If You Read Anything This Week: Wine News 1.05.2018

 named Winemaker of 2017: San Francisco Chronicle has named Dan Petroski its 2017 Winemaker of the Year. His label, Massican, reflects the influences of Friuli in pure, white wines mostly from Napa Valley. Petroski is winemaker at Larkmead Vineyards as well, a post he’s held for 11 years. Esther Mobley also profiles some winemakers to watch, and Petroski shares five influential bottles. (Congrats, Dan!) [SF Chronicle]

Harassment in the restaurant industry: Pete Wells comments on the excruciatingly slow pace of the reckoning in the restaurant industry as reports continue surfacing about chefs and owners accused of sexual harassment. Though ethics around livestock have long been championed, points out Wells, prominent figures have been slow to speak up on this human issue. “How many chefs does it take to lead a reckoning?” [NYT]

New online wine company: Amazon purchased Woot.Wine in 2010 but closed it at the end of 2017 along with its own wine marketplace. Now, the Woot.Wine founders have a new online wine venture, Casemates, a supplier-direct model that will encourage sharing a case with other customers nearby. [Recode]

Drinks companies can offer rides: California has passed a bill allowing beverage producers to pay for free or discounted rides for customers in an effort to curb drunk driving. This is already allowed in about 44 states. Last year, Anheuser-Busch partnered with Lyft in a campaign that offered over 64,000 rides. [The Drinks Business]

Recovery in Northern CA: Growers in Northern California wine country are still working to understand and respond to the fate of their vineyards. During October’s fires, vines usually acted as fire breaks, as expected, but not always—for example, if the area was especially dry or covered in wood mulch. Some vines survived, others can be pruned or regrafted, and still others must be replanted entirely. [SF Chronicle]

Signorello ready to rebuild: Signorello Estate, completely destroyed in the North Bay fires, was in many cases the face of the devastation in Napa Valley. Ray Signorello Jr. now has plans to rebuild, with hopes that the estate will serve as a symbol of the region’s comeback. [Decanter]

Our favorite SevenFifty Daily article this week

Selling in the slow months: January can be a difficult time for those in beverage sales, so SevenFifty Daily compiled tips from salespeople across the country. Use the time to improve relationships or build new ones, and look for opportunities to respond to the specific needs of restaurants. [SevenFifty Daily]

What do you think?

What are your thoughts on the “reckoning” in the restaurant industry? What are you seeing and hearing in your market?

What do you think of the Casemates model?

What is your perspective on allowing beverage companies to provide free rides to customers: helpful or harmful?

What else have you heard from those recovering from the fires in California—and other regions, too?

What are your tips for selling in the slow months?

What else have you been reading this week?