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Inside Wine (Jan 11th, 2019)

1. Adrian Bridge, CEO of Taylor's port and founding member of The Porto Protocol — an ongoing initiative that was launched at last year's Climate Change Leadership conference spoke about the objectives for the 2019 conference and beyond. On the heels of the 2018 conference — which featured Barak Obama as the keynote speaker — attendees at this year's symposium will look at issues such as vineyard management and LEED-certified buildings, among other topics. Former president Al Gore is scheduled to give the closing remarks. — WINE AND SPIRITS

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2. Weed over whiskey? That doesn’t seem to be the case according to a new study by the Distilled Spirits Council. The organization looked at three states where cannabis has been legal the longest — Colorado, Oregon, and Washington — and found spirits sales were actually up. However, beer and wine purchases were trending down in a couple of states. — CNBC

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3. In a press release, VINEBOX Inc, a new DtC wine subscription service, announced they raised $5.9 million in funding. The startup sends quarterly boxes, filled with nine samples in patented glass-sized bottles, to customers. Their advent calendar, Twelve Nights of Wine, has also been a big success around the holidays. Founders Rachel Vodofsky and Matt Dukes say they will use the money to scale their business and expand their team. — WINE BUSINESS

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4. As the Japanese wine industry grows, the government is struggling to create an appellation system. As of 2018, regulations were put in place to distinguish wines with 100% Japanese grapes versus cuvées that blend in imported wine, a big step for wineries. However, many winemakers don’t actually own vineyards and source from multiple sites across regions, making appellation definitions challenging. Another hurdle: the aging farming populations means there’s an imminent grape shortage. Working through these challenges now will create long-term success, as the growing sales of domestic wine indicates a strong wine culture. — WINE SPECTATOR

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5. Denver now allows drinkers to consume full-strength beer, wine, and champagne in public parks as long as the drinks are not in glass bottles. This is great news for canned wine producers, such as hometown favorite Infinite Monkey Theorem. — 9 NEWS

6. Le Cordon Bleu in London is launching a new wine and beverage program beginning March 2019. The curriculum will cover not only wine but coffee, sake, beer, and cocktails. — HARPERS

7. Guillaume Deglise, former CEO of VinExpo, has been named CEO of Burgundy producer Domaines Albert Bichot. — THE DRINKS BUSINESS

8. Punch takes a look at the trend of pop-up wine bars in cities such as Seattle and Portland. These transient drinking dens have become showcases for natural wines, food, and music. — PUNCH

9. The search for wine rack organization is up 140% on Pinterest (maybe all those failed DIY projects are driving people to drink?). Refinery29 rounds up some of the most stylish options. — REFINERY29

10. With the Supreme Court gearing up to hear the potentially monumental case Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retail Association vs. Blair next week, Eric Asimov offers an excellent primer on the history of the issue and what the outcome implies for the future of interstate shipping. — THE NEW YORK TIMES

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Inside Wine is written and curated by Shana Clarke. Shana is a freelance journalist and regularly contributes to a variety of consumer and trade publications, including Wine Enthusiast, Playboy, HuffPost, USA Today’s Eat Sip Trip, and SevenFifty Daily, among others. Follow her on Instagram at @ShanaSpeaksWine and see more of her work on www.shanaspeakswine.com.

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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