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Date: 2009-05-05 13:17:21

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WINE INDUSTRY INSIGHT

EMAIL EDITION - VOLUME I, NUMBER 85 - May 5, 2009

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

  • April Domestic Wine Sales Up 9.5%, All Price-Points Gain

  • TB Approves Lake Chelan AVA, Ditches Paso Robles Westside

  • Conti Bankruptcies Consolidated, Judge Calls Corporation “A Mere Shell”

  • Teaching winery opens on Cornell campus

  • Prominent Addiction Policy Groups Merge

  • NEWS FETCH HIGHLIGHTS - MAY 1-5, 2009



WINE INDUSTRY INSIGHT ORIGINAL REPORTING

April Domestic Wine Sales Up 9.5%, All Price-Points Gain

Domestic table wine sales posted a healthy 9.5-percent gain for the four-week period ending April 19, according to Wine Industry Insight’s analysis of data from Information Resources Inc.

Sales tracked by the data account for approximately 63 percent of all wine sold in the United States and is weighted in favor of popular and value brands.

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Also in this article:

  • MOST AND LEAST EXPENSIVE WINES MAKE IDENTICAL SALES GAINS
  • 2009: HEALTHY SALES IN THREE OF FOUR MONTHS
  • IMPORT DOLLAR SALES LAG, BUT MAINTAIN PRICE SUPERIORITY
  • CHAMPAGNE GOES FROM SPLAT TO FLAT
  • DETAILED MONTHLY DATA FOR JAN-MARCH

 

For detailed 2009 monthly comparison data, please see:

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TTB Approves Lake Chelan AVA, Ditches Paso Robles Westside

Washington, D.C. – The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published two notices in the Federal Register establishing the Lake Chelan viticultural area and withdrawing its proposal to establish the Paso Robles Westside viticultural area. TTB designates viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.

Treasury Decision TTB-76 establishes the 24,040 –acre “Lake Chelan”
American viticultural area in Chelan County, Washington. It lies within the larger Columbia Valley viticultural area in north-central Washington.

Treasury Decision TTB-76 becomes effective May 29, 2009.

In a separate notice, TTB announced the withdrawal of its proposal to establish the Paso Robles Westside viticultural area within the existing Paso Robles viticultural area in California. This action was taken because, given the conflicting information provided, TTB could not conclude that a delimited grape-growing region exists that is recognized by the name Paso Robles Westside, or that the area described in Notice No. 71 is distinguishable by geographical features.

Notice No. 71 is withdrawn as of April 30, 2009.


WINE INDUSTRY INSIGHT ORIGINAL REPORTING

Conti Bankruptcies Consolidated, Judge Calls Corporation “A Mere Shell”

The personal and corporate finances of Michael and Michelle Conti are too intermingled with their winery to justify two bankruptcy proceedings according to the judicial order of Bankruptcy Judge Michael S. McManus who ordered a consolidation of the two cases on Friday.

Also in this 746-word article:

  • DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS ALLEGED, DENIED
  • JUDGE CALLS MC2 WINES “A MERE SHELL”
  • CONTIS’ WINE OWNERSHIP STATEMENTS CONTRADICTED
  • CONTI DENIES ALLEGATIONS OF FRAUD
  • JUDGE FINDS IT’S UNCLEAR WHO ACTUALLY OWNS THE WINERY
  • PERSONAL, CORPORATE FINANCES TOO ENTANGLED
  • TRUSTEE SET TO SEIZE ALL ASSETS
  • MANY MORE DETAILS CONTAINED IN COURT DOCUMENTS (BELOW)

 

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WINE INDUSTRY INSIGHT ORIGINAL REPORTING

Restaurants HATE To Sell Wine

Restaurants hate to sell wine.

There’s no other possible explanation for the outright vino-usury found in dining establishments. They just don’t want to sell wine.

A LICENSE TO RIP OFF

I’ve never, ever been in an American restaurant where wine is reasonably priced, especially by the glass. That means I could pick on any restaurant with a license to rip-off wine drinkers.

But I’ll pick on the most recent one: Firewood Grill in Napa.

The Firewood Grill is an otherwise outstanding, family- and budget-friendly establishment with exceptional food and entrees starting at $7.95.

And wine marked up three to four times retail.

THE UGLY, UGLY FACTS

Submitted for your perusal:

Shooting Star Zinfandel (Jed Steele’s Second Label).

Retail: $11 for a 750ml

Firewood Grill bottle: $33 — 3X retail, 6X wholesale

Firewood Grill glass (6 oz pour): $8.50 –4X retail, 8X wholesale

The wholesale price is estimated at 1/2 retail.

When you price a glass of wine for damn close to the retail cost of an entire bottle, you probably ought to have a brain scan to see what sort of frontal lobe tumor has eaten its way through your better judgment.

EVERYBODY LOSES

The customer loses, for sure.

And the restaurant loses as well. Gee, no small wonder on-premise sales are down. As if no one ever tried a glass of a new wine, liked it and bought a bottle.

By-the-glass should be a relatively low-risk way for consumers to try something different. Instead, it — and by-the-bottle prices are painful and annoying thefts from the overall dining experience.

Wineries lose as well. Not only has a sale disappeared, but also less-well-available wines from smaller vintners never have a chance. Small wonder that consumers stick with the tried and true.

LOOK IN THE MIRROR

It’s easy to blame the recession, but restaurateurs need to look in the mirror the next time they wonder why wine sales are down. They’re getting what they deserve. Too bad they hurt consumers and wineries in the process.


Prominent Addiction Policy Groups Merge

High profile drug addiction advocacy and public policy groups Join Together and  The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University have merged, according to a joint announcment today.

Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA’s founder, is stepping down as President but will serve as Chairman of the Board. He will be replaced by Join Together’s David L. Rosenbloom who will serve as  President and CEO

Rosenblum’s statement follows:

Today I take office as President and CEO, and I look forward to working with Joe and the extraordinarily talented staff of CASA and Join Together. I thank Joe and the CASA Board for the honor, and challenge, they have given me. I promise them, and all of you who have come to trust and support Join Together, that I will continue the high standards of editorial quality, principled reporting, and evidence-driven advocacy that have been Join Together’s hallmarks.

CASA and Join Together have made major contributions to America’s understanding that addiction is a disease with huge human and monetary costs for every aspect of our society — but that it is also a preventable and treatable disease, if we act. We have given prevention and treatment leaders tools to take effective action, prodded governments to support evidence-based policies and helped individuals and families throughout the country affected by this disease. Now as a single organization, with your continued help and support, we are poised to move addiction prevention, treatment and policy into the core of American health and social policy where it needs to be.

Let me tell you about just a few upcoming events and projects:

* Later this month we will release a new CASA study detailing the enormous cost of addiction to state and federal government budgets, and offering real solutions that will save money and restore lives. Join Together will ensure wide dissemination and use of this information by updating all 50 of its state-level action pages with data and action tools.

* The CASACONFERENCESM Wounds of War: Substance Abuse, Veterans and Active Duty Military on May 20 will call the nation’s attention to how alcohol and drugs are hurting military personnel who put their lives at risk to protect us, and will offer solutions to make sure our brave servicemen and servicewomen receive all the support they need to re-establish their lives when they return home.

* Joseph A. Califano, Jr.’s new book How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents will be published on August 11th by Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone/Fireside division, CASA will release its annual Teen Survey on August 20th, and hundreds of communities will participate in Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your ChildrenTM on Monday, September 28th.

* This fall we will release a significantly expanded version of AlcoholScreening.org, which more than one million people have already used to assess their own drinking. The new site will incorporate a new online Brief Intervention and will help people develop a personal plan to cut down on their risky drinking.

I want to personally invite you to learn more about other exciting CASA programs and services at www.casacolumbia.org

This is both an exciting and challenging time to merge two important groups and launch a renewed vision of excellence and growth. CASA’s and others’ research have opened the way to huge improvements in prevention and treatment, and documented the important role prevention and treatment must have in health reform.

The combined CASA and Join Together staff is the largest and most talented independent group in the country dedicated to this issue. Nevertheless, the challenges are great, and we will need your commitment to take action and lend your support more than ever as we move ahead.



Teaching winery opens on Cornell campus

With the snip of a grapevine, Susan A. Henry, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), opened the CALS Teaching Winery before a large crowd of faculty, students, vintners and other guests April 1.

Cornell, long known for its viticulture (grape-growing) research, now claims the only university teaching winery in the eastern United States. The $900,000 facility promises to prepare students for careers in New York’s wine and grape industry, which ranks third nationally in wine production and includes more than 250 wineries across the state.

Ian Merwin, the Herman M. Cohn Professor of Horticulture, and Ramón Mira de Orduña, associate professor of enology, helped Henry unveil the 1,800-square-foot building. The winery, attached to the Cornell Orchards store, will act as the Ithaca hub for CALS’ new viticulture and enology undergraduate major, which enrolls roughly 30 students and draws on more than 50 faculty members from the horticulture, food science technology, plant pathology, and applied economics and management departments. Inside the winery, students will access cutting-edge equipment to learn the science and art of winemaking.

“The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Teaching Winery represents a major enhancement to our Viticulture and Enology (V&E) program,” said Henry. “Having this facility in Ithaca is crucial for our undergraduates, who will gain from hands-on experience in winemaking and grape-growing.”

Previously, V&E students crafted wines in a makeshift lab on the mezzanine of Stocking Hall. At the ceremony, students offered tastes of experimental wines produced in a fall 2008 class. Nearby, Sabrina Lueck ‘10, a V&E major, said, “I’m beyond excited to begin using all the winery’s beautiful equipment.”

The winery includes state-of-the-art fermentation tanks and a modern microbiological and chemical lab, elements needed for the storage of grapes and the preparation and analysis of wines. It will allow students and faculty convenient access to three acres of hybrid wine grapes at Cornell Orchards and is near the program’s Lansing vineyards, which grow more traditional varieties like Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay.

“The facility will be among the finest in the United States and will provide our students with the widest possible range of winemaking experience,” said Mira de Orduña.

Mira de Orduña thanked numerous wineries and companies that donated equipment, including de-stemmers, filters, barrels and tanks, and also enzymes, yeast, bacteria and fining agents used in the production of wine. He said, in particular, that oak barrels donated by Canton Cooperage of Lebanon, Ky., and that a custom-made WinePod fermenter by Provina of San Jose, Calif., would expose students to “both the most traditional and the latest equipment available in winemaking.”

Ted Boscia is a staff writer in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


NEWS FETCH HIGHLIGHTS - MAY 1-5, 2009

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