectors to shop WineBid's digital wine auction site and app

02/11/21

Dolf van den Brink, who took over as Heineken's CEO in June, said it had been a year of "unprecedented disruption" and that the impact of pandemic had been "amplified by [Heineken's] on-trade and geographic exposure".

02/11/21

Climate change and demand for less alcoholic wines have prompted a question - which grape varieties will be the new Cabernet-Sauvignon and Merlot in the vineyards of the Médoc?

02/11/21

Stock's recent rally has turned Kweichow Moutai into one of the world's most valuable consumer-goods companies