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CBMTRA: Why the Tax Credits are so Important

The central element of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) is the expansion of tax credits for wine. They breakdown as follows: $1.00 tax credit on the first 30,000 gallons removed  $0.90 tax credit on gallons 30,001 to 130,000 $0.535 on gallons 130,001 to 750,000 Now why is this important? Wineries of all sizes can now take …

US Tariff on European Wines – Ciatti Co Update

Effective 12 January 2021, the US has expanded its 25% import duty increase on European wines to include French and German still wines over 14% alcohol in both bottled and bulk form, scuppering moves by suppliers to circumvent the increase by bottling in the US or importing higher-alcohol wines. The tariff hikes on these products are an expansion of the original …

Sonoma County Winegrowers to Launch U.S. Wine Industry’s First Innovation Accelerator

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Sonoma County winegrowers gathered around their laptops and computer screens to review the organization’s efforts last year and learn about the future direction from the Sonoma County Winegrowers’ president, Karissa Kruse, as the 30st annual Dollars and $ense Seminar and Trade Show went virtual for the first time Thursday morning. Additional speakers included Ray Isle, …

Mira Winery Announces Ed Thralls as President

Mira Winery, which produces a limited amount of hand crafted, all natural wines, each a singular expression of unique grapes, announced today that Ed Thralls is joining the team as President. The hiring follows the opening of Mira winery and hospitality house last fall on the 16-acre estate just south of Yountville in the heart of the Napa Valley.“Ed has …

2020 Paso Robles Wine Industry Persons of the Year

Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance — We are thrilled to announce the 2020 Paso Robles Wine Industry Persons of the Year awardees, founders and owners of Peachy Canyon Winery, the Beckett Family! This award, bestowed by the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance (PRWCA), annually recognizes an individual(s) who exemplify the spirit of Paso Robles Wine Country with outstanding leadership, vision, …

Allied Grape Growers Hires Michael Haddox as Manager of Central Coast Operations

Allied Grape Growers (AGG) has named Michael Haddox as its manager of Central Coast operations. The newly-created position expands AGG’s managerial grape sales team, which currently consists of positions in the North Coast, North Valley and Central Valley. In his new role, Haddox will oversee business development in the Central Coast, consisting primarily of winegrape marketing and sales as well …

E. & J. Gallo Winery Completes Acquisition of Over 30 Brands From Constellation

E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of more than 30 wine brands from Constellation Brands, Inc.  The closing of the agreement between Gallo and Constellation was approved by the Federal Trade Commission on December 23, 2020. The acquisition includes well known wine brands such as Arbor Mist, Black Box, Clos du Bois, …

Vie-Del Company Completes Acquisition Of Constellation Brands’ High-Color And Standard Grape Concentrate Business Lines

Vie-Del Company (Vie-Del), the oldest family-owned grape processor and supplier of bulk juices, concentrates, brandy, wine and spirits in California, announced today the completion on December 29, 2020 of the acquisition of the Canandaigua Concentrate High-Color Concentrate (HCC) and standard grape concentrate business lines from Constellation Brands U.S. Operations, Inc. (CBUSO), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Constellation Brands, Inc. (Constellation). The …

Long-time Wine Industry Leader to Leave Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association

Chris Chandler, the longest serving executive director of the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association (LVWA), will be leaving at the end of the year. She has led the non-profit marketing and membership organization representing wineries, vineyards and businesses in Livermore Valley since the spring of 2007. “We have appreciated Chris’ guidance and her capacity through the years to stand with all …

OSU’s Woodhall Vineyard Serves as New South Willamette Valley Public Weather Data Source

A weather station in the AgriMet Cooperative Agricultural Weather Network was installed at OSU’s Woodhall Vineyard in late October 2020. The weather station will provide critical weather information and a climatic archive of weather conditions for the south Willamette Valley location. This is an important service for Oregon State University to provide grape growers, other agriculturists, and the public. Woodhall …

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