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04/17/14
California Grape Acreage increases 7.4 percent, National Agricultural Statistics Service of the USDA says
California's 2013 grape acreage totaled 878,000 acres, up from 847,000 acres the year before. Of the total grape acreage last year, 820,000 were bearing while 58,000 were non-bearing.
04/17/14
Napa wine executive Chris Edwards pleads guilty to embezzlement charges
As vice president and general manager at The Wine Tasting Network, Edwards directed the company to make payments totalling about $900,000 to his fictitious company, according to the indictment. Then he deposited that money into an account he controlled and spent it on personal items like a BMW, the indictment says
04/17/14
Starbucks Expands Wine Sales to More Cities
Wineries enjoy exposure as coffee giant expands by-the-glass wine program to potentially thousands of cafés
04/17/14
Eric Asimov on 2011 Napa Cab
"The fact is, Napa Valley wines are not usually good values. Some exceptions exist, but often you are paying for the perceived status of Napa Valley. How you value that is up to you."
04/17/14
LVMH Moves Into Burgundy, Buying Domaine des Lambrays
Bernard Arnault's Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) luxury group has made its first move in Burgundy, buying Domaine des Lambrays from Ruth Freund for an undisclosed sum. The domaine includes a near monopoly of the climat Clos des Lambrays.
04/17/14
Wine Spectator Auction Index Records Biggest Gain in Three Years in First Quarter of 2014
The Wine Spectator Auction Index, which tracks sales of commercial wine auctions in the United States, rose 6.7 percent in the first quarter of 2014, to 339.94 points. This represents the index's largest quarterly increase in the past three years.
04/17/14
Judges overturn rulings on Sacramento River contracts
Under a 1964 agreement, the irrigation districts - known as the Settlement Contractors - are collectively entitled to annually divert 2.2 million acre-feet of water from the Sacramento River in all but the driest years. That is enough to supply 4.4 million households
04/17/14
Harvard investors buying up local vineyards
With the California wine market on a cyclical upswing, Harvard Management Company, the Boston-based investment shop for Harvard University's $33 billion endowment, is quietly assembling a Central Coast vineyard play, reports Farmland Investor Center.
04/17/14
Latest Update of WA State Wine's Award-Winning App Now Available
Washington State Wine has released the newest version of The Recommendeuer, its award-winning iPad and iPhone application offering an in-depth regional wine immersion led by actor and comedian Greg Proops. Updated content includes a live and interactive American Viticultural Area map, new video content and outtakes, the 2013 harvest report, new vintage summaries, this year's Washington State Wine Award winners, direct access to the Washington State Wine trade website and the current Washington State Wine Tour Guide.
04/17/14
Drought declared in California's Imperial County
The USDA has declared Imperial County in California as a primary disaster area because of drought. The April 9 designation makes farmers in Imperial County and in contiguous counties ­- Riverside and San Diego counties in California and La Paz and Yuma counties in Arizona - eligible for natural disaster assistance, according to a USDA news release.
04/17/14
ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Modernizes And Consolidates To Keep Pace With Florida Trends
A few years ago, you were in the middle of a massive modernization of your stores. Is that still ongoing?
04/17/14
The Prosperous Drought: 2013 Vintage Report
When you think of drought, images of abundance and teeming life rarely follow. But Mother Nature has a tendency to make up the rules as she goes along. Every vintage of Santa Barbara County wine manages to keep the watchful vigneron on his or her proverbial toes. And quite emphatically, the harvest of 2013 was no exception. Here's what to expect in the wines to come, including those that we are featuring at Les Marchands' second annual wine futures tasting this Saturday, April 19.
04/17/14
St. Helena Planning Commission reviews Merryvale project
Commissioners praised some aspects of the project, but said Merryvale should do more traffic studies, work with neighbors on a construction schedule, and provide more details about the project, including plans to build a series of fountains outside the winery.
04/17/14
St. Helena committee rejects olive trees on Madrona Avenue
Neighbors complained the new trees, which would have been planted in between existing olive trees, would further reduce their views of the vineyards and hurt their property values. They claimed the owner of the vineyard property, James Healy, has a history of planting trees up against their lots.
04/17/14
Water storage key element sought in water bonds
There are several water bonds being considered by the California Legislature, and one key factor being considered in all of them is a provision for infrastructure development, including new storage. Other critical provisions include drinking water quality, water supply for disadvantaged communities, Delta environmental sustainability projects, and regional water management projects and strategies.
04/17/14
Snoqualmie Winery switches to sustainable bottles, labels
Paterson's Snoqualmie Winery recently introduced new, more sustainable packaging for its entire line of wines. The first wines made from Washington's largest certified organic vineyard with the new packaging were shipped nationally in February.
04/17/14
New tasting room comes to Calistoga
Romeo Vineyards and Cellars gives visitors good reason to explore the full length of Lincoln Avenue and try out its newly opened tasting room located steps from the Calistoga Library.
04/17/14
ND: Goehring awards state's first wine and grape research grants
Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has awarded North Dakota's first research grants to support and promote the state's grape and wine industry. "The 2013 Legislature appropriated $80,000 for the North Dakota Department of Agriculture to fund industry research and promotion," Goehring said. "North Dakota's grape and wine industry has seen significant growth in recent years, and the research funded by these grants will help keep that industry growing."
04/17/14
North Carolina's A-B Tech brewing program to get a brewhouse and wine-making system
The Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is getting a $195,000 grant from Duke Energy to expand the program and its equipment. The money will buy the program a 7-10-barrel brew house, a canning machine, a distillation system and a micro winery and "put money into a sensory analysis laboratory," said Scott Adams, director of the program. T
04/17/14
Washington Wine Industry Foundation Offers $20,000 in Scholarships
Over $20,000 is available this year from the Washington Wine Industry Foundation for students studying viticulture, enology or related disciplines. Applications are due on June 1.
04/17/14
Galante Vineyards Tasting Room 10th Anniversary Celebration
Galante Vineyards announced the 10th anniversary of opening their wine tasting room in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea. Join them for an anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 26, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The festive afternoon will feature a very special tasting of Library Wines, hors d' oeuvres, as well as other special surprises.
04/17/14
UK: Rose? wine sales may have "plateaued"
Rosé wine sales dropped 4% by volume, with value sales creeping up less than 1%, in the year to March 1 - behind both white and red wine, Nielsen has reported.
04/17/14
'Napa Crossroads' - a musical love letter
the first musical collaboration between Pack and one of the winemakers inspired the eventual format of the album
04/17/14
100 Parker Points Give Screaming Eagle Prices Wings
The price of the cult Cabernet was similarly influenced in late 2010 when Parker upgraded the 2007 from a 96-98 plus to a perfect 100. "The most profound Screaming Eagle since the 2002 and 1997", which was described as "utterly stunning", could be picked up for less than $2000 a bottle before being upgraded. Within months, it had risen by 66 percent to $3186 and has increased steadily in the past three years to $3398 in March
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