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Wednesday, December 12th

01/05/18

wine and spirit sales fell 10.3 percent, hit by a 2.5 percent fall in depletion volumes. The company said it expects sales of wine and spirits to be at the lower end of a prior forecast that already called for a decline of 4-6 percent for the full-year

01/05/18

no one has a good answer for why one vine burned and another didn't. The aftermath of the North Bay Fires has exposed how little we understand about the nexus of fire and vines.

01/05/18

by the end of 2017, 92% of Bogle's growers had achieved certification ... Some 70% of Bogle's grapes come from outside growers. The company pays certified growers a bonus of $25 per ton for grapes

01/05/18

The board of directors of the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) nonprofit association has elected David Pearson, chief executive officer of Opus One, as its chair for 2018. Robin Baggett, owner and managing partner of Alpha Omega was elected vice-chair and Delia Viader, owner and founding winemaker for Viader Vineyards & Winery, was named secretary/treasurer

01/05/18

Folio Fine Wine Partners is proud to announce Tuscan producer Bibi Graetz will join the national importer, effective immediately. Graetz's portfolio includes wines produced under the Testamatta, Colore, Casamatta, Bugia, Soffocone di Vincigliata and Bollamatta labels. The agreement expands Folio's presence in the Italian category and capitalizes on the importer's vast experience and success in the important Tuscan category.

01/05/18

Dan Aguilar, senior vice president and north bay regional manager, commercial banking in Napa for Mechanics Bank (OTCBB: MCHB), has been elected to the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance Board of Directors

01/05/18

Scheid Family Wines announced today that Young's Market Company will manage distribution of its wines throughout California. Effective immediately, Young's will sell Scheid's full portfolio of wines, including: Scheid Vineyards, District 7, Metz Road, Ranch 32, VDR, Stokes' Ghost, GIFFT, Ryder Estate, and other exceptional Monterey County wines

01/05/18

it continues to target beer net sales growth between 9% and 11% and expects its wine and spirits business to see net sales fall between 4% and 6%.

01/05/18

Wine X is coming back to us at a time when the old guard is rapidly waning ...

01/05/18

"Ambition, greed and gunshots at a Napa Valley winery. How did a bag of cash -- almost $1 million -- lead to murder in a vineyard?" reads the program description.

01/05/18

ou could easily mistake Ashes & Diamonds for a high-design college campus or perhaps the offices of Silicon Valley tech startup. But the mostly stark white buildings (designed by architect Barbara Bestor), one with a zigzag roof and the other with porthole windows, signal one of the most intriguing wineries to open in Napa Valley of late.

01/05/18

Adams County Winery in Orrtanna is coping with the recent death of Rusty, its popular Golden Retriever that has been part of the fabric of one of the region's longest-running establishments

01/05/18

The US economy created 148,000 jobs in December, fewer than economists had forecast

01/05/18

The Sutter Home and Ménage à Trois owners ignored critics and bucked traditions to get ahead of consumer trends

01/05/18

A group of up-and-coming leaders are emerging in the grapegrowing community who are setting new standards of excellence for innovative farming practices that maintain Napa County's agricultural heritage and sense of place

01/05/18

"It's all about efficiencies of scale in servicing large national retail grocery, restaurant, and convenience store chains"

01/05/18

Crete has one of the world's oldest wine cultures. Now, a new generation is pushing traditions forward with terroir-driven and small-production bottlings.

01/05/18

As major carriers pull of the national shipping market, the American fine wine market stands to be transformed.

01/05/18

"The numerous 2015s in my list were from vineyards and wineries that were able to dial in the balance from what was a very short and hot year. The potential for making overly concentrated wines was certainly apparent in 2015, and many wineries couldn't help it. But the 2015 reds and whites that I highly rated were those that showed some reserve and brightness ..."

01/05/18

Researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of South Florida decided to explore how a man's scent can affect a woman's decision to drink after carrying out a similar experiment on men.

01/05/18

The robots are coming! The robots are coming!