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Good Morning, and Happy Wednesday.  It's August 29, 2023.

E&J Gallo Buys Rombauer Vineyards

E. & J. Gallo’s Luxury Wine Group said it agreed to purchase Rombauer Vineyards, producer of critically acclaimed wines from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, the Sierra Foothills, and the Santa Lucia Highlands.  Terms weren't disclosed. Founded in 1980 by Koerner and Joan Rombauer, Rombauer Vineyards is known for its high-quality

A-B to Invest $22.5 Million in Houston Brewery

Anheuser-Busch said it will invest $22.5 million in its Houston brewery, to upgrade the facility's internal systems to enhance workplace safety and improve brewery efficiency. Last year, the brewer implemented water reuse technology at the Houston brewery to reclaim more than 100 million gallons of water each year.

Danny Wirtz Elevated to Co-Chairman of Breakthru Beverage Group

Danny Wirtz has been elevated to the role of Co-Chairman of Breakthru Beverage Groupu's Board of Managers. Danny, previously Vice-Chairman, succeeds his father, the late Rocky Wirtz and will join business partner Charlie Merinoff who also serves as Co-Chairman. The growth and success of Breakthru since we founded the company

Tequila Defies Premiumization Cooling

Tequila is defying overall premiumization cooling, Drizly says, with reposado making gains. And there are new trends hitting the tequila category, from barrel aging to additive-free options. Tequila has steadily gained share on Drizly over the last five years, growing from 13% of the liquor category in 2019 to 19%

Schlafly Beer Releases New Biergarten Variety Pack

Schlafly's new Biergarten variety 12-pack is a canned beer variety pack with three exclusive brews – Dunkel Lager, Munich Helles Lager, Bavarian Weiss Ale – plus the seasonal fan-favorite, Oktoberfest Amber Lager. The pack is Schlafly’s celebration of the German tradition of Biergartens: an outdoor gathering spot to enjoy local

Scott Disick Intros Lèo de Verzay Champagne to the U.S.

Lèo de Verzay, a luxury champagne from one of the first Champenoise families of France is now available for the first time in the United States in 41 states by entrepreneurs Scott Disick and Brad Turk. Founded by an 8th generation wine-grower Charlotte Castagne-Chaudron, an heir of Maison Chaudron

Sunshine Punch Debuts

Forgive me, but the perfect (and obvious) jingle and tagline for Sunshine Punch, which debuted this week is the 1960s-era hit: "Let the Sunshine In." Sunshine Punch is a new ready-to-drink cocktail made from orange, creme, rum and vodka. Beyond the bottle, Sunshine Punch is rooted in friendship. What began

TTB Proposes Upper Cumberland AVA

Responding to a petition from the Appalachian Region Wine Producers Association, the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau proposed to established the "Upper Cumberland AVA." The proposed Upper Cumberland AVA covers all or portions of eight counties in Middle Tennessee: Cumberland, Fentress, Macon, Putnam, Overton, Smith, Warren, and White. The proposed

TTB Establishes Winters Highlands AVA

Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau established the 7,296-acre "Winters Highlands" viticultural area in parts of Solano and Yolo counties in California, effective Sept. 28.  These new AVAs, first proposed by Berryessa Gap Vineyards, are not in any other AVA. There are planted vineyards covering about 134 acres within the

High West Distillery Partners with Snowboarder Shaun White

Shaun White, the three-time Olympic gold medalist and professional snowboarder, is lending his voice to support High West Distillery's Protect the West initiative, a commitment of $1 million of $1 million over three years to organizations dedicated to keeping the West wild and preserving its beauty. The organizations' efforts are

Brock Lindsay, Co-Owner of Succession Wines, Alta Cellars, Dies at Age 40

Brock Lindsay, 40, winemaker and co-owner of Succession Wines and Alta Cellars, of injuries sustained in an utility vehicle accident. Survivors are his wife, Erica, and daughters, Layla and Reese. After graduating from Montana State University in 2006, he became a structural engineer and project manager for Highmark Concrete Contractors.

Who & What --

  • Pernod Richard North America promotes Colin Kavanagh to chief marketing officer from senior vp transformation.   He will succeed Pam Forbus, who was appointed CMO in 2020.
  • Patz & Hall hires Brianna Beighle as assistant winemaker. Beighle has over a decade of experience in viticulture and enology from some of Napa Valley’

What We're Reading --

Wine and the Falling Dollar The exchange rate isn't a big factor in U.S. wine trade with Europe, but an Economist study suggests that Southern Hemisphere wine producers have an exchange rate advantage when exporting to the U.S. market because their currencies are undervalued.  (The Wine Economist)

F.Y.I. --

  • Polluted Air Shortens Human Lifespans More Than Tobacco, Study Finds India, other South Asian countries suffer biggest losses as China reverses damage; improvements often ‘driven by people’s demands’ (Wall Street Journal)
  • You’re doing it wrong: Recycling and other myths about tackling climate change A slim majority of Americans

Thanks for reading.  Have a successful day.  See  you tomorrow. – Joel

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