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05/17/19

Throughout the year, Wine Business Monthly aims to help wineries and wine grapegrowers evaluate and successfully deploy innovative new products introduced into the industry. Our editorial staff regularly writes about new products and new product categories that assist in the advancement of wine qualtiy from vineyard to bottle. From these, as well as from submissions by winemakers around the world, and with the help of the 2019 Innovation + Quality Board, WBM has chosen the winners of the fifth annual Innovative Product Awards, based on innovation and relevancy to ultra-premium wineries and wine brands

05/17/19

Professor Seguin was a creative and enlightened researcher and a much respected professor in soil and terroir sciences at Bordeaux University

05/17/19

The vintner focused on producing affordable wines and championing appellations like Pessac-Léognan and Entre-Deux-Mers

05/17/19

The father of modern wine criticism, our publication's founder and namesake, my greatest mentor and a dear friend, it is with mixed feelings that I announce that Robert M. Parker Jr. will, as of today, be formally hanging up his wine criticism boots and retiring from Robert Parker Wine Advocate. I say "mixed," because if anyone deserves a rest from our frenetic world of wine reviews, it is Bob. And yet, his contribution to significantly raising the bar of critical, unbiased wine writing and wine quality cannot be overestimated. His unrivaled tasting experience and expert, straight-talking opinions will be sorely missed by consumers and trade alike.

05/17/19

This week saw the fourth edition of New York's USA Trade Tasting (USATT) and Alcohol Beverage Importers & Distributors (ABID) conference allowing hundreds of importers, distributors, retailers and press to learn, buy and sell, and network

05/17/19

A Napa Valley wine producer whose 2017 crop was suffered smoke taint damage is suing its crop insurance company for denying its $1.14 million claim, according to the complaint. Levensohn Vineyards LLC, a winery owned by Pascal and Melanie Levensohn, alleges Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Co., denied its claim in April even though the winery complied with all the conditions. The Levensohns claim the grapes were damaged as a result of smoke taint from the October 2017 Wine Country fires

05/17/19

The collapse of the merger between Republic National Distributing Company and Breakthru Beverage Group means Southern Glazer's reigns supreme in the US. The Spirits Business discovers what this means for brands big and small

05/17/19

The positive FOMO (fear of missing out) counterpart is the latest social phenomenon sweeping the country, at least according to award-winning wine brand Barefoot, who has teamed up with actress Mindy Kaling to promote the trend - and their new line of boxes wines, Barefoot on Tap

05/17/19

On May 8, Wine Institute hosted MarCom 2019, a marketing communications workshop for its members, as well as regional association staff.

05/17/19

USDA is making available up to $40 million in technical and financial assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands. Restored wetlands improve water quality downstream and improve wildlife habitat, while also providing flood prevention and recreational benefits to communities. "These locally-led partnerships are instrumental in achieving greater wetland acreage and maximizing their benefits to farmers, ranchers and the local communities where wetlands exist."

05/17/19

President Donald Trump's allies on Capitol Hill are scrambling to soften the blow from his trade war with China amid mounting anxiety from farm-state lawmakers that the protracted battle and escalating tariffs could irreparably damage their local economies. Vice President Mike Pence met privately Tuesday with Senate Republicans for a second week in a row and urged them to stick with the White House. Senators were working with the administration to craft a relief package for farmers and ranchers, some $15 billion that Trump announced this week would be coming soon. Details of the package remained in flux.

05/17/19

USDA is investing up to $25 million per year over the next five years to help support the adoption and evaluation of innovative conservation approaches on agricultural lands. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting proposals through July 15, 2019, for On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials (On-Farm Trials), a new, additional sub-program created by the 2018 Farm Bill for the USDA's Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. On-Farm Trials include a Soil Health Demo Trial, also created by the 2018 Farm Bill.

05/17/19

USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications beginning June 3, 2019, for certain practices under the continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup and will offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized CRP, one of the country's largest conservation programs.

05/17/19

During its discussions, the OIV drew the CCCF's attention to the fact that an overly low limit could have significant consequences for international trade. Additionally, Jean-Claude Ruf indicated that the OIV had been undertaking a revision of its own limits on lead for over a year now and that the revised limits would be proposed for final adoption during the next OIV General Assembly in July 2019 in Switzerland. This proposal aims to set the limit at 0.10 mg/L in wines and 0.15 mg/L in liqueur wines.

05/17/19

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's inaugural climate change symposium at Vinexpo, scientist Patrice Geoffron said that if the Paris Agreement fails, the world could face temperature increases that exceed the target limit of a maximum 2C rise as early as 2050 - significantly sooner than the limit of 2100 set under the terms of the agreement.

05/17/19

A charter put forward by the Bordeaux wine trade recommends stopping CMRs in 2022, but Tutiac is confidently anticipating market demand for its 420 members and 4,200 hectares under vine. The pledge does not involve newcomers UniMédoc, Lugon and Sauternes Vignerons.

05/17/19

Just hours from the closure of the exhibition, Vinexpo Bordeaux recaps on four days of business, propects and conviviality

05/17/19

winning Vallea Lumina returns to Whistler's Cougar Mountain again this summer season. Created by Montreal-based Moment Factory and brought to Whistler by The Adventure Group, the immersive night walk officially launches on June 7 with select showtimes beginning May 18.

05/17/19

Enartis presents a new concept for its positioning - "Inspiring Innovation"- that better describes where the company wants to focus and the purpose that has driven Enartis from the past to the future.

05/17/19

San Francisco's only waterfront steakhouse, just bottled its 10th vintage of its signature EPIC Cabernet Sauvignon.

05/17/19

Linx Printing Technologies has appointed a number of new channel partners in North America to expand support for its product portfolio.

05/17/19

Powdery Mildew Prevention and Control - New application method and products for your arsenal with Justin J. Guadagnolo of Mid Valley Ag Services.

05/17/19

he California Wine Exchange launched its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter yesterday in an effort to buck distribution standards and offer wines from mostly craft and boutique winemakers from within the Golden State.

05/17/19

USDA is making available up to $40 million in technical and financial assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands.

05/17/19

Shannon Carrigan, age 24, assumed the role of wine maker from RJ Lint at Plum Hill Vineyards. Her wine making skills shined in the releases of the dessert wine, White Lace, made from Schönberger and Schönberger brandy, Orange Wine, 2016 Pinot Gris, a white version of Rose' and the White Blyss, a white blend.

05/17/19

In honor of the 30th anniversary of Wine & Spirits magazine's Annual Restaurant Poll, Editor and Publisher Joshua Greene is pleased to announce that the publication will be hosting WSLA Drink + Eat 2019 in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.

05/17/19

Obsessed with the rosé lifestyle and want to get paid for it? Rosé All Day, the wine that brought the global social media catchphrase to life, is looking to cast an influencer for some serious career goals with a new #RoséAllDay influencer.

05/17/19

Don Sebastiani & Sons today announced it's celebrating the 20th birthday of its hugely successful Smoking Loon brand with the launch of a commemorative labeled bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon, a nod to the wine that started it all in 1999, as well as a new California Rosé.

05/17/19

Oenofrance USA has opened registration for their Pre-Harvest Technial Meeting series, designed to assist winemakers in gearing up for the upcoming harvest season. This year's program will cover topics such as nutrition and aromas, volatile acidity management, microorganisms management, color extraction and stabilization, oak and oak alternatives, and step by step guides on how to make award-winning rosé wines. These seminars will be led by guest speaker Vanille-Charlotte Achaintre, part of the Innovations, Research & Development team at SOFRALAB, one of the world's leading oenological laboratories.

05/17/19

To book a tour or hold an event at Pleasant Hill Vineyards, visit their website online at pleasanthillvineyards.com.

05/17/19

... the ongoing quietness of the grape market - currently even quieter than the bulk wine market - raises the prospect that not all growers with 2019 grapes still uncontracted will be able to find homes for those grapes. The hesitancy shown by grape buyers has likely been compounded by the delay in the publishing of the 2018 crush report and the current uncertainty regarding the 2019 harvest. Most activity occurring on the grape market is the renegotiation of existing contracts or some re-signs from last year: we have surveyed grape buyers in a few selected areas and found more than 70% responding that they are seeking to adjust or cancel supply contracts, with nearly 50% looking to renegotiate price. Ciatti's Glenn Proctor presented an in-depth update on California's grape and bulk wine markets - titled 'Change is here: a new market reality?' - at the 24th Annual Vineyard Economics Symposium in Napa on May 8th

05/17/19

As a fifth generation vintner, Lail has deep connections to the land and communities of Napa Valley, said a news release.

05/17/19

The President of Vintage Wine Estates says an improvement project that would eliminate left-hand turns and boost safety at the El Campo Road crossing on Highway 101 should "move forward as soon as possible."

05/17/19

Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved the Matthiasson winery along Dry Creek Road north of the city of Napa. Some of the same people who have opposed other wineries in recent years turned out in support.

05/17/19

State media says U.S.'s 'little tricks' disrupt atmosphere

05/17/19

Nearly every country in the world except the United States took a historic step to curb plastic waste last week, when more than 180 nations agreed to add plastic to the Basel Convention

05/17/19

Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur - have just been granted permission by the French government to do something that, until recently, was unthinkable. They will be permitted to use non-Bordeaux grapes in their wines

05/17/19

Growers and wineries in Australia's Yarra Valley are struggling to contain an outbreak of the deadly bug

05/17/19

A leading figure in South African wine has issued a stark warning about the industry's future

05/17/19

The new Netflix comedy Wine Country follows five women on a trip to Napa. The wine world does not come out well - but this doesn't matter, says Robert Joseph.

05/17/19

Plus, extremely simple and brazen winecrime, and a natural winemaker fights to stop wine-cops from destroying 2,000 of his bottles