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07/17/19

Merryvale Vineyards owned the Starmont winery until July 5 when it sold the south Napa property to Orsi Family Vineyards of Tiburon, for about $20.5 million. Starmont opened its winery in 2006 on 33 acres; its tasting room opened in 2015. The winery can produce up to 225,000 cases of wine a year

07/17/19

"The reality is that neither of those big buyers knows what the outcome will be at this could drag into and beyond harvest. It's tough for them to make decisions on buying grapes and investing in supply when they don't know if the sale will be authorized," Allied Grape Growers president Jeff Bitter said. "And then you have others in the industry who are waiting to see how that develops because it could change how they position themselves in the market as well"

07/17/19

E. & J. Gallo Winery announced that it has again partnered with innovative winemaker Dave Phinney to become the exclusive importer for Department 66 wines in the U.S., effective immediately. Department 66 has its home in the south of France, in the town of Maury, two hours north of Barcelona, Spain. Named after the "department" or administrative division in which the winery lies, the project began with a 40-acre vineyard purchase, and today includes more than 300 acres of vineyards among the Pyrenees-Orientales mountain range. Department 66 is the latest addition to a growing Gallo portfolio of premium and luxury wines from around the world. The Department 66 portfolio that Gallo will distribute includes: D66, Others, Fragile, Facade and Pharaon. The wines retail between $18 and $175

07/17/19

The study also found that added information about conventional winemaking practices restores consumer willingness to pay for wine labeled organic - but not for wines made with organic grapes or conventional wines. The study was published in the journal PLOS One.

07/17/19

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07/17/19

One of the region's iconic producers is partnering with Wine-in-a-Can Research to conduct what it's calling the first blind tasting study comparing canned wines to bottled wines in the nation. This taste test will include 60 volunteers (21 and over) and run from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the winery.

07/17/19

In keeping with federal regulations, Wine Society offers 500 milliliter (ml) cans, 9 cans to a case. But the company certainly has an interest in the Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) seeking consumer comments on the issue of adding the 250 ml can to allowable sizes for wine

07/17/19

Santa Rosa-based cannabis company CannaCraft is in the final stages of buying a majority stake in House of Saka inc., a Napa Valley maker of nonalcoholic rose wine ... CannaCraft also hired Saka co-founder Tracey Mason as its chief innovation officer in February, all in a bid to double down on the fast-growing cannabis beverage market.

07/17/19

Family-friendly activities, food and wine, artisan-made wares and mixology contest offer something for everyone during final Locals Night Out of 2019

07/17/19

Rob Davis, who was hired straight out of UC Davis' school of viticulture and enology 43 years ago, is moving up - or sideways - into a new position as winegrower. Maggie Kruse, who has been Davis' assistant winemaker for the last 10 years, will take over as winemaker

07/17/19

Planted in 1969 by the second generation of the family, July 16 marks the 50th anniversary of the original block ("Heritage Block") of Green Acres Vineyard - the first vineyard planted by the Sangiacomo Family.

07/17/19

Zonin USA, Inc., the official U.S. importer of Zonin1821, Italy's largest privately-owned wine company, is pleased to announce that as of July 15, 2019 the name will formally be changed to 1821 Fine Wines & Spirits, A Zonin Family Company.

07/17/19

In the short term, the packaging is entirely recyclable because the bottle has a food grade plastic sleeve which is micro-perforated and therefore easy to remove and can be recycled like a bottle of water, avoiding ink and paper from the labels; in the long term, every bottle has a numbered dot which leads to a tree being planted when consumers send the photo to the dedicated website

07/17/19

The 40-acre estate features a hospitality barn, pavilion, rose garden and bocce ball courts, several patios, two ponds, an estate villa and a refurbished historic milk barn, all nestled in the countryside of the beautiful Russian River Valley.

07/17/19

A live talk series open to the public that brings together the pioneers of constructive disruption within the world of food to share their stories of positive change.

07/17/19

Eden Estate Wines, a family-owned winery in the prestigious Santa Cruz Mountain appellation, has tapped public relations firm McCue PR to launch its new wine brand and tell the Eden Estate Wines' story across public relations and marketing channels.

07/17/19

World wine production hit 292m hectolitres in 2018, the second highest total since 2000 and up 17% versus 2017, said the Organisation of Vine & Wine ahead of its annual congress, in Geneva, Switzerland

07/17/19

"It's our mission to supply our industry with the resources it needs to navigate ever-changing policy and political landscapes across the country," DISCUS president and CEO Chris Swonger said. "We've taken a cornerstone offering of this organization, transformed it into an interactive and user-friendly digital tool, and made it available at the click of a button."

07/17/19

Not only has the off-dry white blend become the top-selling wine at one of the mid-Atlantic's top producers and won an assortment of statewide and national awards including in the best white blend category of the recently held Maryland Comptroller's Cup, but it has earned the winery international attention.

07/17/19

In crisis areas, water is limited to drinking, sanitation, health and first responders

07/17/19

A bombshell report by Australian Financial Review alleges that Treasury Wine Estates' former star employee in China, Peter Dixon, is being sued by the company and asked to return AU$1.3 million (HK$7.14 million) bonus.