This is the news we’re thinking about here at SevenFifty Daily.

September 12, 2017
1. The San Francisco Chronical

Torrid temperatures shrivel Napa wine grapes to raisins

Recently, Napa’s wine grapes were left shriveling on the vines, in many cases dehydrated by excessive daytime temperatures that weren’t cooling down enough at night. The recent heat episode has turned what was looking to be a promising and average-yielding vintage into a year that looks more uncertain, in both quality and quantity.

2. Wine Business

Hoopes Vineyard has acquired Hopper Creek Vineyard and Winery in Yountville, CA

Lindsay Hoopes, Owner and General Manager of Hoopes Vineyard, has acquired Hopper Creek Vineyard and Winery in Yountville, in a transaction handled by Wine Country Consultants, who represented both the buyer and the seller. Hoopes said the acquisition was due to needing to stay relevant and adapt to the challenges associated with three-tier distribution and increasing brand consolidation.

3. Brewbound

Melvin Brewing to expand distribution in Bay Area, New York

Beginning this week, some of Melvin Brewing’s products will be available in New York via Remarkable Liquids, whose footprint includes Manhattan, Brooklyn, Hudson Valley, and Albany. Those products will also begin showing up in Oakland and the East Bay later this month via Mindful Distributors, which also serves as the the Wyoming-headquartered brewery’s wholesaler in San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento.

4. The Spirits Business

Suntory donates $1 million to hurricane victims

Suntory Holdings has donated $1 million to support the American Red Cross in recovery efforts for communities that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Beam Suntory has also contributed more than US$100,000 to support employee assistance funds established by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and the Republic National Distributing Company, as well as the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program.