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  • Restaurants facing recruitment issues following the industry’s comeback

    After an incredibly disastrous 2020, the restaurant industry is making its comeback. The National Restaurant Association projects restaurant and food service industry sales will jump nearly 20% to $789 billion this year, from $659 billion in 2020.   Now that sales are picking back up, the industry is facing serious labor challenges. In the United…

  • How Restaurants Can Use Technology like Wineally to Offer Better To-Go Pairings

    We all know that COVID-19 has damaged the restaurant industry. Due to social distancing and general caution, consumers have been dining out less. As a result, restauranteurs have experienced a dramatic decline in seated diners over the last 2 years.   To help those affected, authorities in various countries have relaxed alcohol restrictions, allowing restaurants…

  • Flooding in Germany

    How can you help those affected by the devastating floods in Germany?

      The recent flooding in Germany has been devastating to the wine producers of the Ahr Valley. The deluge of water has carried away barrels, wine bottles, and machines, thus destroying entire wine-producing businesses and livelihoods. The number of wine-growing businesses affected, the severity, and the extent to which the disaster will affect the entire…

  • Sommelier Association of Malaysia announces new President

      Ronald Binati was voted as President and a new Board of Committee elected for the Sommelier Association of Malaysia (Somlay). The announcement made as part of their Annual General Meeting held on June 27th, 2021. This was the first ever online AGM. Mr. Binati and the new board will lead the association for a…

  • Labelling changes on the way for Chianti Classico

      One of Tuscany’s biggest wine regions has committed to only using Italian grape varieties in its top wines and these wines will come with specific designation on the labels. The assembly of the Consorzio Chianti Classico voted earlier this month to stiffen the rules of wines in the Gran Selezione category. Wines in this…

  • Fire in Sonoma Hills

    Sonoma County to receive $37-million in funding to combat wildfires and support local businesses

      The threat of Western US wildfires this year is as great as it’s ever been. Thankfully, help is on the way for businesses in this region, including the numerous wineries.   “This is an area that has been under-resourced, but this is going to change if we have anything to do with it,” said…