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March madness: Covid-19’s impact on America’s wine, food, and hospitality industries

March madness: Covid-19’s impact on America’s wine, food, and hospitality industries

By Roger Morris Vinexpo New York opened the first week of March, bringing with it exhibitors from 30 countries and the first breaths of spring. But, like the muffled sounds of a distant war, there was talk in the aisles on the exhibit floor about the Covid-19 outbreak in northern Italyand the restrictions it imposed. Just 30 days later, about 150,000 Americans would be diagnosed as having the virus, much of the country would be on lockdown, and winery tasting rooms and restaurants would be shuttered. As Roger Morris reports, the month presented itself as a microcosmof what was happening...
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3/31/20
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Interview: Rocco Lombardo Of Wilson Daniels On Responding To COVID-19

Interview: Rocco Lombardo Of Wilson Daniels On Responding To COVID-19

Fine wine importer and distributor Wilson Daniels had revenues of $162 million last year, including $85 million for its national import business, and $77 million for its wholesale operations across New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Oregon. Like others, the company has moved aggressively to respond to the havoc wrought by coronavirus across the market, adapting its operations to account for the new realities of doing business amid the outbreak. SND executive editor Daniel Marsteller spoke with Wilson Daniels president Rocco Lombardo for an update. SND: What’s the state of the Wilson Daniels business currently as the coronavirus crisis continues to...
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3/26/20
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Bizarre And Surreal: The Wine Business In The Time Of Coronavirus

Bizarre And Surreal: The Wine Business In The Time Of Coronavirus

Bizarre and surreal—those are the words used by Shannon Coursey, Senior Vice President and National Sales Manager for Wilson-Daniels, a fine wine importer, to describe selling wine in this unprecedented global crisis. “It’s bizarre for us because the wine business is such a social business. We are staying active and positive but it is a surreal environment.” One might also add the word ‘sad,’ which Coursey is quick to do, “My heart is broken for our restaurant partners, so many are just barely getting by.” Despite the fact that things are surreal, bizarre, and sad, those in the wine business have...
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Katie Kelly Bell, 03/26/20
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A National Look at How American Wineries Are Weathering the Covid-19 Pandemic

A National Look at How American Wineries Are Weathering the Covid-19 Pandemic

words: TIM MCKIRDY The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has brought countless American industries to a grinding halt, but life in the vineyard and in the cellar continues along its usual cycle. This is both a blessing and a burden. With crucial vineyard and bottling work on the horizon, grape growers and winemakers must juggle seasonal winery operations while also navigating “shelter in place” orders, staffing decisions, and sales disruptions throughout the supply chain. The confluence of these events could result in one of the most challenging vintages in recent memory. VinePair reached out to producers across the country to find out how the pandemic...
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3/20/20
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There’s a New Breed of California Chardonnay. Here Are 10 Bottles That Prove It.

There’s a New Breed of California Chardonnay. Here Are 10 Bottles That Prove It.

California’s top wine producers are turning out bottles of the country’s favorite white that are radically different from the over-oaked, butter bombs of the past. It’s about time. By Sara L. Schneider on March 16, 2020 Photo: Courtesy of Kosta Browne Chardonnay is often called the queen of California grapes. In that metaphor, of course, Cabernet is king. But the truth is, Chardonnay is our first love in the US. According to the California Wine Institute, 18.6 percent of the wine we drink is Chard, far more than Cab. And for better or for worse, depending on your taste, much...
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3/16/20
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Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2019 – #66 Routestock Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – 2017

Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2019 – #66 Routestock Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – 2017

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November 19, 2019
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SevenFifty Daily: Bisol1542

SevenFifty Daily: Bisol1542

The rich history of the Bisol1542 wine brand dates back to the year 1542, when the Bisol family first began tending vines in the Valdobbiadene area of Italy At the helm of the winery today are Gianluca Bisol, the president and CEO, and his brother Desiderio, the chief enologist and technical director. This latest generation of Bisols draw on the full span of their family’s 500-year winemaking tradition to produce a range of organically farmed and internationally recognized Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG crus. A sub-appellation of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG, the Prosecco Superiore DOCG is an important reference point for quality in...
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November 13, 2019
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SevenFifty Daily: Val di Suga

SevenFifty Daily: Val di Suga

Renowned for helping to establish Brunello di Montalcino as one of the world’s most famous wines, Val di Suga is uniquely positioned in Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia as the only producer that possesses vineyards in all three of Montalcino’s viticultural regions The three hillside locations of the Val di Suga vineyards are famous for possessing the best-suited terroirs for the highest-quality Brunello production. Each slope has different sun exposure and geologically distinct soils that lend a range of favorite tasting notes, including distinctive notes of ginger and quinine bark. An excellent pairing for game, roasted and grilled meats, and medium-aged cheeses, Val di Suga Brunello...
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November 11, 2019
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Wine Spectator: Burgundy: Exploring the Côte d’Or and Chablis – Featuring Domaine Laroche

Wine Spectator: Burgundy: Exploring the Côte d’Or and Chablis – Featuring Domaine Laroche

Opening the first seminar of this year’s New York Wine Experience, senior editor Bruce Sanderson turned to a real-estate aphorism: “Location, location, location.” The refrain applies particularly well to Burgundian winemaking: “The entire hierarchy of quality in the region is based on the location of vineyards,” he said. A taste of four grand cru Burgundies awaited the room—two Chardonnays and two Pinot Noirs. Sanderson noted that only 1% of all Burgundy wine is classified as grand cru, the region’s highest quality designation. “In addition to the vineyard and its attributes, the human input is important,” he noted, introducing presenters Albéric Bichot of Albert Bichot,...
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Hilary SIms, October 21, 2019
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The Daily Meal: These Volcanic Wines are Erupting with Flavor – Featuring Maeli

The Daily Meal: These Volcanic Wines are Erupting with Flavor – Featuring Maeli

Maeli Winery in Northern Italy grows their grapes on the hills of this ancient, volcanic region to produce interesting and delicious wines.
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October 18, 2019
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