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Victorian wineries despair, forced to turn customers away due to staff shortages

A chef hand-delivering food to your table or a senior winemaker talking you through a cellar-door tasting might feel special, even intimate. But in one of Australia’s most famous wine regions, it betrays a major problem: there are simply not enough staff to do either job. Staff shortages are so pervasive in parts of the […]

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Charlois Group acquires the Doreau Group

The Charlois Group have announced their acquisition of the Doreau group by its subsidiary Oak Nation. Moët Hennessy, the Wine and Spirit branch of LVMH, will hold a minority stake in the Doreau group through Maison Hennessy, main client of the Doreau Cooperage. Motivated by Thierry Doreau’s desire to preserve the activities of the eponymous […]

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Chilean multinational furthers sustainability drive

One of South America’s largest wine producers has introduced a new set of sustainability requirements, including stringent rules pertaining to bottling and packaging. Contract suppliers of dry inputs like packaging will have to comply with several new stipulations, including having an internal sustainability program, being certified in social and environmental areas, as well as measuring, […]

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US States carve out distinct rules for DTC shipping and local delivery of alcohol

When the pandemic first forced bars, restaurants, and other “non-essential” businesses to close or limit offerings, many state and local governments allowed bars and restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages for delivery or takeout. These usually began as temporary, emergency measures, but numerous states have since authorized delivery and/or to-go sales of alcohol on a permanent […]

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Understanding granite soils in wine

Granite soils are often associated with notable wine regions like Beaujolais, the Northern Rhône and Alsace, but “the list can go on,” said Evan Goldstein, Master Sommelier and president of Full Circle Wine Solutions. He cites Corsica, Sardinia, Spain, California, Portugal, South Africa, Australia and other areas where granite-based soils support some of the world’s […]

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Scandinavia’s wine scene is growing, partially due to climate change

It’s been 20 years since Moesgaard produced his first bottle of wine. Initially, he had no idea his wine production was illegal due to European Union regulations requiring countries to be certified as wine-making nations. Moesgaard eventually won permission for Denmark to produce wine in 2000, making Skærsøgaard the country’s first commercial vineyard.

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Calls for Napa to relocate landfill

Looking at an aerial photo of the Clover Flat Landfill, it’s easy to see why Napa County leaders thought, in the late 1950s, that it would be a great place to put the county’s garbage. Fast forward to 2021. We know more about the environment now; we know that the mountain is at the top […]

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Japan wine market fighting challenges of ageing work force and climate change

Japan’s wine market is facing an uphill battle due to the ageing work force, global warming and the lingering effects of COVID-19, but firms remain optimistic of boosting sales at home and abroad.

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Association chair says family wine companies are not dinosaurs

At an event in Brussels last week to celebrate an inaugural €100,000 prize from the Primum Familiae Vini (PFV), the association’s chairman, Paul Symington, stressed that family wine companies are far from outdated, but key to the future of our trade.

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Adjusting past hydrology for changes in climate

Segal’s Law: “Someone with one watch knows what time it is. Someone with two watches is never sure.”  Time is certain, but its estimation and measurement are uncertain, yet we are not in total ignorance. Many water management and regulation decisions require an understanding of current and future hydrology.

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Washington’s protectionist wine shipping laws put damper on holiday gift giving

Washingtonians during the upcoming holiday season will once again have to forgo giving wine as a gift to their family and friends in the Evergreen State due to protectionist laws that ban the shipment of most wines into the state.

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What new research about wine headaches means for natural wine

Recent research has identified a link between lower sulfur dioxide usage and higher levels of headache-inducing biogenic amines. Could it mean the end for no-SO2-added wines? Over the past decade, sulfites have become some of the most vilified, controversial, and misunderstood compounds in the wine world.

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Veteran-owned winery serves community through viticulture

Ancient Rome routinely awarded retiring soldiers land grants in conquered territories. Many planted vineyards. It turns out, tilling fields is good for the soul. “Getting out there in the soil and working it has many therapeutic benefits to it that are beginning to emerge,” says former active duty Marine Ben Martin, co-founder of Dauntless Wine […]

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Treasury Wine Estates buys big in Napa and small in Bordeaux.

Treasury Wine Estates, the Australian giant that already owns California wineries Beringer, Beaulieu and Stags’ Leap, has added Frank Family Vineyards in Napa to its portfolio, at a cost of USD$315m. It has also bought three small Bordeaux chateaux for an undisclosed price to sit alongside its 2019 acquisition, Chateau Cambon la Pelouse.

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Court of Master Sommeliers expels six members over sexual harassment

On Wednesday, the Court of Master Sommeliers expelled six master sommeliers after an independent and external investigation into sexual harassment allegations. Included in the expulsions was the ‘godfather of US wine’ Fred Dame.

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Wine professionals who never saw their kids pre-pandemic don’t want to return to ‘normal’

When businesses across the U.S. shuttered due to the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, daily life upended overnight for millions of Americans. The struggle to juggle careers with personal commitments had already approached a painful breaking point for many wine professionals who are also parents.

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