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Monday, December 4th

12/04/17

The California Association of Winegrape Growers presented a webinar to provide information on several new laws. New employment and labor related legislation signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown will become effective January 1, 2018. Employers should make appropriate changes in areas including: hiring practices, sexual harassment training, employee policies and communications, job application forms and records ...

12/04/17

With a month still to go in the key retail period of October, November and December (often shorthanded as "OND"), the best estimate is for 2.5 percent growth in 2017 U.S. wine sales volume overall, according to Jon Moramarco, managing director of BW 166. The Santa Rosa-based industry consulting firm co-publishes closely watched The Gomberg Fredrikson Report and other drinks-business analytics. "That's slightly less than the trends over the last 15 years, that have been about 3.5 percent"

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Alcoholic beverage sales fell by 15 percent after the introduction of medical marijuana laws in a number of states, according to a new working paper by researchers at the University of Connecticut and Georgia State University

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The state of Michigan is being sued by out-of-state retailers and Michigan consumers over the state law that bars them from transacting business across state lines. The suit alleges that the law violates the U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause that gives the federal government, not state governments, the right to regulate interstate commerce and prohibits the states from discriminating against out-of-state businesses.

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A former reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle who changed careers while in his 40s, Bynum once joked "any idiot can make wine, but he better be a tireless idiot." Bynum subsequently spent more than 30 years making wine in Sonoma County, and according to his daughter Susie Bynum, had been writing an autobiography, which the family hopes to publish next year

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Most recently, he held the position of senior vice president - US sales & trade marketing for Treasury Wine Estates. Prior to TWE, Merrion held senior sales roles at Wilson Daniels and Diageo Chateau & Estates in Napa. Merrion brings experience from previous positions with Young's Market Company, The Boston Beer Company, Heublein Wines, and E.&J. Gallo

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"Working for The Rubin Family for the past 11 years has been a privilege, I have had opportunities to grow both professionally and personally. Ron's inherent passion of premium wine, education, and innovation has created an atmosphere for success."

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The education provider has appointed David Rudman as business development director and Rob McCaughey as business development manager - spirits

12/04/17

North Bay Business Journal is recognizing nearly two dozen leading individuals and businesses in the North Coast's wine, beer and spirits industries

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On Friday morning, they turned in more than 7,000 signatures to the county Election Division on a petition to qualify the measure for the June 5 ballot. They need about 3,800 to be from registered, local voters to succeed

12/04/17

The TBC Cabinet two- and four-barrel washing machines save time and labor while requiring minimal maintenance. ... The Tom Beard Co. is also an authorized distributor of the VinWizard Interface

12/04/17

"The northern California area and local wine community are close to the heart of our family and our company," Independent Stave Company CEO Brad Boswell, said. "The impact of the fires on our employees, customers and friends has been immeasurable. This is an opportunity for our companies and our employees to give back to a community that has given so much to our industry."

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Residents recovering from the October wildfires have until Monday, Dec. 11, to register with FEMA for disaster assistance

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When economist Christopher Thornberg told a room of Sonoma County business leaders on Nov. 17 that the region would need about 6,300 construction workers annually over the next three years to fully rebuild in the aftermath of the devastating wildfires, there was an audible gasp in the room

12/04/17

The event honored the Mulas family for all of their longstanding firefighting dedication, leadership and prowess as well as their farming water policy and practice

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All proceeds from the event will go to local charities supporting fire victims. These include the California Restaurant Association Foundation's fire relief fund, North Bay Fire Relief and UndocuFund, which helps undocumented families impacted by the fire recover and rebuild. Donations will also be used to fund short- and long-term housing needs through Burners without Borders, Homes for Sonoma and Rebuild Wine Country.

12/04/17

Following a Car of the Year judging session benefitting the same charity, Robb Report set to auction exclusive large-format bottles.

12/04/17

While there has been an increase in utility and construction trucks for clean up and rebuilding, those who depend on the wine economy now worry that tourism will drop. Despite none of the valley's wineries suffered major damage, the images of smoke and flame that played out in the national media for weeks are seared into the minds of many

12/04/17

"Gardeners, landscapers, house cleaners, pool cleaners and painters will see a huge blow to business due to 5 percent of Santa Rosa's housing stock burning up"

12/04/17

Fearing erosion of their land this winter, Napans took to the Napa Valley Expo on Wednesday morning for the promise of free supplies and advice courtesy of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and a cadre of county offices for the first Erosion Control Community Fair.

12/04/17

Château de Fieuzal, the Pessac-Léognan cru classé château owned by the Irish Quinn family, has announced that it won't release any wine from the Bordeaux 2017 harvest because severe frost damaged too much of its crop

12/04/17

A major storm is developing in the middle of the country with heavy snow, strong winds and thunderstorms, according to ABC News meteorologists.

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Ebony Tinkler: "It's about giving people a wine experience that is delicious, interesting and creative ... from the vineyard to the glass."

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"We can grow so many varietals well that we haven't been able to hang our hat on one like Oregon has done with pinot"

12/04/17

A survey conducted by industry body the British Hospitality Association (BHA) found that around 85% of hospitality businesses have been given unfair reviews designed to blackmail management or damage their reputations.

12/04/17

Before the economic crisis of 2008, just having the word 'Barolo' on a label was enough to ensure solid sales for this tannic red wine from northwest Italy

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The climate debate is pretty much over for the wine industry, and the focus has shifted to mitigation

12/04/17

Many a young man or woman has stepped into the father or mother's shoes to continue a family business. Many a young business person has faced the challenge of stepping into a legendary business leader's shoes to run a thriving company

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this will seem incendiary to some readers ...

12/04/17

As the labor shortage continues and demand for high-quality wines rises, the need for mechanization in the vineyard is critical and inevitable, Bart Haycraft, vineyard manager for Jackson Family Wines, said during the Sustainable Ag Expo in San Luis Obispo