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04/21/15

Wine Institute supports bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Hatch (R-UT) and Wyden (D-OR) and Congressman Ryan (R-WI) to modernize and renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 will help open the door to new markets for California wines, boost economic growth, and support well-paying jobs in our state and across the nation.

04/21/15

A debate is underway in Champagne over whether there should be a mandatory resting period for wines following disgorgement, before bottles are released on the market. image: http://static.decanter.com/11150/0000089b9/689e_orh100000w428/Bollingerriddlingcellar.jpg Disgorgement Should there be a minimum cellaring period for Champagne after disgorgement? Supporters of a minimum resting period following disgorgement believe the rule could increase the overall quality image of Champagne on the market

04/21/15

Michael Brughelli, a fourth-generation California farmer, has been promoted to director of winery and grape sales/acquisitions within the Thornhill Companies.

04/21/15

Michael Brughelli, a fourth-generation California farmer, has been promoted to director of winery and grape sales/acquisitions within the Thornhill Companies. Reporting directly to Brughelli in his new position, will be Melissa Bates, who will be stepping into the role of North Coast sales manager.

04/21/15

Recently, researchers at Cornell University, including Miguel Gómez and Katie Ricketts, conducted an economic analysis in the Napa, Sonoma, and northern San Joaquin Valley grape-growing regions to determine the economic losses caused by leafroll disease, as well as the best control strategies to minimize losses.

04/21/15

Replacing him as Rémy's CEO, Americas, is Philippe Farnier, who comes to the group from LVMH's Parfums Christian Dior

04/21/15

Suburban growers in Bay Area want recognition to help with local wine sales

04/21/15

Vinitaly has unveiled three successful candidates to be honoured with the title of Italian Wine Ambassador for Hong Kong, which counts the largest number of people to have won the much-coveted title

04/21/15

"What I'm eyeing are those cotton acres on the water-rich right side of the map-the Mississippi Delta states Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, and Louisiana, along with the Carolinas, Alabama, and Georgia to the east."

04/21/15

His tasting notes for the domaine's 1997 Volnay premier cru "En Champans" read: "Classic, classic, classic. Razor focus. Red fruit, mineral, fresh tannins."

04/21/15

"Sonoma County winegrowers have been leading the charge from an education standpoint," he said, "doing a lot of education seminars even before the drought, to limit the use of water."

04/21/15

Warmer temps lead to bigger wines, better reds, more attention to terroir

04/21/15

Wines of British Columbia, Tourism Calgary and the Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance Showcase the Best of the West in a Winery & Chef Collaborative Lunch and Dinner at the James Beard House in New York for the Very First Time

04/21/15

Entering the El Dorado County Fair Open Wine Competition gives wineries the opportunity to compete with their peers-and go for the gold.

04/21/15

Total impact of local beer on NY economy is $3.5 billion, 59% increase from previous year

04/21/15

The Young School announces its 16th Annual Forever Young Benefit, A Night in España, on May 2. The festivities will take place from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at Indian Springs Resort, 1712 Lincoln Avenue in Calistoga.

04/21/15

Internationally Celebrated Chef Yoshiharu Sogi Creates Exclusive Custom Pairing Menu to Showcase Zina Hyde Cunningham and Ledson Wines

04/21/15

Siblings Felix and Rossana Pavone have spent their careers at Santa Ema under the guidance of their father, Felix Pavone Arbe.

04/21/15

The latest sign of the Southern Oregon wine industry's continued growth and maturity came this past week when the region's association added a manager.

04/21/15

The Daily Meal, an online publication devoted to ranking food and drink experiences, recently set out to determine the 101 best wineries in the United States. Four Paso Robles wineries made the list. They are: Peachy Canyon Winery, Tablas Creek Vineyars, Saxum Vineyards and Capadrone Winery.

04/21/15

The North Bay Business Journal's 15th annual Wine Industry Conference on April 24 is set to feature keynote speaker and vintner Michael Mondavi as well as two panels of experts focusing on how wine producers can get wine to market and get noticed among a swelling number of competitors.

04/21/15

Ending five straight years of expansion, new vineyard development leveled off on the North Coast in 2014 as growers turned their attention to replanting existing vineyards.

04/21/15

The strong Asia market is producing up to 30 percent returns for investors, prompting agri-businesses to expand almond planting in the state by two-thirds in the past decade.

04/21/15

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation responds to worsening drought in Yakima Basin by moving up summer water supply forecast.

04/21/15

Last month's Los Alamos gathering shows off the region's female clout.

04/21/15

According to the USDA, there are 19,474 certified organic operations in the U.S. and 27,814 certified organic operations around the world.

04/21/15

Japanese wine drinkers are increasingly open to trying new styles and countries as the country's wine market 'comes of age', according to a new report.

04/21/15

The drinks industry today is flooded with tools and market analysis to help the trade understand more about their customers than ever before.

04/21/15

A group of American home brewers has been given the green light to serve beer brewed using recycled sewage water.

04/21/15

By scanning the wine you drink, users of Delectable can keep track of their favorites and discover world's best varieties

04/21/15

Dan Grunbeck, executive vice president for client services and business development, Young's Market Co.

04/21/15

The program is an offshoot of the LCB's Chairman's Selection wine program, and is designed to highlight hand-selected wines from around the world.

04/21/15

The famed region's renaissance is being fueled by a young and adventurous band of visionaries.

04/21/15

The 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition is history and two Rhode Island wineries emerged with medals.

04/21/15

The water crisis simply may be a poor match for the Valley's skill set.

04/21/15

Building on his background in math, four decades in the wine business and a passion for storytelling, WineAccess has transformed into a direct-marketing business with more than 2 million people receiving the daily newsletter explaining various wines. Close to 200,000 cases worth of wine were sold through the site last year.

04/21/15

On the heels of a study by Macquarie University's accounting and sustainability expert professor Roger Burritt, Australia's winemakers are wondering what they can do to conserve water in the midst of predictions about a dry future.

04/21/15

Recently, the owners, Michael Lightfoot and Jocelyn Allen, started the development agreement process for their Lower Wolfville land. They want permission to build a tourist commercial operation at 11137 Highway 1. The proposal includes constructing a banquet hall that will hold 150 people, a commercial kitchen and wine tasting rooms.

04/21/15

The divide in California wine seems simple: the coasts are cool, the interior is not. But then there's El Dorado

04/21/15

As of April, any Oregon wine shop, grocery, wine bar or restaurant offering wine on tap (from kegs) may now also sell bulk wine to go

04/21/15

In a ruling with major implications for California's water conservation efforts during the historic drought, a state appeals court on Monday ruled that a tiered water rate structure used by the city of San Juan Capistrano to encourage saving was unconstitutional.The Orange County city used a rate structure that charged customers who used small amounts of water a lower rate than customers who used larger amounts.

04/21/15

Joseph Phelps, a former builder whose passion for wine led him to become an innovative Napa Valley producer and the first to bottle an expensive Bordeaux blend with a fanciful proprietary name, died on Wednesday at his home in St. Helena, Calif. He was 87

04/21/15

The future of Mexico's grape industry "is very strong," in the view of Jerry Havel, the director of sales and marketing for Fresh Farms, in his office in Rio Rico, AZ.

04/21/15

Prime minister Renzi wheels out the big guns for talks with Barack Obama.

04/21/15

Star Trek's William Shatner plans to launch a $30 billion fundraising campaign to aid in California's drought relief efforts

04/21/15

Ordering a glass of wine on tap is the green thing to do this Earth Day. Free Flow Wines, the pioneer of wine on tap, today unveiled new waste reduction numbers highlighting the green aspects of wine on tap in stainless steel kegs. In conjunction, Free Flow Wines unveiled their latest sustainability numbers and a new infographic, titled 'Greener, Fresher, Better,' that showcases the green benefits and lower carbon emissions that wine on tap in a stainless steel keg offers.

04/21/15

... some of the steps we're taking to walk the walk.

04/21/15

Researchers say a massive weather system is predicted in the Bay Area once every 150 years, and the last one was nearly 150 years ago. They say the region would, "suffer a minimum of $10 billion in economic damages from an extreme storm that many experts believe is overdue - an amount rivaling that of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake."

04/21/15

Google is set to change its search algorithm this week and it could pose some new challenges for wine and spirit brands, as well as retailers, that do not have mobile-friendly websites.