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Shanken: Direct-Shipping, Part 2: The Retail And Wholesale Landscape

While wineries are hitting their stride with direct-shipping, retailers are facing resistance on the shipping front. Since 2005, the retail tier has witnessed a decline in the number of markets where they can legally ship from out of state, from 18 states to 14. Where enforcement was once lax in states where direct-shipping isn’t legal, […]

Direct-Shipping Goes Mainstream

Direct shipping of wine is now mainstream in much of the United States. Last year, volume of direct-shipped wine was up 15.3% to 5.78 million cases, with consumer spending growing 15.5% to $2.69 billion, according to the 2018 Direct to Consumer Wine Shipping Report by Sovos and Wines & Vines.   The channel is on […]

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Dutton disagrees with anti-sustainability movement link

  EDITOR’S NOTE: The following email text below is reproduced in its entirety and without changes by permission of Steve Dutton.   Wine Industry Insight Publisher/Executive Editor Lewis Perdue’s emailed response: “News Fetch publishes opinions from all sides of a controversy.  We have published many positive links on the program and will continue to do […]

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Former Brown-Forman President Bill Street Dies

NEWS RELEASE   Louisville, KY – July 26, 2018 — Brown-Forman regrettably announced today the death of former long-time executive William M. Street after a courageous multi-year battle against cancer.   Born September 23, 1938 in Louisville, KY to Daniel Street (former president of Brown- Forman) and Frances (Woodruff) Street, Bill Street graduated from Princeton […]

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BevMo and Minibar Delivery to Partner on Alcohol Delivery in California

NEWS RELEASE JULY 25, 2018 Will kick off with 4 stores in the Los Angeles area   BevMo, has partnered with Minibar Delivery, to begin alcohol delivery service in Los Angeles, California starting on July 25, 2018. The retailer has 166 stores across 3 states, while Minibar Delivery currently operates in over 41 states across […]

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Bill Stoller forms Stoller Wine Group to leverage economies of scale for its four existing brands

  NEWS RELEASE – July 13, 2018   Dayton, OR – Bill Stoller HAS announced the formation of the Stoller Wine Group which will leverage economies of scale for its four existing brands:   Stoller Family Estate, Chehalem Winery, History, and its new autonomous brand, Canned Oregon. The move for the Oregon based company strategically […]

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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 […]

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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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