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Mitigating for Smoke Exposure and Returning Value to Tainted Wine

Mitigating for Smoke Exposure and Returning Value to Tainted Wine: That wildfires have become an annual summer ritual comes as no surprise to anyone. Not only are the numbers increasing – in 2017, there were 71,499 wildfires, compared to 65,575 wildfires in the same period in 2016, according to the National Interagency Fire Center

Wineries Sue Insurers for $20 Million in Smoke Taint Losses

Kunde and Vintage Wine Estates (VWE) have filed suit against their insurers at Sonoma County Superior Court collectively seeking approximately $20 million in losses....

Afternoon Brief, October 1

State Appeals Court Issues Split Decision on Walt Ranch Vineyard Project in Napa County: The fate of a proposed 209-acre vineyard development in the eastern hills of Napa County remains in court. A state appeals court in San Francisco on Monday ruled that Napa County did not properly evaluate the environmental impacts of greenhouse gas emissions of the proposed Walt Ranch project when it approved the project in 2016...

Afternoon Brief, May 31

Napa Valley Wine Grape Grower Appeals $37,000 in Penalties in Harvester Death: A Napa County wine grape grower is appealing penalties from California labor regulators after a vineyard worker died in an accident during last years harvest...

Navigating Smoke Taint and Other Disasters: Wine Manufacturing Strategies to Turn...

Smoke, drought, rain, and other flavor-altering events are what separate the winemakers from the wine masters.A single harvest impacted by mold, smoke, or other faults can take down a vineyard or a farm winery—if those grapes are rejected as impossibly tainted.

Washington State Wine Research Seminar to Focus on Smoke Taint

Leading smoke-taint scientist will help wineries prepare for future wildfires SEATTLE (March 12, 2019) – Wildfires bring devastation to land and property, and in wine...

Afternoon Brief, March 6

How Wine Businesses Are Using Emerging Technologies: Technology plays a vital role in all aspects of our lives, but with the speed of new developments, the choice of what tech to use and how to use it can be dizzying. At the "Emerging Technologies in the Wines and Spirits Industry" panel held at Vinexpo in New York City on Monday, wine industry professionals discussed the latest platforms and services they're using to help optimize their businesses...

Afternoon Brief, February 8

Mt. Difficulty Sold to Foley Family Wines for $52M: A statement from the OIO last week said the purchase included about 70ha of freehold land and about 110ha of leasehold land at the Bannockburn vineyard. Mt. Difficulty is a medium-sized vineyard known for its Mt. Difficulty and Roaring Meg labels, and particularly its Pinot Noir and Riesling, produced by winemaker Matt Dicey...

Afternoon Brief, November 2

Napa County Formulating New Rules for Winery Rule-Breakers: Once again, Napa County is poised to further deal with wineries that make too much wine, have too many visitors or otherwise break rules set out in their permits...

Afternoon Brief, October 19

As North Coast Grape Harvest Nears End, Wine Industry Frets About Oversupply: As he walked around a cabernet sauvignon vineyard along a hilly stretch just west of Lake Sonoma this week, Clay Mauritson couldn't help but be bullish about his 2018 grape vintage...

Afternoon Brief, October 18

Constellation Brands Names Bill Newlands Next CEO: Constellation Brands, Inc., a leading beverage alcohol company, today announced Bill Newlands will assume the role of president and chief executive officer (CEO), succeeding current CEO Rob Sands, on March 1, 2019...

Afternoon Brief, October 2

California Winery Blames 'Smoke Taint' from Wildfires in Canceling Rogue Valley Grape Contracts: Dozens of vineyard owners in Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley region opened their mail on Sept. 22 to discover a notice from California-based Copper Cane LLC canceling their contracts for this year's grapes...

Afternoon Brief, September 14

Vineyards in a Hurry to Harvest Grapes as Hurricane Florence Looms Closer: Grocery stores aren't the only places experiencing a rush before the storm, some wineries across central Virginia are hurrying to harvest grapes. Winemakers say they're harvesting their crop about a week ahead of schedule...

Afternoon Brief, September 13

Making the Most of Dwindling Customer Engagement Opportunities: The biggest difference between tasting rooms and wine clubs that perform beyond expectation and those that don't, is an organizational commitment to employee training, according to the 2017 VinQuest direct to consumer benchmark report...

Afternoon Brief, August 14

Healdsburg Wine Company Truett-Hurst Sells Off Wholesale Business to Seattle Firm Truett-Hurst Inc. announced Monday it has sold its wholesale wine business for $18 million and will focus solely on its direct-to-consumer business ...