Wine Industry News

May, 24, 2019 Napa Valley winery sues over $1 million in smoke-tainted grapes

(NVR) - Napa Valley vintner has sued its insurer for failing to pay compensation for $1.14 million worth of wine grapes tainted by smoke during the 2017 wildfires in that region. Levensohn Vineyards LLC, of St. Helena, filed suit May 14 In U.S. District Court, Northern California divisi...

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May, 24, 2019 Smoke Taint and Site Specificity Hot Topics at Wine Business IQ

(Sevenfifty) - A panel titled Recent Research: Research That Will Change the Way You Make Wine, started off the second and final day of discussions at  Wine Business Monthly ’s Innovation and Quality, or IQ, forum. The fifth annual event, held May 22 and 23 at  Silverado Resort &nbs...

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May, 22, 2019 Napa Valley vintner Agustin Huneeus admits guilt in college admissions bribery scandal

(PD) - While uncertainty looms over his wine empire, Napa Valley vintner Agustin F. Huneeus admitted guilt Tuesday in a Boston courtroom for his role in the college admissions bribery scandal. Huneeus, a 53-year-old San Francisco resident, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit...

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May, 22, 2019 E & J Gallo-Constellation Transaction May Not Close Until Second Half

(WineBusiness) - The  $1.7 billion deal  between Constellation Brands and E&J Gallo Winery may not be completed until the second half of calendar year 2019 instead of by the end of May, according to regulatory documents. The delay was announced after Federal Trade Commission r...

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(TDB) - Luxury group LVMH has joined the rosé bandwagon with the purchase of Chateau du Galoupet in the south of France. It is the first time the group, which owns Champagnes Veuve Clicquot and Dom Pérignon as well as Hennessy Cognac, has bought a winery specialising in Proven...

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May, 21, 2019 Jamie Oliver's restaurants crash leaving 1,300 jobs at risk

(SkyNews) -Around 1,300 jobs are at risk as the chef's restaurants business becomes a casualty of the casual dining crisis, Sky News learns. Well over 1,000 jobs are at risk as the restaurant chain set up by the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver crashes into administration just two years after narrowl...

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(WSJ) - Americans may be shopping for their Chardonnay increasingly online, but the bricks-and-mortar wine shop still has its place, say professionals in the field. That is because selling wine often means demystifying wine, and it is a process that can be best served by face-to-face interaction...

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May, 20, 2019 Robert Parker: Farewell to the Emperor

(Wine-Searcher) - Wine's most influential writer of the past 40 years has retired. W. Blake Gray pays tribute to a legend. I come to praise Robert Parker, not to bury him, because this is not quite an obit. The most important critic in the history of the world officially retired this week, ...

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