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Wednesday, January 17th

01/02/18

Speakers to focus on direct sales and new generation of wine influencers

01/02/18

The passing of wineshop proprietor and ex-sommelier Jean-Luc Le Dû shocks friends and colleagues

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challenges fellow business owners to pledge their $1,000-per-employee commitments before the end of 2017 ...

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The funds will go toward various activities, from the purchase of new books and art supplies, to an educational field trip to Hearst Castle. Justin Vineyards says the grants will benefit nearly 6,000 students across 15 schools.

01/02/18

Ancient Lake Wine Co., part of Milbrandt Management, will open a new $6 million custom wine bottling plant in January.

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As this year ends, Amazon has shut down Wine.Woot and its own wine marketplace in favor of Whole Foods' expansive wine operation. Now that Amazon owns Whole Foods, a licensed seller of wine, it comes under different state laws and can't sell directly from a producer.

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Mastercard's analytics arm said holiday sales in stores and online between Nov 1 and Dec 24 rose 4.9 percent, the fastest year-on-year pace of increase since 2011, excluding automobile sales

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The Napa County Planning Commission, which approved the request earlier this month, briefly grappled with the question of when hospitality uses begin to overshadow agriculture.

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Those wineries need a replacement, and WineDirect is betting they can find one with new options such as eBay and Vivino or the online "stores" of loyalty programs

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"Angelsmith Inc. is a San Francisco area-based, award-winning digital marketing agency that invests substantial resources to better understand consumers' path to purchase in wine, beer, restaurants, retail, healthy CPG and fitness. Angelsmith's Intercept & Influence™ Digital Marketing Success System has helped clients such as The Hess Collection, Rodney Strong Wine Estates, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Club Pilates, Kite Hill Foods and others to cost-effectively increase sales through digital marketing. We offer a full suite of services including digital advertising, SEO & SEM, website development, social media marketing, consumer insights and email marketing. Our brand experience includes Fortune 500 mega brands and mid-sized companies in wine, beer, restaurants, entertainment, retail, travel and technology"

01/02/18

Personal recommendations from Wines & Vines contributing editor Jane Firstenfeld

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Wine faults exist in the real world, but how come they never make it into reviews?

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Temecula Valley, determined to shake off its reputation as the state's second-tier - or possibly even third-tier - wine region, is taking steps to boost its meager profile

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Even today, people remember the universal badness of rosés made in the 1960s. Most had the delicacy of a demolition derby, the vibrancy of mud and actually made food taste bad.

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The use of a former erotic film star turned cabaret singer to promote a pink champagne has infuriated the aristocratic family whose forefathers founded the celebrated 'Charles de Cazanove' brand.

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The brisk pace for sales of North Coast vineyards, wine brands and wineries in recent years slowed in 2017. It was a "roller-coaster ride" of a growing year that ended with a long, likely below-average-sized harvest punctuated by record September temperatures and October wildfires

01/02/18

SF Chronicle 2017 Winemaker of the Year, Dan Petroski, was asked to name the five wines that have most influenced him, admittedly, an awful assignment, not unlike asking someone to name the five best things they've ever eaten ...

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"There is the Populist, who is making affordable, easy-drinking, quaffable wines; the Viticulturist, who is introducing sustainable viticulture techniques to the Santa Cruz Mountains; the Classicist, who is reviving an interest in classically styled Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley; and the Experimenter, a devotee of Sauvignon Blanc who is elevating that grape in ways that no one in California has done before"

01/02/18

Tesconi replaces the farm bureau's most recent executive director, Kim Vail, who was let go in November, the bureau's president said at the time. "With Tawny being born and raised in Sonoma County and having extensive experience working in the county, we felt like she would be a great fit"

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In his time at the helm, the WSET has grown its global reach to 70 countries and is the largest educational body of its kind, with annual candidate numbers growing from 10,000 in 2002 to 85,000 in 2017

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White, former director and general manager of Moët Hennessy Diageo Singapore, brings 20 years of experience within the wine and spirits industry having worked on global brands from Jim Beam, Jack Daniel's and Johnnie Walker to Cloudy Bay and Krug Champagne

01/02/18

Anna Schuessler/Daily Journal Gary Westby, Champagne buyer for K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, is among the local wine sellers noticing an uptick in consumers' interest in Champagne and sparkling wine

01/02/18

Around Christmas, the weathered Boskydel Vineyard sign was simply removed from its long-standing post at the corner of Otto and Lake Leelanau roads

01/02/18

Plan your travels with wine in mind: In the new year, look for festivals in San Francisco and Boston, get your après-ski culinary fix at Beaver Creek in Colorado, and taste at Rome's new wine-centric hotel. Plus, a new wine club opens in Uruguay

01/02/18

The wine director at The NoMad Hotel in New York City tackles our speed round of questions.

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The problem of wine fraud affects the Australian industry when a product is misrepresented by being labelled as something it's not or claims to be locally produced when it's not

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Our unique and famous Panel Tastings; three world class wine experts in their field review a flight of wines on a theme. Each give their own individual scores, which are then averaged to give an overall mark. This mark is based on the theme chosen. In 2017 we've had panel tastings from little known Atlantic reds in Spain, to Cool Climate Australian Chardonnay, to vintage Champagne, all the way to the mighty 2012 Brunellos

01/02/18

Under California's current law, alcohol companies aren't allowed to provide free transportation to consumers unless it's at an invitation only event, like a concert or party

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For people who don't do business in a liquor control state, the rules can seem confounding-here, professionals in Vermont discuss how it works

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California on Jan. 1 expands requirements for vintners, winegrowers and other employers on training against sexual harassment

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It's, perhaps, a bold statement for a Frenchman, but not entirely surprising, given Penfolds' reputation, but also Bizot's confidence in Australia's ability to produce world class fine wines

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The Antinori family, which traces its lineage back to the year 1000 and its entry into the wine business to 1385, is still linked by its vineyards and grand homes. It produces two of the country's best wines, Tignanello and Solaia, as well as a Chianti Classico.

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" over the years, the last few years, I've been learning a lot about it and the different types of grapes and the different types of vines they be on, different type of region, the red, the white, blends and things of that nature. ... "

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01/02/18

Wine Spectator takes a moment to remember the wine and food industry pioneers, leaders, friends and loved ones that passed this year

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Beginning this week, the Ohio Department of Commerce is delisting about 700 items in its Last Call campaign, and that means consumers will have access to a clearinghouse of booze at discounted prices

01/02/18

Whether they're looking to cleanse their souls, their spirits or their livers, a month without alcohol boasts a number of physical and mental health benefits

01/02/18

Even though the court left the ultimate decision to a German court, it did say that the name could be used if the icy treat "has, as one of its essential characteristics, a taste attributable primarily to Champagne."