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Spotlight on Oregon at Jackson Family Wines

Published:  27 June, 2017

Jackson Family Wines (JFW) has built its reputation based on its presence in California, where it owns over 5,666 hectares (14,000 acres), spread across key subzones Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara, Monterey and Mendocino.

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Golden opportunities at California Wines Summit

Published:  21 June, 2017

Tim Atkin MW reports from last month’s California Wines Summit, where all news was good news for the Golden state

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Stand alone Oregon and Washington State tasting returns to London

Published:  06 March, 2017

Wines from Oregon and Washington State are stepping out from California's shadow as they prepare to stage their first stand alone tasting in the UK in four years. 

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Californian value sales soar globally and in the UK despite currency depreciation

Published:  15 February, 2017

US wine exports - 90% from California - reached a record $1.62 billion in winery revenues in 2016, driven by the global reach of premumisation.

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Californian value sales soar globally and in the UK despite currency depreciation

Published:  15 February, 2017

US wine exports - 90% from California - reached a record $1.62 billion in winery revenues in 2016, driven by the global reach of premumisation.

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Record half-year global profits at TWE, but Brexit costs lead to category decline in the UK

Published:  14 February, 2017

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is on its way to exceeding its 2016 full-year profit, having reached 75% of last year's full-year profit after tax while only half way through the year.

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Blossom Hill puts the emphasis on fizz for fruit wine re-brand

Published:  05 December, 2016

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is re-naming its Blossom Hill Fruit Bloom range in order to stress bubbles over fruit.

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Matthew Clark distributes Judgement of Paris Californian wine

Published:  25 November, 2016

Jackson Family Wines (JFW) has teamed up with Matthew Clark for the distribution of two of its premium Californian wineries.

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Complaint over TWE's use of "Stag" name in the US is dismissed

Published:  17 November, 2016

The on-going legal battle between two leading wine companies over the use of 'The Stag' name and imagery has reached another benchmark as the complaint was dismissed temporarily by a judge.

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A first look at President Trump: How are the markets reacting?

Published:  09 November, 2016

While Americans are reeling from what is being dubbed the "Brexit of the US", it's déjà vu for us here in the UK this morning.

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Q&A: Pierre Seillan, winemaker at Jackson Family Wines

Published:  07 November, 2016

Since setting off from Bordeaux to discover Sonoma County and make wines for the Jackson Family Wines (JFW) in the mid-1990s, it has been winemaker Pierre Seillan's goal to tap into the potential and diversity of the Sonoma terroi

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Jackson Family Wines launches new international distribution strategy for flagship wineries

Published:  07 November, 2016

Jackson Family Wines (JFW) has upped the global distribution of two of its top Californian wineries, Cardinale and Vérité, to increase supply outside of the US and Canada.

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New UK team for the California Wine Institute

Published:  04 November, 2016

The California Wine Institute has put together a new team to raise the profile of California in the UK - its largest European export market.

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Matthew Clark aims for "storytelling" with portfolio expansion

Published:  30 September, 2016

Leading drinks distributor Matthew Clark has bolstered its premium wine portfolio by taking on a number of producers from 10 different countries, all of which aim to tell a "story" to consumers.

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Former California cult winery owner, Charles Banks, charged with fraud

Published:  12 September, 2016

Former owner of Screaming Eagle and Mayacamas, both cult wineries in California, Charles Augustus Banks IV, was charged on Friday 9 September 2016 with two counts of fraud.

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Lawsuit brought against Treasury Wine Estates over Stag's Leap similarities

Published:  02 September, 2016

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has been accused trading off the success of an iconic Napa Valley wine brand.

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Tim Atkin MW: The impossible task of running a generic body

Published:  02 September, 2016

Tim Atkin MW looks at the challenges of running a generic body and how producers may often times have unrealistic expectations of a single person or job.

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Investment holding back Stellenbosch from becoming top tourism destination

Published:  25 August, 2016

A leading US wine expert has said that investment is the only thing stopping Stellenbosch from becoming as significant as Napa Valley in terms of popularity for wine tourism.

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Wine Institute of California to close London office

Published:  18 August, 2016

Despite the recent success of California wines in the UK, The Wine Institute of California UK announced today it will be closing its doors.

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Jackson Family Wines appoints new sales director to drive European expansion

Published:  02 August, 2016

A Californian winery has appointed a new European sales director as part of its expansion plan.

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California wine sales hit record-high sales volume

Published:  11 July, 2016

California wines sales both domestically in the US and international hit a record of 276 million cases in 2015, with an estimated retail value of US$31.9 billion, according to the Wine Institute located in California.

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Treasury Wine Estates moves to consolidate its US businesses

Published:  03 June, 2016

Following the acquisition of the bulk of Diageo's US and UK wine business for £390 million in October, Treasury Wine Estates announced today it would be restructuring the US business.

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California group In Pursuit of Balance will close its doors at the end of the year

Published:  24 May, 2016

The California group In Pursuit of Balance announced yesterday that it will be closing its doors and hosting its final tasting in San Francisco at the end of the year.

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Insights: The rise of the owners club

Published:  24 May, 2016

In the space of just over 15 years, privately funded associations have become a defining feature of the global wine industry. In Europe, they arguably represent a manifestation of the growing dissatisfaction with the inadequacies of regional appellation bodies, which has subsequently encouraged winemakers to take matters into their own hands.

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ICCWS 2016: What to expect from climate change

Published:  28 April, 2016

In recent weeks, much emphasis has been placed on the short-term benefits of global warming.

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Famed Sonoma Patz & Hall winery sells to Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Published:  20 April, 2016

Sonoma Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer Patz & Hall has been purchased by Washington wine company St. Michell Wine Estates for an undisclosed sum

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Opinion: IPOB may not be everyone's cup of tea

Published:  12 April, 2016

Is IPOB dividing california winemakers? In Pursuit of Balance, a group that focuses only on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from California, has been generating some good publicity for those involved and helped to make names for some producers and the specific regions they hail from.

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Kuvée, a smart wine bottle, crowdfunds its next stage of development

Published:  08 April, 2016

Kuvée, claimed to be the world's first smart wine bottle that will keep wine fresh for 30 days, has reached over 200% of its crowdfunding goal of US$50,000 and has raised $105,356 to date from over 500 backers.

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Q&A: Tim Mondavi, partner, Continuum Estate, Napa Valley

Published:  08 April, 2016

The Mondavi family has a deeply rooted history in the Napa Valley and when they had to sell the publicly controlled business to Constellation Brands in 2004, decided to take some time out to launch Continuum Estate.

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California, Oregon and Washington wines shine at Go West Tasting

Published:  11 March, 2016

At yesterday's Go West! annual tasting California, Oregon and Washington wines emphasised that wines from west coast of the USA are gaining traction in the UK market.

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Q&A: In Pursuit of Balance

Published:  09 March, 2016

Five years on from co-founding In Pursuit of Balance, Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards and Rajat Parr of Domaine de la Côte and Sandhi talk about their vision for west coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

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Go West 2016 tasting preview

Published:  09 March, 2016

The Go West tasting offers an unrivalled insight into the wines of California, Oregon and Washington

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MMD adds California wines

Published:  18 February, 2016

Maisons Marques et Domaines has extended its California portfolio with the addition of the still wines of Roederer Estate, comprising Domaine Anderson and Carpe Diem, for distribution in the UK.

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Armit Wines expands Californian wine offering

Published:  17 February, 2016

Armit Wines announced it will be expanding its California offering and adding four new wineries to its portfolio following the growth in the popularity of wines from the US in the UK.

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SVB predicts US wine consumption to decline for the first time in 20 years

Published:  22 January, 2016

In the Silicon Valley Bank's annual State of the Wine Industry 2016 report released yesterday the financial services firm predicts that this year US wine consumption per capita will fall for the first time in 20 years.

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2015 year in review and hopes and fears for 2016: John McLaren, Wines Institute of California

Published:  04 January, 2016

As we all ease our way into 2016 and we have a few of our final thoughts as the year begins from John McLaren, UK director of Wines Institute of California. Californian wines have done incredibly well in 2051, but McLaren sees consumers which buy from supermarkets as a challenge ahead in 2016.

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Interview: Barbara Banke takes family-owned Jackson Family Wines global

Published:  03 November, 2015

Barbara Banke, the driving force behind Jackson Family Wines, on the challenges involved in guiding a family-owned business to global success.

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Diageo puts last remaining US winery on the market

Published:  22 October, 2015

Diageo has put its Chalone Californian winery on the market, according to reports in the US media.

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California wine growers predict high-quality 2015 vintage

Published:  16 October, 2015

The 2015 vintage looks set to be exceptional, according to wineries from across California.

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US beer business is the shiniest star for Constellation as it posts 21% increase in earnings

Published:  08 October, 2015
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Treasury Wine Estates tipped as favourite to take Blossom Hill and Piat d'Or off Diageo's hands

Published:  01 October, 2015

Treasury Wine Estates has refused to comment on speculation that it is lining up an acquisition of Diageo's Blossom Hill brand and the rest of its wine business.

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Gallo gives Dark Horse a helping hand with supermarket sampling campaign

Published:  22 September, 2015

Gallo is taking its Dark Horse premium Californian wines on a tour of the UK in a bid to persuade Tesco and Sainsbury's shoppers to buy the wines.

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Insights: California proves to be a golden opportunity for the on-trade and independents

Published:  20 July, 2015

Sales of premium California wines have been picking up speed in the UK and many producers in the Golden State are looking to the UK as an export market full of opportunities.

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Barefoot enjoys the parklife with summer push for Refresh wines

Published:  15 July, 2015

Gallo's Barefoot wine brand is to fire T-shirts at consumers from giant cannons as part of a summer marketing campaign.

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US millennials' consumption may impact California regions and provide opportunities for imported wine

Published:  03 July, 2015

In a report by Rabobank released this week, the changing preferences of US' millennial consumers is starting to have an impact on consumption patterns and thus could affect wine regions domestically as well as providing opportunities for imported wine.

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UK retailers and the on-trade can now catch a Chronic case of wine

Published:  03 July, 2015

A brand which aims to do for wine what hip craft brewers have for beer is making its UK debut.

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Constellation buys Meiomi luxury Pinot Noir brand as Q1 sales increase by 7%

Published:  02 July, 2015

Constellation Brands is to pay US$315 million to add the premium California wine brand Meiomi to its portfolio.

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Jackson Family Wine collaborates with Telsa's new energy innovation to reduce costs

Published:  03 June, 2015

Jackson Family Wines has been working in collaboration with Tesla, the car manufacturer turned energy provider and has adopted the Tesla Powerwall product at six of its wineries in California.

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Portugal is the most underrated wine country, according to exclusive Harpers poll

Published:  13 May, 2015

Last month harpers.co.uk conducted an exclusive survey to find the most overrated and underrated wine producing regions in world and the results revealed that Portugal was the most underrated, while Bordeaux was voted the most overrated.

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California wines performance in UK strongest its been in 20 years

Published:  12 May, 2015

At yesterday's fifth annual Golden State tasting, California producers heard from John McLaren, the UK director of the Wine Institute of California, that the category has not been in better position in the past 20 years.

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Justin Keay discovers some unknown suprises at last month's Go West tasting

Published:  14 April, 2015

Justin Keay weighs in on last month's Go West tasting and overwhelmingly urges the trade to 'Go West, young man!"

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Artisan wine fair RAW announces new Berlin venue, as international visitor numbers grow

Published:  14 April, 2015

The artisan wine fair, RAW is launching a new fair in Berlin later this year, to cater for an increasingly international clientele.

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California imposes first mandatory water reductions as drought persists

Published:  02 April, 2015

California is imposing mandatory water restrictions on residents and business requiring they reduce water usage by 25%, in response to the severe drought that has been affecting the state.

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Country analysis: Californian wines hit the jackpot in the UK

Published:  08 March, 2015

It seems California wines have struck gold in the UK in recent years, as the value of US wine exports has exponentially grown within the global wine market, despite volumes staying relatively stable, writes Erin Smith

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Record breaking auction was only one highlight of Napa's "Premiere Week"

Published:  27 February, 2015

Last week's Premiere Napa Valley barrel tasting and live auction, held at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Saint Helena, set the stage for bidding on a unique and highly-selective range of the appellation's finest wines resulting in a new record of $6 million USD in fundraising for local charities.

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E&J Gallo to psychoanalyse tweets of Apothic Red drinkers

Published:  19 February, 2015

E&J Gallo is ramping up its marketing activity for its Apothic Red wine brand by aiming to psychoanalyse consumers on social media after seeing UK sales double in 2014.

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Sales up 5% at Spanish wine giant Bodegas Torres

Published:  16 February, 2015

Spanish wine giant Bodegas Torres, which also produces wines in Chile and California, has seen its sales grow 5% to €240 million in 2014.

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California's 2014 grape crush shows 'healthy decline' but won't stop bulk prices sliding

Published:  11 February, 2015

California's grape crush for 2014 hit 3.91 million tonnes, showing a "healthy decline" of 340,000 tonnes on the previous year, however the "ample inventories" of 2012 and 2013 means finding buyers for wine will be a challenge.

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California's bumper 2014 harvest means overstock on bulk wine, broker warns

Published:  09 February, 2015

California produced a "shed-load" of wine - 4 million tonnes - in the chronic drought conditions of 2014, which will lead to an inventory surplus, a top bulk broker has warned.

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2014 Review and Hopes and Fears for 2015: John McLaren

Published:  30 December, 2014

John McLaren, UK director of the Wine Institute of California, on how the UK has changed to become a fresh land of opportunity for Californian producers, how it's in a 'holding pattern' with grocers, and why he 'may scream' if he's told to 'engage with consumers' again.

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Seckford Agencies toasts sales growth

Published:  12 September, 2014

Seckford Agencies has seen sales grow by 10 to 15% in the past year, says director David Cartwright.

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Sangre de Toro wine gets design revamp for 60th birthday

Published:  10 September, 2014

Bodegas Torres has relaunched its famed Sangre de Toro brand with a sleeker design that harks back to the wine's 1950s origins.

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Napa Valley wineries move focus from earthquake to harvest

Published:  08 September, 2014

California's Napa Valley wineries, a number of whom suffered significant damage in the recent 6.1 earthquake, have already harvested most of their Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

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Hess Family moves Napa and Barossa wines from Hallgarten to Liberty

Published:  08 September, 2014

Hess Family Wine Estates has switched distribution of its Napa and Barossa wines from Hallgarten Druitt to Liberty Wines in the UK.

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Napa wineries can learn lessons from Chile following earthquake

Published:  29 August, 2014

Napa wineries should take stock of damage following last week's 6.1 earthquake and consider upgrading facilities, as Chilean winemakers did following its 2010 tremblor.

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Napa Valley wine community moves forward despite persisting tremors

Published:  28 August, 2014

The Napa Valley was shaken by three back-to-back aftershocks on Tuesday, as wineries, local businesses, and residents began to rebuild following the larger quake that struck on Saturday.

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Napa earthquake not expected to affect overall wine stocks

Published:  26 August, 2014

Last week's earthquake in Napa is not expected to impact the region's overall wine stocks, despite a number of wineries in the region suffering large scale damage.

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Napa's Hess Collection's James Caudill on quake damage at winery

Published:  26 August, 2014

James Caudill, director of PR and hospitality at Napa's The Hess Collection group of wineries, on the damage the group sustained following the 6.0 earthquake. 

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Pinot Grigio stocks tighten further, says Murphy Wine Company

Published:  11 August, 2014

Murphy Wine Company's latest price list, dated July 30, 2014, shows further tightening of Pinot Grigio stocks globally as Californian producers say their crop could be down by around one third.

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California's wine industry prepares for 'lighter' crop

Published:  11 August, 2014

California is preparing itself for a smaller harvest than 2013 - which was a bumper crop at 4 million tonnes - with some varieties looking to be down by around one third.

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Californian wineries look to make use of a trade loophole and build exports to Cuba

Published:  08 August, 2014

From this side of the Atlantic relations between Cuba and the United States would hardly be described as friendly. But, as Katherine Canfield, explains there is far more bridge building going on than you might think. Here she looks at how the Californian wine industry is looking to promote its wines to the Cuban wine trade.

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Pinot Grigio shortage could see consumers opt for other white wines

Published:  07 August, 2014

Pinot Grigio is in short supply on the bulk market around the globe, which is starting to push up prices.

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