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08/07/20

Channel shifting and panic buying drove dramatic growth rates for off-premise sales and direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipments of wine this year but slower growth awaits, said Jon Moramarco, editor with Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates during a webinar the market research firm hosted on Aug. 6.

08/07/20

Researchers at California State University, Fresno (CSUF) are using electrode sensors to monitor heart activity, facial movements and skin conductance in human sensory trials to better understand sensory stimulation evoked by wine aromas and flavors.

08/07/20

Researchers from UC Davis, Oregon State University and Washington State University were awarded a USDA-NIFA-SCRI planning grant to determine gaps in current knowledge and to develop a robust research program to address the priorities and knowledge gaps identified in industry stakeholder need identification meetings. Anita Oberholster, Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension in Enology, Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis was a part of the team.

08/07/20

August 19, 2020 - 9:00am - 9:45am

08/07/20

Wine Institute, California Association of Winegrape Growers and California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance developed a COVID-19 Harvest Protocols Workbook

08/07/20

Winemakers are predicting the 2020 crop will be lighter than the North Coast average. The county and greater North Coast harvest this year coincides with flattening wine sales, as well an excess supply in the bulk wine market after large grape crops in recent years.

08/07/20

Visitation to bars/restaurants for eating and drinking remains flat. It appears we plateaued on consumers willing to return On Premise before the situation improves. Outlets may need to look at fresh approaches to reaching out to those who have yet to return. Drinking occasions for younger people have fallen. Drinking and eating occasions are increasing in New York, but are beginning to decline slightly again in Florida (for eating) and Texas (for drinking)

08/07/20

Among other things, he will continue to represent and lead efforts related to the joint collaboration between Nielsen, Wines Vines Analytics, and Sovos ShipCompliant that brings together Nielsen wine off premise retail sales and DtC wine shipments.

08/07/20

Chopra is exiting Vox Media after more than six years working at the company's Eater site. Most recently, Chopra oversaw strategy and operations at Eater.

08/07/20

The Guigal family has purchased Domaine Les Clefs d'Or in Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe, while the owners of Château Mont-Redon have acquired a winery in nearby Cairanne

08/07/20

First introduced in the 1600s, their true purpose went untapped for centuries after the plague - that is, until a new one came along this year.

08/07/20

In addition to its well-known H3 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Red Blend and Sauvignon Blanc, the brand will also introduce a Rosé, a blend of Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The line also includes new packaging for the brand, which leans into the winged horse or Pegasus imagery, an homage to the Horse Heaven Hills name. The new H3 wines are now available throughout Washington state, Oregon and California and select retailers nationwide.

08/07/20

Although Heidi von der Mehren has been at California estate Merry Edwards for the past five years, 2018 was her first vintage fully in charge.

08/07/20

"The idea of contactless purchase and delivery is standard now," said Ryan Sebastian, principal of Moveable, which organizes food trucks and other pop-ups in the Bay Area. "We're seeing a return to more traditional practices in the food truck business."

08/07/20

"Consumers have been returning to familiar brands in 2020, and that has certainly helped heritage label Fetzer, where we see fans gravitating to the core varietals."

08/07/20

Since March, the classic 80-year-old cocktail lounge has remained inaccessible after the hotel closed its doors to the public, save for a group of first responders it currently hosts. With fewer guests to tend to, things have been much quieter.

08/07/20

Willie Bird's processing plant in Schellville at 23250 Maffei Rd. has closed its doors and the once-bustling 7.5 acre property is now vacant. The site was not a part of the acquisition and the decision to cease operations there was made by the Benedetti family, according to Heidi Diestel.

08/07/20

GRAPE, the Graton Pesticides Research Project, in partnership with UCSF and CPR-with funding from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation-has embarked on a study of the use of pesticides in and around Graton.

08/07/20

A Southern California semi-private airline is betting that many high-net-worth households in Orange County, with one of the nation's largest concentrations of millionaires, will want to hop a direct flight to enjoy Napa Valley's wineries, hotels and restaurants.

08/07/20

Joss Fowler thinks that Bordeaux 2010 is the Lewis Hamilton vintage - all the bling, all the gear but a tad aggressive and overworked. But the best wines of 2010, fifteen or twenty or so of them, are breathtaking ...

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