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‘Jacksons View Themselves as Farmers First,’ Focused on Sustainability, But Run 9th Largest U.S. Wine Business

Chris Rauber, a reporter for the San Francisco Business Times, spent a day at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens north of Santa Rosa, chatting with various execs about the 9th largest U.S. wine business. Key points:

  • Sustainability is a big priority, including solar power and use of recycled water to make wine.
  • Jackson Family Wines has 30 wineries, 10,000 planted acres.
  • Normally, wine production requires six gallons of water to produce a gallon of wine. JFW has cut that by more than 50%.
  • JFW wineries are 15% more efficient now than six years ago. Savings: $2 million a year.

You can read the full story here.


When Prohibition Threatened, August Busch Turned to Restaurants

Before the Budweiser Clydesdales, there was the Feasting Fox. August Busch promoted the Feasting Fox, or Bevo, derived from traditional German myth, in an attempt to counter Prohibitionists’ who argued (generally correctly) that taverns weren’t family friendly. And Busch sought to redefine drinking in America with a series of “family friendly” drinking places. You can read all about it at Riverfront Times, here.

 Q&A With Wine Writer Katherine Cole

Katherine Cole believes that great wine should be accessible to everyone. So she set out to demystify wine, writing the Complete Wine Selector: How to Choose the Right Wine Every Time. In an interview with Oregon Public Broadcasting she discusses her inspiration for the book, how she picked the 20 best wine shops in the world, and how she gathered her information. You can read the interview here.

‘I Think I Became a Winemaker at 3,’ Says Moet & Chandon Vintner

Elise Losfelt’s mother and grandmother were winemakers, so it’s not surprising to hear her say, “I think I became a winemaker at age 3.”   Economic Times of India caught up with her on a visit to India. You can read her thoughts on what she learned from the dinner table conversations, enjoying wine after work and pairing Indian food with wine. You can read it here.

Five Alcohol All-Stars Share Tips for Enjoying Whiskey, Gin, Sake, Sherry, Wine

The story’s in the Express, the Washington Post giveaway paper for Metro commuters.

News Headlines from Today’s Daily

  • March Beer Shipments Fell 1.3%
  • Why Budweiser’s 25 BPS Decline Pleased Brito
  • Truett-Hurst Sales Jump 44% in Quarter
  • Wayne Chaplin Named CEO at Southern Wine & Spirits
  • Pernod Ricard Launches ‘Alcohol Talk’
  • Mill Street Brewery Enters U.S., Starting in Cleveland
  • Now There’s an Alternative to London’s Aluminum Futures
  • High Country Beverage, Colorado Native, Donate Trees to Fire Area
  • Casey Flat Ranch Updates Label
  • Brown-Forman Promotes Scholtz to VP, Chief Compliance Officer
  • A-B Red Cross Donation Won’t Curtail Gifts of Water
  • F.Y.I.–
    65% Oppose Tolls on Interstates
    “A Cup of Coffee a Day May Keep Retinal Damage Away
    “Cardiac Stem Cells ‘Bubbles’ Seen Repairing Hearts
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