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01/15/18

Owner Mark Vlossak on Friday said he has sold his winery facility west of Salem to his partners Tim and Kari Ramey of Zenith Vineyard LLC. Vlossak also sold his minority interest in the 83-acre vineyard which the Rameys continue to own.

01/15/18

As Zenith Vineyard enters its 13th vintage we are proud to announce an exciting new relationship with Failla Wines and Ehren Jordan, who will transition to Zenith's winemaker in residence for the 2018 vintage. Failla Wines will move its Oregon operations to Zenith in May and crush its 5thOregon harvest at our beautiful winery.

01/15/18

Winemaker Danny Gordon will continue in his role, and all Tamarack Cellars personnel will be retained. The purchase price was not disclosed.

01/15/18

Some regions benefit with a corresponding increase in consumer awareness once AVA status is officially recognized. However, mounting evidence suggests that the awarding of AVA status is more likely to lead a region's wine producers into commercial obscurity than prominence. Consequently, with the Petaluma Gap opening the gates on a TTB backlog of 18 other proposals for AVA status or amendment, how should wine producers in these regions communicate their AVA status if it's awarded?

01/15/18

The new reduced FET rates went into effect on Jan. 1 of this year and wineries can use these new rates when they begin filing their Excise Tax Return forms.

01/15/18

"Certainly we are going to be acquiring more vineyard land in Oregon," Huneeus said.

01/15/18

The fire burned for more than a month, though its spread was contained several weeks ago. Heavy rains earlier this week, which caused land burned by the fire to create mudflows that buried neighborhoods, helped fully extinguish the blaze. In the end, the fire burned 281,893 acres.

01/15/18

Instead of two tunnels, each 40 feet high and 35 miles long, Brown's Department of Water Resources has been negotiating with major California water agencies in recent weeks on a revised plan to build just one tunnel at slightly more than half the cost of the original project.

01/15/18

dangerous pests can easily cling to a tourist's shoe in an infected zone in Victoria or New South Wales, she said, and later find their way into a local vineyard when a tourist flies into South Australia.

01/15/18

I was driving California Highway 12 through the Napa-Sonoma wine country in mid-December when a low, dark cloud drifted into my peripheral vision. It was over a vineyard and seemed to be billowing - a scary sight after the October wildfires that killed at least 43 people and burned more than 245,000 acres in Northern California.

01/15/18

In households across the country, oenophiles gather together to taste wines. Some are more systematic about the tastings than others, such as participants preparing to take their Master Sommelier or Master of Wine exams and are rigorous in their tasting notes and process. Some gatherings are much more informal: just a group of friends hanging out and trying wines from a new variety or region for the fun of it. And sometimes, it's a group of winemakers honing their craft, learning new techniques and processes from each other, going over the latest vintage or release. One such tasting group turned into a winemaking project.

01/15/18

According to Bjoern Lanwer, owner of the Alabama-based BevDeals, his relatively new online platform promises every distributor discounting deal available for every restaurateur and retailer to see and to partake.

01/15/18

Flash forward 40-something years and Bo Barrett, the CEO of Chateau Montelena, put together a retrospective of the winery's primarily Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines from the 1970s to the present. It was meant as a testimony to how these wines can age, something that is rarely tested in Northern California as a number producers don't hold back enough stocks of their older vintages.

01/15/18

Jennifer Harvey will oversee Southern California. She boasts more than 13 years of sales experience in the wine industry. Prior to SFW, Jennifer managed 120 on- and off-premise accounts in San Diego for Regal Wine Company. Before Regal, Jennifer spent more than a decade with Wine Warehouse.

01/15/18

Taking a closer look at shares of Crimson Wine (CWGL), we have seen that the 14 day Stochastic RSI is showing signs of a bearish divergence. Traders may be watching these shares closely over the next few sessions to spot any potential bearish move or oversold reversal.

01/15/18

Brian Escobar will handle Northern California from his base in San Francisco. Brian has more than 20 years of restaurant and wine industry experience. Prior to SFW, he worked as an import specialist at American Wine & Spirits. Brian was also a sales rep for Swirl, Martine's Wines and Regal Wine Company.

01/15/18

As the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition began its final full day, competition director Bob Fraser heard cheers from judges when he announced that next year they also will be tasting wines from Canada and Mexico

01/15/18

The Family Coppola Also Reveals 5 Finalists of the Francis Coppola Director's Short Film Competition

01/15/18

Three additional wineries from Argentina and the U.S. receive medals for their outstanding ground-to-glass sustainability programs

01/15/18

The Last Wine Company is introducing The Walking Dead Blood Red Blend and a Cabernet Sauvignon, each featuring a label that respond to the Living Wine Labels app, an augmented reality innovation that brings labels to life in compelling ways.

01/15/18

Users can pour a sip, a glass, or more, simply by placing the Coravin Model Eleven on top of the bottle and pressing the needle down through the cork. The light ring on the Coravin Model Eleven will turn green, indicating it is ready to pour. Then, just tip the bottle with one hand and the wine will automatically start flowing.

01/15/18

Windsor's newest hotel had barely opened its doors in October when wildfires sent thousands of evacuees fleeing for safety and shelter around Sonoma County.

01/15/18

There are many different tools to determine whether a company is profitable or not. One of the most popular ratios is the "Return on Assets" (aka ROA).

01/15/18

Preliminary analysis of national 2017 beer sales indicates that, for the first time in decades, Budweiser is no longer one of the top three beer brands sold in the United States. Bud Light, which has been the best-selling beer in America since knocking Budweiser into second place in 2001, retains the top position. Coors Light, which passed Bud to become the country's No. 2 beer in 2011, remains in second place.

01/15/18

In yesterday's issue, we focused primarily on wine trends in 2017 [see WSD 01-11-2018]. Today we'll dig a little more into spirits trends, which reported healthy volume growth (more than wine and beer), and where things stand in the on and off-premise channels going into 2018.

01/15/18

The train's new owners have ambitious plans. They added new tours, boosting the number of annual train trips from 400 to 1,100 last year, serving 110,000 passengers. Goldie says the train business is profitable, but would not disclose annual sales. The owners envision a $100 million project to rebuild the station - currently a large carpeted room with brown couches - into property that includes a glass atrium and a 148-room luxury hotel. They are also exploring a commuter rail service that would transport workers from Napa, where many live, to areas like St. Helena, where affordable housing is scarce.

01/15/18

Priorat is going for it; Sancerre is holding back. Andrew Jefford considers the two approaches.

01/15/18

Broadland Wineries has announced that CEO Paul Schaafsma is to leave the company at the end of January to start his own business.

01/15/18

Research students at a US university have discovered how to grow hops on Mars, paving the way for interplanetary agriculture in the not-too-distant future.

01/15/18

Featured speakers will include Gina Gallo, third-generation winegrower with E. & J. Gallo Winery; Laura Catena, a fourth-generation Argentine vintner with Bodega Catena Zapata and her own Luca Winery; Cristina Mariani-May, CEO of Banfi Vintners in Tuscany; and Cynthia Lohr, co-owner of J. Lohr Vineyards in California.

01/15/18

The competition for workers is fierce and winegrape growers have steadily increased wages for workers. An LA Times analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that California field laborer wages had increased 13 percent from 2010-2015 - twice as fast as average pay in the state. However, wage increases haven't induced more people to work in vineyards.

01/15/18

Legal barriers to wineries sending bottles of wine directly to buyers' homes have crumbled in all but five states following years of lobbying by wine industry groups.