If You Read Anything This Week: Wine News 8/16/2019

Diageo buys Seedlip: Seedlip has been acquired by Diageo for an undisclosed sum. Launched four years ago, Seedlip now distributes to 25 countries, and its year-over-year growth has been reported at 170%. Diageo took a minority stake in the company in 2016, its first-ever investment in a non-alcoholic beverage. [Forbes]

Amazon liquor store: Amazon has applied to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for a license to set up a liquor store in the Dogpatch neighborhood. The store would serve as a Prime Now delivery hub and would also operate as a traditional liquor store. [Wine Searcher]

White wine emoji denied: The white wine emoji has not been accepted by Unicode, though the group says it will continue considering it. The holdup is that the concept is a color variation, which is complex technically as the “red wine emoji” is actually just a wine glass; each platform chooses how it appears. [Food & Wine]

Ancient winery found in Israel: An ancient winery has been discovered under a house in the village of Mi’ilya in northern Israel. It is believed to date back to the era of the Crusades and has two treading floors for crushing grapes. [Decanter]

Napa’s warmer future: In Napa Valley, some vintners are planting experimental vineyards to explore other grapes that might benefit their blends or thrive in a warmer climate, as they consider the potential effects of climate change in the decades ahead. [SF Chronicle]

Blueberry wine: Eric Asimov profiles Bluet, a sparkling wine made from wild Maine blueberries, a crop farmers have struggled to keep profitable in recent years. The brand started in 2014 and is owned by childhood friends from Maine, one of whom works as a winemaker in Napa. One style is made in the Champagne method and another like Prosecco. [NYT]

Our favorite SevenFifty Daily article this week

Tariffs & drinks: Trade groups, including many in the beverage alcohol sector, have spoken out against the possibility of tariffs threatened by President Trump. SevenFifty Daily spoke with importers and representatives of trade groups about potential effects of the trade war. The proposed tariffs must still be approved by the WTO. [SevenFifty Daily]

What do you think?

What do you think the Diageo purchase of Seedlip indicates about the future of non-alcoholic beverages?

What might be ahead for Amazon and its sales of liquor?

What are your thoughts about the future of winegrowing in Napa? Do you think keeping Cabernet centerstage is dangerous?

Have you tried blueberry wine?

What else have you been reading this week?