Paul Franson

Paul Franson

The Napa Valley Rootstock 2016 takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Napa Expo from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Rootstock provides educational seminars, exhibits, outdoor demonstrations, vineyard and wine trials and exhibits by suppliers to the industry.

It is presented by the Napa Valley Grapegrowers. For more information, visit www.rootstocknapa.com.

A hand in many pleasures – or vices

Following Anheuser-Busch’s acquisition of SABMiller, tobacco company Atria now owns almost 10 percent of the giant beer company. It also owns Ste. Michelle Estates, which owns Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Conn Creek here, and recently acquired Patz-Hall Winery, formerly based in Napa.

Wouldn’t it be nice if it spun off Ste. Michelle, one of the most respected wine companies?

Direct-to-consumer sales up 17 percent

WinesVinesAnalytics reports that direct-to-consumer wine sales rose 17 percent in September, 14 percent over a year.

Meanwhile total wine shipments grew 3 percent for the year, and off-premise sales tracked by IRI grew 6 percent.

The winery job index grew 10 percent in September.

The data came from bw166.com, IRI, ShipCompliant and winejobs.com.

New winery coming to Oakville

Russell Bevan is terracing and building a left-turn lane to accompany the winery and cave he’s building in Oakville for his Bevan Cellars and for Tench Vineyard.

It’s at 7631 Silverado Trail on a 62-acre parcel he has under a 35-year lease from Brian Tench of Tench Vineyard.

Bevan also owns the 40-acre Saunders Vineyard in Oakville with his wife Victoria DeCrescenzo.

They produce around 8,000 cases of wine annually.

Lagniappe Estate & Vineyards for sale

Lagniappe Estate & Vineyards at 999 Mee Lane in St. Helena is for sale.

The asking price for the five-acre estate with home, guest house and vineyards is $5.295 million

It is owned by Jim and Lee Meehen, and has nothing to do with Lagniappe Peake Vineyards owned by Bob and Debb Almeida on Atlas Peak.

The property includes a three-acre cabernet sauvignon vineyard in Rutherford AVA, a home and a carriage house with guest quarters.

The listing agent is Realtor Latife Hayson at 738-4820 or Latife@LatifeHayson.com.

Vintage Wine Estates buys Delectus

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Vintage Wine Estates has bought Delectus Winery, a producer of luxury red wines in St. Helena.

Founder Linda Butler will continue to lead Delectus hospitality including trade, media and private tastings, winery events and the wine club. Chris Phelps has been appointed consulting winemaker.

In addition to Delectus, in the past two years, Vintage has added brands Swanson Vineyards and B.R. Cohn Winery, and Splinter Group Spirits. It also owns Clos Pegase, Girard, Cartlidge & Browne and Cosentino in Napa Valley & Vineyards in Oakville, which Vintage Wine Estates bought in 2015.

Delectus Winery at 1091 St. Helena Highway, was formerly Milat Winery.

Stags Leap appellation collection available

The Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association’s Appellation Collection is now for sale.

The collection is the only Napa Valley wine offering from a single sub-appellation and single vintage. It features a bottle of cabernet sauvignon from each 20 member wineries.

Only 200 sets are available for $2,199 for the 20-bottle set through Dec. 15 at www.stagsleapdistrict.com.

Hyde Estate to open late fall

Hyde Estate Carneros is anticipating the completion of their new winery and tasting room construction this November – after harvest.

Known for their pinot noir and chardonnay, Hyde may also release a new wine this year. For more information, visit www.hydewines.com.

Trancas Vineyard changes

The vineyard being replanted south of Trancas near Silverado Trail is in unincorporated land, not the city of Napa. It was sold by Silverado Premium Properties to an entity associated with Arnold T. Cattani of Bakersfield, president of A. Cattani & Son, partner of Caprock Inc., an ag-investment fund that works with Wells Fargo. He’s chairman of Mission Bancorp.

They are replacing the existing grapes with more lucrative cabernet sauvignon. Vino Farms is managing the vineyard.

I’ve heard rumors tying it to Fred Franzia, who will only admit that he is “quietly” growing some of his own grape requirement in Napa.

Napa County’s winery definition ordinance

Scott Greenwood-Meinert, a partner with Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty, and Lester F. Hardy, the owner of the Law Offices of Lester F. Hardy, will lead a seminar on Napa County’s winery definition ordinance on Nov. 2 at Springhill Suites Marriott.

The cost is $395 (if you’re not a lawyer or government official; they pay more). Register at www.theseminargroup.net.

New at Treasury Wine Estates

Jim Caudill, formerly vice president of public relations at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates and director of public relations and hospitality for The Hess Collection, has joined Treasury Wine Estates as director of marketing communications.

Tamara Stanfill joined Treasurys as public relations manager. She previously was communications manager for the Boisset Collection.

Both are excellent at their jobs and nice people. Good moves on the part of Treasury.

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Contact Paul Franson at paul@paulfranson.com