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PD/GWSS – Winegrape Assessment Rate Unchanged for 2018

The PD/GWSS Board voted during its June 19 meeting to recommend the winegrape assessment for the 2018 harvest be set at $1.50 per $1,000 of value. Following the meeting, the recommendation was forwarded to and approved by CDFA Secretary Karen Ross.   The 2018 rate is the same as the 2017 assessment, while over the […]

Global alcohol consumption decline may have stabilized, but data show no proof of a reversal of decline

  REALITY CHECK FROM WINE INDUSTRY INSIGHT:   Assuming statistical significance for all the underlying data, anincrease of 0.01% could easily be a an artifact hidden beneath the data’s margin of error or a rounding error depending upon the number of significant figures retained in calculations.   The magnitude of the alleged increase hardly verifies […]

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Rombauer memorial scheduled for June 5 in St. Helena

Memorial church services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on June 5 at Grace Church in St. Helena, followed by a public Celebration of Life from 12:00 until 4:00 p.m. at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena. Interment will be private.   The family suggests donations can be made in Koerner’s […]

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Copia presentation of wine & music as an expression of culture and society scheduled for May 17

McPherson Award winner Paul Wagner will be giving a multi-media presentation titled “Wine and Music” at  1 p.m., May 17 at Copia in downtown Napa.   “It’s an exploration of culture and community, and focused on why we should talk less about wine-making  processes, geology, and climate –and more about wine as an expression of […]

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Napa Valley vintner Koerner Rombauer has died

Napa Valley, California, May 11, 2018 —- Koerner Rombauer, the founder of Rombauer Vineyards and a beloved figure in the Napa Valley over the last four decades, died on May 10 according to a statement released by his family (below). He was 83.   Koerner is survived by his wife, Sandy,  sister Kay Thornton children, […]

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Vintage Wine Estates schools analysts & Shanken: Company not for sale to TWE, but lands $75 Mil investment

Vintage Wine Estates never was on on the block according to Vintage Wine Estates (VWE) CEO/President Pat Roney despite an April 11 article in the Shanken Daily News that stated:   “Analysts continue to raise expectations that Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) will soon make a sizeable acquisition in the U.S. According to the Australian Financial […]

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Wine industry loses two respected colleagues

David Stevens and Nick Passmore have passed away according to relatives and friends on Facebook. We have not been able to independently confirm the reports and hope to have official obituaries in coming days.

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NY Canned-wine merchant Alexis Beechen has Visa card subscription “accident.” Note: Shoplifting behind the paywall is ¡no bueno!

This would be hilarious if it wasn’t so pathetic! This morning, I get an email from Alexis Beechen (Gmail address, no company affiliation) who said she “accidentally” subscribed to the premium Wine Executive News and wanted the subscription canceled and a refund.     I did that. Here’s the Stripe dashboard transaction. But, because I […]

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Wine Institute news release shows China revenue sales increase on drop in volume

CLARIFICATION: An earlier version of this post suggested that the Wine Institute had presented misleading information in its export news release.  The Wine Institute table columns were not labeled, resulting in a 4 a.m. misread of the data which we regret. While overall 2017 US wine export revenue dropped  to 2013 levels, Mainland China, Taiwan […]

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California Agriculture: Business NOT as Usual Theme of Outlook 2018 Agribusiness Conference

NEWS RELEASE February 28, 2018 Contact: Suzie Roget (209) 368-3672   Woodbridge, CA…..With “Cannabis”, “Labor”, “Water”, and “Investor Activity” as just a few of the headlines this year, California’s premiere annual agribusiness conference will come to the Visalia Convention Center on Thursday, March 22nd with an unusual and interesting agenda. Outlook 2018 is presented by […]

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