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1/27/2020

In conjunction with Chateau Changyu-Moser XV's unveiling of its "ultra premium" 2016 cabernet sauvignon, Purple Air Comes From The East, the Chinese estate's chief winemaker, Lenz Moser, will begin a global tour in March to introduce the vintage. The cabernet, meant to compete with Chinese offerings from Chateau Lafite and LVMH, "is going to raise the bar again for the Chateau," says Moser.

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Decanter online
1/27/2020

Police in Oltrepo Pavese, an area of Italy's Lombardy region, say they have discovered a wine fraud ring that allegedly made and sold more than 1 million liters of counterfeit wine. Additives, sugar and banned grape varieties were employed to make fake Oltrepo Pavese wines, leading to five arrests that included top management figures and trusted winemakers, according to police.

1/27/2020

A group of about 275 mostly female wine professionals recently convened at the inaugural Assemblage Symposium in McMinnville, Ore., a two-day event aimed at the advancement of women and diverse communities in the state's wine industry. "[T]he higher you get when it comes to executive leadership and the further you get in production, the fewer women and people of color you find," said Rachel Adams, the event's founder and executive director.

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1/27/2020

A fungus called pestalotiopsis hit some Florida strawberry fields in December, a month that brought the warm, rainy days that are ideal for spreading the pathogen. With about 10,000 acres of fields, Florida is the second-biggest US strawberry grower behind California.

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The Weather Channel
1/27/2020

Tests on 30 types of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers grown in Turkey last year revealed 56 different types of pesticides, some of them chemicals that have been banned, according to a report from Greenpeace Mediterranean. Turkey exports about 10% of its produce to other countries, and there's no record of whether exported produce contained any of the pesticides, report author and nutritional scientist Bulent Sik said.

1/24/2020

New York City-based grocer Fairway Market filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, hours after saying it had no plans to liquidate the entire company in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Operator Village Super Market has made an initial bid of around $70 million for five Fairway stores and a distribution center.

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Village Super Market
1/24/2020

Kroger and Ocado plan to build a new 350,000-square-foot Customer Fulfillment Center in Frederick, Md. The automated center will take about two years to complete, and will focus on markets in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

1/24/2020

Publix Super Markets is joining Instacart to launch a new service called Instacart Meals, which will allow shoppers to order prepared foods -- such as Publix's sub sandwiches -- for either delivery or in-store pickup. The service will be tested in Orlando, Fla., with plans to expand it to other stores later this year.

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Publix
1/24/2020

Roughly 96,000 gallons, or about 500,000 bottles worth of cabernet sauvignon from Rodney Strong Vineyards spilled into the Russian River Wednesday in Healdsburg in Sonoma County, Calif. The cause of the spill was a blending tank door that had somehow popped open, according to the Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

1/24/2020

The artisanal mezcal business is undergoing a boom, a decade after the tipple was deemed "the next big thing," Eric Asimov writes. The best ones are rustic and singular in taste rather than refined, such as the Rezpiral Abel Martinez Series Four, offering flavors that are "briny, deep and complex with a pronounced saline quality," he writes.