Category Archives: Wine

What Beam Suntory Is Doing to Promote Responsible Drinking

Earlier today, the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking issued its annual report on progress the industry is making to reduce the misuse of alcohol globally. The full report is available here: http://www.iard.org/.  We’re not covering that report because, frankly, as … Continue reading

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Underage Drinking Cut in Half, Federal Survey Finds

At first blush, the latest federal figures on alcohol use are bad for the industry.  Among those 12 years old or older, 50.7% of the population drank in 2016, down from 51% of the population in 2002. But there’s good … Continue reading

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Sonoma County Wine Harvest Off to Fast Start

August delivered some of the longest, hottest periods seen in years which caused heat stress for both grapes and people, Sonoma County Winegrowers reports.  In some AVAs, it became too hot for too long causing sugars to rapidly increase – … Continue reading

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What We’re Reading —

California Harvest Reaches Crisis Point A heat spike last weekend and a labor shortage have combined to force many California vintners to scramble to pick earlier than expected.

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Wine Biz at Tipping Point: Growth in Premium Wine Is Slowing

That’s the opinion of Rob McMillan, senior vp and founder of Silicon Valley Bank;s wine division.  In fact, he says, the deceleration has been going on since 2015. “That’s not saying wine sales are declining, but rather the positive growth … Continue reading

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Tank Garage Winery Debuts 1st Chromed-Glass Wine Bottle

Tank Garage Winery, located in a 1930s-era service station turned winery in Calistoga, released Chrome Dreams.  It’s a 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend and the world’s first chromed-glass wine bottle. An ode to the classic American automobile, Chrome Dreams … Continue reading

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