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02/26/21

Leading wine retailers from Europe and China and a leading vintner from the United States all recounted seeing similar trends in demand during the past year and agreed social media and digital communications have been invaluable in maintaining consumer engagement while face-to-face business has been curtailed. Consumers also gravitated toward wines produced from their home nations or regions as well as sought out smaller producers through e-commerce channels.

02/26/21

Side parts and skinny jeans, sure. But Gen Z has mischaracterized their elders' drinking habits, in this week's Drinking with Esther newsletter

02/26/21

Known as the California Tourism Act, Senate Bill 285 would provide $45 million to the state's nonprofit tourism organization, Visit California, to launch?a media and jobs recovery?campaign called "Calling All Californians," aimed at driving in-state travel to hospitality businesses and popular destinations that largely have been dark for nearly a year.

02/26/21

On Thursday, the world's biggest brewer said those efforts were paying off, as sales at its "beyond beer" unit, which includes hard seltzer, ready-to-drink cocktails and other products, grew double digits to top over $1 billion. Revenue on a reported basis dropped to $12.77 billion from $13.33 billion a year earlier. Net profit jumped to $2.27 billion from $114 million a year earlier, when results were hit by higher finance costs.

02/26/21

House Bill 742 and its companion Senate Bill 705 would ban winery shipments to Tennessee residents that move through a fulfillment house. If these bills pass, they will shut off an estimated 60 percent of winery direct-to-consumer shipments to the state.

02/26/21

Under a $900 billion stimulus program signed by former President Donald Trump in late December, the federal government has been sending one-time cash payments of $600 to most households. It also has been paying jobless workers $300 a week on top of their normal unemployment benefits. Meanwhile, job growth resumed in January after a drop in December. And higher-income households, unable to travel or dine out, have built up a high level of savings.

02/26/21

Workers could enforce regulations and recover fines on behalf of Oregon labor agencies under a bill that's alarmed the agriculture and timber industries.

02/26/21

Funds awarded through this competitive grant process will be distributed to several eligible entities and throughout the state to assist farmers and ranchers in applying to HSP and SWEEP and provide continued assistance during project implementation. Eligible grant entities include Resource Conservation Districts, University of California Cooperative Extension, and non-profit organizations with demonstrated technical expertise.

02/26/21

Diversity can have many interpretations. So, how do you best bring diversity into the wine industry? Let true advocates of change meet one another, exchange ideas and personal experiences, engage in meaningful discussion, and see how they run. Philana Bouvier is a businesswoman, entrepreneur, mentor, current VP of Fine Wine, Supplier Business Development at Republic National Distributing Company, and Co-Founder of Be the Change. Dr. Hoby Wedler is an American chemist, entrepreneur, visionary and educator who happens to be blind. This has caused him to follow his passions with more tenacity and drive than others.

02/26/21

Actress and screenwriter Eunice Chiweshe Goldstein was living and working in California when Oregon called. Her grandparents were wine lovers, and Chiweshe Goldstein felt drawn to an industry and beverage that linked her to them.

02/26/21

When Alabama native Terrell Owens' NFL career started with the San Francisco 49ers in 1996, wine wasn't in his playbook. In 2016, Owens was presented with the opportunity to partner with Paso Robles-based Lasorda Family Wines, founded by baseball legend Tommy Lasorda, who passed away this past January. Over the next few years, Owens would consult with winemaker Terry Culton to create his own Paso Robles Cabernet label, called Eighty-One. There were 400 cases of the 2017 vintage made, priced at $40 a bottle.

02/26/21

Brager was formerly Senior Vice President of Nielsen's Beverage Alcohol Practice in the United States. For nearly 20 years he provided data-driven analysis and insights to innumerable wine, spirits and beer companies, as well as to key industry groups and the media.

02/26/21

"Sunny" - an innovative zero sugar, low calorie, low alcohol wine - marks Scheid's entry into the growing "Better for You" category. Using proprietary alcohol reduction techniques which preserve aroma, flavor and mouthfeel, Sunny with a Chance of Flowers has 85 calories per 5 ounce serving, offering consumers 30 percent fewer calories than an average serving of wine.

02/26/21

Announced this morning by The Institute of Masters of Wine are 10 new IMW members, who are James Doidge MW (UK), Gabriele Gorelli MW (Italy), Susan Lin MW (US), Moritz Nikolaus Lueke MW (Germany), Sophie Parker-Thomson MW (New Zealand), Álvaro Ribalta Millán MW (UK), Melissa Saunders MW (US), Kryss Speegle MW (US), Tze Sam MW (UK) and Clare Tooley MW (US).

02/26/21

From writing movie soundtracks to working in the vineyard, Dan Glover has always been about the hard work.

02/26/21

Thrillist enlisted the help of Ashlee Tuck and Cha McCoy to curate a couple of their favorite brands they think you should try. Find out more about the brands they mentioned and more below.

02/26/21

The tastings will run from May 21st through 23rd, 2021 in the LuxExpo convention and exhibition center located in the business district of Luxembourg City. However, if the health situation and government guidelines change between now and then, the event could be reviewed and changed.

02/26/21

Doerr will take on the role of VP of Chain Sales for Gravitas Wine Marketing. Prior to joining Gravitas Wine Marketing, Neil Doerr was one of the founding members at Epic Wines where he spent 17 years running the Retail Chain Division.

02/26/21

Cotarella and his team led by Pier Paolo Chiasso will work alongside the longstanding team at Venturini Baldini to produce the winery's 100 percent organic Lambrusco wines. Cotarella is a renowned winemaker with more than 50 years of winemaking experience in wineries across all Italian regions and around the world, having consulted in France, Spain, Israel, Russia, the United States, Japan, and Romania.

02/26/21

Victor de la Luz' first winemaking job was working for winemaker Aryn Morell at Matthews Winery in 2007 at its original Woodinville winery. De la Luz' latest job is working with Morell as the Production Manager at M&L Production in Walla Walla where the Matthews wines are produced in addition to the other Otis Family ultra-premium brands.

02/26/21

David Milligan Selections mourns the loss of founder, David Milligan, a wine legend associated with introducing Bordeaux to American winelovers. David passed away on February 15, 2021, at age 81.

02/26/21

Paso Robles Wine Country will once again toast its heritage variety, Zinfandel. Friday, March 19 through Sunday, March 21, over 100 local wineries celebrate with three days of unique experiences, and will not feature a single, ticketed marquee event but rather promotes the individual events happening throughout wine country on pasowine.com.

02/26/21

The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that farmers will plant 182 million acres of corn and soybeans in 2021. That is an all-time high and up roughly eight million acres from last year-driven by a jump in soybean acreage, which is expected to rise nearly seven million acres from last year.

02/26/21

Hospitality leaders are optimistic about the long-term future of the sector and its role in the UK's economic recovery, with many businesses seeking to grow rather than shrink, the latest CGA Business Leaders' Survey has revealed. Half (51%) of business leaders surveyed said they felt confident about prospects for the sector over the next 12 months - more than triple the number who felt the same way in November (14%).

02/26/21

Bosman Family Vineyards has partnered with South African actor / filmmaker Thapelo Mokoena to announce the launch of what it says is the first - and only - South African wine made from the Sicilian Nero d'Avola variety.

02/26/21

With an aim to become entirely organic by 2030, New Zealand estate Villa Maria has dipped its toe into the arena with the launch of its first organic wine range. Called Earth Garden, the 100% BioGro certified range was created in response to a rapidly rising consumer demand for organic wines.

02/26/21

A total of six county court judgments totaling £42,384 have now been taken out against UK e-commerce platform Winebuyers, with one major spirits supplier stating it is £35,000 out of pocket.

02/26/21

Last year, Patricia Ortiz, founder of Bodega Tapiz, announced that her Patagonian winery Wapisa was experimenting with underwater wine ageing of 1,500 bottles of a Malbec blend as part of its "coastal terroir" project. With the help of a biologist and a diver, the team submerged 1,500 magnums of their 2017 Malbec-blend in crates at depths varying from six and 15 metres off the Atlantic Río Negro coast. The bottles remained in situ for nine months, before they were tasted and inspected in direct comparison with bottles that were cellared on land.

02/26/21

Staff at the Taste Wine Company on Third Ave. near 11th St. entered the store - which has been closed for some time according to the NY Daily News - only to find that thieves had cleaned out the basement of stock. Thieves took scores of wine and liquor bottles, as well as 125 expensive wine dispensers, police said.

02/26/21

Free the Grapes! Urges Volunteer State Wine Lovers to Make Voices Heard

02/26/21

Groundbreaking for a tall Highway 29 hotel, grading for hillside luxury homes and construction on the last link of a Highway 29 parallel route should be among this year's American Canyon activities.

02/26/21

"The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined," Duckhorn wrote in its press release. "Duckhorn intends to apply to list its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol 'NAPA.'"

02/26/21

Nearly 76% of the county's estimated 12,500 ag and production workers have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The target for essential ag and production workers receiving vaccination in Sonoma County is 12,500. The vaccination program and collaboration will continue for the foreseeable future.

02/26/21

Oregon legislators Tuesday introduced House Bill 3296, dubbed the Addiction Crisis Recovery Act, which would increase the state's beer tax by 2,800% and wine tax by 1,700%.

02/26/21

"We are convinced that the future of small producers lies in their uniqueness and quality", said Céline Larose, marketing and sales manager for Gratiot Delugny Champagnes which has 10 hectares of vines in Crouttes-sur-Marne. As a Champagne grower and producer, the property has a good range of unique varietals to choose from with its 0.3 ha of Petit Meslier (planted in 2008), 0.3 ha of Pinot gris (planted in 2016) and 0.3 ha of Pinot blanc (due to be planted in April 2021).

02/26/21

The label is currently being marketed to the estate's wine merchant clients, but has also attracted interest from new customers, both trade and private. "I don't use social media very much but thought I should start using it, as it's now become mandatory", explained Plaisantin, who claimed he was "very pleasantly surprised by the number of shares and interest" shown after a Facebook post.

02/26/21

Marking at least a 16% growth rate last year, the natural and specialty food and beverage industry showed how hot the market segment is now. And the light at the end of the shopping aisle will probably not end in 2021 and beyond. That's one primary message attendees of the North Bay Business Journal's 2021 North Coast Specialty Food & Beverage Industry Conference got out of Thursday's virtual event.

02/26/21

Most recently, the company stated, Gandhi ran information technology globally at Intapp, a high-growth software company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously, he was CIO for Magento, an e-commerce software company, and Applied Micro, a semiconductor company.

02/26/21

Post-Brexit plans to introduce paper import certificates on EU wines from 1 July are 'worrying', according to a letter sent to Victoria Prentis MP, the UK's under-secretary of state for farming, fisheries and food. The letter includes dozens of signatories, such as Accolade Wines, Liv-ex and supplier group Bibendum, with a range of retailers and merchants, including Fine & Rare, Farr Vintners, Lea & Sandeman and The Wine Society.

02/26/21

27% of U.S. adults are satisfied, up from 11% in January

02/26/21

With a 75-100% capacity

02/26/21

Asked during the call about when large-scale concerts might resume in the U.S., Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino said, "Every day we seem to have a new state or country talking about when they'll open up, so we're feeling more optimistic than we were a month ago,"

02/26/21

Study finds difference between organic and biodynamic versus conventional, no difference between conventional and sustainable.