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06/15/21

A Paso Robles winery, vineyards and other assets may be liquidated under bankruptcy proceedings, according to a court ruling issued Monday. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mark S. Wallace placed property owner Northern Holding LLC into Chapter 7 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Northern Holding filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 on Oct. 28, 2020, a day after acquiring three Paso Robles properties from Erich Russell, owner and founder of Rabbit Ridge Winery and Vineyards, according to court documents.

06/15/21

Companies dangled cash, time off and other prizes to encourage vaccinations. Executives made personal appeals in town-hall meetings and internal memos. Now, some of those efforts are taking a more assertive and urgent tone. While most employers haven't flat-out ordered staff to get vaccinated, many are asking workers to report their vaccination status or are implementing policies that restrict the activities of unvaccinated workers.

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Good growers who already understand how weather and water stresses affect plants will quickly see value in the app-based approach.

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Washington State University researchers are hoping naturally-occurring yeasts on wine grapes can consume residual sugar without damaging the quality of the product. The goal is to improve the flavor profile of the wines by letting grapes ripen for longer periods of time, said Charles Edwards, WSU professor and food scientist.

06/15/21

While the thought of powdery mildew continues to keep grape growers up at night, there are two related issues that cannot be ignored, according to Peter Bierma, President/CEO of Sym-Agro. The first is fungicide resistance, the second is maximum residue limits (MRLs).

06/15/21

"California is perceived to be less-destination ready than the rest of the U.S., in particular our friends in Florida," Visit California CEO Caroline Beteta said Monday. "Americans see Florida as being more open than California, and that's the hard work we have to do."

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How the Wine & Hip Hop entrepreneur is expanding his empire to video, using street culture and music to build a more inclusive wine world

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Looking forward, it appears that California is in for a potentially prolonged heatwave-which, at least across inland areas, could well break a lot of records and kick fire season into much higher gear.

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With 123 stores stretching from the Florida Panhandle to Miami, Orlando-based ABC Fine Wine & Spirits is the largest independent liquor store chain in the Sunshine State, and has revenues estimated at well over a half-billion dollars.

06/15/21

Lauren Van Ness has been hired as director of Sales for Memento Mori winery in the Napa Valley. The winery stated Van Ness is its first director of sales. She most recently was the general manager for ACME Fine Wines in St. Helena as well as was maître d' and director of private events for The French Laundry restaurant in Yountville.

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Their first commercial's concept is also rather droll - formed around the idea that the spokesperson in question (Elizabeth Banks) has arrived at the home of Archer Roose CEO Marian Leitner's home and now refuses to leave, due to how enchanted she is with Archer Roose's bubbly.

06/15/21

Nonfinancial companies issued $1.7 trillion of bonds in the U.S. last year, nearly $600 billion more than the previous high, according to Dealogic. By the end of March, their total debt stood at $11.2 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve, about half the size of the U.S. economy. That torrent of inexpensive money has benefited all types of businesses.

06/15/21

The Brussels-based CEEV (Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins) and Wine Institute of California have applauded a strong show of support for Translantic wine trade. The statement clearly acknowledged the harmful impact of retaliatory tariffs and called on the leadership of the US and EU to work towards a 'zero for zero' tariff-free wine trade environment.

06/15/21

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Monday signed into law House Bill 2571, which could potentially lead to a change in liability standards for prescribed fire.

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The groups contend the labor shortage is threatening U.S. agriculture and immigration policy breeds uncertainty for workers.

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The company's "gamification" technology integrated at the core of the platform allows customers to rely on the company's panel of leading wine experts to curate collections of wines together by varietal, theme, or region. Leveraging their proprietary AI models and data engines, customers receive variable upgrades to create a fun and new way to reward customers with premium wines worth at least the same or more than they paid, with rare bottle upgrades being awarded every day often worth up to $10,000.

06/15/21

Today, Silverado winemakers, Jon Emmerich and Elena Franceschi, craft Sangiovese, Rosa, Zinfandel and Kerner, as well as Olive Oil, all sourced from the property. In honor of Felix Borreo, Silverado renamed the vineyard Borreo Ranch, and wanted a brand and label design to evoke the story of Felix and the property.

06/15/21

Spain's fizzy export has received a surfeit of press attention over the past decade - most of it unsolicited. Like other sparkling wine styles, Cava has seen revenues decline as a result of the pandemic. But that's the least of it; a critical mass of quality-focused producers left the DO (appellation) in 2019. Forging a new identity under the name "Corpinnat", the group is not currently minded to reconsider.

06/15/21

The current heat wave is expected to be at its most intense and most widespread through Saturday, threatening to surpass the highest temperatures ever recorded in Arizona (128 degrees Fahrenheit) and Nevada (125). The world record of 134 degrees - which is now questioned - was set in Death Valley in California in 1913.

06/15/21

The reality of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Australia and the UK has moved a step closer with the prime ministers of both countries confirming on Monday that a deal will be done, though with much detail still to be thrashed out. The FTA should in time see the removal of Australian import tariffs of 5% on spirits distilled in the UK, such as whisky and gin, with the reciprocal arrangement also removing tariffs on UK imports of Australian wines.

06/15/21

UK Hospitality (UKH) has urged the government to waste no time in providing details of how it will safeguard the future of the hospitality sector following the Prime Minister's confirmation that Covid restrictions will remain for another four weeks. The trade body called for "clear, comprehensive measures" to ensure an end to the lockdown, with a particular need to counter the impact of the resumption of business rates payments in July.

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The Beyond Wines start-up, founded earlier this year, is initially launching with two products under its Liquid Diamond brand; Prosecco DOC and Prosecco Rose 75cl (rrp: £12), with plans to add a Sauvignon Blanc and Pale Rose in the summer. Moving away from the traditional back labels, Liquid Diamond has instead focused on a language its target customer would understand - emojis, said co-founder Alex Green who launched the company with Matt Johnson, having worked together at Copestick Murray on the I Heart brand before it merged with Freixenet UK.

06/15/21

Harpers latest free-to-attend webinar, Franciacorta: Adding a Splash of Italian Style, has brought together a great panel to examine what this multi-faceted fizz can add to the modern sparkling wine portfolio.

06/15/21

The new function means customers can instantly view all the wines, beers and spirits available and in stock at their closest Majestic branch, before selecting either delivery or collection. Customers can also add all the extra services available when shopping in person - like free glass and ice bucket hire - or expert advice from the store teams.

06/15/21

The CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group talks about the rebirth of New York dining, hiring woes across the industry and a new restaurant project in Manhattan West

06/15/21

The UK and Australia trade deal announced today (15 June) looked set to be good news for Britons who enjoy Australian wines and also for exports of Scotch whisky, English sparkling and gin, according go the UK's Wine & Spirit Trade Association. The two countries' prime ministers announced the post-Brexit trade deal in London this morning, after months of talks and following last weekend's G7 summit in Cornwall.

06/15/21

Château Ausone 2020 has been released en primeur and is tipped as a possible 100-point wine in the Bordeaux 2020 vintage, while Les Carmes Haut-Brion could be one to watch among other estates making their debuts in the campaign.

06/15/21

Rock star Sting and his wife Trudie Styler reveal the wines that have played a major part in their life and influenced the winemaking at their Tuscan estate, Il Palagio

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Camel Valley owner Bob Lindo tweeted over the weekend: 'I am very pleased to confirm that Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé brut was served at the G7 Eden event, attended by 3 generations of the Royal family.'

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Tommy and James have partnered with Matt Lockwood on the canned wine project, called Banks Brothers. Due to go on sale in July, the range comprises a South African Syrah Mourve`dre and Chardonnay housed in 250ml cans, priced at £21 for three, £40 for six or £78 for a dozen.

06/15/21

There could be some hard graft ahead for nine winegrowers and consultants from Germany, France (Bordeaux, Beaujolais, Burgundy, Champagne and the Rhone Valley), Georgia, Greece and Italy who met on June 10 in the Principality of Monaco to officialize their desire to create a European association for wines made from own-rooted vines. Once the legal statutes have been finalized over the summer, the group must then be formalized for it to realize its ambitious projects of EU endorsement and listing as an ancient technique under UNESCO's intangible heritage scheme.

06/15/21

Northwest wine economist Chris Bitter painted a bleak picture when he recapped the state of Washington's $8.4 billion wine industry in March. The state's wineries shipped almost 1 million fewer cases in 2020. All sales channels - to consumers, to retailers, to distributors - fell in 2020, according to Bitter, of Vancouver, B.C.-based Vintage Economics. The Covid-19 pandemic bears some, though hardly all, of the blame. Washington winemakers were dealing with a national glut of both wine and grapes even before coronavirus reached U.S. shores.

06/15/21

Edgy winemakers are using the funny names to signal how different their wines are from traditional estates' conventional vino. The trend is booming. The surprise is how delicious the juice inside the bottles can be.