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Inside Wine (Mar 8th, 2019)

1. Officials estimated Sonoma County suffered $155 million in flood damage. In total, about 1,900 homes and 578 were affected. As reported, wineries located in The Barlow shopping district were hit particularly hard. Pax Wines, which houses their production facility in the complex, was devastated. Tasting rooms, such as Brooks Friedman and MacPhail, lost inventory and are closed indefinitely due to damage. Tenants are questioning the landlords’ preparation and communication prior to the flooding. — WINE SPECTATOR

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2. Meet some of China’s most influential women in wine. Their experience is wide-ranging and varied: Wang Shenghan, aka Lady Penguin, became one of the biggest online influencers and retailer after graduating from Brown University, while Fongyee Walker MW became the first China-based Master of Wine. Many women are heading up winemaking as well, or running highly profitable e-commerce sites. — THE DRINKS BUSINESS

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3. Online wine club Bright Cellars is gathering customer data to not only curate customer shipments, but to create their own line of wines. Through simple questions, they aim to understand consumer preferences; these findings will then go to winemakers for production. The company does not use their name for the wines, preferring to brand under other labels. Their platform has caught the attention of investors and they just closed $8.5 million in Series A round funding. — TECHCRUNCH

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4. Student at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, CA, are producing high-scoring wines. The community college is one of just three in the state that is allowed to bottle and sell wine and the hands-on learning component of the program goes beyond traditional classroom-only curriculum. Dave Corey, head of winery operations, said the wines not only help fund the program, but the wines themselves serve as advertisements for the school’s unique program. In addition to a working winery, the school operates a tasting room, which is open to the public. — NEW TIMES SLO

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In Your Glass: Champagne Pommery Brut Royal

When the young widow Jeanne Alexandrine Louise Pommery took over the Champagne house in 1860 after her husband passed away, she wasn’t content to just follow the path laid out by her spouse. Under her reign, the house developed from a small estate into a well-renowned producer. She  traveled to London and hired a sales manager, Adolphe Hubinet, to grow this new international market. Madame Pommery also consolidated the warehouses, which were located throughout Paris, into one estate in the Champagne region that also housed all the production. Under her direction, 18 kilometers (11 miles) of chalk pit cellars not only store wine, but today serve as an art gallery featuring numerous contemporary works.

The flagship cuvée, Brut Royal, is comprised of grapes from 20 different crus. Peach, golden apple, and brioche are immediately apparent on the nose and follow through on the palate. Bright, festive bubbles pop on the tongue, followed by a lengthy finish.

The Basics

The Wine: Brut Royal

The Winery: Champagne Pommery

Vintage: NV

Average Price: $46

Find it here

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5. Andrew Reese, who rented out his Chicago-area condo to vacationers, said $50,000 of wine was stolen, including a bottle of The Best from Delgado winery, which is valued at $8,000 - $9,000.  He claimed he has tracked down the criminals, but police have yet to take action. — CHICAGO CBS LOCAL

6. Jean-Marc Brocard in Chablis opposed plans to install wind turbines in the village of Préhy. He said the machines — which provide energy from wind — will mar the landscape and be detrimental to tourism. — DECANTER

7. Diageo hired two female cooper apprentices at their Scotch whisky facility in Clackmannanshire, a first in the male-dominated scotch industry. — THE DRINKS BUSINESS

8. The number of women working in the New Zealand wine industry has dramatically risen in 30 years. At Pernod Ricard’s NZ division, for example, women make up 45% of the workforce and hold positions across all sectors of the industry. — NZ HERALD

9. In honor of the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, Miles White and Femi Oyediran, owners of Charleson’s wine shop and bar Graft, offer pairings with some of their city’s best-known dishes. — TODAY

10. SevenFifty Daily explores strategies for running a successful happy hour in bars. Unique experiences and beyond-basic offerings are just two ideas for turning a profit during this daily promotion. — SEVENFIFTY DAILY

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