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03/06/18

Customer Vineyard's tagline: "Know and Grow Your Customers" ... "I'm holding a USB stick in my hand that contains the future," Chateau Montelena vice president of sales and marketing Brian Baker said. "The data on this USB and what it means in terms of understanding a deeper, granular level of our customers, their associations, and of the variables that go into our lives in one place, is something I've dreamed of since I came into the wine industry fourteen years ago as Jess Jackson's first VP of CRM. It's Unbelievable." ...

03/06/18

Bergin started as a boutique etcher of wine bottles, but for over a decade has been expanding mostly into screen-printing of labels. It moved into all of a newly finished 82,000-square-foot facility at 451 Technology Way in south Napa on Jan. 2, giving it room to grow for another decade and a half, according to founder, President and CEO Mike Bergin

03/06/18

Researchers identified the three-cornered alfalfa treehopper as a vector in California in 2016, but cautioned that it's unlikely it's the only one. The three-cornered alfalfa treehopper is a known vector of red blotch disease in California. But a search for the pest in Washington turned up empty. Three-cornered alfalfa treehopper has never been reported in Washington

03/06/18

The Act provides new excise tax credits for wine removed during 2018 and 2019 (see 26 USC 5041(c)(8)), which results in significant tax savings for producing wineries removing wine from bond during these years. However, because of an oversight (using the term charitably) and botched drafting, wine removed directly from bonded premises where the wine was not produced (i.e., fulfillment companies and bonded wine storage facilities) is not eligible for the new tax credits. Put another way, fulfillment houses may not stand in the shoes of the producing winery that transferred the wine in bond for storage.

03/06/18

California winemakers consider the implications of aligning with so-called 'raw wine' movement

03/06/18

WiVi Central Coast has finalized the lineup of educational sessions, speakers and tastings for the March 21, 2018 conference at the Paso Robles Event Center. The event, which is in its sixth year, is dedicated to winemakers, winegrape growers, owners and professionals in the Central Coast. WiVi is presented by Wine Business Monthly, the wine industry's leading trade publication

03/06/18

" was especially intrigued by the sixteenth chapter, which gives an account of how John Williams of Frogs Leap Winery led a successful movement to restore a stretch of the Napa River. Water, Conaway suggests, is at the root of all conflict in Napa. Rivers both divide and unite. The Williams story shows that it is at least sometimes possible to find common ground."

03/06/18

"Land development has become an increasingly contentious topic in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys in the past several years. As our members' careers and lives are directly affected by how these changes play out, we're interested in hearing Mr. Conaway's take on what we can expect. We hope guests will have questions of their own at the book signing."

03/06/18

"the more we know, the more we don't."

03/06/18

Seven years after picking up Zagat for $151 million, Google is selling off the perennial restaurant recommendation service. The New York Times is reporting this morning that the technology giant is selling off the company to The Infatuation, a review site founded nine years back by former music execs

03/06/18

"Adding the iconic dining resource brand to The Infatuation's powerful website, mobile app, messaging and social ecosystems will help continue the company's mission to create the largest, most influential, and most useful restaurant discovery platform in the world."

03/06/18

Even vintage variation can't sway critics from giving surprisingly consistent scores for big-name wines

03/06/18

I never intended to write about the cellars of Oregon's Burgundian vignerons. My initial story focused on sharing fun facts, such as oldest bottle, current production levels and favorite memory. After arriving in Burgundy, however, a different story emerged. Here, among hushed caves flanked by family-crested barrels and fusty stacks of sea-green bottles, I learn a tale of tradition, resilience and reinvention, a narrative fundamentally connected to Oregon.

03/06/18

The two families, whose names are today fixtures in the world of Napa wine, are starting over. Having reached a level of success enjoyed by few in their industry, each vintner clan now hopes for more, embodying their second acts in a pair of new wineries here

03/06/18

Global wine alliance calls on U.S. lawmakers to heed consumers' demand for accurate and clear wine labels ... Alliance, "works to ensure wine region names are protected and not abused or miscommunicated to consumers worldwide." Members represent the regions of Barossa, Bordeaux, Bourgogne/Chablis, British Columbia, Champagne, Chianti Classico, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry, Long Island, McLaren Vale, Napa Valley, Oregon, Paso Robles, Porto, Rioja, Santa Barbara County, Sonoma County, Texas, Tokaj, Victoria, Walla Walla Valley, Washington state, Willamette Valley and Western Australia

03/06/18

Though hard evidence is elusive, anecdotally, it does seem that Santa Barbara County boasts more women winemakers per capita than anywhere else in the state, if not the world. It's a long tradition here, harking way back to Doña Marcelina Dominguez and her 1800s La Parra Grande grapevine in Montecito, and then reenergizing in the modern movement with Lane Tanner, Kris Curran, Kathy Joseph, and so forth.

03/06/18

"It has the Portland feel, the same industrial, gritty style," said Napa winemaker Dave Phinney, who has leased seven buildings on the northern end of the island, on the waterfront. "Of course I hope and believe it will come, I just don't know when. No one cheers harder for Mare Island and Vallejo than I do because I just love it down here."

03/06/18

Hawk Winery & Restaurants, a lifestyle brand centered around food and wine, today announced two additions to their winery team. David Patneaude joins the company as Vice President of Winery Operations, and Brit Zotovich as Supply Relations & Sourcing Manager. Patneaude and Zotovich, who come to Cooper's Hawk by way of Precept Wine and Terravant Wine Company respectively, will report to Ben Hummer, Cooper's Hawk Senior Vice President of Winery Operations.

03/06/18

Hawk Winery & Restaurants, a lifestyle brand centered around food and wine, today announced two additions to their winery team. David Patneaude joins the company as Vice President of Winery Operations, and Brit Zotovich as Supply Relations & Sourcing Manager. Patneaude and Zotovich, who come to Cooper's Hawk by way of Precept Wine and Terravant Wine Company respectively, will report to Ben Hummer, Cooper's Hawk Senior Vice President of Winery Operations.

03/06/18

Mt. Beautiful USA, the import, sales and marketing company owned by Mt. Beautiful New Zealand, welcomes its new National Sales Manager Mike Fine. Fine will oversee and direct the development and implementation of a comprehensive national sales strategy for the company's wine brands.

03/06/18

Villa Maria announced today that it has appointed Abe Salt as Chief Executive Officer. Sir George Fistonich, Villa Maria's founder and current CEO of more than 55 years, will continue to have a hands-on role in the company as founder and president, with Salt reporting directly to him.

03/06/18

Holland America Line currently features more than 300 labels from more than 30 countries

03/06/18

Former MW Pancho Campo has announced that his name has been expunged from Interpol's database 14 years after he was issued with a Red Notice by the agency

03/06/18

While he doesn't use his birds for abatement their presence can scare away other birds.

03/06/18

The storm also brought parts of California more rain in hours than they received during all of February.

03/06/18

Snowpack is improving in Oregon heading into March, but still below average in every basin across the state.

03/06/18

wine poses a significant health risk, the country's health minister, Agnès Buzyn, and a host of doctors who have rallied behind her say. They've launched a debate that has shocked a multibillion-dollar industry and divided ranks even within the French government ...

03/06/18

Once known more for dazzling Adriatic beaches and medieval castles, the Italian region of Puglia is looking to its indigenous grapes (like Negroamaro and Primitivo) to put a spotlight on the region's wine scene

03/06/18

Capitalizing on the fast-growing market for canned wine

03/06/18

To most Angelenos, the phrase "Los Angeles wineries" probably looks like a typo. The venerable San Antonio Winery in Lincoln Heights is the only one, right?

03/06/18

The winemaker is now being taken to court for mislabelling the wine as quality sparkling wine without complying with the obligatory production process.

03/06/18

California water officials tromped through long-awaited fresh snowdrifts in the Sierra Nevada mountains Monday, but a welcome late-winter storm still left the state with less than half the usual snow for this late point in the state's important rain and snow season

03/06/18

On the heels of Amazon's launch of Whole Foods grocery delivery through Amazon Prime Now, Walmart today is rolling out a new option for its grocery pickup and delivery service meant to appeal to busy families: meal kits. The retailer's affordable alternative to meal kit delivery subscriptions like Blue Apron, is now available at over 250 stores, and is being made available via Walmart's Online Grocery Pickup service.

03/06/18

says wines "damaged in California fires will hit the market too. "Between the hurricanes and the fires, we can expect to see oceans of damaged wine being sold," Downey claims.

03/06/18

The closures industry is a fast-moving one, with manufacturers continually investing in improving their products. Sally Easton MW looks at the current market, and highlights new ideas, such as plant-based stoppers and anti-counterfeiting measures