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Friday, December 15th

11/29/17

It is almost impossible to visit a tasting room in Napa or Sonoma and not receive an invitation or pitch to join the wine club; This is a wise move on a winery's part because wine clubs are one of the most profitable direct-to-consumer (DTC) channels. Furthermore, the average consumer stays in a wine club for 30 months, according to the WBM/SVB 2017 Tasting Room Survey. It is also more profitable to hold onto existing wine club members, rather than seek new ones. With this in mind, a research project at Sonoma State University was implemented to determine the attributes of top wine clubs in Napa and Sonoma.

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Harvard endowment among those shopping for vineyards as safe investments

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As wineries become more aggressive in the off-premise market, many are turning to data to better understand all aspects of the retail shelf. In 2017, the industry took a leap forward in terms of the data available to wineries and one company, Vermont Information Processing (VIP) came through and launched daily pricing data: an essential tool for those wineries running a number of promotions or wary that retailers were not selling a brand at the right price point.

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Riggs is a Walla Walla native and has served as the WWVWA's Communications and Marketing Manager since March 2016.

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The complaint claims Larner Vineyard violated its winery permit by hosting such a big event that allegedly caused traffic and noise disruptions along rural Ballard Canyon Road. ... Michael Larner confirmed that between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. more than 500 people gathered on the property, which was staffed with four parking attendants to manage around 200 vehicles. Overflow traffic was directed onto Ballard Canyon Road, "where we had staff keep things clear"

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"Today's decision imposes the United Farm Workers on our employees, whether they want the UFW or not."

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To preview the full article coming out this Friday, we will be counting down the Top Vineyard Owners, releasing two each day.

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New Zealand Winegrower's chair Steve Green of Carrick in Central Otago also announced that the New Zealand Winegrowers are donating NZ$25,000 to the fire relief efforts in California with the funds going to all four counties impacted by the fires - Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties. The donation was made in recognition of how interconnected the wine industry is all over the world, and to assist in the recovery and rebuilding efforts in California. During the fires, fire fighters from New Zealand were deployed to fight the fires in California's North Coast.

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His role will support the brand's focus on the portfolio's premium whiskies. Howells will work alongside counterpart, Gabriel Cardarella, to drive the Dewar's portfolio by engaging with both the trade and consumers, specifically in the mixology realm.

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Carofanello earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Utah in Recreation and Leisure and then gained a Certificate in Hospitality Management from the same university. After successful careers in both hospitality management and software sales, Carofanello decided to pursue his love of wine as a business pursuit, attending the UC Davis Extension program in OIV, Viticulture and Enology.

11/29/17

Liberation Distribution (LibDib), the first technology company to offer a three-tier compliant web-based platform to sell wholesale alcohol, announced today that the company has unveiled new tools and features allowing Makers to make direct connections with buyers from within the LibDib platform.

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Despite an increase in the number of Chinook salmon in California this year, some fishers are worried that methods to truck and barge hatchery fish will lead to long-term problems for the restoration of ecosystems and fisheries

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"It's hard to say what happened," said Giacomo Neri of the famous estate of Casanova di Neri. "Perhaps some people decided to harvest too late, but we find our Brunellos show cool fruit and bright acidity with structured tannins."

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Idaho wines are winning medals at international wine competitions across the national wine media is starting to pay attention.

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Powdery mildew, downy mildew, and black rot disease are all issues that plague the modern raisin, table, or winegrape grower and are exactly the issues the VitisGen and VitisGen2 projects seek to find solutions for. In fact, this multi-university project has made leaps and bounds in the first iteration, learning about grape genetics and markers. The project was recently renewed with a $6.5 million USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative grant.

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Our US editor retests a revolutionary wine accessory, this time following the actual instructions.

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After the firestorm destroyed thousands of homes and structures in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, engineers are exploring fire-resistant design, including rooftop sprinklers, concrete and steel, and underground bunkers.

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Agriculture Capital Management, an investment firm, has bought thousands of acres of farmland and several packing facilities in Oregon and California since 2014.

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As an increasing number of agricultural producers in southwestern Idaho turn to the H-2A foreign guestworker program for labor, they are finding a shortage in available housing.

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Gerawan Farming plans to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Transaction comes two months after several other Okanagan winery sales

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In an effort to provide more time to reconsider a definition of "waters of the United States," and to prevent ongoing court cases from interfering in that process, federal agencies have proposed to delay the effective date of a controversial WOTUS rule by two years

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San Diego case could be harbinger of who ends up footing bill

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She reviews Jon Bonné's new book ... says too many wine writers today are repeating what became part of the wine zeitgeist a long time ago ...

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After months of deliberation, the European Union's voting bodies have made their decision on the use of glyphosate, the controversial Monsanto pesticide often marketed under the brand name Roundup

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Inspiring the future in a remote part of rural Italy

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Paskett Vineyards & Winery on a magnificent, history-laden estate at 11070 E. Woodbridge Road in Acampo

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Returns likely to be lower across all assets in medium term

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While this list is studded with wines most would consider special-occasion purchases, there are also many reasonably priced bottles and some crazy-good values.

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"The wholesalers are dedicated to maintaining their position as mandatory middleman at artificially inflated margins. This is why they continue to perpetuate the fallacy that the three-tier system is necessary to protect the public. The wholesalers are, however, necessary to move boxes. They excel in that role and they deserve to be paid for that function."