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Monday, February 22nd

02/22/21

The new endeavor for the NVV, separate from Auction Napa Valley and Premiere Napa Valley, raised $933,000. Next up is the Premiere Napa Valley barrel auction for the wine trade June 1-5. An announcement about the replacement for Auction Napa Valley is expected this summer.

02/22/21

DTC shipments grew 21% to nearly $165 million in January, while off-premise sales increased 23%. "All price tiers again north of $11 continued to grow at a rapid pace," said Danny Brager in his regular monthly report on the channels, which are tracked through a collaboration by NielsenIQ, Sovos ShipCompliant and Wines Vines Analytics.

02/22/21

The planners are trying to determine what falls under normal business activities for a winery as opposed to those that are considered events and would be subject to heightened regulation.

02/22/21

The winery along Highway 128/Sage Canyon Road is the latest in a seemingly never-ending stream of wineries bringing growth requests before the Napa County Planning Commission. Some prove controversial and others go smoothly.

02/22/21

Juan Muñoz Oca continues as chief winemaker for the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates portfolio, assisted by Katie Nelson, who recently returned to Ste. Michelle after working for Charles Smith. Nelson takes over winemaking responsibilities for the flagship Chateau Ste. Michelle brand.

02/22/21

-The annual World of Pinot Noir (WOPN) event has announced that March 2021 will be "WOPN Wine Month." Normally held on the first weekend of March at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara, the 2021 event will be entirely virtual. This year, the largest annual gathering of Pinot Noir producers and fans is not just going virtual, it's going bigger and longer.

02/22/21

in case you missed this report:: the best day to send emails is Tuesday with the highest open rate, click-through rate, and % of sales, although other mid-week days of Wednesday and Thursday perform well.

02/22/21

"We're hanging up our medals," Bob told Great Northwest Wine last month. "We've pretty much checked all of the boxes of what we want to do."

02/22/21

Visit Napa Valley, the official destination management organization for Napa County, has welcomed Xavier Roque as a senior communications associate, Brittnay Ambrosini as executive office manager and Whitney MacDonald as a senior manager partnership and guest experience.

02/22/21

"We had over 125 highly qualified applicants for this position. Matthew stood out for his energy, creativity, wine savvy and passion for all things French. We are proud to now count him among our own."

02/22/21

Professor Peter Høj AC is stepping down from the board following his appointment as University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor and President.

02/22/21

In case you missed it: A restructure announced alongside TWE's half year results 17 February, will see the business move from a regional model split into four regions - EMEA, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, and the Americas, to a divisional model from 1 July this year.

02/22/21

Kim Crawford, the number one Sauvignon Blanc and leading New Zealand wine brand in the U.S., announces a new partnership with non-profit Black Girl Ventures Foundation (BGV) - the largest pitch program for black and brown women in the world - to support entrepreneurs with innovations at the intersection of wellness, self-care and technology with the BGV x Kim Crawford Wines Pitch Competition.

02/22/21

Norway, Bolivia, Canada, Japan

02/22/21

The wine industry faces a new normal. Sommeliers and winery owners came up with strategies to do business in a world with no restaurant guests and no winery visitors. Roger Morris talked to people in the industry.

02/22/21

The cumulative impact of the three alcohol bans has put 200 200 jobs supported by the alcohol value chain at risk in the nation's informal and formal economy.

02/22/21

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is the big winner in the transfer of cash from the liquor industry to public representatives

02/22/21

A brutal winter storm has battered large parts of the Central and Southern United States, forcing millions of people to search for the basics for survival - food, water and shelter from record cold.

02/22/21

The virtual tasting will feature Brock alumnus Mitchell McCurdy (BSc '18), Winemaker at Marynissen Estates Winery, on Saturday, March 20.

02/22/21

The extremely cold weather in Texas hasn't just shut down power and water to millions of people in the state. It's also hammered food supplies.

02/22/21

Portugal has undergone an astonishing winemaking odyssey over recent times, with acclaimed wines made from previously neglected sites. In this exclusive excerpt from his forthcoming book, Simon J Woolf and Ryan Opaz recount one extraordinary tale among many, in the Dão region

02/22/21

A New York City waitress says she was fired from a popular Brooklyn restaurant after choosing not to get the COVID-19 vaccine for fear it might hurt her chances of getting pregnant.

02/22/21

Ehlers Estate, the 42-acre organically farmed estate vineyard in Napa Valley's Saint Helena AVA, is announcing the launch of its 2018 vintage wines with a complete redesign and individualization of all wine labels. The 2018 vintage is Winemaker and General Manager Laura Diaz Muñoz' inaugural vintage since joining the historic Napa Valley estate.

02/22/21

Mayacamas, the renown Napa Valley winery on the slopes of Mount Veeder, is proud to announce the release of its 2019 Chardonnay and 2018 Merlot. The 2019 Chardonnay and 2018 Mayacamas Merlot and are officially available in March, priced at and $50 for a 750mL bottle of the Chardonnay and $65 for a 750mL bottle of the Merlot.

02/22/21

Camilla Rossi Chauvenet did not want to follow in her parents' footsteps as she had always felt like a gentler soul that was happy to have a tiny business to make enough just to survive who was not cut out for the over-competitive world of professionals. And although some of her fondest memories were at their family vineyard estate, in her mother's family since 1883, she didn't quite know initially how this place would be linked to her future way of life yet all she knew was that she wanted to be surrounded by the beauty and tranquility of this estate; an estate in the eastern part of the Valpolicella wine region which always had a feeling of generosity as family and friends went there to connect with each other away from the constant grind of life.

02/22/21

When Meg Radice and Audrey Jongens recently posted a video on TikTok about a meal they had enjoyed at Kyma in the Flatiron District, they received a shocking, scorn-filled message in response.

02/22/21

"The new collection's final bottle, Bin 704 (US$70 or about RM283)-named to honor its Australian counterpart, Bin 407, a 100 per cent Cabernet expression-is every inch the solo artist: ripe, with dark cherry and rich chocolate. It's a wholly California wine yet it showcases the integrated oak and tannins that characterize Penfolds' vintages."

02/22/21

Find the hidden city of Iruya

02/22/21

"Unfortunately, Seattle City Council didn't consider that grocery stores - even in a pandemic - operate on razor-thin profit margins in a very competitive landscape."

02/22/21

SFGATE reached out to two infectious disease experts to find out what, exactly, may need to happen with COVID-19 and vaccinations before we reach the point of rubbing elbows (safely) with strangers in a bar or dinner setting.

02/22/21

"This has been the hardest year of my career for sure."

02/22/21

As a D2C brand, there is no shortage of sales pitches and advertising products being presented to you on a daily basis. It is difficult to know where you should be spending your time, and to whom you should be giving your hard-earned dollars.

02/22/21

Yasui received his qualification from the Japan Sommelier Association, which allows him to work as a sommelier at a restaurant. And he didn't stop there. After receiving the wine sommelier qualification, he got another qualification called the "Sake Diploma."

02/22/21

To best serve current conditions and needs the Foundation is focusing its giving in four priority areas that include education; health and human services; the environment; and arts and culture.

02/22/21

A new court ruling makes things difficult for some out-of-state retailers

02/22/21

It had nothing to do with the quality of White's wines at his vineyard in McLaren Vale, one of South Australia's premier winegrowing regions.

02/22/21

"Will I ever make a movie again? I'm not looking to, but will I? I don't know."

02/22/21

At the end of the day, building brand awareness is likely the stronger outcome

02/22/21

After several famous California winery IPO failures, Vintage Wine Estates and, reportedly, Duckhorn will go public this spring

02/22/21

The tourism industry, which hoped for a rebound from the pandemic in 2021, is bracing for a slower recovery

02/22/21

The survey of 658 wine producers and 737 wine merchants was conducted by Wine Paris and Vinexpo Paris between 5-9 February this year.

02/22/21

At just 23, Émile Coddens, deputy winemaker at Domaine Plou & fils (75 ha in Touraine), has released a raft of viral videos for young people on the app of the moment. Using a combination of education and wit, the brains behind the Le.Vigneron channel reaches out to an audience primarily interested in the culture of wine.

02/22/21

The Black Wine Guy Experience is hosted by the music-loving and endlessly curious MJ Towler. .