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U.S. Issues China Travel Warning: Visitors May Be Arbitrarily Detained

FROM THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT: Travel Advisory January 3, 2019 China – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Exercise increased caution in China due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals. Chinese authorities have asserted broad authority to prohibit U.S. citizens from leaving China by using ‘exit bans,’ […]

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DtC and Customer Experience Expert Scott Moss Joins Emetry as VP, DtC

News Release NAPA, CALIFORNIA, DECEMBER 2018. The Emetry team is excited to welcome digital marketing and e-commerce expert Scott Moss to the team as VP of Direct to Consumer (DtC). Scott will lead the DtC strategy as Emetry sets a new standard for applying wine data sources and provides wine brands unique and exclusive insights […]

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TTB takes AVA Action in 4 States: Establishes new (OR), expands two (CA, VA) & proposes a new one (CT)

  Calif – Central Coast – TTB Expands the Arroyo Seco Viticultural Area Connecticut – TTB Proposes the Eastern Connecticut Highlands Viticultural Area Oregon TTB Establishes the Van Duzer Corridor Viticultural Area Virginia – TTB Expands the Monticello Viticultural Area  

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Why we did not include the Vinventions alternative closures “study/survey” in our links

There was no supporting material and no compliance with credible survey practices. ( How to tell if a survey is credible). The release contained no data that could be used to determine if this was a legitimate survey/study or simply an exercise in promotional marketing. We sent the following email to the public relations firm that […]

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Yellow Tail’s $5 Mil “Tastes Like Happy” ad aimed at 2019 Super Bowl

According to Shanken Daily News: Yellow Tail is planning to spend $5 million on Superbowl 2019 ads. The brand’s — Yellowtail – Tastes Like Happy — “casting call”  solicits user-produced videos to be used in the effort. The rules can be found at this link.

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Vintage Wine Estates buys Qupé

NEWS RELEASE – Nov 4, 2018 Vintage Wine Estates has purchased the Qupé wine brand. Founded in 1982 by Bob Lindquist, Qupé is internationally recognized for cool-climate, high-scoring Rhône varietals on California’s Central Coast; notably Syrah, Grenache, Roussanne and Marsanne. The name Qupé (kyoo-pay) is taken from the Chumash word for poppy—the California state flower […]

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Vintage Wine Estates buys Leslie Rudd’s Distillery No. 209

Acquires brand and inventory of San Francisco distillery founded by Leslie Rudd NEWS RELEASE November, 1, 2018. San Francisco, CA. Vintage Wine Estates announced the acquisition of the brand and inventory of Distillery No. 209. The No. 209 portfolio includes the flagship No. 209 Gin, which has won numerous awards and accolades, along with a […]

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With Vintage Point Partnership, Dave Phinney Looks To Bolster Department 66 Brand

Courtesy of Shanken Daily Known as one of California’s most innovative winemakers, Dave Phinney is also at work on the other side of the Atlantic, building his Department 66 label from Southwest France’s Roussillon region. Earlier this year, Phinney partnered with Sonoma-based sales and marketing company Vintage Point in a bid to boost the momentum […]

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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, […]

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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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