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06/14/21

The R&D project, in partnership with The Yield Technology Solutions Pty (The Yield) and global technology giant Yamaha Motor Co (YMC), will commence in TWE vineyards in Australia later this year and the West Coast of the US from early next year. The trial, which brings together Yamaha's robotics platform with The Yield's microclimate, software, analytics, and AI platform, aims to improve harvest prediction accuracy by gathering growth stage data through visual data collection.

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The heavy trucking division of FedEx Corp. began notifying select manufacturers, retailers and logistics companies on Friday that it will stop picking up their goods as of Monday, leaving them virtually no time to make alternative shipping arrangements. Other LTL carriers are also operating at maximum capacity and may not be able to absorb more freight in the near-term.

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The shift by workers into new jobs and careers is prompting employers to raise wages and offer promotions to keep hold of talent. The appetite for change by employees indicates many professionals are feeling confident about jumping ship for better prospects, despite elevated unemployment rates.

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In September, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 67 into law, which set the stage for the California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Cannabis Appellations Program. Once the program begins to accept petitions, it will establish the world's first cannabis appellations.

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Experts weigh in on which text is necessary to include on the front and back label, as well as which to avoid. While variety, vintage and appellation are widely accepted as vital, unsurprisingly, there was some debate about other information to include.

06/14/21

Maya Dalla Valle, now at the helm of her family's luxury vineyard, has an enviable but difficult job: proving that $425 Cabernet has a place for a new generation

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The second-driest spring on record has pushed more than one-fifth of Washington into an "extreme drought," the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday.

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For U.S. companies that rely on seasonal hires or foreign professionals, an already tight labor market is being further strained by coronavirus-related immigration backlogs and travel restrictions that prevent employees from coming to the country. Although federal officials have eased Covid-19 restriction guidelines, the U.S. still has kept travel bans on 33 countries, including the U.K., much of Europe, China and India. Citizens of those countries for the most part aren't being granted work visas even if they are vaccinated or test negative for Covid-19.

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"Bud grafting is becoming a lost art," said Marcelo Robledo. "Only about 100 people in Sonoma County are doing it. Younger people seem more interested in technology."

06/14/21

With a strong performance over the past two years, Laurent-Perrier has vaulted into the ranks of the top four Champagne brands in the U.S. by volume, behind only Veuve Clicquot, Moët & Chandon, and Nicolas Feuillatte.

06/14/21

Tanya Beers will lead the marketing efforts for the Paul Hobbs Wines & Paul Hobbs Selections portfolios throughout the U.S. and internationally, managing the company's strategic brand planning and communications.

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Moulds was known for his generosity of spirit and the hours and years he dedicated to community volunteerism and service to other, including as a Director and President of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers for over 9 years and as the founding President of the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation (2011 - 2021).

06/14/21

The National Association of Beverage Importers joined 112 other United States and European Union organizations representing a plethora of products and commodities in urging and reiterating the call for the permanent removal of tariffs on sectors unrelated to the ongoing transatlantic trade disputes.

06/14/21

A recent UC Davis study published in the journal "LWT - Food Science and Technology" uncovered a potential use of Chardonnay marc as a source of abundant oligosaccharides and other healthful compounds, which show promise in the areas of nutrition including intestinal health and inflammation.

06/14/21

Newsom said he expects to take executive steps to have the worksite regulations take effect more quickly than the 10-day administrative law review that would normally push back the effective date for the new rules until at least June 28.

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"We are seeing a strong return to travel," says Todd O'Leary, vice president of marketing and communications for Sonoma County Tourism. "There's been a huge pent-up demand for it, and now that consumers are getting vaccinated, they are booking travel now and/or into the future.

06/14/21

"We are fiercely dedicated to providing the best product and process know-how to the winemaking community and our team makes this possible," said Jessica Just, General Manager of Scott Labs' Fermentation & Enology Department.

06/14/21

David Pearson announced his intention to resign his position as Managing Director, effective date later this year. After much deliberation, Mr. Pearson has decided to reconnect with his winemaking roots in France and start his own project there.

06/14/21

Thomas joined Rutherford Wine Company as Vice President of Finance in August 2020 and will assume his new role immediately.

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The 12-week program, offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, runs from Aug. 16 - Nov. 7. The program cost is $300 and it is limited to the first 100 registrants.

06/14/21

In advance of the upcoming EU-U.S. summit in Brussels, 113 organizations reiterate their call for the permanent removal of tariffs on sectors unrelated to the ongoing transatlantic trade disputes.

06/14/21

California licensed retail Buyers can now browse and purchase barrel selections online or via LibDib's mobile iOS app. The LibDib Barrel Market offers unique, small-batch, aged spirits from producers located around the country. The marketplace is now live in California, and will be expanding into LibDib's five additional markets (CO, FL, IL, WI, NY) shortly.

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Any delay would be "devastating", for the sector with around 300,000 jobs put at risk - including those still on furlough, said UKH. A four-week delay would also have a knock-on impact on bookings throughout the summer and into the autumn, the trade body added.

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There were 370,000 tonnes of grapes harvested during the vintage, down 19% on last year's crop, with regions throughout the middle of the country - Wairarapa, Marlborough, Nelson, and North Canterbury - impacted the most, down over 20% on 2020.

06/14/21

Overall online retail sales fell by 9.1% year on year last month, against very high May 2020 growth of 61%, marking the sector's largest drop in volume ever as the high street opened once more, according to the latest IMRG Capgemini Online Retail Index.

06/14/21

The platform has been launched to provide international trade with a single online space in which to research, interact, and develop new and existing business with South African wine producers, said WoSA. Moreover, as well as providing an up-to-date database of producer and wine information the Gateway can be used as a marketing tool for producers, who can upload videos, images and other marketing content to the site.

06/14/21

The federal government has reached an agreement to restore nearly $1 billion in funding for California's troubled bullet train, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced.

06/14/21

Most new wells in Oregon are drilled where groundwater is already at risk of depletion, potentially aggravating conflicts among irrigators, according to state water regulators.

06/14/21

The groups said America's infrastructure is eroding and asked lawmakers to specifically focus on the critical importance of agricultural infrastructure when they carry out President Biden's infrastructure plan.

06/14/21

A federal judge has halted a loan forgiveness program for farmers of color in response to a lawsuit alleging the program discriminates against white farmers.

06/14/21

It can be hard to keep up with all the world's wine news, so wine-searcher did it for you.

06/14/21

It turns out that, yes, the top 10 most searched-for wines are pretty much exactly the ones you'd expect - the hardy perennial triumvirate of Mouton, Lafite and Dom Pérignon is a unifying theme across all the major wine markets - taking the broader view shows a dramatic reverse in one particular area.

06/14/21

Is it time to puncture wine's most sacred myths? Oliver Styles thinks so.

06/14/21

With 48 member states across the world's wine regions, OIV has just asked the French government to find it a permanent building this year to properly accommodate its employees and the international conferences it regularly organises.

06/14/21

BNP Paribas is facing allegations that its traders mis-sold billions of euros of lossmaking foreign exchange products to Europe's largest wine exporter, the latest accusations in a widening controversy that has also enveloped Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank. J. García Carrión, founded in Jumilla in south-east Spain in 1890, is in dispute with the French lender over currency transactions with a cumulative notional amount of tens of billions of euros.

06/14/21

"Our case goods sales and direct sales revenues finished ahead of last fiscal year, increasing 7% for the year, despite COVID-19 related effects on the Company's business including decreased on-premise and airline/cruise ship sales and California's prohibition against wine tasting in our two tasting rooms for over four months. Demand for bulk wine was strong in the latter half of the fiscal year, and bulk wine sales revenue increased 67%, from $14.2 to $23.7 million in fiscal 2021."

06/14/21

The report begins with the overview of the Wine Market and offers throughout development. It presents a comprehensive analysis of all the regional and major player segments that gives closer insights upon present market conditions and future market opportunities along with drivers, trending segments, consumer behaviour, pricing factors and market performance and estimation.