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?
You forgot the article about the youngest (and newest) Master Sommelier ever!
I was surpised by SF Chronicle article on climate change in Napa. I am no climate change denier, but they zoomed in to make a comparison over a randomly chosen short period of time (09-13 vs 14-18). The first period had cool vintages like 10 and 12 and the latter had warm vintages like 15 and 16 and these shorter periods are influenced by the El Niño cycle. The graphic sugessted a 2 degree increase in just a couple years. This level of further climate change is possible (many scientists would argue highly likely), but more on the order of 100 years—and we should expect changes in viticulture to help adapt. People are smart to prepare for the potential of a warmer climate, but I found this article misleading and it gives naysayers on the topic ammunition.
This graph of degree days for Calistoga gives a better picture of how things look over the short-to-medium term.
Likewise I felt similar about the context and research within the SF Chronicle article after reading. I am with your assessment regarding naysayers probably feeling further justified in their views. This potentially will confuse and mislead upon the subject since being a bit short on information base. That is, unless they see the bigger picture by getting more data to better piece together the myriad of factors.. being such a complex subject.
The Calistoga graph does give a little better snapshot, appreciate your sharing it.
It will be interesting to see what multitude of changes will come in the near future within viticulture of Napa, & certainly we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg at this point.