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Wine and spirits suppliers hopeful as US restaurants reopen

Wine and spirits suppliers hopeful as US restaurants reopen

4th May, 2020 by Roger Morris Despite late invoices, importers and distributors plan to partner in getting the critical, but severely wounded, wine market back on its feet. In the best of times, restaurants run on very thin financial margins requiring a large percentage of their tables be filled every day their doors are open. So when the coronavirus pandemic caused American governors and mayors in early March to shut down restaurant dining rooms as a public health precaution, many owners declared it was doubtful they would ever open again. That prophecy has resonated with the country’s smaller importers and...
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5/4/20
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15 Luxurious Mother’s Day Gifts for the Mom Who Has Everything

15 Luxurious Mother’s Day Gifts for the Mom Who Has Everything

From fragrance to jewelry to cookies, here are our recommendations for mom. By The Editors on May 1, 2020 In these unprecedented times, the hunt for a luxury gift might seem a superfluous affair. But if anyone deserves something special, it’s the hardworking mothers across the globe—many of whom are juggling full-time work with homeschooling as a result of our new reality. This is why the editors of Robb Report have compiled 15 gifts worthy of all the work they’ve put in, with options that will impress even the most discerning mothers, grandmothers, aunts or whoever else deserves celebrating come...
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5/4/20
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These Virtual Wine Tastings Come With a Crate of Wine and Sense of Community

These Virtual Wine Tastings Come With a Crate of Wine and Sense of Community

by Noah Kaufman April 30, 2020 Wineries will ship you everything you need (aka lots of bottles). As the United States and countries around the world continue to apply social distancing measures during the coronavirus outbreak, images of empty streets in major cities and stories of restaurants and bars upending—and in some cases shutting down—have proliferated. But the pandemic's impact extends well outside the borders of major metropolises, into more rural areas of states with major outbreaks like California and New York. Statewide shelter-in-place mandates have meant that life and work in rural wine countries have changed dramatically. With the...
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04/30/20
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9 Brunello di Montalcinos You Should Buy Right Now

9 Brunello di Montalcinos You Should Buy Right Now

If you're looking for a knockout Italian wine, you can't do much better than Brunello. By Brian Freedman  Updated April 28, 2020 TERLATO WINES / TENUTA LUCE / FRESCOBALDI TOSCANA / LE CHIUSE / CASTIGLION DEL BOSCO Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italy’s most revered wines, and arguably represents the apex of what the Sangiovese grape is capable of. While consumers and critics often seem eternally destined to debate the relative merits of a more traditional style versus a more modern one, it’s impossible to argue that today's Brunellos represent a seriously delicious selection of wines, no matter how they’re...
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4/27/20
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‘Drink small to save little wineries’

‘Drink small to save little wineries’

Nicole Sierra-Rolet of Chêne Bleu (below) argues that small is beautiful, but endangered, and puts in a plea for us to ‘drink small to save little wineries’. As the principal of our family winery in the Rhône Valley, I’ve spent lots of time, like many lately, in front of the Zoom camera, diligently participating in all those helpful pop-up programmes and learning to host virtual tastings. [See Richard’s guide to some of the best – JR] But behind the camera I can’t take my eye off the tsunami of red ink heading straight for the income statements of wineries like ours. As a...
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4/20/20
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The 15 Best Organic Bottles Of Red, White, Rosé, And Sparkling Wine

The 15 Best Organic Bottles Of Red, White, Rosé, And Sparkling Wine

Plus, what "organic wine" actually means. By Maria Miyashiro Apr 15, 2020 Alyssa Gray/ Getty Images You've probably tried organic vegetables—maybe even a box or two of organic mac & cheese. But have you explored the world of organic wines? Let us break it down for you. What does organic wine mean in the U.S.? The strictest interpretation of "organic wine" comes from the USDA. They ensure organic wines have grapes grown without all the chemicals—synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides—and that all additional ingredients are also certified organic. Those additional ingredients include things that aren't always listed on the label, like...
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4/16/20
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How Much Italian Wine Should You Drink to Make Your Canceled Italy Trip Hurt Less?

How Much Italian Wine Should You Drink to Make Your Canceled Italy Trip Hurt Less?

by Kristin Tice Studeman Can drinking a delicious glass of Tuscan wine soothe the sting of a canceled trip to Florence? Here’s one way to find out. Kristin Tice Studeman, writer, wine enthusiast, and founder of The Rosé Project, shares a few of her favorite bottles from the beloved Italian region. YOUR HOUSE - Open up a good bottle of wine from Tuscany and you can quite literally taste the picturesque, rolling hillsides and coastal breeze from the comforts of your own home. We so easily forget that good wine can be wonderfully transporting — each bottle tells a story about the place it...
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04/07/20
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The Sommelier Diaries: We Will Weather the Storm

The Sommelier Diaries: We Will Weather the Storm

Alexandra Schrecengost Many of us at Wilson Daniels — myself very much included — are negotiating the intricacies of working from home while homeschooling kids. My 5-year-old twins may not know much about the fine wine industry now, but we’ll see how that changes as our social distancing time goes on! I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to grow in this way, however. This new period has infused our whole team with urgent responsiveness, ingenuity in problem-solving, and most of all, confidence in their intuition. The team has transitioned flawlessly to remote work, and our safety program for...
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04/07/20
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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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