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Wednesday, July 18th

04/04/18

"The Living Labels concept was the ultimate answer to the question 'How do we start to tell our brand's story in a way that's really easy?' And ideally, at the point of purchase, because that's where 80% of the purchases decisions are made."

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The new Charles Shaw organic wines, which feature twist-off Helix cork enclosures, will be available at Trader Joe's locations nationwide, retailing at $4 a 750-ml. According to Impact Databank estimates, Charles Shaw was down 4% to 3.2 million cases in the U.S. last year.

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Overall, less than 5% of the world's vineyards are organic. In the United States, the world's largest consumer of wine, only 1% of wine sold by volume was organic. The paltry market for organic wine around the world belies the fact that over the past half century, countless organic winegrowers and vintners have dedicated great effort to creating a larger market for the category, without much success. Meanwhile, plenty of other organic products, including vegetables, milk, and tea, have become widely consumed, at least by affluent, health-conscious city dwellers. Why the difference?

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C&C Group has further announced that it has completed a deal to take on the Matthew Clark and Bibendum wine, beer and spirits supply businesses, with support from the world's largest brewer, AB InBev

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Vintage Wine Estates, who owns both properties, announced that Hugo will assume the reigns at B.R. Cohn Winery

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Berlin Packaging announced with Bruni Glass the strategic acquisition of H. Erben Ltd., a Hadleigh, England-based supplier of closures, packaging, and packaging equipment with strength in the food and drinks sectors. Erben also brings dedicated operations in South Africa, in California with its California Capsules business, and operates www.TheBottleJarStore.co.uk for convenience quantities.

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What is Burgundy?" Oregon importer Scott Wright and filmmaker David Baker pose this question in their forthcoming movie, "Three Days of Glory," which premiered in Beaune Nov. 19, 2017, to an invitation-only audience of Burgundy's elite at Les Ateliers du Cinéma.

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The Oregon Wine Board Service Awards were presented by OWB chairman emeritus Steve Thomson

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Sondra Bernstein's warehouse space is overflowing with cookbooks. Stacked on folding tables, they form a maze-Rachel Rays across from Alice Waters, diagonal from Thomas Kellers-roughly 10,000 tomes donated from publishers, restaurants, friends and strangers

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These days, the idea of a free wine tasting feels like something from a bygone era. It used to be that you could walk up to a winery's tasting room, sample the wine. Then, you'd decide if you liked them enough to purchase a bottle. Now, those days are a distant memory, if you ever experienced them at all. Many wineries in California now require reservations, and even more charge $10 or more per person.

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In the past eleven years, AFWC has donated more than $1,000,000 for charity

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Caymus Vineyards of Rutherford alleges Caymus Builders LLC and affiliated businesses have continued to use the name "Caymus" over the repeated objections from the winery, according to the complaint. Caymus Vineyards registered the name "Caymus" with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 1994.

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From 2018 to 2022, the James Beard Foundation Robert Mondavi Memorial Scholarship will award $10,000 annually to an aspiring culinary or wine professional to further their wine education at a licensed or accredited culinary school, hospitality institution, college or university of their choice.

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With Colangelo & Partners as their agency of record, the campaign will focus on generating awareness and educating press and trade about the high quality and unique characteristics of Trentodoc sparkling wine: in particular, its ties to tradition, mountain environment, and great potential for long aging. The program will kick off events in the early spring and will include press and trade tastings, activities in media and trade relations, event marketing, and social media.

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Angus McPherson, Managing Director of TWE Australia and New Zealand, said that TWE supports the new regulations, which empower Wine Australia to consider intellectual property issues and misleading conduct when approving exports of wine, and when determining whether an applicant is fit to hold a license to export.

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Friedenreich is a New Yorker at heart, but his adventures took him to the four corners of the continent, with a 34 year layover in southern California, where he still serves as wine editor for California Homes Magazine.

04/04/18

The Championship awarded this title to entrepreneurs for their dedication to the success of their businesses, awarding them an all-expense-paid trip to a training and networking event, SCORE mentoring and publicity throughout the year, and a chance to win one of three $15,000 grand prizes, made possible with the support of Sam's Club.

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The Copper Lager is brewed with two-row barley and aged on Jim Beam bourbon barrel staves, according to a press release. That gives it a toasty oak aroma and nutty taste, with caramel and vanilla notes

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Patz & Hall is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year with a series of events at the Sonoma House at Patz & Hall and across the country.

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The new packaging emphasizes a closeup shot of a carousel horse, La Fiera's signature image. The detailed imagery provides a fresh way for the brand to stand out within the crowded field, but also maintain elegance and style.

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Imported by leading U.S. wine & spirits importer Palm Bay International, the new wines will be available nationally at specialty wine and liquor stores nationwide.

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Thomas Schwarting, Hotel Manager at Farmhouse Inn, was elected from a pool of three candidates as Wine Road's newest lodging representative. Also joining the Board as a winery representative is Chris Lynch, co-owner of Mutt Lynch Winery in Windsor.

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A 2017 Congressional Research Service report indicated that in 2015 the federal government owned approximately 640 million acres in the United States. Given that there are approximately 2.3 billion acres of land in the U.S., the federal government owns or administers programs on nearly one-third of the country's land-making it the largest landowner in the U.S. by a very wide margin.

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Santa Rosa-based American AgCredit on Tuesday reports $159 million in 2017 net income and about $60 million in cash dividends distributed to customers.

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On Wall Street, the stock market buckled on the prospect of an all-out trade war between the world's two biggest economies. But it hasn't come to that - not yet, anyway.

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The Census Bureau hasn't included a citizenship question in its survey of all U.S. households since 1950.

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The results of last summer's wildfires aren't likely to produce a finished wine with much mass appeal.

04/04/18

Snowpack at 52 percent of normal for California. Observers recommend water conservation.

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Napa vineyard and Sacramento Valley almond orchards remain at record values as water worries contribute to declines elsewhere

04/04/18

Recent studies by the Wine Market Council and Nielsen show women are buying and drinking wine more often than men and more often, in general. As a result, the industry is taking note of women's habits around wine - how they consume it, how they shop for it and how it fits in their lives.

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California farmers, many of whom voted for President Donald Trump and his tough talk on trade, say China's increased tariffs on products like almonds, pistachios and wine are a competitive blow, but some are hopeful they will lead to a better deal down the road.

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Ontario Apple Growers general manager Kelly Ciceran says the 15 per cent tariff on fruit such as apples, cherries, peaches, raspberries and cranberries will likely lead to more U.S. produce hitting Canadian stores.

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Ron Rubin calls the initiative Trained for "Saving Lives," after he himself experienced a sudden coronary malfunction while marathon training - something he has done his entire life. A company spokesman said the effort has included about 90 wineries so far. Wineries must agree to have staffs trained by the American Red Cross in CPR and AED technique.

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Michigan viticulture professor Tom Zabadal starts a new career as winery owner

04/04/18

The "Queen of Red Grapes" might be overprized - and overplanted - in California? With a statewide rise in Cabernet plants - both for its popularity and higher sales prices per ton - more of it is going into both single-varietal wines and blends.

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amid concerns the move could cost the state millions in lost federal aid

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IRS agents want copies of any emails, notes, voicemails or text messages exchanged between store employees and the two New York men, identified as Xiaojun Zheng and Juncheng Chen, as well as sales receipts and their method of payment

04/04/18

Hearst Ranch Winery relocated their Cholame tasting room at The Jack Ranch to their Winery in Paso Robles on April 2, 2018. Previously by appointment only, the tasting room in Paso Robles has been revamped to host guests and members daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m. With the move to their Winery in Paso Robles, Mission Trail Ciders will take over Hearst Ranch Winery's Cholame location at the Jack Ranch.

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The base of the ice around the south pole shrank by 1,463 square kilometres between 2010 and 2016

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This article draws inspiration from The Cube Project launched in 2010 by three winemakers in three regions over three vintages: Thomas Houseman of Oregon's Anne Amie, Andrew Brooks at Bouchaine Vineyards in Carneros and Leslie Renaud at Lincourt in Santa Rita Hills

04/04/18

The market does not feel healthy-too much money chasing the tiny fraction of wine that forms the tip of the triangle, and too much difficulty in making ends meet among the lower echelons. The arrival of the plentiful 2017 vintage on the market may necessitate some recalibrations. But there remain reasons to be cheerful