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03/12/18

"We are grateful and thankful for the decision from the court. We think that is a reflection of the extensive work coming from Napa County over the last decade to analyze and mitigate any possible impact from the project," Hall Wines president Mike Reynolds said. ... preparations to develop the vineyard continue ...

03/12/18

Late last Friday afternoon (March 2) TTB released further guidance on the recently enacted Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. The new guidance finally answered some large and pressing questions about how the law will be implemented, and revealed some very troubling consequences. While the Act created new tax credits that were meant to benefit all wineries large and small, it's now clear that it falls short of its promise due to its poor drafting and hasty implementation

03/12/18

we are coming to the end of the growth in the tasting room and club models we've been managing for the past decade. That's not to say they are going away or will stop growing in 2019 ...

03/12/18

After retiring from Purdue in 2007, Butz became a principal in Vintage Winery Consultants with Vine and continued her work with wineries throughout the East. She now works on a part-time basis as a representative for Lallemand at wine industry trade shows across the East and in California

03/12/18

The priciest wine grape in Napa was Cabernet Franc ... Napa Cabernet Sauvignon averaged $7,449 per ton -- or about 8.8 percent more than in 2016, according to Table 10 in the final report. The average price per ton was reported as $7,421 in the preliminary report

03/12/18

A blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 30% Cinsault ... "The name AMBLE + CHASE pays homage to the winemaking process. During the long growing season, the winemaker will "amble" through the vineyard, watching over the vines and ensuring the highest quality fruit, which is followed by the "chase" when the grapes are ready to be harvested"

03/12/18

Topping the domestic roster at more than 6.6 million cases is Constellation Brands' premium boxed range Black Box, which added nearly 1.2 million cases last year. Following close behind is DFV's Bota Box, which is seeing strong gains from both its core 3-liter product and 1.5-liter offshoot. Widely credited with pioneering the premium boxed category, the two brands now sell a combined total of around 12.6 million cases in the U.S. market, up from just over 7 million cases in 2014

03/12/18

Crémant might have taken a bit of a back seat on the wine rack in recent years, allowing its bubbly counterparts to flourish as primary tokens of celebration, but sales figures reveal that the lesser-known French sparkling wine is having a renaissance

03/12/18

Don't call pétillant naturel the new bubbly in town. Don't call it "the new rosé," as Eater.com did in 2016 in an effort to encapsulate its trendiness. In fact, don't call it the new anything

03/12/18

According to Nielsen Beverage Data, one of the most popular types of sparkling wine in the U.S. is something called "mid-tier Prosecco," which Nielsen defines as bottles priced at $13-$14. What the category may lack in felicitous phraseology, it more than makes up for in monetary momentum

03/12/18

"Topel Winery in Northern California is now on the market for $5.4 million. Here's your big chance to become a winemaker and live in luxury"

03/12/18

The Clarice Wine Company will still feature pinot noir, from two iconic pinot vineyards ... But instead of selling wine, Lee will be offering membership in an exclusive community built on social media around the wine. Membership opens this month, limited to 625 people, each paying $965 for a yearly subscription

03/12/18

Sakes entered in Sake Selection by Concours Mondial will be subdivided into those 7 categories, tasted and judged by an international panel of recognised, professional tasters ...

03/12/18

His Healdsburg-based Banshee Wines had gained a significant following - largely among younger customers - with a premium pinot noir priced well below other competitors. And he had the hippest tasting room in the city, with a Generation X-inspired lounge complete with a record player for vinyl albums and worn leather sofas for guests to relax

03/12/18

Cooper's Hawk said it will have hiring fairs over the next six weeks: On March 19 and 20, and then again on April 2 and 3. The hiring events will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a hiring trailer set up near 10310 Pines Blvd., at the Pines City Center on the southwest corner of Pines Boulevard and Northwest 103rd Avenue.

03/12/18

David Lucas has helped put Lodi on the wine map. Last week, The Lucas Winery was named Winery of the Year by Visit Lodi!, and Taylor Kininmonth, owner of Sip Shuttle, was named Tourism Advocate of the Year.

03/12/18

Taster's Club stands as the first spirits-based subscription service, successfully carving out a new on-demand category. Within the first 18 months, Mack took Taster's Club from a self-operated enterprise into a highly profitable business that generated over $1 million in revenue

03/12/18

Bosker will be in Northern California next week, first for an appearance at the Napa Valley Wine Library in St. Helena, and on Friday, March 16, in Sonoma at Readers' Books. She promises an "unorthodox" tasting to accompany a reading from "Cork Dork: A wine-fueled adventure among the obsessive sommeliers, big bottle hunters, and rogue scientists who taught me to live for taste."

03/12/18

Canada is shaping as a fresh hotspot in a world of budding trade wars thanks to a battle over Australian wine exports

03/12/18

Some wines are good, some are bad, and some are significant. Here are 40 that made a difference.

03/12/18

Several inches of snow can create slick travel for the Monday morning commute in and around northern Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and southwestern Virginia.

03/12/18

A key issue discussed will be Whole Foods' efforts to centralize its merchandising.

03/12/18

Forget scrambling around in a hotel minibar for that small bottle of wine. A new futuristic invention has been created for hotels that serves guests the perfect glass of wine in style

03/12/18

Bordeaux winemakers from Saint Emilion and Pomerol had a "near-perfect growing season" for the 2015 vintage now available physically, and Pessac-Leognan south of the city also enjoyed prime conditions, according to Lisa Perrotti-Brown, editor-in-chief of The Wine Advocate

03/12/18

Burgundy often overshadows Beaujolais, so much so that it's easy to miss the region's many high-value and high-quality bottles. Explore Cru Beaujolais, wines from 10 top sites worthy of aging in your cellar

03/12/18

Natural wine has arguably been the major movement of the 21st Century wine world, and for some it has also become a 'lifetsyle choice', writes Elin McCoy, ahead of the Raw wine fair in London and after visiting the New York version of the show

03/12/18

... the Halls offered a statement this week, claiming the work to be "inaccurate in many respects," though they did not elaborate. The Halls declined to participate or be interviewed by Conaway for the book. "We have always championed the well-being of our community and we try to put this philosophy into action every day …. More broadly, we believe the Napa wine industry continues to be the national and international model for agricultural and environmental stewardship, and we are proud to be a part of this community," they said in their release.