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10/12/21

Wine label illustrators, designers and printers have had to put the brakes on this last year with many projects due to paper shortages and delays.

10/12/21

Non-alcoholic wines continue to thrive, soaring 45.5% in dollar terms in the 37 weeks ending September 18 in NielsenIQ channels. Fre non-alcoholic wine from Trinchero Family Estates has been around for decades and is the market's biggest seller-it depleted 253,000 9-liter cases last year (up 13.5%), according to Impact Databank.

10/12/21

On the four-year anniversary of the devastating Tubbs and Nuns fires in Sonoma County, the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and Pepperwood Preserve are launching the Wildfire Fuel Mapper, a comprehensive toolkit to assist landowners in managing vegetation that may fuel wildfires.

10/12/21

Surge in number of wineries, increase in wine production, high demand potential for wine from export market drive the growth of wine production machinery market

10/12/21

CEO Mailynh Phan said an ample supply of space at the 25,000-square-foot facility motivated a change in its business model: The company shifted from a focus on exporting wine to Vietnam to serving as an incubator space to become an incubator space for about a dozen local beverage upstarts, including small wineries and other producers of cider, beer and sparkling wine.

10/12/21

Strong winds that fanned the flames of a more than 150-acre vegetation fire near Vallejo on Monday night are expected to die down across the Bay Area on Tuesday, the final day in a lengthy red flag warning that has had emergency personnel on alert across the region since the weekend.

10/12/21

Italian wine exports were up 15.6% in the first half of the year, but a worrying headwind threatens to put a stop to the post-Covid pick-up: a sharp increase in commodities' prices. Soaring prices for wood, metal, paper and glass are likely to impact bottle prices of Prosecco, Primitivo and Chianti, reveals analysis by Corriere Vinicolo.

10/12/21

The shortages are being exacerbated by a fire at a facility belonging to one of the few glass producers in the South American nation. Winemakers now say jobs and profits are at risk if they don't bottle their products on time, while local politicians warn prices will go up for consumers.

10/12/21

With fewer overseas workers in the country and the paucity of cellar hands, wine press operators, flotation technicians and forklift drivers left in the country, meant that wineries had begun to search for workers four months in advance.

10/12/21

More than 300 winemakers, hospitality workers, and residents of Valle de Guadalupe successfully marched through Mexican wine country on Saturday afternoon in a peaceful protest opposing the construction of a 62-acre temporary music venue that would hold up to 25,000 people. The passionate supporters behind the "Por Un Valle de Verdad" campaign argue that Valle's extremely delicate ecosystem and scarce resources like its water supply cannot afford such a large-scale development and the volume of people it would bring at a time.

10/12/21

The era of Gordon Dutt ended in September when he died at age 91, although what he started continues in the form of Sonoita Vineyards, run by his granddaughter, Lori Reynolds. If not the actual Father of Arizona Wines, he was an original pioneer, so early to the party that wine historian Erik Berg calls him "the face of Arizona wine."

10/12/21

Neogen Corporation announced today that it has acquired Ireland-based Megazyme, Ltd., a major supplier of analytical solutions used by quality control laboratories in the global food and beverage industries. Megazyme will continue to operate as a standalone business, and will be managed through Neogens's European operations in Scotland.

10/12/21

On one side is Reyes Holdings, the largest beer wholesaler in the country and the eighth-largest private company in the United States with $35 billion in revenue, according to Forbes. On the other side is Seismic Brewing of Santa Rosa, which is being sued for allegedly breaching a contract that the brewery entered with a distributor that Reyes later bought. Seismic, which is owned by Christopher Jackson, contends that it exited its contract properly after Reyes sought to impose onerous restrictions not covered by the original deal.

10/12/21

Through a series of panels, speed networking, special guest speakers, virtual booths, and a completely immersive virtual experience, attendees will be able to learn, support, and connect with the ever-growing LatinX wine community of producers, entrepreneurs, and wine experts.

10/12/21

The gin brand, which is part of The Gin Hub owned by Pernod Ricard, now has a bottle that contains no single-use plastic and has seen its glass reduced by 15%, equating to 60 tonnes of carbon per year. The makeover includes the introduction of paper labels and an updated closure from PVC to recyclable PET. The monk motif that formerly resided at the bottom of the bottle and used to be applied by a plastic label is now embossed directly onto the glass.

10/12/21

Rarely has alcohol been so important to so many, and the proof is the number of films that have been made around the subject of wine. Here, Fortress of Solitude looks at five simply wonderful wine movies that you can enjoy with a glass of your favorite tipple.

10/12/21

Dry farming is a low-input approach to farming. Some farmers draw a distinction between "dry farming" and "dryland farming," while others use the terms interchangeably.

10/12/21

Mike Wade, the program's executive director, said getting out early this year with messaging about water was essential to counter messaging from other groups.

10/12/21

Biden's energy and transportation plans would be the most significant climate action ever taken by the U.S.

10/12/21

The programme, in partnership with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and hospitality career specialists Springboard, will run for four-weeks during October.

10/12/21

A coalition of the country's hospitality, tourism trade and membership bodies has called on the Prime Minister to keep VAT low for businesses to help them play their part in the Government's levelling-up and job creation agenda.

10/12/21

Jackson Family Wines can always be relied on to create medal-winning wines in our Masters blind-tasting competitions, with nothing less than Gold being its benchmark. Here, Patrick Schmitt MW chooses 10 of the company's top drops.

10/12/21

On 9 November, 12 producers from the southern French Region of Occitanie looking for UK distribution will host a tasting of more than 100 wines at Dartmouth House in London.

10/12/21

Images of the bottle design popped up on the screen behind Musk as he announced the new brew, showing off a quirky and sharp-edged design. The bottle's construction takes after the look of the company's Cybertruck vehicle, with its sharp edges and harsh lines.

10/12/21

News reports are circulating that reveal a heady, stuff-of-dreams story of The Queen's secret passageway that runs from St James's Palace all the way to the famous Duke's bar inside Mayfair's five star Duke's Hotel.

10/12/21

Two Napa County supervisors will attend the Great Wine Capitals conference by computer rather than flying to Germany.

10/12/21

California Gov. Gavin Newsom this fall signed into law three major bills intended to promote more prescribed burning.

10/12/21

Business is again on the upswing at the Port of Portland's container terminal after a turbulent decade.

10/12/21

Usually either vilified or venerated, Merlot has become a curiously polarizing grape - but it still offers great value.

10/12/21

Whilst the trade expected prices to be capped at 250 euros/hectolitre for Beaujolais Nouveau and €270 /hl for Beaujolais Villages Nouveau, one company apparently set the cat among the pigeons by launching this year's 'blitzkrieg' with prices of €300 /hl for Villages primeurs.

10/12/21

The Monticello Wine Trail launched its passport as a way to help people explore the 40 active wineries located within 25 miles of the city. According to the Monticello Wine Trail, the passport is mobile-exclusive and will be instantly delivered to a person's phone by text and email.

10/12/21

"The Grape Nut" was curious about the harvesting of wine grapes on the Central Coast. She headed to Talley Vineyards for a crash course.

10/12/21

Mason and Bret, hands stained purple, were working their way through the grape rows that nearly 90-degree September afternoon, collecting about 1,000 pounds of grapes destined to fill a 60-gallon oak barrel and then 300 bottles. By 2022, those warm, sweet grapes will become the first Jasper Winery estate wine, made with grapes grown in front of the Des Moines property.

10/12/21

Deep-pocketed players are vying for Nigerians' drinking money, including local giants International Breweries and Nigerian Breweries, as well as Ireland's Guinness. The competition may seem unequal, but small-scale tappers and brewers like Ovwiroro still hope to keep their local beverages alive.

10/12/21

These days, winemakers are partnering with scientists more than ever. While vintners have long sent grapes off to the lab to help determine the ripeness of the berry and anticipate the flavour makeup of a new vintage, growers in some regions are increasingly relying on lab partners to identify when the fruits have been affected by nearby wildfire smoke.

10/12/21

Australian wine direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales in 2020-21 grew by 17% in value and 14% in volume: outperforming other sales channels.

10/12/21

Jeryl and Tyrekia Cole of Off the Rox Wine & Beer Shop in the Highlandtown area of Baltimore, Maryland, have been on a community-centered mission to make high-end wines and craft brews more accessible since they opened their storefront in 2018. But the couple's entrepreneurial roots go back much farther.

10/12/21

In a major move demonstrating its commitment to significant brand growth, Hook Or Crook Cellars has hired wine industry veteran Marc Lohnes as director of sales and marketing. A Thomas Allen Wine Estates brand, Hook Or Crook Cellars - based in Lodi, Calif. - has made a name for itself producing impressive yet affordable wine.